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If you are planning on doing a long journey, it is always a good idea to carry out some simple checks. This is especially true if you are going to be travelling on the motorway where you may be driving at higher speeds and need to ensure that tyres and breaks are ok. Some people choose to carry out these checks on the morning of their trip, but often if you find a problem, it is too late to try and rectify it before you are supposed to leave. Ideally you should try and check your tyres and brakes a week or so before the trip and then check them again the day before you set off. If you discover that you have a puncture then you may not be able to get a tyre fitted for a little while, which may well delay your trip.
Make sure that your tyres are in a good condition. They should not have any serious damage, be within the 1.6 mm legal tread depth limit (ideally above 2mm) and have the correct tyre pressure in them. Bear in mind if you are carrying a lot of weight in the vehicle you may need to adjust the tyre pressures accordingly. If you notice damage and you are unsure as to if it may affect the safety of the tyre then you should always get it checked out.