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Winter Driving Event

My Journey team and Safer Roads Berkshire offered free winter car checks and advice to customers visiting Tesco Wokingham this month.  Despite the store being busy, only a limited number of people accepted the offer but at least the mechanic was able to look at tyres and lights along with oil, hydraulics and coolant levels on several vehicles to put the driver’s mind at ease with the bad weather we are now experiencing.  Driving in wintery conditions needs some simple measures with planning and maintenance to ensure you are travelling safely, for yourself and other road users.  Please visit the Safer Roads website for more information. 

In many ways your tyres are the most important part of the car, as they are the only point that actually comes into contact with the road surface. Therefore, it is incredibly important to make sure that your tyres are inflated correctly and have a good amount of tread remaining so that they can effectively grip the road.  It is generally recommend replacing your tyres when the tread depth gets down to 3mm. Currently the legal limit is to have at least 1.6mm of tread throughout a continuous band in the central three-quarters of the tyre. The best way to check your tyres is with a tyre gauge, they’re not very expensive and can easily be kept in a glove box. Alternatively, you can use the 20p coin test. Place the coin in the main tread channels at various points. If you can see any of the outer band of the coin sticking out, then it’s time to get your tyres changed.

By the time your child is 20 years, you are likely to have spent more than 3,000 hours driving them around – the equivalent of 125 days non-stop motoring.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent or guardian, checking your tyres once a month is the minimum that can be done to make sure you get them home safely on safe tyres and keep the roads safe for more vulnerable road users as well.