Caring for your tyres

This post is going to be a little bit different to my regular content, but something I touch on now and again as it’s so important. As you know from my socials, I travel a lot with my daughter Alice and every week my trusty car ventures from Essex to Suffolk. I have owned my Kia for over ten years now and I honestly can’t see me driving another vehicle. It’s the perfect runaround car for Alice and I, though as our family expands we will of course have to rethink the Picanto!

I wanted to share a few thoughts and tips with you all about taking care of you car, especially for those of you who travel often. Caring for your tyres is the first point of call. It can be something easily forgotten, but serious if left too long before checking. I know what it’s like to have a blown tyre on a motorway, and it was one of the scariest things that I definitely don’t want to repeat again. If you have a diary or calendar, make a little note on the first of every month to do a simple check using a 20p coin to test the tread.

If you’re not sure about tyre pressure, then most petrol stations will have a tyre pressure machine. It’s a job worth doing if you’re on your way to fill up before your next adventure! If you do find yourself in need of some new wheels, check out tyres for a great local price at Elite Direct Tyres Rainham, Essex Branch.

We have quite a few cars in our family, so we all make sure to keep each other’s cars in good condition, especially when it comes to wheels. I can’t say the same for the inside of my car- travelling with a baby means random wipes, tissues and lots of socks scattered about! But it’s on my list to do seeing as the weather is so nice this week in East Anglia.

Are you caring for your tyres? Let me know in the comments below and if you have any car stories of your own to share. Until next time, stay safe,

Saharasplash x

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Talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter

So I haven’t been driving my car recently, mainly because of that fact that I’ve just had a baby, and stitches are still healing. It’s been quite a rollercoaster month this month and we are now experiencing that time of year where the temperatures and clocks are changing. This post about talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter is for all the drivers out there as a kind reminder to keep you and your car happy this season no matter how busy your life can get.

1. Tyres

It’s so important to check your tyres regularly if you are out and about on the roads. Tread can be easily measured with a 20p piece. Place the coin in one of the main grooves in your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured then your tread is fine. If not, it’s not legal! On Fife Autocentre* you can book tyres in Stirling, but you can find the right tyre and local branch to you by doing a quick online search.

2. Water

I like to have my water checked every month, usually by my husband. You need to make sure that during the winter months that your water is checked according to the changing temperatures. If we are having a rainy spell, you would want to check it more often. This is because you are more likely to use your wipers more to get rid of dirt and smears left by the rain. If we are expecting frost, make up a bottle of 1/8 antifreeze 7/8 water before pouring in. This will help to avoid those crappy mornings waiting to leave your driveway with a frosted up screen and a frozen water supply!

3. Oil

If you regularly use and service your car (every 12 thousand miles) you shouldn’t need to check your oil. But if you are a sporadic driver or you aren’t racking up the miles to service it regularly, then best to check that dipstick!

4. Comfort

It’s sometimes easy to forget this factor when driving. As someone who makes continuous journeys back and forth to London and Ipswich, it’s really important that I am comfy in the car. I have discovered a fantastic cushion during my pregnancy this year which has helped ease my aches and pains as they progressively got worse during my pregnancy and beyond. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is one of a kind and has been so imperative for each and every car journey lasting over 30 minutes for me. Its unique style and shape help to ease signs and symptoms of sciatica.

You can take it out and use it in the workplace with any seat or chair. The first car journey home from hospital was not nice after having quite a few stitches, but I was so happy to see my cushion waiting for me in my husband’s car when it was time to head home with our baby girl. I am continuing to use the cushion post pregnancy as it makes the journeys so much easier and less painful.

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I hope that this piece on talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter has reminded you to make those all important checks if you haven’t done so recently. Stay safe on the roads, and Alice is loving her current car setup!

Saharasplash x

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