Top Tips for Driving Safely in Yorkshire

People talk about the north/south divide but many probably don't realise that along with house prices and income, the way you drive can be very different too as weather and terrain can vary so much away from region to region across the UK.

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Take Yorkshire for instance. Driving in this beautiful county can involve just as much city driving as London but can also involve navigating across wild and beautiful landscapes where the weather can change in a heartbeat from sunny and bright to stormy, foggy or icy.

It's vital to be prepared for every eventuality so taking care of your vehicle in areas like this is especially important. Imagine if your brakes or tyres failed sending you off the road in a remote spot on the moors. You could actually die waiting for someone to spot and rescue you.

Only a few months ago The Yorkshire Post published a fascinating article claiming that Yorkshire drivers face some of the most dangerous roads in the UK. The article warned that even the most experienced drivers could find some of the county's roads hazardous.

Obviously keeping your car serviced and with a valid MOT in place is always vital, but at this time of year it's especially important to keep a close eye on your tyres which you should really check before each and every journey.

Pot holes, road debris, kerb bumps and temperature changes can all cause damage to wheels and tyres. Thankfully it's quite easy to check tyre pressure and tread yourself but to ensure you and any friends and family travelling in your vehicle are safe it's best to let an expert take a look.

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Depending on where you live, the type of driving you do, the type of vehicle, load and routes, it might be that one type of tyre is better than another. It might be worthwhile having a set of winter specific tyres fitted, especially if you do have a more remote stretch of road in your travel plans.

Having the right tyres can save money on fuel and breakdown costs plus can save you the heartbreak of having to deal with an accident caused by inferior, damaged or unsuitable tyres causing a loss of control on wet, icy or snowy roads.

It might be wise to consult a tyre expert based in the area you live and drive in. Big national companies are all very well if you only have to navigate a relatively quiet high street and the school run but if your vehicle has more to deal with than a 30mph, 5 mile trundle every day it's best to have the right performance tyres for your lifestyle and location, and a local expert will know and understand the challenges you face.

For instance you could buy car tyres in West Yorkshire from Ossett Tyre House confidently knowing that the staff there fully understand the importance of helping you choose and care for tyres which fulfil your requirements.

Make the new year the time you get your vehicle fully up to scratch ready for the winter months to come and remember tyres are often the part of your car which bear the brunt of the weather and ensuring you have safe and appropriate tyres can keep you and your loved ones safe and comfortable.