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Preparing Your Vehicle to Return to Normal Usage Post Lock-Down

Once the lock-down was announced, many motorists and possibly yourself included, would have placed vehicles into a temporary storage situation - whether it be on the road, in a garage or on the drive. But, did you check the tyres beforehand? If you did, that's great! If not, then it's definitely not too late to pop outside for five minutes, grab some fresh air and double check the tread and condition of your tyres. If you're feeling a surge of freedom, why not check the neighbour's tyres or a vulnerable persons locally too?- (but ask them first, of course!)


Whilst your vehicle is forced to remain mostly parked up for much longer periods of time than normal, it's a good idea to take the vehicle out for a short and local run. This could be to the shop or just down the road. Not only will this keep the engine in motion and all associated parts free, but it will also prevent the tyres from getting flat spots.

 

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Flat spots on tyres occur where steel bands (within the tyre) are placed under one spot of pressure for a prolonged period and causes the band to form a D shape instead of the normal round O! If you headed out with flat spots, you may notice that once the tyre rotated, it might feel as though you were rolling over an uneven surface. Eventually, and with gentle driving, the tyre would warm up and the casing would correct it's shape.

The risk for many - certainly one many caravanners experience - is to get back in the car and straight back up to high speeds, The tyre would be placed under enormous strain while it rotated on these high points and potential suffer a catastrophic failure. To prevent this, just move the vehicle once a week forward and backward but also try to move the vehicle round a corner (if possible!) as this will flex and stretch the structure.

When a vehicle is left outside in an area with exposure to sunlight, the rubber can be damaged by UV light causing drying and subsequent cracking in the side wall and exposed tread areas. Where possible, try to store your vehicle out of direct sun light or even cover your wheels/tyres with a breathable covering.


Before heading back out on the road after a lay up, double check the tyre pressures on all vehicles and adjust to suit. In addition, even though they have been static, check for any foreign objects in the tyre or other visible damage/wear issues.


TIP: Take it slowly when first driving again as you;ll want the tyres to heat up evenly and progressively.

Be aware too that on a first drive out for a few weeks, you might hear quite an unnerving grinding noise when you first apply the brakes!!! This is most likely caused by a thin layer of corrosion that has built up on the exposed brake discs on your car. It's quite normal and several gentle applications of the brakes over a short distance should soon clean them back up to normal efficiency levels! (if the noise persists though - this may indicate badly worn brake components and require proper inspection!)


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If you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 


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