Tips for buying a new second hand car

With three small children, we had a very long period where money was tight and the idea of a nice shiny new car was just that; an idea. We went through a slew of used cars, ranging from SEATs to a Ford Focus and then a Vauxhall Zafira. You can’t be too precious with small kids and have to assume that your car will take a bit of a battering, so this makes it all the more important to know what you’re after, do your research properly and make sure you check any specific models for potential issues.

Take our Zafira for example. We knew we wanted a 7 seater with a large boot and research had shown that the 1.6 petrol was cheap as punters thought it was under powered. I’d read people on car forums genuinely suggesting that pulling onto a motorway in a 1.6 Zafira would see you taking your life into your hands if there was even a slight incline as the car was so under-powered. People are stupid though; a car weighing 1,403kg outputting 113bhp isn’t massively different than my old SEAT Ibiza Sport, which weighed a little over a ton and had 100bhp and that was a hot hatch back in it’s day! The power to weight ratio was definitely better than plenty of cars of the same age but we live in a world where Jeremy Clarkson shouts “MORE power!” at the top of his voice and derides sports cars that only have 500bhp as being anaemic, so I suppose we’re to blame for listening to him and his ilk.

The first Zafira we looked at from a dealer in Luton depressed us. It was expensive and the dealer had been using it to transport his 5 a side football team around it. A dog had also taken a bite out of the dashboard! But we persevered and found a well rated independent dealer about an hours drive away who specialised in selling ex mobility vehicles that tended to be low mileage and well looked after. This taught us the lesson that the dealership is almost as important as the car itself!

Now the kids are a bit older we’ve replaced the Zafira and when it came to looking for things to replace it with, it was definitely time to update my knowledge a bit. Interestingly the MPV is pretty much dead now, a lot of manufacturers have either dropped them or morphed them into SUVs- take the Peugeot 5008- 1st model was an MPV, the current model is a BIG SUV. Leg and headroom still aren’t the biggest issue for us, we’re looking at width (stop that sniggering in the back!) because with 3 kids, one of whom is still in a booster, the amount of elbowing that goes on is an issue. One of the models we’ve been looking at is Nissan’s Qashqai, we did look at the Juke but that’s really too small. It turns out the Qashqai was a very popular car among company car users, so there are plenty of well looked after second hand models around, you can even book a Nissan Qashqai Acenta with just a few clicks from KAP Motors if you want a test drive today.

When it comes to looking at a second hand car after you’ve decided on the model you want, there are a few specifics I also do:

  1. read up on sites like Parkers or Honest John. They both have extensive used car review sections that might highlight issues with your particular choice and give you things to look out for on potential purchases when you test drive them.
  2. if you organise a test drive, ask the dealership in advance for a cold start- that way if there is an issue starting it you’ll see it. Most garages will warm the engine up before hand if you’re not careful
  3. if you’re buying from an independent or privately, make sure you do a finance check to ensure that there are no outstanding debts on the car. The same goes for accident checks– the AA and RAC both provide a checking service
  4. Be open to finance deals, although the biggest savings are on new cars, you can get mad savings on used approved cars. My dad recently saved £1,750 on a Volvo by taking out 3 years 0% finance- that doesn’t make sense!
  5. a number of small dents in an older car are inevitable wear and tear but make sure the dents i) don’t break the paint exposing metal and ii) aren’t an indication of more serious damage- checking the door alignment is fairly easy, and uneven gaps in trim are a good indicator of something more serious.

Most of all though, stick with it- if a guide tells you a decent guide price for a particular car, don’t be afraid to walk away from something that’s overpriced!

6 Ways to Help Your Children Grow Their Self Confidence

There are lots of useful skills that children learn through schedules, routines and programs, and even more that they are able to learn through structured lessons in school. However, there are some life skills which children can’t just be taught, as they have to be given the opportunity to learn them for themselves. Self confidence is something which children have to develop in their own time, but that doesn’t mean that, as their parent, there aren’t things that you can do to help them along the way. So, with that in mind, here are six ways that you can help your children in their journey towards becoming more self-confident. 

Avoid over-praising

It may seem like the easiest way to boost your child’s self esteem would be to keep on praising them all of the time, but this can actually become counterproductive if you overdo it. In order to start feeling more confident within themselves, your children must learn to develop self efficacy and the ability to self affirm. That means giving them the space to provide themselves with praise and appreciation, rather than constantly seeking it from other people. 

Allow them to take risks

Children have to try and fail in order to learn new things, whether that means trying to climb a tree and scraping their knees, or trying a new hobby and finding that they aren’t as good at it as they would have liked. 

However, when children are overprotected, they often lose their ability to explore their curiosity and approach the world with the fearlessness that they need to discover new skills and abilities. Over time, this can often lead to anxiety and a lack of self esteem, so it is important that you allow your children to take reasonable risks every now and then.

Practice what you preach

In order for your children to understand self confidence, they need to be provided with a clear model of what it means to be confident within yourself, and the best person to provide that example is a parent or caregiver. If you want your children to develop good self esteem, then it is important to find ways to develop your own too. If you are someone who isn’t naturally self confident, then there are a number of things that you can do to improve on your self perception. 

For instance, you might decide to start doing more active hobbies that you enjoy, start pursuing more independent activities, or make some changes to your lifestyle or appearance that will help you feel happier within yourself. For example, if you are uncomfortable with your hair, you might decide to get a new hairstyle, or consider potential cosmetic procedures, such as by looking into trusted hair transplant reviews

Offer praise when appropriate

Although praise can often be misused or overused, when it is used in an appropriate manner it is very important for building self esteem. For example, if your child has accomplished something especially impressive, or if they are having a particularly bad day, then you can help to reaffirm their self confidence by pointing out their achievements, or by telling them something good to counteract some of the bad so that it doesn’t knock their confidence as much. 

Let them make their own way

As a parent, it can be tempting to want to protect your children from ever feeling or experiencing anything negative in their lives, but sometimes they have to go through their own battles in order to learn their own lessons and grow in confidence. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be there for them, but you have to accept you can’t always be the one to step in and fix everything for them. 

You can also help your children to learn on the go by giving them more responsibilities, as this will not only show that you trust them, but it will also give them a sense of accomplishment and show them what they are capable of achieving on their own. 

Support their dreams and goals

All parents want their children to be successful, which is absolutely understandable. However, this is unfortunately why a lot of children are told to pursue different careers to the things that they really want to do, as their parents are worried that their ideal careers might be impractical. 

If you want your children to be more confident in their abilities, it is important to be supportive of their dreams and goals, even if it is just as a hobby. 

How To Keep Your Family’s Teeth Healthy

We all want happy, bright smiles for our family, but keeping those smiles healthy can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge, especially when trying to get younger ones on board. Family dental health is absolutely essential, especially when you’re trying to avoid the stress and hassle of an unwanted dentist’s trips with a painful toothache or worse.

 

So how can you keep your family’s teeth nice and clean? Here are some simple tips to keep everyone’s smiles in top shape.

Start dental care early

 

You should start thinking about dental hygiene as soon as those first cute little teeth begin to pop out – this means around six months, when milk teeth first start to show. 

 

Starting early means that you can prevent any dental issues from developing, and it also sets a positive habit in place. Create a routine of cleaning your baby’s teeth for two minutes twice a day, and make sure that you use a special children’s toothpaste, which contains less fluoride.

Enjoy a healthy diet

 

The health of your family’s teeth starts in the kitchen, especially the snack cupboard, and the food that you eat can help encourage stronger, healthier gums and teeth overall. Try and keep sugary snacks and drinks to a minimum, especially avoiding fizzy drinks, sweets and breakfast cereals that are high in added sugars. While you don’t need to cut them out completely, cutting them down to one or two servings a day can help improve you whole family’s diet.

Drink plenty of water

 

We all know that we should be drinking more water, and adding extra hydration is a great way of keeping your whole family’s health in good shape. Unlike sweet drinks, tea or coffee, water is a simple and effective way of keeping your teeth clean. Encourage drinking more water by giving everyone their own reusable special water bottle that they can fill up easily by themselves.

Start flossing early on

 

It’s a good idea to start flossing as soon as your children’s teeth start to touch each other, as food and plaque can easily start to build up here.

 

Make sure that your kids learn proper technique and practice to understand how to clean between teeth properly, and keep your bathroom cabinet well stocked with floss. Keep the information of a handy dental suppliers to hand so that you can find everything you need for your family online, without a fuss.

 

Stay on top of dental visits

 

Regular dental visits for everyone in the family are a must. As well as keeping on top of any teeth or gum issues, going regularly also means you’re less likely to develop the dreaded dental fear, as children learn that a trip to the dentist is a safe and pleasant trip.

 

Taking care of your family’s dental health means looking after your own too, so don’t neglect your own visits to make sure that your own smile is in great shape.

 

Review: Nozstock 2019

We loved the 2019 Nozstock the Hidden Valley music festival. We loved it so much, we’ve put our money were our mouth is (because bloggers tend to find free stuff “brilliant” all the time, don’t they?) and booked our tickets for next year. In fact we booked our tickets as soon as we got back (my wife did it while I unpacked the car).

Let’s take a step back though and talk about the Nozstock Festival. In it’s 21st year, Nozstock continues to be an environmentally conscious boutique festival, set in the rolling Herefordshire countryside on a cattle farm (it used to be a dairy farm but the current generation of farmers weren’t particularly in favour of the early starts).

This years Nozstock festival was a sell out, as was the previous year but even as a sell out, the sprawling site fits the 5,000 or so attendees comfortably, with plenty of space to swing a cat, or more pertinently some of those balls on a bit of string with streamers attached like some of the hipsters seem to like.

Everywhere seems to have a festival now, and the quality of course can be enormously variable. That’s one of the things I like about Nozstock; it’s kept it’s modest size and been happy continuing thus. It’s well organised, doesn’t overstretch either the organisers nor the facilities, and just works.

This years line up had more than a hint of reggae, folk and country about it during the daylight hours, reverting to some banging DJ sets and other more rambunctious acts after dark. My personal highlight was David Rodigan, some middle aged chap in a bright yellow suit I’d never heard of. Fortunately my wife filled me in on who he was (back in the day he was the Kiss FM DJ who introduced Jungle to an unsuspecting mainstream audience). He was absolutely fantastic and one of the key reasons festivals like Nozstock are so vital.

What do I mean by this? Well lets time travel back to 2008, before all this Spotify and Google Play Music stuff was popular. I had 500+ CDs in a rack next to the hi-fi. I usually played about 10 of them and ignored the rest. Even now, I have my playlists and favourite albums on Spotify and that’s pretty much all I listen to. Festivals are a brilliant way of stepping outside your own personal bubble and experiencing something new. Live music really is hard to beat.

Fifi’s personal highlight was the DJ set by Rudimental and if you’ve never seen a 10 year old pogo for over 90 minutes, let me tell you she managed it and was awesome.

Attending a festival as a family is a little different to attending a festival and this is another area that Nozstock shines. The site is sprawling but easily accessible, there are loads of free kids activities, and the food is both nice (not a given) and really reasonably priced. We were pitched in the family camping area, and since it’s policed (they don’t let people in without i) a family and ii) a colour coded family wristband), it was full of families.

There are some parts of the site that cater to EDM enthusiasts, be it jungle, trance or more rave influenced stuff and it was great fun to drop into these areas with the kids and experience an experience that is unlike any other- if you ever do the same, just make sure your kids have ear defenders and you might actually want a pair of foam ear plugs yourself! (And a word to the wise, if you decide to see the Sleaford Mods, which you should, they’re ace, remember they’re about as sweary as it’s possible to get live.)

Nozstock 2020 tickets are already up for sale, and the early bird discounts are too good to ignore, which is why we didn’t, put our money where our mouths were and purchased some tickets, guaranteeing a blooming great weekend of live music and entertainment next year!

Different Ways to Look After Your Health

Forget your financial income; your health is your true wealth. Without a clean bill of it, you can’t partake in the everyday activities that you enjoy, and you can’t even make the money you need to get by in life. Quite simply, everything comes back to your health, so you need to look after it if you’re to be the person you want to be and do the things that you want to do in life.

You don’t just have to hit the gym five times a week and diet for months on end in order to be healthy. There are a plethora of different ways to look after your health, and you can find a few of them listed below.

Stay Healthy Even While You’re Enjoying Yourself

When they embark on a bid to better their health, people often think that they are no longer allowed to enjoy themselves. They believe that they cannot go out with their friends of a weekend, and they think that they must opt for carrots and celery in favour of all the delicious foods that they love.

This, however, is a very common misconception. You can remain healthy, even while you’re enjoying yourself. A few things you can do to stay healthy while you enjoy yourself include:

  • Only ever indulging in moderation
  • Treating yourself to a cheat meal or activity at least once a week
  • Embracing the social aspect of eating and drinking, and stop inducing out of boredom
  • Making fulfilling meals out of healthy foods
  • Taking reputable vitamins and nutritional supplements, the likes of which are distributed by swanson.co.uk
  • Growing your own foods in your garden
  • Taking your own drinks to parties

Fun is itself a great medicine. The more you enjoy yourself, the happier and healthier you will be. You shouldn’t, then, go through your whole life without making a bit of time for yourself. When you do decide to have a bit of fun, though, just be sure to take the above advice and so in moderation.

Look After Your Mental Health

Looking after your mental health is just as important a task as looking after your physical health. In fact, the two are so intrinsically linked that, to look after one, you have to tend to the other anyway.

If you continue to allow mental health issues plight your days, not only are you going to make everyday life ten times harder for yourself, but you could also end up heightening your stress levels. That could then lead to all manner of physical problems, such as heart attacks and strokes.

To look after your mental health in the best way possible, you should:

As you now know, looking after yourself doesn’t have to mean slogging away at the gym or eating healthy foods that, quite frankly, make you heave. You can stay healthy while enjoying yourself, and there are ways to tend to your mental health and, in turn, your physical wellbeing.

Fail-safe Father’s Day Gifting with Boots

Fathers Day is a tricky one to deal with as a father of small children, which is why it’s always a good idea to point the family at Boots. It’s a case of balancing what you’d actually like with what is i) affordable and ii) something the kids would actually like to give you. A case in point is I’d quite like a new soldering iron and a stand but that’s not something the kids will actually get any joy in getting for me. Frankly it would just confuse them.

So it needs careful planning to ensure you get something that you want and something that the kids want to give you. It doesn’t always work out though, last year when I gave it the old “just make me a card, that would be perfect, I don’t want anything”, routine I got a cravat. Apparently, I had complimented Matt Berry’s cravat in the amusing film What We Do in the Shadows and that

A cravat. Honestly

was enough of an indication that I should like to own a cravat. Now I’ve written the word cravat four times, I’m beginning to even doubt it’s a word. The time before that when I couldn’t be bothered to come up with something I got a jumper with my twitter profile motto ever so slightly paraphrased.

It’s not that I’m ungrateful; far from it but if people are going to spend the money, they should spend it on something, well, better.

This is where Boots comes in handy. I’m often running through their Christmas gift aisle on Christmas eve, exchanging knowing (and panicked) looks with other men because we all leave our shopping to absolutely the last minute. Which reminds me, it’s our 15th wedding anniversary tomorrow and I simply must get something.

Anyway I digress, the range at Boots for Father’s Day gifts handily solves the issue of cravat vs misspelled jumper as they have plenty in terms of scents, shaving and general pampering stuff to cater for all but the most picky of picky individuals.

If I had to put together an informed yet spontaneous list of some of the groovy things you can get for Father’s Day at Boots, well it would look a little something like this:

So that’s my advice then; chuck your nearest and dearest mini people (and their mum) towards Boots if you can’t decide what to pick up as a gift this Father’s Day. Job done!

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Broad(band)ly speaking, it’s time to switch supplier

Dig a trench outside my house? Id rather you didn’t…

The latest round of price rises from our broadband provider, along with a rather snotty tone when I phoned and politely asked why I was being penalised for being loyal (I hate complaining or trying to get a “deal” on the phone, it’s just so un-British) have been the final straw and now I’m looking for a new broadband supplier!

Basically I was paying £50 a month extra for less in my overall package than someone who was going to be a new customer and that didn’t impress me much. Less so when the chap in the call centre explained the concept of discounted offers to new customers subsidised by existing customers to me like I was a 12 year old.

We’ve been with our current supplier almost 12 years, mostly as a result of a fault in the line that our old supplier was going to attempt to stiff us for fixing. There was a fault and the broadband kept dropping. It was either in the house or outside. If it was inside the house, it was our look out to fix, if it was outside they’d pick up the bill. The problem was the engineer was only going to check outside the house and if he didn’t find the fault, it’d cost us a £150 call out fee and the thing still wouldn’t have been fixed. Without wanting to get too technical, I’d plugged the modem router straight into the master socket and it still didn’t work, so the fault was outside. But if the engineer didn’t find it, either through incompetence or something else, we’d have had to pay. It definitely wasn’t worth the risk, so when it came down to it, we switched supplier and they sorted it all out as part of the install process- hurrah!

But what started off as a good value package has slowly crept up as I’ve subsidised all the deals for new customers over the last 10+ years and now it’s time to be on our merry way. The problem is I don’t really know where to start; I’m well up on my tech but this isn’t something I’ve had to look at so I’m a bit stumped. Fortunately there are plenty of comparison sites now where you can find broadband and phone deals now days, and often you can pick up a freebie too. The one I’m currently looking at comes with a John Lewis gift card that will be handy come our wedding anniversary next month.

Some of the comparison sites out there nicely highlight any offers that available, which is great. I’m certainly not going to leave it as long to switch suppliers again, if I’m going to be penalised for my loyalty, what price loyalty?

Where To Take The Kids This Summer

The summer is always a great time of year and a good chance to have some fun with your kids. With no school to worry about, you can take them away and find fun things to do, which will bring you all closer together and create new memories together. You do not necessarily have to take them on a two-week summer vacation somewhere exotic, as there are lots of places in and around the UK where you can go for just a short trip. So, if you want this to be an unforgettable summer for your kids then read on for a few suggestions.

France

France is a great option for a short summer break because you get all the excitement of going overseas yet it is easy, cheap and stress-free. Hiring a home for a week in France where you can chill out by the pool and relax can be a holiday that everyone enjoys.

Cornwall

Cornwall is a fantastic estimation for kids in the summer as it really comes to life during the warmer months and there are all kinds of things to see and do. Cornwall has beautiful beaches, water sports, cool towns, peaceful villages and amazing natural surroundings so it is hard to get bored on a trip here. You can hire a cottage from places like Portscatho Holidays which will give you a home away from home and a great base for exploring the area.

London

A day trip to London is a great idea during summer because the capital has so much to offer and there will always be special events happening so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. You can also chill out in the many great parks found throughout London and see all of the main tourist spots. London can, obviously, get busy during the summer so you need to plan your day in advance and think about how you will get around.

Portsmouth

There are many terrific coastal cities to take the kids to during their summer holidays and Portsmouth is certainly one of the best. In addition to the beach, Portsmouth also has a rich maritime history which can be fascinating to discover at places like the HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum as well as many other highlights.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is, unquestionably, one of the UK’s finest cities and a lovely place to explore during the summer on a short break. The hilly Scottish capital has many attractions to see, such as the Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the medieval Old Town. There is also a lovely atmosphere in Edinburgh which makes it a good place simply for strolling the streets and soaking up the atmosphere.

You will want to make the most out of the summer holidays and show the kids a good time during their time off school. You do not always have to jet off on a lengthy summer vacation and there are many great places to visit in and around the UK with the above are just a few options to consider.

Score a Goal: How setting goals can improve your life

Sick of the 9-5 slog? Tired of feeling like you are on a hamster wheel with the same routine day-in-day-out? When you are working hard to support your family, it can be easy to feel like life is slipping away, and you are not making the most of it. You have financial obligations, family obligations and demands on your time everywhere that you turn. There often feels like there is little time to enjoy life.

How can you inject some fun back into the mundane, and reconnect with the person that you are without the stresses and strains? They are still there; they just needs waking up!

Goal setting is not exclusive to the workplace. Goals are a great way to give you direction and the feeling that you are proactively working towards something. Without a goal, you will feel like a boat on the sea without a rudder – just floating wherever the tide takes you.

So, spend some time to set yourself realistic goals. A family holiday to a long-haul destination of your dreams, lose a set weight, or maybe you want to move to a larger house within two years? Set yourself a measurable goal and work backwards from it to identify the steps that you need to take to achieve it.  Here are three areas that you can set goals in.

  • Work

Work takes up most of your working day, and so it is crucial that you do something that brings in the money but also makes you feel satisfied and fulfilled. When you are in the same role for some time, it can start to feel like double maths.

When was the last time that you had a serious conversation with your managers about career progression and other opportunities within the business? You need to be in control of your career path, and not just wait for prospects to find you.

If the conversation does not provide you with positive steps to take, it may be time to look for a new role with another company. A new position or job with another company will give you fresh challenges and spark your motivation.

  • Education

You may have left education many moons ago, and thought that you’d seen the back of it, but learning something new is one of the best ways to transform your life. Plus, it can be an ideal opportunity to open the gateways to a new career.

There are so many subjects that are offered through online learning, that there will be something to interest you. OriGym Courses – https://origympersonaltrainercourses.co.uk/course/level-3-personal-trainer for personal trainers, counselling courses, health and safety, the list is endless, but first, you need to identify what interests you.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to learn for fun or for work?
  • How much time can you devote each week to your studies?
  • Do you want to develop a specific skill?

Your answers will shape the type of course that you should choose.

  • Hobbies

You may feel that there are just not enough hours in the day to commit to another demand of your time, but having a goal focused hobby can benefit all other aspects of your life.

  • Hobbies boost your confidence and self-esteem. When you see how you have progressed in a hobby and can feel improvement, you start to feel good about yourself.
  • Hobbies expose you to new perceptions. Typically, hobbies are social, and when you meet new people, you are open to new and differing points of view. You’ll be challenged and agreed, both of which can change your world view.
  • Hobbies make you interesting! You will have something else to talk and think about other than work and home life.
  • Hobbies relieve stress. If you feel like life is a rat race and overwhelming, the chances are high that you are experiencing stress. When you are taking part in a hobby, you have the chance to relax and escape responsibilities, work and chores – even for just a short while. You will find that you are better equipped to deal with challenges and obstacles if you have this time to switch off. Your brain acts like a muscle and needs downtime too.

Hobbies are a great way to challenge yourself, learn to be patient, be resilient, and above all else, achieve what you set out to do. These are experiences that enrich all aspects of life. If your current hobby doesn’t challenge you, you will not be benefitting from it, so why not try something new? Explore different hobbies and find your tribe.

Goal setting is a great way to kick-start your life and give you purpose. Don’t fall into the trap of being unrealistic – acknowledge your weaknesses and play for your strengths and enjoy achieving your goals.

Is your car prepared for the summer?

It’s not just bright orange super cars that need a bit of TLC

We put a lot of emphasis on safe motoring over the winter months because it’s dark, the weather is miserable and conditions are difficult. Some motorists who do more mileage than I do even go as far as changing to winter tyres.

Plenty of the high street tyre shops and garages even offer free winter check ups to make sure your cars not going to be a hazard caused by something you could have easily remedied.

It’s odd isn’t it that we don’t do the same come the summer? We’ve not had a great deal of rain recently but over the weekend we had a torrential downpour. Afterwards the roads were really greasy, dangerous even, especially with a rear wheel drive two-seater (I was in my wife’s Fiat 124, which doesn’t have a slip differential at the back). Likewise the multitude of insects I destroyed over the bank holiday weekend required as much screen wash as I used four months ago getting the salt they gritted the road with off.

What I’m saying basically is we probably should put just as much effort into making sure our cars are roadworthy when the weather takes a turn for the better. Fortunately when you take your car in for a service or an MOT they check the tyres to ensure that they’re road legal but that that doesn’t stop you for checking a few obvious things yourself. If your car doesn’t have swanky tire pressure sensors, you should regularly check the tyre pressure and check for any bulges or abnormalities in the tyres themselves.

You don’t need to have a super car to take an interest in the mechanical running of your car, and with only a few mm of the tyres in contact with the road surface at any one time, they’re sort of important! When I did my track day, which included the orange monster at the top of the post, it was at one of the sites Everyman Racing using just outside Northampton. As well as doing track days for super cars, a lot of these sites also do bring your own car days, which is exciting. The tyre squeal from a Civic going through a hairpin feels every bit as exciting as driving a Porsche (honest)! There are actually a lot of race tracks around Northampton, so it would probably make sense to get your tyres checked and maybe consider  getting robust tyres in Northampton at the best rates only from Calmac Tyres. Why not visit their autocentre today!

I had a rather dangerous issue with a tyre once, when I clipped a kerb in the Yorkshire Dales. It slightly cracked my plastic hubcap but more importantly it destroyed the tyre in a way that wasn’t obvious to me immediately but would have been immediately apparent to a trained tyre technician. All that was visible was a slight bulge in the sidewall of the tyre. Fortunately before I loaded the car and drove the 200+ miles home, I decided to take it up to cruising speed with just me in it. I say fortunately, because I suffered a blow out- the tyre literally exploded- on the motorway. I had a quick lesson (and a bit of a telling off!) from the breakdown cover chap who came to fix it about how tyres are made (there’s a lot more metal in there than I realised), which led me to an understanding of how much we need to look after our tyres.