I love travelling by car. I love the convenience aspect, the comfort aspect, and the flexibility that being in control of your journey brings. Just this weekend we travelled from the North West down to London, in and around London, Cambridge, and back again. We have a 400 mile round trip that we take every other weekend as well as those fly by the seat of your pants day trips, which can end up raking up the miles. You can say that we really know a thing or two about driving and definitely have learnt a thing or two about how important car safety is.
Car safety entails a wide array of things – from the simple things like making sure you have enough screen wash to ensuring that your tyres are in tip top shape. Throughout my life I have travelled by road many times and during the early days of those solo trips in America I made many mistakes that could have cost me points on my license or worse yet, my life. There are many dangers to having worn out tyres, and here I share with you the ones that I have personally encountered in the hopes that none of you make the same stupid mistakes I did.
If you’ve ever been on the road and heard that dreadful pop then you can definitely feel my pain. Before purchasing our Fiat 500L we used to have a small little Nissan Micra which we drove from coast to coast without much thought. On one occasion we were on our way to Lancashire from Cambridgeshire very early in the morning when we heard a pop. After the ordeal of waiting for rescue, etc we were told that the culprit was a worn out tyre. We were discouraged from making such a long trip before sorting out the tyres and it was explained to us that since our tyres were so worn out of the tread that normally exists to help shield a tyre from punctures was virtually non-existent. A simple road hazard like a sharp object was exponentially magnified driving on tyres that had no tread.
One thing we can’t escape in the UK is the rain. Sure, it may lead to frizzy hair and the inconvenience of dull days, but another very important aspect it can lead to if you have worn out car tyres is aquaplaning. The tread on your tyres essentially work as grips on the road. If the tread is worn down then there is essentially no grip. If your car encounters rain on the road it can easily get rid of it by using the tread and its grooves to disperse the water from under the tyre. Aquaplaning occurs when there is not enough grip to disperse the water and it accumulates beneath your tyre, slightly lifting it, and causing you to lose control of your vehicle. I’ve only experience very mild aquaplaning but it is a frightening wake up call to get your tyres sorted out. Living in the North West, where we get so much rain, has really opened my eyes to the dangers of aquaplaning.
If you want to avoid any negative encounters with the police you tend to be mindful of the rules of the road. One of those rules is that your tyres have to be in tip top shape. A lot of people think that the only tyre rule they need to follow is to ensure their tyres are properly inflated, but having worn out tyres is a huge no no. You can be in danger of receiving minimum 3 penalty points per tyre that is considered defective, which can in turn lead to a loss of license.
Avoid worn out car tyres in Manchester
Whether it’s a blow out, aquaplaning, or traffic citations, having worn out, or “bald” car tyres (as they tend to be called) is not only a big safety risk to yourself and others, but can bring huge inconvenience and stress and cost you time and money. It’s good to know that I can get tyres in Manchester from Point S. No matter how you see it, getting safe tyres before it’s too late is a no brainer!