Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Point S.
Last weekend I went on a girls weekend away with five of my oldest and very best friends.
I was beyond excited. Obviously I knew I’d miss my children but the lie ins, and the luxury of only having to think about myself for a whole day and a half, more than made up for it.
However, last week – when I reminded my husband of my trip and the two hour drive there and back – he asked me “is everything sorted with your car?”
Now I don’t know a lot about cars in general. I know mine is white and that it’s got too many crisp packets in that compartment in the driver’s door.
But I had no clue if I had enough water or oil in it. I had no idea if my tyres had enough air in them. I don’t even know how much air they should have in them.
I’m due an MOT very soon, so we found my last MOT certificate. The tyres almost didn’t pass – they were that close to being dangerous. And here I am, a year later, still driving around with them.
I was horrified to be honest. I drive my children around on an almost daily basis. I am a stickler for car seats and seat belts and wearing helmets when they ride their bikes and scooters.
And yet, I have happily driven around for a year with potentially dangerous tyres.
And I’m not the only one. Tyre-related incidents are one of the most common contributing factors to road traffic accidents, particularly when the weather starts to get colder. Last year there were over 25,000 people killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions and another 155,000 that the Department for Transport classes as ‘slightly injured’.
Which is why October is Tyre Safety Month in the UK. It aims to raise awareness of tyre safety before the weather gets particularly cold and dangerous.
It is recommended that we check our tyre pressure once a month. I would take a very large bet that most of us fall short of that. I certainly do.
So when Point S contacted me and asked me to help raise awareness of tyre safety, I was so happy to help.
Point S are Europe’s leading group of independent tyre dealers. They have over 3000 depots and 1400 dealers across 28 countries and this allows them to keep their prices extremely competitive and their range of tyres extensive.
The government’s Health and Safety Executive advises that tyre safety checks and problems should only be tackled by competent staff and with Point S that’s absolutely not a problem. They have so many independent dealers across the UK, who can fit and check your tyres safely and competently, that there is bound to be one near you.
You just type in your registration number (I’m so forgetful I had to pop out to my car to check this!) and it identifies which tyres you’ll need (perfect for me because I really wouldn’t know where to start). You can then select front or back tyres and type in your postcode and the website offers you the nearest dealers. It also offers you a range of tyres at a selection of price points and you can choose the one you prefer.
The price you see on screen includes the tyres, fitting, valves, balancing, disposal of old tyres and VAT so there are no hidden costs. This means you know exactly what you’re paying up front.
The upfront price, the range of tyres and the vast number of locations of independent tyre fitters are all real benefits of using Point S. On the location pages there are also recommendations for particular dealers so, for example, on the website you can book tyres in Cheshire and you can get an idea of exactly which fitter can help you and whether they offer services such as fitting at home if you can’t get to the dealer (perfect if you’re worried about driving on your current tyres).
Point S not only deal with tyres but can also offer checks and services for your brakes, exhaust, suspension, wheel alignment, wheel balancing, MOT and specialist nitrogen inflation for tyres (the benefits of which can be found here).
With all this and with so much experience, variety and value to offer when it comes to checking and choosing new tyres, Point S is the perfect choice for ensuring your tyres are safe during Tyre Safety Month and beyond.
Let’s all commit to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe: Check those tyres – now, and at regular intervals going forwards (not just when your next MOT is looming!). You can follow Point S on Twitter here and on Facebook here.
Please note that, whilst the post is sponsored, I only write about things that I personally feel are of value to my readers. All opinions regarding the website’s ease of use, the importance of tyre safety and the value and range of tyres offered by Point S are genuine and entirely my own.