After a brief but welcome encore, it seems that Summer has now well and truly left the building.
And it hasn’t taken Autumn much time to establish itself as major sponsor of the prevailing weather conditions either.
The weather makes a big difference to how our cars respond and perform.
As temperatures drop and rain levels rise, the contact between our cars & the roads becomes even more important.
And to make this point, the people over at The Institute For Made Up National Months have designated October as National Tyre Safety month.span>
A cynical person might think that this was a marketing ploy created up by the tyre people, but it’s a bona fide charity with a mission to increase road safety through one simple message:
Check your tyres!
Here’s the thing: under normal conditions most cars will continue to drive with worn tyres.
In the same way that wearing a seat belt won’t make a difference to your ability to drive along at a steady speed in a straight line.
But introduce some cornering or sharp emergency breaking, and you’ll be glad of that safety belt.
And you’ll be glad of those grippy tyres.
The National Tyre Safety month campaign isn’t to get everybody panicking and rushing out there to buy brand new tyres.
It’s to encourage us to check.
Technically, worn tyres means anything under 1.6mm, which is the legal limit for tread depth, and this needs to be the case for the central 3/4 of the tyre width.
1.6mm is the legal limit, but safety becomes compromised below around 3mm.
Your tyres can’t displace water from the road as quickly, and stopping distances in the wet can be increased by up to 44%.
Which could mean the difference between a moment of heart racing adrenaline, and an accident.
If you’re unsure how to measure your tyre tread depth and want a hand, we’re here for you and offer a completely free tyre health check and wheel alignment service.
After checking all of your tyres (including the spare if you have one), we’ll give you a report to tell you what each of the tread depths are, and when they’re likely to need changing.
Your tyres are the only contact points between your car and the road so it makes good sense to look after them.
Especially as the weather becomes more demanding.