Tyres and Tribulations

I returned from our first family holiday on Friday.  It wasn’t anything greatly exotic or long – four days and three nights camping in Cornwall.  However, being our first time away as a family, it was pretty special.

We joined some of our London friends way out west, so there were a group of us, with play mates for our children also. Lovely.

Finley sand

It was a fantastic few days, with the children coping much better with the epic drive (9 hours on the return leg) than I ever thought.

The day after we returned from our trip, we had a wedding to attend, needless to say, it has been a hectic few days.  I shall be writing all about our camping trip in the next few days.

One thing that was worrying me a little on the return trip was one of our car’s front tyres.  It was very near the legal limit of tyre tread depth.  We had quite a bit of rain on the way home, and after writing a blog post about tyre tread depth for Delta Autos Blog recently, I was a touch concerned about travelling at speed with it in the event we needed to brake suddenly in the wet.  Happily, we made it home ok and didn’t have to execute any emergency braking.

If you wanted to read more about my tyre tread depth post over at the Delta Autos Blog, here is an excerpt, coupled with a link to the rest of it.  This is such vital information for anyone that owns a car and the video that I included in the post is pretty shocking in my point of view…

“You’ve probably seen the campaigns in the media urging you to regularly check the tread on your tyres, and there are very good reasons for doing this.  Your tyres are the only link between your car and the road.  The actual area your tyres have contact on the road with is very small (about the size of an average hand).

This tiny surface area can have dramatic effects on the handling of your car, i.e. braking, steering and grip in adverse weather conditions such as rain and ice.  In a nutshell, your tyres have a direct effect on your ability to control your car.  If their condition is anything below par, the safety consequences could be devastating.

It is therefore crucial to ensure that this tiny surface area in contact with the road is in tip top condition.”  Read more…

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7 thoughts on “Tyres and Tribulations

  1. Glad you enjoyed your break. Over the last few years we’ve increasingly started holidaying with friends with kids (whether of similar ages or not). I’ve always been a private person so always thought I’d prefer holidaying on our own as a family unit, but no! The joy of watching multiple kids mixing together and having the extra pairs of eyes and hands makes it a far more enjoyable experience.

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    1. Tim, holidaying with friends (with kids) was just the ticket. We got to spend some quality time with our friends and our kids had in-tent entertainment. I would definitely do it again, and actually, the thought of going away without another family seems unnatural now.

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  2. I’m such an idiot! I just realised I’d posted my comment n the wrong site (doh!).
    Oh that’s a bit scary. I’ll be checking tyre treads depth tomorrow! Sounds like you had a great 1st holiday with the kids. 9 hours to drive back home the day before a wedding must have been mad though! xx

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    1. Check it and let me know how you got on! It is so easy, and so, so important. The more you check, the more you get your head around doing so and therefore it becomes a habit – and an important one, at that! The 9 hour drive back, the day before a wedding was ridiculous. Finley was unimpressed the next night when he wouldn’t go to sleep for my mum and I had to return from the wedding early – boo! xx

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