Caravan owners from North Somerset who are going away for the August Bank Holiday (August 31, 2015) are being offered a free tyre check for their vehicles from us.
We are inviting people to visit our centre during August for a complimentary tyre safety check for their caravans and trailer tents.
During the August Bank Holiday weekend a high proportion of caravan owners will take to the roads. Many owners will not carry out basic safety checks to ensure a trouble free break.
Out of season storage conditions can sometimes have a detrimental effect on caravan and trailer tent tyres. We recommend owners carry out some simple checks to ensure their safety during their journey.
We are asking people to examine tyres to ensure that there are no cuts, lumps or bulges and that the sidewalls are not affected by cracking or distortion due to being left standing for an extended period.
Tyres must also have a minimum of 1.6 millimetre (mm) of tread, although we recommend that tyres with less than 2.5mm of tread should be considered for replacements.
Owners of caravans or trailer tents are advised that if their tyres are more than seven-years-old they should be replaced irrespective of their condition.
We also recommend that the tyres on the tow car should be checked, including the spare, before the journey.
A particularly important aspect of tyre safety, and often one overlooked by owners, is the age of the tyres fitted to the caravan or trailer. In fact determining the age of a tyre is simple and straightforward. A code is marked on the tyre sidewall with the first two numbers giving the week and the third and fourth digits referring to the year of manufacture.
If caravaners are in any doubt about the condition or age of their tyres, then we’re offering a free Bank Holiday tyre safety check before the weekend.
Tyre pressures are equally crucial to the safety, stability and economical running of both the caravan and the towing vehicle. Under or over inflated tyres can not only affect the handling, but can, at the extreme, result in a tyre failure.
Tyres not inflated to the correct pressures can also wear more quickly, will use more fuel and create more CO2 emissions. Owners should consult the vehicle handbook for the correct tyre pressures.
At this time of year, you might be out and about more often with your dog and if it’s in the car for short or long journeys, then here are a few handy tips to ensure it’s kept healthy and happy:
Consider the implications of heat or travel sickness on animals, for example dogs should never be left in a car on a warm day even for a few minutes with a window open.
According to the RSPCA, if it’s 22°C outside, within an hour it can be 47°C inside a car.
Like humans, animals can also suffer from motion sickness.
Fresh air does wonders, so open the window a little when travelling in the car. There are also medications available from your vet to help alleviate motion sickness.
Dogs cannot regulate their body temperatures as efficiently as humans, so make sure it isn’t too hot or too cold in the car. Take care with using your air conditioning.
We’re encouraging bikers to take advantage of a free tyre safety check we’re offering this month (August, 2015).
Motorcyclists will be able to get a free tyre safety check with us during August as part of TyreSafe’s PACT campaign.
TyreSafe is an organisation set up to raise awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.
We are supporting TyreSafe and its PACT campaign, which stands for Performance, Air Pressure, Condition and Tread.
The campaign encourages riders to make a PACT with their tyres so they can get the best performance from their bike.
We want to encourage bikers to make sure their machines are in good working order during the riding season. To support TyreSafe we are offering a comprehensive free tyre safety check for bikers, covering tyre pressures, tread depth, balancing and wheel alignment.”
As well as free bike tyre safety checks throughout August, we are also offering motorcyclists advice on tyre selection and simple maintenance guidelines to gain the maximum value for money and performance from the tyres fitted.
A contact patch no larger than the palm of your hand is all that connects motorcyclists with the road surface.
Defective tyres on a motorcycle can affect handling, cornering and the ability for the motorcycle or scooter to achieve an optimum balance for the rider. A few simple checks can make all the difference.
We are a modern car and motorcycle maintenance firm in Weston-super-Mare.