Milestones Garage Tyre and MOT Centre
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Top Tips

TOP MOTORING TIPS AND WINTER WIPER ADVICE

Winter Wiper Advice

Most motorists are aware that trying to run wipers on a frozen windscreen will cause the wiper blades to degrade and produce streaks across the screen.

But here’s a TOP TIP for you about wiper blades that you may not be aware of:

If your windscreen is frozen, the wiper blades stick to the glass.  If the wipers are switched on this may cause a fuse to blow or the motor to be damaged leading to an expense which you can avoid.

Before you get into the vehicle, lift and unstick your wiper blades away from the windscreen.  

When in the vehicle, before you turn the ignition on, make sure the wipers are turned off.  Clear the screen, then use your wipers.

Don't forget as well that damaged wiper blades will need to be replaced when it comes to renewing your MOT Test Certificate.

We hope this helps and may we wish you happy motoring!

TOP MOTORING TIPS AND WINTER TYRE ADVICE

Winter Tyre Advice

With winter now here, frosts, rain and maybe one day snow, we should all check our tyres.  The minimum depth for a tyre is 1.6mm for the centre ¾ of tread for the entire circumference of the tyre.  There should be no cuts, bulges, exposed cords or excessive perishing of the tyre.

We should also check that the tyres have worn evenly.  If the tyres have worn on the inner or outer edges this would suggest that the tracking is out and therefore should be checked.  

If you are getting a vibration through your steering wheel at varying speeds, this could be due to wheel balance.  It is advisable to have your tyres balanced at service intervals.

One of the most important parts of the tyre is the tyre pressure itself.  Low tyre pressure can cause poor fuel economy, bad handling and wearing on the edges.  High tyre pressure can also cause bad handling and excess wearing on the centre of the tread.

All of the above will also help your safety and help the tyre to last longer.  If you would like to pop in or book an appointment in advance we would gladly check your tyres for you.