The Canal Museum is at the heart of the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal. It’s a treasure trove of stories, displays, films and collections all about our waterways. The Canal Museum Housed on two floors of a historic corn mill, The Canal Museum provides an excellent overview of the history of Britain's canals. Together with the audio guide that is free with museum entry, it is the key to understanding the rich waterway heritage of Stoke Bruerne and the Grand Union Canal.

Follow the story of Britain’s canals from the great engineers and navvies who created them, to the boat families, leggers and lock keepers who lived and worked on them. You'll find models of working boats, traditional clothing, canal crafts, a re-creation of a boat builder’s workshop, beautiful old signs and more. Canals and Rivers Trust have a new homepage and Facebook page.

How to Tell If You Need New Tyres

19 Sep 2015

Whether you walk into a showroom or you check some tyres online stores, chances are you will be overwhelmed with the hundreds of brands, models and sizing standards. There are plenty of compositions and styles, not to mention the price discrepancies. Luckily, you do not have to be an expert to find the right tyres, but just pay attention to some simple considerations. Unless you need these tyres for a performance track, you can usually skip small details.

First, make sure that your car does need new tyres. You can do it with a simple visual inspection. Look for excessive tread wear. Tyres should be seriously worn out, while treads should be relatively small. Look at the sidewalls too. Do they look cracked? Plus, can you see any discoloration? If you face at least one of these problems, you most likely need a new set. On the other hand, tyres are less likely to resist forever. Even if they look good, they should be replaced if they are older than 7 years. Reach to and choose tyres online according to the owner's manual. Keep in mind that rubber tends to deteriorate when exposed to oxygen.

The owner's manual is your best friend when not sure what tyres to buy. Each car manufacturer has some recommendations for the sizing standards. They make these suggestions for a top-notch performance, as well as handling, fuel economy, safety, cornering and so on. Sure, small changes will not kill you, but they might make your life harder.