Tyre Talk

6 tips for untroubled Summer trips

Here’s some advice on how to make sure no bad luck will cross your path on your next summer road trip. On seaside highways especially, after all, you don’t want to be stranded like a beached whale.

1. Come prepared
Think of yourself as a captain on a sailing ship. You would want to make sure all knots are tied, whether the anchor is hauled and if all parts of the ship are cleaned. 

Ask yourself: Do I have an emergency kit? Did I buy a spare tyre? Do I have a high visibility vest in case I break down? 

Worn parts should be replaced or repaired, tyre pressure and fluid levels should be checked and all the lights should be working. The minimum depth the tread pattern of your tyre should be is 1.6mm. Don’t know how to measure it? Just take a 1 Euro coin, and put it in the tread pattern. If you can still see the yellow line, you need new tyres!

Look for scratches on your tyres. As heat builds up by driving, worn or damaged tyres might blow out, and you will lose steering control.  

Also remember to check what kind of roads you will be driving. Different tyres might make a difference in your driving joy. If you are planning to drive a lot on the highway, it might be worth to check out the Bridgestone Potenza S001, which is built for high speed performance. Planning to explore the wild roads? The Bridgestone Dueler A/T 693 won’t let you down. And remember, it’s summertime, so lose those winter tyres!

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2. Remember the passenger(s)
Make sure your passengers are safe at all times. Look around before you leave. Are your kids buckled up, or are they still climbing around your car like little monkeys? If you’re travelling with young children, take several stops to let them go to the bathroom and release their energy into the fresh air. It will also reduce your stress level! Gives them some games to distract them, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the open road.

3. Do not rush
A vehicle driving at a high speed requires more time and distance to stop. So leave some distance between you and the car ahead of you. Your speed will also determine your reaction to the moves of other vehicles. Driving fast means you will have less time to react to obstacles on the road

Responsible driving also means you obey all the road signs and signals, especially the speed limits and traffic lights. Don’t take calls if you don’t have a headset, and avoid unnecessary calls if you do. And of course, never drink and drive.

Car mirror

4. Get enough sleep
When you drive long distances, you might be tempted to cross a big distance at once, even when you’re tired. However, fatigue works in the same way as fast speed does. You will not be able to react properly when an obstacle comes your way. Get a good night’s rest before you leave, and take regular stops along the way. The breaks will give you a better blood circulation and keep you more alert.

5. Respect your load capacity
If you plan on going camping, and decide to haul a trailer, remember to check the vehicle’s owner manual to make sure your car is properly equipped for the job. Your rear view mirrors should give a good view of the road behind you. Remember that you need more space and time to stop when your car is heavily loaded, or if you’re towing a trailer.

6. Remember the road is not yours alone
Remember that you share the road with the rest of us. Summer means more people will be spending their time outside. We’ve all seen them, the cyclists who think they are Eddy Merckx or Fabian Cancellara, but being cautious is a must. They are more vulnerable than you, so be courteous.