Since having Sophia and Archie car safety has become a lot more important to us. As we muddle through parenthood we try our best to protect our children as much as possible and especially when on the road.
Just recently our family car went in for a MOT and service. Luckily we put some money aside earlier in the year as it came to just under three hundred pounds. Cars can be expensive to run and even more so if you have other outgoing expenses and a family to look after.
I think what we have learnt so far with having our family car is to keep on top of the annual services and MOT’s, making sure the car is road safe, which keeps the warranty valid and gives us peace of mind.
One of the most important aspects of a car is its tyres. It is important to make sure they are not only road safe but are within the road laws, which requires a 3mm minimum tread depth. Having the tyres road legal allows you to brake effectively, and prevents the vehicle from skidding. When it comes to driving your vehicle and using the brakes as well as driving in all different kinds of weather; rain and snow, your tyres really need to be as road safe as possible. When you are a parent it is more important than ever. I know when I am driving with Sophia and Archie in the car, I am very careful and tend to drive slower and am more weary of what is going on around me.
All of this been said it is important to perform regular checks if you want your children to be safe in the car. However, if you are in any doubt about the state of your car’s tyres, head over to a reliable tyre dealer soon! You can get your tyres inspected and even buy new car tyres from Point S who have a network of local dealerships all across UK.
There are a number of checks that you are able to do yourself:
1. Make sure the tyre tread is legal
You are able to perform a simple tyre check with a twenty pence piece. Insert a twenty pence coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If you can’t see the outer rim around the edge of the coin then your tyre is safe and has a minimum of 3mm tread depth. If you can then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional.
2. A visual inspection.
A quick visual inspection once a month is simple to do and doesn’t require much of your time. You can remove any stones or small items that have become wedged in the tyre. This will prevent long term damage to the tyres.
3. Tyre pressure
Making sure your tyres are the correct pressure is important. If the tyres are not inflated enough it will cost you more in petrol or diesel. The correct pressure is usually in your car’s handbook.
These are just a few of the simple checks my husband performs on our family vehicle. I hope you found this post helpful.
*In collaboration with Point-S.