Tyres, and driv­ers’ pa­tience, worn thin

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I HAD to drive up to York­shire last week, so I checked over my car: the usual things like oil, screen wash and, of course, the tyres. The pres­sures were a bit low so I topped them up, but there was a good 3mm of tread on them all.

On the jour­ney, I no­ticed a strange jud­der in the steer­ing and last Satur­day when do­ing my weekly checks, I no­ticed the near­side front tyre was bald. I im­me­di­ately booked for new tyres to be fit­ted the fol­low­ing Mon­day morn­ing. The garage also checked the track­ing which was, ac­cord­ing to the me­chanic, ‘way off’, and he said he wasn’t sur­prised the tyres had worn so quickly with that much mis­align­ment.

My main ques­tion is ‘what causes wheels to get knocked out of align­ment?’ I sus­pect the an­swer is easy: pot­holes.

Adding a few quid on the coun­cil tax and hav­ing de­cent sur­faces to our roads seems the cheaper op­tion to me than the al­ter­na­tive. For­tu­nately the two new tyres and re­align­ment only cost me £175, not the £2,500 fine and three points I’d have got on my li­cence if I hadn’t spot­ted the prob­lem and been caught by the po­lice. Worse still would have been a fa­tal ac­ci­dent that bald tyres could have caused on a wet road this win­ter.

Of course we should all check our cars reg­u­larly, but that doesn’t re­lease the coun­cil from its re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain our roads.


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THE great thing about the ex­tended mild weather has been the abil­ity to get out and about and en­joy the sights and sounds of au­tumn in rel­a­tive com­fort.

Which is why Mau­rice Landsberger and his wife, Mau­reen, from Den­ham Vil­lage, de­cided to visit Clive­den.

De­scrib­ing his out­ing to the Ital­ianate man­sion that looks down on the Thames by Taplow, Mr Landsberger said: “As it was a glo­ri­ous day we de­cided we’d make the most of it, be­fore the in­evitable gloomy sea­son sets in.

This is an op­por­tu­nity for any­one in­ter­ested in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs to help young peo­ple set out their hopes and as­pi­ra­tions, and support them and their fam­i­lies in mak­ing de­ci­sions for the fu­ture.

Ad­viza will pro­vide full train­ing, reg­u­lar support and su­per­vi­sion. In re­turn the char­ity would need vol­un­teers to be avail­able for about four hours per week.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent sup­porter and want­ing to find out more should con­tact:

Clare Hawes – 07827 947 333 – clare­hawes@ad­viza.org.uk

Tom Hil­ton – 07510 439 162 – tomhilton@ad­viza.org.uk

Ad­viza is the par­ent company for Con­nex­ions Buck­ing­hamshire de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice, guid­ance and support on be­half of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, other pub­lic bod­ies and char­i­ties.

PAULINE RISK Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager


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