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3 Ways to Look After Your Van Tyres This Winter

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Whether you love it or hate it, winter is here, and as per usual it’s likely to bring rain, snow and ice. Challenging driving conditions mean that it’s more important than ever to keep your tyres in good condition. Apart from regularly checking the depth of the tyre tread, what else do you need to do to look after your van tyres?

 

1.Check Your Tyre Pressure

Keeping your van’s tyres inflated to the correct pressure is vital for several reasons:

Safety
When your tyres are under-inflated, your van will not handle as well, so putting yourself and other road users at risk. If they are over-inflated, they may overheat and will be at increased risk of failing.

The Environment
The second reason to keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure is to protect the environment. If the tyres are under-inflated, your van’s fuel efficiency will be lower, and its CO2 emissions will be higher.

Save yourself some money
Vans with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance and so use more fuel than they need to. Over-inflated tyres are at greater risk of damage and are likely to need replacing more often.

 

2.Check for Damage

Some common reasons for cuts and tears on your tyres include impact between the tyre and the kerb or driving over potholes or other irregularities on the road surface. If you spot any damage, get your tyre checked as soon as possible as the tyre will be at increased risk of failing. Kerbing can also cause wheels to get out of alignment and lead to further uneven wear on the tyres. Heavy emergency braking can also result in “flat spots” on the tyre, so if you have had to brake sharply, get your tyres checked soon.

 

3.Your tyres are your responsibility

New regulations including the Duty of Care and Corporate and Social Responsibility place responsibility squarely on the driver of the vehicle for checking that it is maintained in a safe condition. Keep yourself and other road users as safe as possible this winter by making fortnightly tyre inspections part of your regular van maintenance.

9 Tips to Help You Master Driving in Heavy Rain

Isometric White Van Flooded in Two Positions

Autumn has rolled round and you know what that means for us brits? Rain, and lots of it. Be prepared for hazards and increase your chances of staying safe when driving in heavy rain by following the tips below.

1. Delay your journey, drive only if it is an absolute necessity. Plan in advance, and be careful to avoid areas that are prone to flooding. Allow extra time for the journey, as there may be traffic congestion.

2. Adapt your driving to suit the weather conditions. Adhere to stopping distances in poor weather. Avoid sudden moves such as reckless steering or sudden braking that may unbalance the car and lead to skidding.

3. Only attempt to navigate flood water if you are certain of its depth, and keep to a slow, steady speed to avoid creating waves.

4. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle immediately ahead of you, remember the two second rule. Be aware of the actions of drivers around you, especially in heavy rain.

5. Try to avoid driving through water that is fast flowing as, even in a good sturdy van, you may easily get swept away and serious damage may be caused to the vehicle.

6. If you do drive through flood water, keep to the highest part of the road. If possible, observe other vehicles to judge the depth of the water. Flooding the engine may cause it to stall, and deep water may actually float the vehicle off the road.

7. If you find yourself aquaplaning, (tyres gliding along on the surface of the water, instead of the road surface), do not brake sharply but gently ease off the accelerator to avoid skidding and let the van slow, while you steer in the direction you’re headed. The tyres will eventually regain contact with the road surface.

8. Do not try to restart the engine if it cuts out after driving through flood water, as the engine may be damaged. It is better to call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally checked. Remember to also have the brakes tested to ensure they are in good working order.

9. Remember to take emergency supplies on your journey as you may be delayed. A flashlight, blankets, snacks and hot drinks are essential.