Keeping vehicles safely on the road

While a lot of what we do is about allowing people to enjoy their driving or successfully operate their businesses, we are also focused on making sure everyone does so safely. The standards, laws and best practice that apply to so many aspects of motoring or motorcycling, can be challenging to understand – but that’s where fifty year’s trading equates to a lot of knowledge. So pleased take our advice when it comes to safety.

Get to know your tyres – regularly and intimately

Get to know your tyres – regularly and intimately When it comes to tyres, we recommend local drivers and riders follow the directions set out in UK law, which although not applicable in Jersey, makes total sense:

  1. Make sure you have the correct type and size of tyre fitted for your vehicle and have the inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.
  2. Ensure that you have the minimum legal depth of tread on your tyres, which is 1.6mm, across the central section of the tyre and around the complete circumference.
  3. For safety reasons, however, you should replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing on reaching 3mm. Not doing so can literally be a matter of life and death, particularly when trying to stop sharply in wet weather.
  4. Don’t mix different types of tyre. The two main types are radial and cross-ply – stick to one type.
  5. Carry out a regular (and intimate) tyre check for signs of wear, damage or low pressure. Do it yourself, or visit TAF where we will do it free of charge.

Listen to what your exhaust is telling you

As well as minimising engine noise, exhaust systems channel away the potentially noxious fumes generated by your vehicle. A failing exhaust can allow these fumes to seep into the vehicle, leading to drivers becoming drowsy or even ill. So listen to what your exhaust is telling you – unexpected changes in sound or unusual noises coming from under your vehicle could mean your exhaust is in trouble. Pop into TAF if you have any concerns and we will carry out a free of charge inspection.

Take no chances with brakes

It goes without saying that effective working brakes are needed for every vehicle, and so it’s essential that yours are maintained and operating at optimum levels. The performance of brakes and braking systems deteriorate over time, but, because it happens gradually you may not notice any difference in the effectiveness of your brakes … until it’s too late. Our advice is to have your brakes checked regularly, something TAF offers to do free of charge.

Keep the power up

The battery of a car, van or motorbike’s is its sole source of power and used of course to get your vehicle started. Faulty batteries are one of the main reasons for vehicle breakdowns, with cold weather in particular causing a rapid rise in problems. There are a few simple checks you can perform to optimise the life of your battery:

  • Check that its water level remains within the required level, which is usually indicated on the side of the battery. Top up if necessary by removing lid or lids and adding distilled water.
  • Make sure battery terminals and leads remain clean and tightly fastened to ensure a good connection.
  • Ensure the correct size battery is installed for your vehicle and that its voltage output remains within manufacturers’ guidelines.

TAF can carry out a simple free of charge check using an electronic tester to ensure your battery is working correctly, and recommend an appropriate replacement if not.

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