At the beginning of the week I was contacted by gentleman who works for a company called Point S. He asked if I'd like to collaborate with the company and write a post about my experience of getting a flat tyre and how I went about solving the situation.
However, I've never had a flat tyre and so never been in said situation. Another thing mentioned in the email, was for me to maybe talk about a few safety tips and any checks you can do before you set off in your little Putt-Putt.
Now at first, I was a little apprehensive. I didn't think it would fit in with my blog and that my readers wouldn't really be interested. At the time of the correspondence, it was all over Twitter about International Women's Day! Everyone was talking about how women are becoming more and more independent and how we can do the same jobs, that some people only think men can do and all that kind of stuff. So it made me think that maybe writing a short post with a few tips, may help a few of you ladies, (whom like me, wouldn't usually have a clue), be a little bit more independent and check for these things ourselves, rather than turn to the men in our lives?
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Point S car tyre dealers, are one of the largest network in the UK. So I think its pretty safe to say, they know a fair bit about tyres! If you're in need of a new tyre, but haven't a clue what type you need, their website allows you to input your reg number and they will show you a list of appropriate tyres, ranging in price. If you're short for cash and don't fancy spending heaps on a super duper tyre at that moment in time, you have the cheaper alternate to go for. Their online reserve and fit system, allows you to choose your tyre online, book to have them fitted at your local Point S depot and not have to pay until you have them fitted. No online payment is needed!
MY PAST EXPERIENCE AND TIPS
When I first started to drive, I noticed that Terry's tyres were a little flat. Before I headed out on the road, I wanted to make sure they were pumped up and suitable for driving. I had no idea what I was doing. Terry was at work and so I had to turn to the trusty internet for some advice and guidance.
I could clearly see they needed inflating, so that wasn't the problem.. It was finding out just what the tyre pressure should have been and how to fix the problem. For those of you who may not already be aware, you can find machines at most petrol garages, where you can add air to your tyres. If I remember rightly, it costs around 40-50p and gives you enough time to go around all four tyres. If you do not know what your PSI (pressure) should be, then you can either check by looking in your car manual, look for a sticker on the inside of your drivers door, or mine (in a Vauxhall Corsa Ecoflex), is on the inside of my petrol cap. Failing all of those, I managed to find a site where you just input your reg number and it tells you for you. Click here to find that site.
Remember to check your tyre pressure regularly. Only do so when the tyres are cold and try to do this every 2-3 weeks, or at least once a month. Don't forget, if you carry one in your boot, check your spare. It won't be very useful if its flat!! Driving with incorrect PSI can dramatically change the handling of your car and can be really dangerous.
Its not only the pressure you need to be aware of, but also the tread. I use the 20p test system! If you place a 20p coin into the ridges on the tyre, the bottom border of the coin should not be visible. the bottom should sit nicely in the gap.
Hopefully even though this post is a little different from the norm, some of you will go away having learnt something new?
Do you regularly check your tyres? Or do you let someone else do it for you? If so, will you now start to check for yourself?
Thanks for reading guys..
Love Hannah xx
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