Are you Tyred-Out ?

Written by Robin Piggott

Are…. YOU …… Tyred – Out ? ?

Tyres and How to look after them


Tyres arerepparttar one aspect of a Car that are often overlooked until disaster strikes and in this section we are going to examine allrepparttar 146986 aspects of tyre care and maintenance so that you will stay safe and arrive alive. “ARRIVE ALIVE” Astral School of Motoring,s new Blog at:-

1.Tyres wear out………. just like any other component in a car, only more so. You need to keep a constant eye on your tyres since they arerepparttar 146987 one thing that keeps you onrepparttar 146988 road, apart of course, from your observation! 2.Legal limit 1.6mm……….but at this point you are over 80% gone….Soooh they should be replaced before this tread depth is reached! 3.Tyre Pressures…..the Manufacturers recommended pressures you will find in your manual and also printed inside your fuel filler cap. These are for Factory –Fitted tyres…..other makes or sizes of tyre may require different pressures, so check with your Tyre Shop for advice. The manufacturers will always give you two settings of Tyre pressure…one forrepparttar 146989 car with Driver and one passenger….one forrepparttar 146990 car with a full load. Its important to further inflaterepparttar 146991 tyres when you have a full load, particularly if you are going on a long journey that involves high –speed carriageway or Motorway driving. Underinflated tyres are unsafe; don’t give you good road holding ;wear out much more quickly; create extra drag which means higher fuel consumption; and give your passengers and uncomfortable ride. If you have young children inrepparttar 146992 rear seat be prepared for car sickness! 4.Cuts –Splits – Bulges……….are easy to acquire, if you play footsie with kerbs and potholes. Mountingrepparttar 146993 Kerb can damagerepparttar 146994 sidewall ofrepparttar 146995 tyre either invisibly or very visibly. Tyre sidewalls are much thinner thanrepparttar 146996 tyre tread and so are easily damaged. .A bulge indicates severe damage torepparttar 146997 side wall and this will requirerepparttar 146998 immediate replacement ofrepparttar 146999 tyre. There is a danger of a blow-out occurring at high speed with a damaged tyre. Pot-holes, by their very nature have sharp edges and going over one at any kind of speed, will often lead to a puncture, or worse,repparttar 147000 complete destruction ofrepparttar 147001 tyre ,not to mention your beautiful ,newly acquired Alloy wheels. 5.The Spare Wheel……is often forgotten about and should be included in your weekly tyre pressure check. The tyre will lose its pressure over time and it’s a real nuisance and a danger, to get a puncture, miles from anywhere, and then find that your spare tyre is flat! You are then side-lined withrepparttar 147002 obvious delays in getting hold of a mobile tyre service, but perhaps worse isrepparttar 147003 possibility of creating a major obstruction onrepparttar 147004 road with your stranded car. A car that cannot be moved offrepparttar 147005 road creates a serious accident hazard. 6.Punctures…..What to do when you get one? It’s very important to know how to change a wheel, following a puncture, whether you are a Guy or a Girl! Changing a wheel is relatively simple, providing you haverepparttar 147006 correct equipment and utiliserepparttar 147007 correct technique. However it is not always easy or safe. Inrepparttar 147008 next section we will discuss this in more detail but inrepparttar 147009 meantime if you are a Lady drive and some difficulty with this exercise; providing you get all your tools out and look as if you know what you are doing, then it is very likely that a passing motorist will stop and assist you and get you motoring again in a few minutes. 7.Equipment…….The wheelbrace that comes with your car when it is new, we have found to be sometimes ineffective when trying to releaserepparttar 147010 wheel nuts if your wheel has either not been removed for a very long time, or has been overtightened byrepparttar 147011 gun in use in a garage or tyre shop. We have got through numerous wheel braces overrepparttar 147012 years which have had to be discarded in favour ofrepparttar 147013 professional criss-cross, cast iron brace, which will last you a life time and which you can take with you when you change cars .This type of wheel brace has four different size sockets and will, because of it’s tremendous leverage, enable you to loosenrepparttar 147014 most stubborn of nuts. An added bonus of carrying one of these is that you will be able to help any other Motorist who is having trouble with his wheel. Final tip here is to maskrepparttar 147015 socket which fits your wheels with some red insulating tape so that you can easily identify this inrepparttar 147016 dark. A lot of punctures happen at night or in a snow storm so you can do a lot to make things easier and safer for you. The jack should be inrepparttar 147017 boot withrepparttar 147018 rest ofrepparttar 147019 kit but do check if you are buying an older second hand car, that you have one…you might need it aroundrepparttar 147020 next corner! !

The Irish Driving Scene.An Instructors Perspective.

Written by Robin Piggott

The Irish Driving Scene.An Instructors Perspective

The Driving Environment

Today’s motoring environment is very different to that of thirty or even fifteen years ago for a number of key reasons and we will examine these to get an idea ofrepparttar kind of skills needed to survive in today’s world and stay accident free. Forrepparttar 146985 first time in over one hundred and fifty years our population has exceeded 4 million and continues to increase steadily. Demographics The age of our population is quite unique and according torepparttar 146986 2002 census there are approximately 640,200 people inrepparttar 146987 15 – 24 age bracket who are in, or approaching,repparttar 146988 age at which they will want to drive. Lets be clear on this point …every person in today’s Ireland will aspire to drive and own a car in this prosperity environment, for career, family and social reasons .Inrepparttar 146989 past until you hadrepparttar 146990 potential to be able to own a car it was quite common not to bother to learn to drive. Those that needed to get to work from a distance tended to rely on neighbours and friends or relatives to berepparttar 146991 ever present chauffeur. It’s very common today for an exodus fromrepparttar 146992 city limits out torepparttar 146993 open country to live, with huge numbers of houses, sorry mansions; being constructed at seemingly breakneck speed. The draw ofrepparttar 146994 country air andrepparttar 146995 sweet sounds of birds inrepparttar 146996 morning seems to be an irresistible magnet forrepparttar 146997 city dweller. A car or three is taken for granted. Of course , we are a nation of keen gardeners now andrepparttar 146998 regular trip torepparttar 146999 garden centre could not be undertaken by public transport because it doesn’t exist in most rural areas. All of this means that we have a far greater number of cars and drivers onrepparttar 147000 road than thirty years ago and at different times of day due to many variations in working hours. So there is hardly a time when you are unlikely to meet another vehicle. Six am duringrepparttar 147001 working week can be just as dangerous as five thirty rush hour. Learner Drivers Current numbers of learner Drivers are estimated at 350,000 and this continues to be swelled byrepparttar 147002 increase in our immigrant population, both expatriates and non-nationals setting up home here forrepparttar 147003 first time. The waiting list for a Driving Test has reached an all time high due mainly to these demographics, but also torepparttar 147004 relatively small number of Driving Examiners . This situation is being addressed atrepparttar 147005 moment withrepparttar 147006 probability of an outside agency being drafted in to undertake a further 40,000 Driving Tests overrepparttar 147007 course of a year .While it is unfortunate that all drivers have to wait such a long time in order to sit their Test it is an opportunity for them to learn some very essential skills and to prepare well forrepparttar 147008 Test. It is very common for candidates to leave their lessons torepparttar 147009 last moment which very often produces a negative result. Worse still, isrepparttar 147010 mistaken belief thatrepparttar 147011 longer one is drivingrepparttar 147012 greater chance of passingrepparttar 147013 Driving Test. Without professional lessonsrepparttar 147014 chances of passingrepparttar 147015 Test are pretty remote; but more crucial will berepparttar 147016 lack of basic skills leading to accidents which can and should be preventable .Passingrepparttar 147017 Driving Test, while certainly a milestone in a person’s driving career, is onlyrepparttar 147018 beginning of a life –long process notrepparttar 147019 end. Professional Tuition Safe Driving for Life can be achieved, withrepparttar 147020 correct mind set andrepparttar 147021 knowledge that good basic driving skills arerepparttar 147022 foundation forrepparttar 147023 learning process and need to be provided by Professional Instructors and not relatives or friends. Practise with Mum or Dad is very useful but only in conjunction with proper Tuition. Being able to move a car downrepparttar 147024 road and perhaps change a gear or two and even steer out of trouble is notrepparttar 147025 level of skill needed to stay alive and is about as far fromrepparttar 147026 required Driving Test standard as we are fromrepparttar 147027 Moon.(about 250,000 miles, sorry 400,000Km atrepparttar 147028 last count).I am not suggesting that we need to drive a quarter of a million miles

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