Road trips can be a great way to explore the UK and visit parts of the country you have never been to before.
Whether you’re from London and want to explore places in the East Midlands like Nottingham or Lincoln, or you live in Buckinghamshire and want to get to places in South Wales or the West Country, travelling by road makes a great deal of sense. This is especially true when there are several of you travelling together. Compared to train fares from Aylesbury to Marylebone or from Nottingham to Edinburgh, for example, taking one car with passengers is often cheaper.
That said, you shouldn’t skimp on the condition of your car’s tyres before beginning a road trip. Wherever you live, it’s worth considering whether you need to have new tyres fitted before a long journey that will inevitably place them under greater strain.
Risking a long journey with ageing tyres simply isn’t worth it. Let’s take a look at why.
1. Older tyres may blow out
The older your tyres are, the more likely they are to suffer from a blowout.
When you’re on a road trip, you’ll typically spend hours on faster roads getting from one part of the country to another. You will therefore encounter more road debris than usual. If your tyres are old and you run over a hazard, then you could be in for some serious problems that may have been avoidable if with newer tyres.
2. Illegal tyres will land you in trouble
Even if your tyres are street-legal when you set out on your road trip, they may not stay that way for the entire journey.
Ask your preferred local tyre fitter to check yours, so at least you know how long they can be expected to last. You may only need to exchange one or two, after all. Remember that balding tyres invalidate your insurance and can wind up in police action being taken.
3. Ill-aligned tyres will wear down
Even if your tyres are okay, when they’re out of alignment they will cause drag and wear down faster than they should.
New tyre fitting should include adjusting the tracking so that they are lined up properly. Once your tyres are properly aligned, you won’t just enjoy a quieter time while driving, but you should also be safer as well. You can book your tyre fitting in Buckinghamshire at Broadway Autocentres, for instance.
4. Fitting new tyres elsewhere may be costly
If you need a new tyre during your road trip, this will be inconvenient and can quickly eat into your time away. In addition, you won’t know where to get the best deals on tyres.
Even if you do find a reputable tyre fitter nearby, you won’t necessarily be able to obtain the sort of tyres you prefer from the selection they have in stock. It’s therefore better to have them fitted before you embark on a trip away from home, rather than hoping for the best.
5. You may need to rely on breakdown recovery
Finally, problems with tyres could lead to other issues like not braking properly, or needing help to fit your spare.
Even if you already subscribe to a breakdown recovery service, waiting by the roadside for assistance to arrive isn’t many people’s idea of fun. Fit new tyres and enjoy the peace of mind they afford instead.