Parts of Cornwall recently had an early morning frost, a sure sign that winter is on the way.
Frosty and wet roads make for a different driving experience and itâ€™s vital at this time of year that your tyres are in good enough shape to cope with those changing conditions.
In this article Paul Richards, the tyre expert at Powells garage in Redruth, brings you three top tips to help ensure you enjoy safe winter motoring.
1.Â Â Â Â Check the tread. Your tyres will have wear indicators on them in between the tyre grooves. You must have at least 1.6mm of tread across 75% of your tyre not only to be safe but to be legal. If you canâ€™t find the wear indicators or find it hard to do the check just turn up at Powells and weâ€™ll do a quick free check for you. Running on tyres with treads below 1.6mm is not only illegal but makes for potentially dangerous driving in winter.
2.Â Â Â Â Look for damage to the tyres. Cuts, lumps and bumps are often caused by an impact between the tyre and a kerb, pothole or object in the road. On the rural roads in Cornwall it is easy to pick up some tyre damage, especially from hazards you may encounter on country lanes. If you spot cuts or anything that looks out of place drop into Powells and weâ€™ll check the tyres for you.
3.Â Â Â Â Keep your tyre pressures at the right level. Incorrect tyre pressures will affect the handling of your car, will wear out your tyres quicker and reduce your fuel economy. Your carâ€™s handbook will tell you what the correct pressures should be. Most fuel stations and garages have tyre pressure facilities so check yourâ€™s at least once a month during the winter.
Powells garage at Redruth offer a free tyre check If you have any concerns that your tyres might not be ready for winter. Simply call in to the garage on the Barncoose roundabout or telephone 01209 218800 to speak to tyre expert Paul Richards.