Tyres, and drivers’ patience, worn thin
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.
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.
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