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Tyre Checks You Cannot Miss for a Safe Family Travel Experience

29th January 2024

When you are planning a family trip, there is a lot to take into account: planned activities, budgets, which relatives to visit in which order – and making sure your car is in great shape can easily be overlooked especially if your car is fairly recently serviced or MOT tested. However, longer than usual drives can sometimes surprise you with an unpleasant notification that a part has worn out more quickly than expected! Often, that part is one or more of the tyres. Here are some quick and easy tyre checks you can include in your preparations to make sure your family travel experience is a safe one.

Mobile Tyre Fitting

Mobile tyre fitting is the solution to a problem that you possibly had not even registered was a problem! As well as functioning as an emergency service should a tyre fail while you are out and about on the UK’s busy road network, they will take bookings to change or repair your tyres at a time and place of your choosing. Book Mobile Tyre Fitting from Reg Greenwood to make sure that your tyres are ready for the trip.

Tread Depth

Your tread is the pattern of grooves and sipes that runs all over the contact area of the tyres, and it is vital when it comes to keeping your car safely on the road. The grooves whisk water away from the road surface – where it can sit in a very thin, almost unnoticed film – so that the tyres can ‘bite down’ onto the road, retaining good friction and allowing you to retain control of the vehicle, even in rainy conditions. Know how to check your tread depth (you can use the 20p test, a specialist machine, or even pop into a service station to ask for assistance) and replace your tyres as soon as the tread drops below 3mm. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but most motoring experts recommend the more comfortable allowance of 3mm for greater peace of mind.


Your tyre inflation works with the tread to keep your tyres operating as they should. While early tyres were little more than bags of air – and thus could be over- or underinflated more or less at will, modern tyres are carefully engineered to work best at optimum inflation levels and should always be kept within the recommended range set by the manufacturer. This can usually be found on the tyre itself, or online or in the car owner’s manual.

As long as you keep these factors in mind – as well as being aware of the age of your tyres and how soon they will need to be replaced – your family travel should be perfectly safe and trouble-free.

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