I’m going to start this post with a true story. Recently my dad experienced a puncture on one of his rear tyres after going over a rather large nail. He wasn’t too worried, he always carried a spare in the boot so knew that he could change the tyre and carry on his way. However, when he got to the boot and looked at the spare, he realised that the spare tyre was also flat, that he’d taken off this tyre on another occasion when it had been punctured, and had forgotten to get it sorted. He ended up calling our the RAC, and had a rather long wait into the process. The moral of the story is that your tyres are important and need to be given the respect they are due.
There is no use in carrying a spare tyre around if it is flat or damaged. Similarly, you never really know when you are going to be called upon to change your tyre. Driving around on flat tyres is dangerous and reckless, when you actually think about it the only part of your car that touches the road surface are your tyres,so all aspects of safety, from acceleration, braking, steering and cornering are all governed by the safety and condition of your four wheels. You are literally putting your life into the hands of your tyres. But not just your life, but the lives of everyone who travels in your car, and other motorists on the road too.
As well as your tyres, your wheel hubs are also very important. Your hubcaps protect your steel rims from dangerous road chemicals including salt (a particular problem on Winter roads), that can lead to premature rust and wear on your steel wheels. Hubcaps will also help keep your lug nuts from rusting and getting stuck. The good news is that these days replacing your wheel hubs doesn’t have to be a nightmare where you can only go to one specific garage/stockist for replacements. CV Hubs and Bearings can deliver Volvo wheel hubs anywhere in the country for the next day, so you can quickly replace damaged hubs ensuring your car is safe. This is particularly useful as we approach the Winter months, with last years snow in mind. Even Winter tyres benefit from hubcaps, so being able to access replacement caps so quickly is brilliant.
Being safe when you are on four wheels is just so important and are something every driver needs to keep in the forefront of their mind. Why take the risk on the road?