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Winter safety advice

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Winter is now firmly upon us, the temperatures have dropped and the days have got darker even earlier.

I heard an alarming fact on the radio this morning that in the last 12months, 2918 deaths or serious injuries occurred on UK roads in wet weather.

At this time of year vehicle maintenance is more vital than ever.

I have already mentioned that the days are getting darker earlier, when was the last time you checked that your lights were working properly? Darker evenings, maybe a bit of fog/mist/rain thrown in too can mean that all of a sudden visibility is very poor indeed, and not just what the driver can see ahead of them, you need to be visible to other road users too!


If you haven’t checked your lights for a while then do so ASAP, get someone to walk around the car checking that headlights, both dipped and full beam are working, sidelights, fog and brake lights and indicators should all be checked. If you can’t find someone to help you can check most of these yourself by parking in front of a reasonably reflective surface such as a wall or garage door and check. Or, you could of course just pop into any TyreFinders branch and have them checked free of charge!

Washer fluid

With temperatures dropping, there are other items that need special attention, such as your windscreen washer fluid, not only should this be topped up, but consider topping it up with washer fluid that contains anti-freezing properties. Washer fluid is of no use to any one if its frozen solid!

Anti-freeze and coolant

Also, make sure that your vehicles anti-freeze/coolant is looking not only topped, but a nice healthy coulor (usually blue or red depending on manufacturer), this should only ever be checked and topped up whilst the engine is cool-never when hot!


This time of year, a failed battery is the number 1 cause for call outs by the RAC/AA etc. so it is well worth having your battery checked, especially if it is nearing 5 years old or more. Not many people would have the correct equipment at home to properly check he condition of a car battery but again, TyreFinders will happily inspect your battery for you free of charge.

Tyres probably have the hardest life over the winter months, so make sure you look after them properly, and they will look after you!

Winter tyres

Many people these days like to switch to winter tyres for the period between October and up to maybe march, winter tyres are made with a special compound that doesn’t go hard and potentially lose grip when the temperatures start to fall below 7 degrees. They also usually have a special tread design with lots of grooves or sipes to help give extra traction in snowy conditions. (it’s worth noting here that no tyre will give you any grip on ice, not even designated winter tyres)!

Tyre pressure

It’s also really important, as it is at any time of year to make sure that your tyre pressures are correct, if you are planning a long journey with maybe a heavier load than normal than be sure to increase the pressures slightly. Your vehicle usually has the correct tyre pressure settings in the handbook or on a sticker on the fuel cap/door panel.

Tyre tread

With more rain falling this time of year special attention should be paid to your tyre treads, a tyre with 3mm of tread remaining, whilst still perfectly legal in this country just won’t be able to disperse water as well as a tyre with fresh tread on so it may be worth considering changing your tyres slightly earlier than you usually would if they are getting close to or below 3mm.

Long journeys

Lastly, over the Christmas holidays families all over the country are making trips to see loved ones so it might worth after checking your vehicle is winter ready following the advice above, consider what items you take in the car with you just in case of a breakdown!

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • A torch with spare batteries, or even better-a wind up torch
  • Warm clothes and blankets-enough for yourself and your passengers
  • Boots
  • A first aid kit
  • Jump start cables
  • Some food and a warm drink in a thermos flask
  • A shovel
  • A reflective warning sign
  • A road atlas, (sat-navs and mobile phones are great for this-but only when they have battery and coverage!
  • Sunglasses-the glare off the snow when driving can really be dazzling
  • Mobile phone chargers

Get a free safety check

Hopefully the above tips will keep you safe over the winter months, and don’t forget, any TyreFinders branch will happily check any of the items we have mentioned here, or you could book yourself in for a free winter check.

Call and Collect service

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We all lead busy lifestyles these days, gone are the days of working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday We now seem to be used to split shifts, swing shifts, working through lunch breaks and working unsociable hours. Its little wonder we rarely be able to find the time get all of our jobs done, let alone spend as much quality time with our friends and family as we should do.

Don’t wait until your day off

Having to wait until your next day off to get the car into the garage for repairs or tyre replacements can quite often take a good couple of hours out of this day off, time that that be put to better use doing other things.

Tyres changed while you work

With this in mind TyreFinders offer a call and collect service, you simply give us a call and let us know what you need, i.e. tyres, brakes or a service etc., when we have agreed a price let us know a time and place for us to collect the vehicle, we will then pick the vehicle up and take it back to the branch to carry out the work required at the agreed price. If any additional work is required, we will ALWAYS obtain your permission first before carrying out any extra work that will take the price above what we have agreed before collecting the vehicle. When the work is completed we will then drop the vehicle back to an agreed destination.

Vehicle collection and return

We are happy to collect and deliver your vehicle from your place of work, at home, the local park and ride or even the beach if you were planning on topping up your tan (weather permitting of course)!

If you would like us to help you make the most of your time off and would like to take advantage of our call and collect service, fill in our form below, or call any of our branches. We will be happy to arrange this for you.

Customer story

A customer who has used our call and collect service is a lady from St Austell who needed two tyres replaced on her motorbike but was struggling to find the time to visit the branch. She did however have a full day of meetings at her work place in Truro city centre.

We arranged for the tyres to be delivered to our Truro branch and sent Carmelo our motorcycle technician to the lady’s place of work to collect the bike (Carmelo is an experienced biker and we are fully insured for him to ride customer’s motorbikes). A few hours later we delivered the bike back to her work place which meant that our customer could attend her meetings with minimal disruption and safely make her way home at the end of the day on a fresh set of tyres.

If you would like us to help you make the most of your time off and would like to take advantage of our call and collect service call any of our branches and we will be happy to arrange this for you.