Local Tyre Dealer and Service Centre Announces Mum’s Taxi Safety Challenge
Mums are capable of handling any situation that they are faced with. However, it is important to anticipate and be prepared for unforeseen situations, such as changing a tyre on the side of the road. Knowing basic tyre safety tips is beneficial in any circumstance.
It is without a doubt that when it comes to anything related to safety, mums are knowledgeable, especially when it comes to their child’s safety on the roads. Mums are quick to grasp most vehicle and tyre concepts, whether it is rim replacements, tyre pressure or changing a tyre.
Keeping “Mum’s Taxi” in Good Working Condition
Mums often spend their time shuttling their kids from one school activity to another. Therefore, it is common that mums to be occupied and forget to regulate their tyre condition. To avoid unexpected tyre blowouts that are not only inconvenient but also dangerous, tyre safety measures need to be taken and carried out as often as possible.
Ensuring the safety of all passengers while in transit is of utmost importance to mums. Whilst changing the vehicle’s oil, mums should squeeze in a quick tyre inspection. And here’s why:
Mum’s Taxi’s Tyre Inflation
Tyres tend to deflate gradually within that time, even in short distance travel. This affects the overall traction on the road. Since the tyres deflate slowly, mums may only start to notice a problem when it is too late. This is why “frequent tyre inflation checks are important and getting tyres pumped as often as possible is necessary,” says tyre recycler and founder of Branigans Tyres, Chris Lett.
Spotting Sidewall Damage
A quick inspection of the tyre’s sidewalls can be done just before the next errand. It’s only four tyres, so scanning for bulges or scratches on the sides shouldn’t take up much time.
A vehicle left in the sun for excessive hours in high temperatures affects the tyres. Tyres tend to bear the brunt of excessive exposure to heat and ultraviolet light which can result in the rubber degrading. It is always best to park the vehicle in the shade or undercover roofs.
Tyre Tread Depth Tests
Another important aspect of tyre maintenance is doing a tyre tread check. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.5mm in Australia. Although mums tend to drive responsibly on the roads, unforeseen incidences may occur that require emergency braking. To bring a car to an immediate stop is much harder with tyres are worn out.
A quick and easy test can be done using a 10-cent coin, by “placing the coin in the groove of the tyre,” says Lett, Mums can check if the coin appears hidden or visible. “If the coin is hidden, then the tread depth is above the legal minimum,” says Lett.
Alternatively, a stop at Branigans Tyres can be made en route to mums next school run. These tyre checks can be done in a few minutes and mums will be notified if a new set of tyres is required.
Branigans Tyres has well-established workshops in Burleigh Heads and Southport in the Gold Coast region. Check out their full range of services or current featured promotions. Branigans award-winning affordable tyre subscriptions package start at $7.97 and help motorists budget for their ongoing tyre needs. For guaranteed customer satisfaction when it comes to tyre servicing and vehicle maintenance, customers are encouraged to drive in at their convenience as no pre-bookings or appointments are required. The branches are Burleigh Heads: (07) 5535 2660 situated at 13 Flagstone Drive or Southport: (07) 5591 8633 situated at 1/277 Southport-Nerang Rd.
Branigans Tyres Southport
Branigans Tyres Southport
277 Southport Nerang Road
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