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Tyre Safety Tips

Tyre Safety Tips

As a driver it would be your responsibility to ensure that the tyres on your vehicle are safe, legal and roadworthy. If you fail to comply with the minimum regulations it can result in an unwanted fine and points on your license. Or worse still, it could cost you your license or even worse, yours or somone elses life. Isn’t it always best to be safe than sorry?

Tyre checks should be done regularly but atleast once a month. Your vehicle tyres are the only part of the vehicle that makes any contact with the road surface. They play a criticle role in the handling and safety of your vehicle, such as the steering and breaking.

Do you know how to check your tyres for defects and any wear and tear? it is essential that you know!

When doing a visual inspection of your vehicles tyres, things to check for would be:

  • Objects embedded in the tread of the tyre.
  • Are there any slits, bulges or lumps? this can be caused by impact with a kirb or pothole.
  • Check your tread depth in three different locations across the circumference of the tyre to ensure there is no uneven tread wear.
  • Tyre tread depth should be a minimum of 1.6mm
  • Every vehicle is different so this would also mean tyre pressure would be different too. Check your tyre pressure against the vehicle manufacturers recommended levles. This can be found in the handbook to the vehicle and also on the inside of the door or fuel cap.
  • Check your tyre pressure as often as you can but make it atleast once a month.
  • If you plan to go on a long journey then check your tyres before leaving.
  • Always try and check your tyres when they are cold (minimum of two mile journey).
  • If you are carrying a full load, i.e. towing a caravan, pulling a trailer etc. then check the tyre pressure with the manufacturers reccommended levels as it may need increasing.
  • Ensure you use a reliable and accurate pressure gauge.
  • Have you had to do an emergency stop? did you get your vehicle checked after? this could leave your tyres with a flat spot.
  • Do you know how to check your tread depth yourself? This can simply be done with a 20p coin. You place a 20p coin inside the main tread groove of the tyre. If the outter band of the 20p coin is obscured by the tyre then your tyre has adequate tread. If you can see the outer band of the 20p coin then your tyres could be approaching the legal limit and it is advised to book in and have them checked/changed asap.
Tyre Safety Tips

Stopping distance

With the average speed limit in the UK being 30mph, do you know how long it takes to stop in an emergency at that speed? 23m. How about 50mph? 53m. 70mph? a whooping 96m.

Did you know that in wet conditions it takes twice as long? isn’t that a scary thought.

An even more scarier thought is the stopping distance in icy, snowy conditions. Do you know how much longer it takes to stop? yes, 10x as long to stop on an icy road.

Please be careful when travelling. Any worries or concerns with your tyres please make sure you get your tyres checked ASAP. Tyres online stock a wide range of tyres to suit all driving needs and budgets. They even offer appointments 7 days a week.

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Are These Hidden Dangers Lurking In Your Family Home?

Are These Hidden Dangers Lurking In Your Family Home?

Keeping your kids safe is the number one priority for all parents, and that starts at home. Obviously, you’ve already baby proofed the house and put any dangerous things like knives and cleaning chemicals out of reach. But there are a lot of other dangers around the house that you might not have even considered before. These are some of the biggest hidden dangers lurking in your home.

Clutter

Clutter is a big problem in the home because it eats up all of your space and makes it difficult to stay organized, but that isn’t the only reason that you should consider having a bit of a clearout. If you’ve got things lying around all over the floor, that’s a trip hazard. Kids are always running around all over the place so it’s likely that they’ll fall and hurt themselves if there is too much clutter on the floor. If you’ve got particularly young children, you’ve got to think about choking hazards as well. If you aren’t on top of all of the clutter, there might be small things that they could swallow and choke on, so always make sure the house is clean and tidy.

Paint

You probably don’t think of the paint on your walls as a potential hazard but it can be. If you live in an older property and you haven’t decorated since you moved in, there’s a chance that the paint on the walls could have lead in it. You can get home testing kits to check the paint for lead. If you find some, you need to get professionals in to strip it off for you and paint the walls again. It’s not just lead you need to watch out for either, most modern paints have some pretty nasty chemicals in them and all of that stuff is floating around in the air in your home. You might want to consider using eco-friendly alternatives that use more natural ingredients.

Bad Wiring

You should already know that you need to keep the kids away from plug sockets but that’s not the only electrical danger in the house. If you’ve got bad wiring, there’s always the chance that they could get a shock from using electrical appliances. With kids spending so much time on computers and games consoles these days, that’s a big problem. It’s worth getting a professional company like Analogue Electrics to check the wiring every so often to make sure that everything is in good working order. If there is a problem, you need to catch it as soon as possible.

Air Humidifiers

Air humidifiers are a good purchase if the air in your home is particularly dry because it can cause skin problems, but you’ve got to be careful with them. Most people don’t clean them anywhere near often enough and that’s a big problem. All sorts of bacteria can build up in there and it’s getting recycled into the air in your house. If you’re going to use a humidifier, always make sure you clean it regularly.

If you’re not on top of these hidden dangers, you could be putting your family’s health at risk.

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Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Making your home safer and healthier

Your family home should be a safe space. It should be a place where you can bring up your kids to be healthy happy adults. Unfortunately, for too many of us, our homes are far from being the safe havens we would imagine. They’re filled with potential dangers like boiling water, toxic substances and dodgy wiring that could potentially make us sick or cause an accident. So, even if you think your home is a pretty safe, healthy place to be, it’s worth doing what you can to make it even healthier. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Check Your Hot Water Heater

We all know that leaving young children alone in the bath is a bad idea because they could drown, but few of us think too much about the possibility of scalding, Unfortunately, many kids are burned by too hot bath water each year, and although most of them are not too badly affected, some will experience significant injuries. That’s why, if you have a baby or toddler in the house, it’s a good idea to check the temperature of your water heater. 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal because temperatures above that could scald a child in as little as 5 seconds!

Secure Your Windows

It’s shocking, but thousands of children each year are injured falling out of windows. That’s why it’s never a bad idea to install window guards on any windows that could be accessed by small children. Of course, you want to be able to open your windows quickly in the case of fire, so you should look for guards that are quick-release, just in case.

Remove Asbestos

It’s unbelievable how many homes and sheds in this country still contain asbestos. Once a popular building material due to its fire-resistant properties, asbestos is known to cause a range of devastating illnesses, including lung cancer and asbestosis. If you suspect you may have asbestos on your property, it’s important that you call in the professionals to remove it safely from your home.

Look Out for Faulty Wiring

Making your home safer and healthier

Faulty wiring is a disaster waiting to happen. It can cause fires and electric shocks if left unattended to. Tell-tale signs of faulty wiring include flickering lights, circuit breakers, and fuses that go out on a regular basis, switches that give off shocks and burning smells. If you notice any of these things, call in a local electrician to take a look. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s safety, after all.

Decorate with Chemical Free Paint

There’s nothing more satisfying that freshly painted walls that are all clean and new. Of course, the average can of paint contains all manner of toxins, which h won’t exactly do you or your family much good when breathed in. If you want your home to be as toxin free as possible, it is, therefore, a good idea to use eco-friendly chemical-free paint. Sure, they’re a little more expensive, but they’re so worth it, if only because you don’t have to put up with that horrible paint smell for days after decorating.

Install and Test Smoke Alarms

If you don’t already have smoke alarms installed in your home, please, please go out and buy some right now. A functioning smoke alarm really could save yours and your family’s lives at some point. You might think that a fire could never break out at your home, but most people who’ve had house fires think that too. It can and does happen to anyone so take precautions by installing and regularly testing an alarm today.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Making your home safer and healthier

While you’re buying that smoke alarm, pick up a carbon monoxide detector too. Carbon monoxide is so dangerous because it’s odourless and it can creep up on you without noticing. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a headache, dizziness, and nausea and if you are exposed to it for long enough, you could die. Protect your family by installing a detector as soon as possible.

Keep the Place Clean

I know most of us hate doing household chores, but keeping your home clean and tidy is one of the best ways to prevent sickness bugs, food poisoning, allergies and the worsening of conditions like asthma. You don’t need to keep your house spotlessly clean, but don’t neglect it either or it could become a breeding ground for all kinds of nasties.

It might seem like a lot of work, but periodically checking up on your property and making any relevant changes will help you to maintain a safe, comfortable and very healthy home.

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Trouble free road trip

Trouble free road trip

7 Ways to Keep Your Road Trips Trouble Free

Road trips can start of with a great sense of excitement, but a few simple checks before you set out can mean that they don’t turn to disaster. Breaking down or having to sort out a car fault are major hassles whenever they come up, but seem that much worse on a road trip, far from home. Before you set out, remember to take the following seven simple measures to keep you on the road without any trouble.

1. Inspect your lights before taking to the road.

This means all of your car’s light including the fog light and reversing light. Never forget to also check the courtesy light in the boot, either. Always keep a spare bulb or two in the boot in case one does happen to blow.

2. Replace any part worn tyres close to the end of their lives.

According to Point-S, a visual inspection should include the full rim of the tyre, not just the section that it is easiest to see at the outer edge of the wheel.

3. Keep Your Valuables Safe.

When travelling in a car, it can be easy to forget that your belongings are on view when you come to a halt. AA advise that valuables are covered or stored in the boot so that they are simply not on view.

4. Top up with screen wash.

The last thing that you want to do is have to stop on a motorway journey just to add screen wash. Make sure there is an adequate supply in case you drive into a greasy stretch of road.

5. Take enough entertainment to keep young children happy for extended periods.

Sometimes, road journeys are not so much fun for little ones as they are for adults. Books, games and even a portable DVD player can be a real life saver if the children get bored in the back and need to be entertained. Remember that children do need comfort breaks more often than grown ups, but you can probably drive further between them if the kids don’t become too fed up.

6. Plan your journey.

As per the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, safe road trips mean planned road trips. This not just about picking out the best route, in advance, from a map – although this is an important factor. It includes planning the best time to make the next stage of the road trip. This might mean that you are able to avoid rush hours or peak road usage, but it could also be so that you drive when you are freshest and most rested.

7. Take out breakdown cover.

In the event of a full mechanical breakdown, cover that will help you get to your destination is invaluable. However, road side assistance can be even more useful if you have minor problems, too. Overall, it is the peace of mind you get by obtaining cover that makes your road trip that much more pleasant to undertake.

I hope these trouble free road trip tips help.

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