Russ Chaplin driving lessons Nottingham. Thoughts and ramblings from a guy who teaches people to drive. As one of the many Nottingham driving instructors out on the road I see a few things and learn about life. It's an interesting job working with driving schools all day every day. If you want lessons you can call me on 07932 458838.
Saturday 1 February 2014
I've Got Me Some New Rubber
Keeping it legal when it comes to tyres
I went out early this morning and bought a new pair of front tyres for my driving school car. Thought I'd stay ahead of the game this time. Like a lot of people I want to get the most out of everything I buy so waiting until my tyres were almost at the legal limit was something I used to do every time.
Not any more though. I've been caught short a couple of times when the snow came and things got a bit nervy when learners started to skid a little when stopping. My tyres were legal but did not have enough tread to grip properly. Especially with some of the harsh braking that learner drivers do. I had to do a quick trip to see my tyre man to put things right.
Once I took my car in to the garage for it's service and when I came back the garage guy had refused to take the car out on the road because my tyres were bald. Nonsense I thought. The car had only been out on a driving test that morning and they looked fine to me. Upon turning the wheels to the side and having a look I could see that the inside edges were worn baby smooth. I was well surprised and to this day always check the inside edges.
Same thing happened years ago with my old Escort. Snow came and I wondered why I was the only car sliding about on the road. Sure enough, bald on the inside. So this time I took no chances and changed them in good time. Security and peace of mind are now mine to enjoy. I would urge you to check your tyres and do the same.