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Pregnant Mums need to Check Car Tyres

tyres_pregnantAround 700,000 new babies will make their first solo journey home from hospital in 2016 having been car passengers inside Mum for the previous nine months.

By applying known tyre safety statistics here, something like one in four of these babies and Mums, during this lengthy period, could be travelling in cars that are potentially dangerous because their tyres haven’t been checked before or between MOTs.

This risk applies to all Mums and their children of course, not just pregnant ones, but with a new baby on their minds, it’s possible they might be thinking more about cots, prams and baby clothes than the road-worthiness of their everyday car?

And in case you are reading this in late stages of pregnancy, nobody has to do their own tyre checks because approved tyre professionals will do this for you, usually completely free, whether you’re male or female, pregnant or not!!

But pregnant Mums carry a particularly precious cargo so we recommend you get your tyres checked regularly during pregnancy. You can do this via a local TyreSafe retailer or via a tyre service that is FOXY Lady Approved as an added bonus.

Janine’s story

We’ll let Janine explain why this matters and why tyre safety will forever be at the top of her checklists in future.

Janine McCarthy had a miraculous escape after a defective tyre on her car rapidly deflated, causing her vehicle to spin out of control and crash into the central reservation on a busy motorway near her home. The car flipped six times before coming to a standstill and Janine thought she and her unborn baby were going to die.

“I could see on-coming traffic and I panicked, braking harder. It caused the car to tip and start to roll and smash into the central metal fencing. It was terrifying. Witnesses told me afterwards that the car smashed into the barrier, flew to the opposite barrier, and then rolled down into the middle of a field.

“When the car came to a standstill I was petrified that something had happened to my baby as I was nearly three months pregnant at the time and noticed blood.

“The emergency services told me they couldn’t believe I walked away from the crash alive.”

Amazingly Janine escaped the ordeal with minor cuts and bruises and her unborn baby was unscathed. She is looking forward to the birth of her baby in March but this experience has been life-changing for her.

Home safely on safe tyres

As a result, Janine is supporting TyreSafe’s new ‘Home Safely on Safe Tyres’ campaign by sharing her story so others might learn from this and not go through the same experience.

Her advice to other Mums? Add ‘CHECK TYRES’ to your pre-baby checklist and do this at the start of your pregnancy, not wait until you’re planning the hospital visit.

We say – make sure any ‘expectant’ Dad-in-waiting is aware of this too because it isn’t just women who can neglect this area.

And whilst ALL children are precious and we need our car tyres to be safe for ALL motorists, Janine’s story reminds us that when a Mum is pregnant, she and her car are carrying the life of another that is totally dependent on her for its life.

Thank goodness this story had a happy ending.

For further information on the ‘Home Safely on Safe Tyres’ campaign, view the accompanying animation.

Ladies evenings during tyre safety month

October is Tyre Safety Month – carefully chosen to remind us to check the condition of our tyres before the most challenging driving time of the year approaches – winter with cold, wet and icy roads.

And if you need new tyres beforehand my advice is to always buy the best you can afford.

Just like used cars and garage services, you might be lucky buying cheap but it’s more likely you’ll find out later why they were cheap and the price might affect your (and others’) family safety.

Ladies evenings

tyre_hidsonsWe run a garage network of FOXY Lady Approved garages that have to demonstrate quality credentials and an adherence to rigorous standards when it comes to value for money, cleanliness and customer welcome.

We award bonus points for evidence of women in customer service roles and for ladies evenings because this always suggests a female friendly business that cares and is prepared to invest in getting service levels right for us.

So far only one tyre group ie Protyre has joined us and signed the FOXY Promise to ‘never overcharge, patronise or sell women anything they don’t need.’ They are also members of the Trading Standards Institute approved Code of Practice for garage service and repair work. This is a sector of the motor industry with a poor reputation for selling us expensive tyres we don’t need but so far only Protyre has been prepared to put its head above the FOXY parapet here.

So it doesn’t surprise us at all to see them go that extra mile by organising a garage roadshow for ladies this month including practical, friendly advice and ‘how-to’ demonstrations from trained technicians to help us with under bonnet checks, wheel changes and general tyre care.

Free for all, each evening runs from 6.30pm to 8pm and includes light refreshments & snacks, a quiz, prizes & a free information pack.

To reserve your place (and by all means invite a friend) email your name(s) and a phone number to the nearest Protyre centre as follows.

October 2, 2013 in Bristol
Protyre Bristol
27 – 31 Church Road
Lawrence Hill
Email bristol@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 3, 2013 in Gloucester
Protyre Gloucester
324 Bristol Road
Email gloucester@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 8, 2013 in Plymouth
Protyre Plymouth
Units 1 & 2 Clare Place
Email plymouth@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 9, 2013 in Exeter
Protyre Exeter
5 Trusham Road
Marsh Barton
Email exeter@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 10, 2013 in Enfield (see below for Nottingham evening at Evans Halshaw)
Protyre Enfield
770 – 780 Great Cambridge Road
Email enfield@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 15, 2013 in Warrington
Jeffreys High Performance Tyres
1a Station Road
Email warrington@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 16, 2013 in Weston Super Mare
Easyfit Auto Safety Centre
Winterstoke Road
Weston Super Mare
BS23 3YG
Email weston@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 16, 2013 in Alcester
Eclipse Tyre Services
Unit 3 Arden Bus Centre
Arden Road
B49 6HW
Email alcester@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 23, 2013 in Poulton
Barry & Wilkinson Tyre & Exhaust
Blackpool Old Road
Email poulton@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 24, 2013 in Slough
Protyre Slough
515 Ipswich Road
Slough Trading Estate
slough@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 24, 2013 in Tavistock
Tavistock Tyres
Unit 23
Plymouth Road Ind Est
PL19 9QN
Email tavistock@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 29, 2013 in Swansea
Harris Brothers Richardson Road
1a Richardson Road
Email swansea.richardson@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

October 30, 2013 in Winchester
Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services
Micheldever Station
SO21 3AP
Email sales@micheldever.co.uk to reserve your place

October 31, 2013 in Westbury
Protyre Westbury
Station Road
BA13 3JS
Email westbury@protyre.co.uk to reserve your place

If you have any doubt about the tyre challenges you can face throughout the year and when driving on ‘just about legal’ cheap tyres, please read my blog about this here... And save money from your motoring budget in another way, not by buying cheap tyres.