4 Tips for Staying Safe on the Road in Winter23 Jan 2018
Our experts share their 4 top tips as to how to enjoy the safest possible driving experience even if the weather is far from desirable.
Here in Dublin, we are lucky to enjoy relatively mild winters compared to many countries. As a result, drivers do not need to replace their tyres every year with special winter tyres made to help maintain control in snow and ice. However, choosing the right tyres and ensuring they are properly maintained is still a key part of safe motoring – not just in winter but all year round.
1. Choose the right tyres
Despite the tyres on your vehicle being one of the most important safety features, many drivers take their tyres for granted – often because they are too busy with other commitments such as work and family to spend time researching the optimum tyres for their vehicle.
With modern tyres being more reliable than ever, most drivers find themselves having to get them changed relatively infrequently – unless they suffer a puncture or similar and need to get a replacement as soon as possible. In this case, the priorities naturally tend to be speed of service and cost.
Luckily, here at Tyreland we pride ourselves in offering more than just great value for money – we also pride ourselves on helping our customers to choose the very best tyres for their budget, meaning that they can drive away with confidence and trust.
As part of our promise, we also offer a free wheel alignment check – which is important not just to preserve the lifespan of your new tyres, but also to help maintain the best fuel efficiency and vehicle handling.
2. Check your pressure
In order for your tyres to perform at their very best and last as long as intended, it is important that they run at the correct operating pressure. This can vary from vehicle to vehicle and tyre to tyre.
Low tyre pressure or under-inflation is known to be one of the main causes of tyre failure. This is often a result of too much of the tyre making contact with the road surface, which can lead to overheating and damage to the tread. These in turn can cause sudden failure of the tyre, commonly known as blowouts. Even if the pressure is slightly lower than recommended, damage can quickly be caused to the tyre.
Low tyre pressure can also have an impact on braking and steering. When you get your tyres fitted at Tyreland, we’ll ensure that your tyres are set to the ideal pressure for your vehicle, as well as checking the pressure on any existing tyres for your complete peace of mind.
3. Keep your tyres fresh
A vehicle tyre is a consumable, meaning that it is necessary to update it from time to time. Even if your tyres appear to be sound, driving on aged tyres can significantly increase the risk of experiencing a failure.
Over time, a tyre’s materials can become weaker due to normal wear and tear as well as exposure to the elements. Even if tyres are well within the legal tread limits, they may be past their safe working life. Excessively worn tyres can also reduce your fuel efficiency, having an impact on your running costs in the long term.
Whilst the modern, quality tyres offered here at Tyreland can be expected to offer an exceptional lifespan, we are more than happy to advise you on the condition of any existing tyres and give an honest and impartial opinion on whether they should be updated.
4. Look after your essentials
Of course, tyres are not the only aspect of safe winter motoring – there are other essentials to keep an eye on including batteries, wiper blades, bulbs and fluids.
These components can seem like small details and are easy to overlook, but all play a part in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely. An annual service by a reliable mechanic can go a long way towards ensuring that everything is in order, but it is always recommended to conduct regular checks throughout the year, and especially at winter.
Luckily, at Tyreland we carry all of these essentials in stock, meaning our team of experts can look after all of these on the spot* – whether its a complete set of tyres or a single bulb you require, you can trust us to provide the very best in friendly and professional service at the very best of prices.
* For car batteries, we advise contacting the branch in advance to ensure that the correct specification can be ordered.
Tyreland – your perfect tyre partner
At Tyreland, we are proud to boast 16 years of experience and a reputation for providing an unrivalled level of customer service – as well as a fantastic choice of premium and budget tyres at unbeatable value for money. With 6 locations across Dublin as well as a mobile fitting service, we are never far away. To learn more about our latest offers or find your nearest branch, call the team now on 01 860 20 20 or use our online contact form for a swift response.