Top Tips For Driving At Easter
As Easter approaches, many people will be hitting the roads to visit friends and family, or to enjoy a well-deserved break. However, with more traffic on the roads, it’s essential to take extra care when driving at this time of year.
In this blog, we’ll give you our top tips for driving safely over Easter.
Check your tyres
Before setting off on a long car journey this Easter, it’s very important to check your tyres. Here are a few things you can check before you begin driving.
Check your tyre pressure
Make sure your tyres are properly inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. Underinflated tyres can lead to increased fuel consumption, uneven tyre wear, and reduced handling and braking performance. Overinflated tyres can also be dangerous, as they can lead to blowouts on the road.
To find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle, click the button below and enter your registration number.
Check your tyre tread depth
The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, however, your tyres should be replaced when below 3mm tread depth, to maintain high levels of traction. Low tyre tread can also increase your stopping distance and have a negative impact on rolling resistance, resulting in higher fuel consumption.
To check your tyre tread depth, you can use a tread depth gauge, or follow this handy guide.
Inspect your tyres for damage
Before setting off, check your tyres for any cuts, bulges or cracks. This can be a sign of a potential tyre failure or blowout, which could be very dangerous for your journey. If you notice any damage, you should replace your tyre immediately. To book a tyre replacement for your vehicle, click the link below.
Book a FREE tyre check
If you want your tyres checked thoroughly by one of our tyre technicians, you can book a FREE tyre check online with our fitting partner National Tyres. Simply click the button below and pick a time and date for your FREE check.
Check your vehicle
Before setting off on your journey, it’s important to check your vehicle to ensure it’s safe and roadworthy. The key areas to check are:
- Lights – make sure to check every bulb on your vehicle, including headlights, sidelights, beam, indicators, brake lights and fog light
- Brakes – ensure that your brakes aren’t squeaking under use or feel spongy
- Wipers – if your wiper blades are streaking or stuttering, they will need replacing before your start your journey
- Fluids – check your coolant, oil and windscreen wash to ensure your car runs smoothly
- Spare tyre – if you experience a puncture or tyre blowout, having a spare tyre and replacement kit will allow you to continue your journey until you’re able to have the tyre replaced at a local branch
Plan your route
Before you start your journey, it’s important to plan your route in advance. Use a GPS system or map to familiarise yourself with the route and roads you’ll be travelling on. Check the weather forecast and traffic conditions, and allow extra time for any potential delays.
Related: Essential Car Checks
If you’re looking to buy tyres for your journey this Easter, you can get 5% off your order when you spend £200 on tyres! Simply use the code ‘TS5X’ at checkout to apply the discount. For more information or other special offers, click the link below.
Ensuring your vehicle is in a safe condition to drive is imperative before setting off on a long journey this Easter. Following these tips, you’ll be able to drive with peace of mind and reach your destination safely.
05 Apr 2023
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