The Kwik Fit Tyre Challenge

The Kwik Fit Tyre Challenge

As some of you might know I don’t drive however Roy does and we use the car for family outings. With this in mind, it is important that his car will get him safely to work and back again, and ferry us around in the same safe manner too. We are very keen on car safety, which is why when the Kwik Fit Tyre Challenge came up we thought we’d have a look.

Kwik Fit have a tyre challenge on their website and I have to say, it’s been something of an eye-opener. Roy has taken it and got 9/10 and a friend 6/10. With the rules and regulations around driving changing and updating as time goes on, it is important to keep on top of all aspects of safety when it comes to travelling at any time of the year, not just during winter. Winter travelling does, of course, offer a number of additional challenges though when you consider the often shockingly bad UK weather.

kwik fit tyre challenge

Have a go at the Tyre Challenge and let me know how you did, I’m interested! I’d love to know how we, as a country, rate in terms of tyre awareness. If we could raise this, perhaps there would be fewer accidents reported, less damage and most importantly fewer people hurt in accidents.

Regular Tyre Checks, Servicing and MOT

Did you know that if your car isn’t MOT’d that a police car driving by can access that info and pull you over?It’s no accident that the police just happen to stop drivers with no insurance and what not! This happened to Roy years ago. He’d had his MOT done and passed a few days previously but the garage issuing hadn’t put the relevant info into the VOSA database (we should have gone to our local Kwik Fit) so we were showing as driving illegally! Thankfully we had all the docs still on the side and he was pulled over outside our home so we could confirm that all was legit!

I think police being able to check MOT’s on the go like that is fantastic because it is a powerful deterrent to anyone who feels they can get away with not having their car checked for roadworthy-ness! Now, MOTs are all well and good but twelve months is a long time. What about between MOT book-ins? We have our car checked periodically and ensure that we keep on top of maintenance not just because it avoids hefty bills come MOT time but because it is the safe and sensible thing to do! Waiting for the car to stop working and then sorting out the problem is not really the best way forward when it comes to safe motoring. I have a lot of opinions about how people should drive and maintain their cars considering the fact that I am a passenger seat driver only!

Seriously though, be super safe when travelling this winter and make sure your tyres are working for you as well as they should be!

Mini Break : Much Needed!

Mini Break : Much Needed!

Have you seen that meme that has been floating around social media? “I’m not an early bird or a night owl, I’m a sort of permanently exhausted pigeon”? That’s me. I am that pigeon. I have been a freelance copywriter for over twelve years so you’d think by now that I’d be used to the crazy November/December workload. I’m not. This year has been busier than ever and I’m seriously considering taking a short family mini break in the new year.

Adulting leaves many of us feeling a little frazzled at this time of the year and seeing as I am such a keen advocate for self care, it’s probably about time that I start practising what I preach.

We already have a holiday away booked for the summertime, we’re heading up to the Highlands which are my favourite place, Moray especially, along the coastline. If not a January mini break break, an Easter getaway would be a great idea and give us all something to look forward to.

We’ve talked about a short break, Roy and I and a few different options have been on the table. Wales, a cosy cabin, walks, mountains, lakes and a roaring fire for one. Somewhere more action-packed for the boys would definitely go down well.

To be honest though, in my current shall we say slightly tired state, I’m dreaming of something more upmarket. Something a little exclusive, something like a break on a Scenic River Cruises vessel. Seriously, if you haven’t looked up river cruises before, now is the time. It’s like being in the world’s most exclusive hotel, only it is floating and you are able to take in the sights and sounds of some of the most beautiful European cities as you go. This sounds perfect for me. I’m not sure that this would be something I’d class as a family holiday but would be perfect for Roy and I to recharge our batteries.

I’m not sure a mini break that involves a tent or a waterpark is quite what I’m craving right now. What about you? If you could go anywhere and do anything during a minibreak, where would you go and what would you choose?

While you think that over, I’ll be over here, browsing European destinations and wondering how much I’d need to bribe my sister to babysit for a long weekend….. 

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