Checking your brakes

The importance of checking your brakes.

Brakes are one of the most important components in your car, and one that is vital to your safety as a driver or a passenger. Ensuring that they are in good condition may be something that can save your life. Each time pressure is put into your brake pedal, fluid within each caviller of the car begins to slow down the wheels and gradually brings your car to a stop. due to how often brakes are used, this action creates a lot of wear and tear.


Tyres and their speed ratings

Tyres and their speed ratings

The speed rating of tyres is something that may be unknown or easily ignored by many car owners. The speeding rate is a limit of how fast a tyre is allowed to go legally. Each tyre has an indention of letter and numbers that refer to factors such as method of construction, the width and the diameter amongst many other manufacturing factors. In order to find the tyre speeding rate, we look to the last digits of the code. Writing this down can help in future if a tyre replacement is needed, to ensure your vehicle is having the correct tyres installed for your safety.


Driving in the snow

Driving in the snow and winter conditions

Despite how beautiful snow may look when we are in the comfort of our homes, when travelling snow and icy roads can be extremely dangerous for all drivers. Although the snow can create a lot of hazards, there are some measures to ensure that you can cope the best possible in the extreme weather.


Ban on tyres over 10 years old

Ban on Tyres which are over 10 years old

Announced on the 15th of July 2020, in February 2021 tyres used on the front axles of heavy vehicles shall be banned. From February, this law shall apply to vehicles that meet these requirements;
* Front axle of a bus/coach .
* Rear axle of a minibus with single rear wheels fitted.
* Front axle of a good vehicle with a maximum gross weight of 3,500 kg or more


Poor Weather Conditions

Driving in poor weather conditions

From thick heavy layers of snow to heatwaves we never saw coming, the UK has always had a vast spread of weather. And just as we adapt to these conditions with our clothing and activities, our driving is also something that should change along with it. Here a few tips to help you out as the seasons change.


Storing summer tyres for winter

Storing your summer tyres

Now that winter is approaching, you may be starting to switch your vehicles summer tyres for winter ones. this is something many drivers choose to do to ensure their safety as the months get colder. Although the changing the tyres themselves may initially seem like the hardest part, the storage of the summer tyres may be difficult. Storing tyres must be done correctly to ensure you make the most of them, it can increase their lifespan and save you money.


Supertracker Technology Wheel Alignment

Supertracker our latest technology in alignment

Supertracker the latest in laser wheel alignment? So what is laser wheel alignment

Laser wheel alignment, although sounds very technical and scary, is a quick and easy way to realign your vehicles wheels. It ensures that the wheels in on the vehicle are set to their optimum position and the best measures of safety ensured for driving. It works by using beams of light to check on the alignment of the wheels, by ensuring that tis is correct it saves your tyres from becoming unevenly worn from road surfaces and protecting your safety alongside it through the handling of the car.


Ensuring you look after your car tyres

Looking after your car tyres

Car tyres are an essential element of your car to be kept at the highest level of maintenance at all times. Tyres that are safe could be the difference between life and death in an accident and can help you to prevent accidents altogether, removing the risks of unsafe driving and unnecessary harm in consequence of it.


Checking the tread depth

Why is the tread depth in tyres necessary to correct?

All cars should have a tread depth of 1.6mm. Tread depth is an essential part to keeping you safe on the roads, requiring regular checking in order to ensure it is maintained. They keep you safe as they are specially made for the best potential road grip they can give, doing so by the ‘bumps’ and grooves designed for them, creating easy braking and control of the car. Over a period of time the tread depth of a tyre may start to reduce, this may be due to just natural wear and tear, an unavoidable consequence to driving any vehicle. However it can also be caused by having a fast and aggressive style of driving, overloading the car with bags and people, poor tyre quality (or deflated tyres) or suspension issues in the vehicle that should all be monitored and tried to keep at a minimum in order to ensure safety as a priority. In order to check your tyre tread depth, there are a few options:


Inactivity during the COVID-19 and tyres

Could the inactivity during the COVID-19 pandemic effect my tyres?

The extent of which inactivity will effect tyres

A nationwide lockdown from the 23rd March due to COVID-19 was something that placed the UK on a standstill. With the requirements to stay home as much as possible, and individuals learning to live with less travel, vehicles also faced less usage by their owners. Inactivity within cars can cause different extents of damage, depending on the conditions of the vehicle, the age and the duration of time out of activity. It is a priority to maintain car safety and keep everyone safe on their journeys and focusing on tyres is a factor that allows you to do so.

How has lockdown caused tyre damage?

Over time tyres begin to lose pressure, active and inactive maintaining it to the recommend amount in your vehicle handbook. When the car is immobile this could happen at a faster rate, even giving them the appearance of  begin deflated. This occurs due to air travelling through the tyres over the duration of time and can cause dangers such when driving due to the car now being much harder to control and handle, increasing chances of crashes and accidents. as well as the loss of pressure, tyre degradation is a natural process sped up when stationary through weather and heat. In order to reduce the effects try strong the car in a sheltered or indoor garage where it will remain in dry and cool conditions.

Inactivity causing flat spotting in tyres

Flat spotting is a term used to refer to when the area of the tyre connected with the ground becomes flat due to being inactive for a long period of time. This flat area will worsen when left for longer periods of time, especially in larger and heavier cars. As life has adjusted to less travel, if your vehicle use is less, try to move your car forward/ backwards slightly every few days in order to reduce the pressure this flat spot area is enduring.

How do I reduce lockdown effects on my tyres?

Reducing the negative effects of an inactive car can be done in a few ways. Ensure your tread depth is at 1.6mm keeping them safe and legal for road usage. Try keep extra tyres and your car stored in a garage or a dry and cool area to minimise weather effects. Ensure you are keeping your car moving, even if its just a few inches, rotating the tyre will reduce flat spotting significantly and keep them in a regular and safe shape for usage.