• Winter Tyres – Are they Worth It?

    Winter tyres can be an excellent way to help you with your driving during the colder weather. However, many people question whether it is really worth it. Winter tyres can be an additional cost when owning and running a car is already pricey, and it might all seem like it’s just a little bit too much effort. Here are some of the things to think about when deciding what you should do: Do you live in a particularly cold area? If you live somewhere in the UK which is particularly prone to low temperatures, you might benefit from winter tyres more than others. You will get lots of use out of them if it’s regularly below 0°. Are the roads gritted regularly? It’s likely that the roads will be gritted more often in towns and cities where there is heavier…
  • Incorrect tyre sizes

    Did you know that you can have the wrong sized tyres fitted to your car?  The manufactures recommend the correct tyres for a vehicle but you can chose to have different ones fitted, or sometimes they are fitted by the garage incorrectly and often without you even realising. Converting to a different size of tyre is possible, but it must be done within strict criteria. If you get it wrong, the consequences can be awful and can be a massive cause for concern. Often if you are wanting to change the size of wheels fitted to your car then you may also need to upgrade other parts of the car too.  The cars braking and suspension are linked to the diameter of the wheels that are on the car, so that is why it is important to remember that you…
  • Finding a puncture

    A puncture can happen at any time, it is often caused by driving over something sharp or can even happen from hitting a pothole in the road too hard. A puncture can happen on a brand new tyre and depending on where the puncture is, it may not be able to be repaired. When looking for a puncture firstly inflate the tyre and then carry out a visual inspection to see if you can find anything sticking in to the tyre. If not then spray some soppy water on to the tyre and rim to see if you can find any escaping air (shown up as bubbles). It is easier to carry out all of these inspections whilst the wheel is off the car, so if at all possible, then remove it prior to inspecting. If you do find a…
  • Saving a bundle with part worn tyres

    Part worn tyres can be a great way to change your tyres, keeping your car legal without having to spend hundreds of pounds. When looking at vehicle safety, tyres play a massive part. Badly worn or damaged tyres can easily cause a skid or blow out which can cause fatal accidents. New tyres range drastically in price depending on what make and size you want and often people go for budget tyres as they simply cannot afford the higher priced mid range or top range tyres. With part worns you can have the best of both. You can chose to have a better brand of tyre, with a minimum of 3mm of tread on them for often less than half the price of the same tyre new. Some part worn tyre companies will even buy your old tyres off you,…
  • Tyres decoded

    Car tyres carry a wealth of information on the side wall, most of which you don’t need to worry about but it’s worth understanding the codes for a few reasons. The main code (e.g. 175/65 R14T) on the tyre refers to its size, composition and capabilities. The first part refers to the width in mm and the sidewall height as a percentage of the width. Next the letter refers to the construction of the tyre (here it’s radial). This is important to note as mixing different constructions of tyre on the same axel is illegal. The next number is the diameter of the interior of the tyre in inches. Finally the letter corresponds to the tyres speed rating (here, T is a maximum of 118mph) Elsewhere, the DOT code gives information about the tyres compliance with regulations and its place…