Winter Tyres, Headlights and Car Tyre Maintenance Tips

The weather is on the change and autumn, winter is making appearances every now and then

Cars like people can change to fit in with the weather

Im talking tyres

October through to March you should be using multi-stripe tread patten winter tyres, not all drivers realise this is relevant for all cars

Making the regular checks to your tyres will make sure they are performing and safe

Temperature Change

Cold and damp roads can dramatically affect the performance of tyres, leading to an increased accident risk

Most drivers know that snow and ice can dramatically change their safety on the road and adjust their driving appropriately

Not all are aware that the air temperature is a crucial element in the effectiveness of a car tyre

7 degrees is that critical digit. When the tyre compounds are below this temperature they harden, therefore provide less grip on the road

Winter weather tyres tread is made of a different compound tread to summer tyres

To give that extra grip on the roads they are made of more natural rubber and advanced silca compounds. This also helps to prevent the hardening of the tyre

Motorists and drivers that set off early in the mornings or late at night when the temperature drops, are those who need to pay particular attention

Check for Wear

Tread depth should be checked to ensure it is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the tyre, around its entire circumference

This will also allow you to check for any visible damage

Any bulges, irregularities or scuffs to the tyre wall could be a problem, do not drive with bulges on your tyre

Did you know you can get new tyres fitted at your own home? Tyres on the Drive offer this service

Tyre Pressure

This should be a monthly routine. Also, before any long journeys

A lot of newer cars have the onboard computer which tells you if air is needed, I know first hand this isn’t always reliable

Manually checking your tyres at a garage or petrol station is the safest way

Your vehicle manual will have what pressure your tyres should be

Here is a car maintenance tips post that you might find helpful

These are just some checks you can do yourself. You can have some more in-depth checks made at a local garage if you feel you need a second option


Ensuring you headlight bulbs are working is important for visibility

Some headlights can lose their original shine which can dull the brightness of the bulb as well

They can become foggy, oxidised or dis-coloured.

Headlight restore, an inexpensive headlight restoration kit, is a great product which brings them back to life

No tools or additional products needed. No sanding needed either, it works instantly. The entire process takes 2 minutes or less



Is there anything you feel is important for a driver to know about their tyres that I haven’t covered?

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Winter Tyres and Car Tyre Maintenance Tips



  1. Amy simpson
    17/10/2018 / 06:56

    Thanks for these tips x

  2. Tracy Nixon
    06/11/2018 / 05:13

    Great tips thanks!

  3. Laura pyper
    06/11/2018 / 07:44

    Great tips thanks

  4. Anthony Harrington
    06/11/2018 / 08:08

    stay safe everyone, get in the habit of checking your car

  5. bev
    06/11/2018 / 08:51

    Great tips!

  6. Helen Tovell
    06/11/2018 / 09:39

    Great article and no I think you covered it all well done and thank you

  7. Jean Cassell
    06/11/2018 / 12:02

    Thanks for the tips.

  8. Carrie-Lou Talbot-Ashby
    06/11/2018 / 12:10

    These are great, thank you! 🙂

  9. Margaret GALLAGHER
    06/11/2018 / 13:02

    Vital for safety – thanks for the reminders

  10. Jackie Howell
    06/11/2018 / 15:26

    good tips, thanks very much

  11. Justine Meyer
    06/11/2018 / 17:44

    Great tips for a single me!

  12. Katie B
    06/11/2018 / 18:16

    I’m useless with cars! I normally just get the boyfriend to check it 😂

  13. Rebecca Nisbet
    06/11/2018 / 18:22

    My husband is an avid car checker, its really important to ensure you check your car all the time.

    06/11/2018 / 18:28

    I really appreciate the tips always best to stay extra safe in the winter months.

  15. Janet Palmer
    06/11/2018 / 20:35

    Always check my tyres in winter and before any long trip too

  16. Chloe Taylor
    06/11/2018 / 20:40

    Very handy tips, many thanks x

  17. Amy Bondoc
    07/11/2018 / 04:57

    excellent post, keeping check of tyres is so important

  18. Katrina Adams
    07/11/2018 / 09:56

    Fab post with lots of tips. A lot of people leave things until they go wrong before dealing with them, so this is a good reminder to get on top of it now!

  19. steven young
    07/11/2018 / 10:34

    Incredibly helpful tips. Thanks a million

  20. kris mc
    07/11/2018 / 10:54

    Handy tips thanks for sharing

  21. Sarah B-H
    07/11/2018 / 20:43

    Always worth a check, especially before long journeys x

  22. Kim Jackson
    09/11/2018 / 19:46

    Great thanks!

  23. Kathleen marsden
    09/11/2018 / 20:09

    Tyres are the most important thing on your car. Please look after them everyone.

  24. Louise Reeks
    10/11/2018 / 14:55

    Great tips

  25. Danielle Graves
    12/11/2018 / 12:58

    some really great tips, luckily my hubby is on the ball when it comes to cars

  26. Tanya
    12/11/2018 / 13:11

    Great tips

  27. Lorna Ledger
    12/11/2018 / 18:11

    thanks for another great blog post , good tips, and it really is a must and can save lifes

  28. 13/11/2018 / 12:21

    I’m not a driver but I’ll definitely be passing some of these tips on to my OH who could take better care of our car!

  29. Ashleigh Allan
    13/11/2018 / 21:24

    Great tips!

  30. Iris Tilley
    17/11/2018 / 11:02

    Is there temperature gadgets that can check your tyres or a device that helps with the pressure. Thanks for all tips extremely helpful

  31. Fiona Rennie
    21/11/2018 / 12:21

    I like to have all weather tyres on my car after a past experience of snow and ice

  32. Laura Wheatley
    26/11/2018 / 18:58

    great tips. we learnt thge hard way but check loads now

  33. david cassidy
    01/12/2018 / 17:39

    Great tips

  34. Annabel Greaves
    03/12/2018 / 12:57

    Some really useful information

  35. Julia Kerr
    12/12/2018 / 23:09

    Really useful, thankyou

  36. paula cheadle
    15/12/2018 / 11:27

    there is some wonderful tips

  37. Kirsteen Mackay
    15/12/2018 / 12:55

    Thanks for the tips, I’ve been considering getting winter car tyres this year as I found it very nerve wracking driving in the winter last year.

  38. Catherine Bullas
    15/12/2018 / 19:59

    Useful tips, thank you.

  39. 19/12/2018 / 18:39

    I like to have all weather tires on my car after a past experience of snow and ice. Thanks for all the extremely helpful tips.

  40. Mel Pennie
    14/09/2019 / 13:50

    Bought my first set of winter tyres last year which although expensive as I have a 4×4, they were much needed where we live. Wouldn’t be without them now!

  41. Nigel Soper
    23/09/2019 / 10:21

    In the UK we can have four seasons in one day. Winter checks make sense in Germany, France or the USA but I think in the UK it is best to use all weather tyres and keep them constantly checked.

  42. BERNIE
    23/09/2019 / 18:05

    Great tips here just as the weather is now on the turn.

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