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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.

 

This story doesn't make sense

I was speaking to a regular customer today who recommended us to a chap who was looking to fit four new tyres to his company vehicle.He phoned our sales team who quoted £400 for all four tyres to be fitted and he was very happy with the price so he phoned his head office only to be told that they are used to paying more and he was to go to a garage and pay £600.Now that is strange!!!

 

It was a bad week for locking wheel nuts

Two weeks ago i sent out a reminder to make sure you know where your adaptor is located but strangely we had our worst week ever as three went missing.On monday a customer bought a car privately only to find adaptor missing from tool kit.On tuesday a customer cleaned the interior of the car and left adaptor at home so we were unable to fit new tyres at her workplace.On friday visited a customer who had fitted the spare wheel after getting a puncture but whilst changing wheel lost adaptor so we had to break locking nuts off.Let's hope for a better week ahead.

 

Where is your locking wheel nut adaptor?

I am visiting a customer who has purchased an Audi A4 privately and he needs new tyres fitted.On investigation the locking nut adaptor is missing so we need to order a replacement or break existing nuts off.There are three questions to ask today 1.Does your vehicle have locking wheel nuts fitted.2.Can you locate your adaptor.3.Is the adaptor free from damage as some designs are prone to wear after excessive use.Hopefully after investigation you are re assured but any problems give us a call.

 

There was a lot of soul in Oxford last night

Yesterday i rescued a group of young lads who were travelling to Oxford for a gig but had a blow out near Huntingdon.They are a Tamla Motown tribute band and must be very good as they perform all over the uk.We managed to get them mobile quickly so they could entertain soul fans in Oxford.

 

My customers are getting organised

All my customers today were organised by leaving their car keys and payment details with friends or colleagues as they were away doing other things.While it is nice to talk face to face with customers i guess today shows what our service is all about. You carry on running the business or looking after the family while we keep you safe on the roads.

 

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