Points to consider if your tyres are illegal
I have taken off at least six tyres this week that have been illegal as motorists are leaving it to the very last minute to renew their tyres.The following points will keep you safe on the roads and will save you money. 1.The roads are very dry at present and when heavy rain comes you need maximum traction to avoid skidding. 2.Each illegal tyre on your vehicle will cost you 3 penalty points on your driving licence. 3.Each illegal tyre carries a fine of £2500 so if two tyres on your vehicle are illegal you could be asked to pay £5000 in fines. 4.A recent independent survey has found that most part worn tyres that are resold are illegal so buy new.
Many thanks he said you have just saved me £5
A customer shook my hand and said great job at a good price and The Daily Mail are saying you have saved me an extra £5.57p.The article stated that drivers are paying 55.7p a mile to keep their car on the road and his nearest static tyre site was five miles away.That is what i call logical thinking.
Sunshine at last
A trip to the seaside could be on the agenda for many this weekend so before you leave in your car,caravan or campervan check your tyres to avoid any nasty delays.
Second hand tyres
One of my regular customers asked for my opinion on second hand tyres as some of her work colleagues were suggesting this could be an option in these difficult times.I informed her that there have been quite a few independent studies recently on the quality and safety of part worn tyres and i suggested she search the internet for the final conclusions.She was horrified with the findings and informed her colleagues not to compromise safety.
Runflat tyres need attention too.
I am getting a sense that drivers are not checking and inflating their runflat tyres as they feel the tyre sensor display on the dashboard will always let them know when to add air.I have visited a couple of customers this week where the tyres were not inflated to the right pressure and the sensor did not alert them, so it is advisable to check and inflate runflats as you would a normal tyre.
Doing low mileage?Check the age of your tyres.
I have visited two customers this week who both were doing very few miles and their tyres had decent tread but were showing signs of wear on the sidewalls.We suggest you change your tyres if they are over five years old as they will deteriorate in strength therefore increasing the chances of you getting a blow out whilst driving.
It still keeps raining
It looks like it is going to be sunshine then heavy showers for most of May so make sure your tyres are safe as a heavy shower falling on a dry road will make driving more hazardous.
Let's all say No to part worn tyres
A colleague has spotted an article on google where an independant organisation has tested the activity of selling and fitting part worn tyres.They bought 50 tyres from various outlets and garages and tested them and only found ONE tyre out of the 50 to be legal.We all know things are tight at the moment but surely this is not an option if we want to be safe on the roads.
In these difficult times do not ignore the important things.
It is tempting when money is tight to delay such things as an annual service on your vehicle and leave replacing tyres to the very last minute.If you look after your vehicle on a regular basis it will actually save you money in the long term.
Things to do when it stops raining.
When it does actually stop raining it will be a good idea to check your tyres as the roads will be treacherous during May as the weather report is suggesting the wet spell will last for most of this month.If there is any doubt concerning your tyres give us a call and we will check them.
We are back from a wet and soggy Motorhome Show
We had a good weekend fitting tyres and Tyron bands at the Motorhome Show at Peterborough despite the appalling weather and i just hope all of the Motorhomes that were stuck in the mud managed to get free.I am always impressed with the resolve campers show in adverse conditions so well done to all.
We are ready for The Motorhome Show
Busy afternoon preparing the van for The Motorhome Show at The Peterborough Showground tomorrow and over the weekend.The van looks lovely and i am just packing the waterproofs so if you are visiting the show look out for us.
Know your jacking points
Recently i have noticed that quite a few vehicles i have visited had damage to the bodywork as the jack had been used in the wrong position so a glance in the drivers handbook would be advisable.
We will be attending The Caravan Show this weekend
We will be attending the Caravan Show at Peterborough Showground this weekend giving advise to owners on all tyre related issues.We will also be fitting new tyres and fitting Tyron bands to caravans and Campervans that require them so if you are visiting the show come and visit our stand.
get to know and understand your spare wheel
I visited a customer this morning and it took a while for both of us to figure out the mechanics ref her spare wheel as it was situated under the vehicle.We got there in the end and had a bit of fun working it out but it would not be as funny on the motorway and in the rain.When you get a minute read the handbook to save any grief.
How to reduce fuel costs
Just read an article on how to reduce the cost of fuel.One of the tips is to keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure and you could improve fuel consumption by 5% and this will also extend the life of the tyres.
Another reminder ref locking nut adaptor
I visited a customer yesterday who had lost his locking wheel nut adaptor and unfortunately the nuts had been tightened with a gun and not a torque wrench so it took a while to release them.We got there in the end but it might be a good idea to mention to the organisation that is working on your wheels to use a torque wrench when tightening.
Are you cleaning the car this weekend
Some of our recent customers have been shocked by the excessive wear on the inside shoulder of the tyre when we removed the wheels.We are suggesting that while in the process of cleaning your car you turn the steering lock full on so you can then see the inside of your front tyres but don't ignore the rears.
Caravans blocking motorways at Easter
Whilst i was working over Easter on most days the radio was reporting that various roads were blocked due to a Caravan turning over.I am suggesting that most of the offending vehicles if not all were not fitted with tyron bands so worth consideration if they are not fitted to your vehicle.
Two reasons to be cheerful
There are two reasons to be more cheerful this weekend as the clocks go forward so the days will be getting longer and the phone is buzzing as people are preparing their caravans and campervans for their Easter and summer breaks.I am out this morning checking that the tyres are still roadworthy and also fitting Tyron bands to prevent damage to the caravan in case of a blow out.
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