We all put our cars on a pedestal here at PistonHeads. A yearly MoT and service is just the start, with some of us going the extra mile by regularly checking in with a specialist and splashing out on a pricey detail. But even us diehards can overlook things from time to time, like replacing the wipers after they start to judder across the windscreen. Or, perhaps, checking the black circles that keep you on the road.
Yes, to the layman at least, tyres are hardly the most exciting (or vital) aspect of driving, and, unless they’re visibly flat, it can be tricky to tell if they’re in working order. In fact, 28 per cent of UK drivers only check their tyre pressures when the warning light comes on, with around 57 per cent of cars being driven about with underinflated tyres. It’s all well and good having computers that tell us when these things need looking at, but just think about all the classics that don’t have a digital clock – let alone tyre pressure sensors.
Not only can underinflated tyres make your car’s handling feel rubbish, but it’ll also have a major impact on your fuel bill. Research by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading charity on, well, tyre safety, found that UK motorists as a whole could be wasting up to £1 billion on fuel every year due to underinflated tyres. And with a cost-of-living squeeze already upon us, we could all do with making fewer visits to the pumps.
The problem, even for car nuts, can be simply remembering to check your tyres on a regular basis. Tyre pressures change during the winter months, and you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of grip given that the roads are about to get a whole lot more slippery. With that in mind, Esso has teamed up with Kwik Fit to launch 70 pop up workshops across the UK, from Kent to Edinburgh, to help drivers check if their tyres are ready for the winter.
“We’re delighted to be working with Kwik Fit on our joint mission to combat underinflated tyres on UK roads”, said Esso UK Retail Sales Manager Patrick Rutherford. “Esso customers can also visit any Kwik Fit garage nationwide to receive a free ‘Fuel Saver Car Check'. Ideal for drivers who aren’t confident to inflate their tyres themselves, the service allows Esso customers to have their vehicle checked by a qualified Kwik Fit technician, who will examine tyre condition and, if needed, provide tyre inflation and a Mobil Oil top up.”
Sounds like a sweet deal. But if you know your way around a tyre and like to take things into your own hands, then Esso has you covered. Swipe your Nectar card at any Esso station (or use the Esso App) between now and the end of November and you could be in with a chance of winning a Michelin portable tyre inflator worth £60. And because we live in the future, 24 winners will be chosen every day by a clever computer algorithm. All you need to do is check your emails to see if you’re one of the lucky winners.
As for the pop-up sites, Esso and Kwik Fit will be carrying out drop-in tyre checks until October 28th. Best of all, it’s totally free. What are you waiting for?
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