So, you’ve spent weeks carefully choosing presents for your friends and family. You’ve loaded the car, and you’re driving through fog, ice and maybe even snow. But, with the extra weight in the car and the cold conditions, have you thought to check your tyres?
Those 4 patches of rubber are possibly the most important safety feature on our cars, but are often the most often overlooked. They grip the road in the dry, channel water away in the wet, and slice through snow in the winter. We’ve all seen the bad weather recently, with roads covered in ice, snow, trees, and even abandoned cars. Good tyres help you avoid all of these hazards, but how do you know when to change them?
You may not have noticed, but all tyres have a bead of rubber that runs across the width of the tread. It’s called a wear bar, and when the tread is at the same level as them, it’s time to change it. They’re indicators that you only have 1.6mm of tread left, and that’s no good. It won’t be safe to drive in the rain, as you’ll probably aquaplane. You won’t have enough tread to break through ice and snow, so you’ll slide all over the road. The tyre could also blow out at speed, and you don’t even want to think about that! Check your bars.
Ever wondered why we in the UK slide all over the road in 2 inches of snow, but in Norway they drive through 1 metre of snow with no problem? They’re on winter tyres, and we’re on summer ones! It’s a great idea to switch your tyres in November, in anticipation of the icy weather to come. Winter tyres work much better in freezing conditions, offering improved grip, steering and stopping power. Summer tryes basically turn into frozen blocks of rubber in the snow, and leave you skating over the roads. Switch over for safer driving.
My husband had already switched to winter tyres this season, so I asked where he got them from. He goes to DAT tyres website, because they offer great discounts all year long, and always have his tyre in stock.
It’s the job we all love to hate – scraping ice from a frozen windscreen. Give yourself an extra hand, and invest in some quality de-icing products. We always have a bottle of Prestone Rapid De-Icer in the car. Spray it on the windows and watch it get to work. It melts ice down to -40 °C, so it’ll obviously work on a cold London morning. Plus it saves your hands going completely blue from scraping ice. To keep the ice from reappearing, combine it with Prestone Extreme Performance Screenwash. It works down to -23 °C, so you’ll never have frozen spray nozzles again. We buy them from Tesco.
I hope my tips help you prepare for safe travels over the festive season. Let me know how you prepare your car for the winter.
Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with a brand, but all thoughts are my own.