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Called out to a lady with a flat tyre that she had driven on, the tyre was shredded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle originally had been fitted with Runflats, but a previous owner had replaced them with normal tyres, yet had not added a spacesaver tyre or a tyre weld cannister and compressor.  So if you are buying a used car please make sure you have some form of spare tyre or method of getting yourself home.  This lady was lucky as we had a Hometyre van in the area and were soon able to get her back on the road.

For new tyres at competative prices go to Hometyre. 


Winter tyre check

Time for a winter tyre check

The clocks may have changed recently– but they are not the only thing you should be checking and possibly changing in the days ahead.

TyreSafe has issued a reminder to drivers to ensure that their tyres are legal and safe enough for the winter conditions ahead – with roads likely to become more treacherous due to icy weather and accident levels typically peaking during the winter months.

According to Stuart Jackson, the chairman of TyreSafe, drivers should not waste time when it comes to checking the condition of their tyres.

“The clocks going back  are a timely reminder to drivers that winter is well and truly on its way and with it, the need for extra care and attention on the road,” he said.

“The cold and damp conditions mean that roads can easily become slippery and dangerous so it’s essential that your tyres are in the best possible state to cope with this.”

In particular, TyreSafe believes drivers should focus on three key elements to maximise their safety on the road.

  •  Firstly, they should check tyre pressures to ensure they are inflated to the levels outlined in their manufacturer’s handbook.
  • Then they should check the condition of the tyres to ensure they are free from cuts or unusual lumps and bulges.
  • Finally, they should ensure their tyre tread depth is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm – this should apply around the entire circumference of the tyre.

If you don’t think driving safely is enough of an incentive to check tyre tread depth, then bear in mind that drivers found to be driving illegal tyres could face fines as high as £ 2,500, as well as three penalty points for each illegal tyre.  Last month also saw the police checking tyres in car parks across the county, don't be caught out - check your tyres. 

While doing a tyre check, take the size off of the side wall of your tyre and check out the online tyre prices, on the Hometyre website.


Old tyres - should I change my tyres?

If you do not do many miles a year in your car, van, caravan or motorhome, you might think that clocking up a low mileage will make your tyres last longer - but this is not the case.

Even tyres have a lifespan and the Sunday Times motoring supplement ingear gave a thorough lowdown on the subject, promoted by a query from KB in Ashford, Kent.

KB wrote: “The tyres on my Land Rover Discovery are 10 years old. I do only about 3,000 miles a year, mostly in town, occasionally pulling a horse trailer, and they are still in good condition. It there any law or insurance condition that says they must be changed after a certain time?”

Dave Pollard, car accessory expert, “There is no legal time limit stating when tyres must be changed. The lifespan of a tyre depends on many factors, including usage and the conditions in which your vehicle is kept. To be legal, car tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tread width and round the whole circumference. The sidewalls must have no obvious cuts or large cracks. Deterioration can be accelerated by driving on incorrect pressures and infrequent, as well as frequent, use. The rubber compounds used to make tyres will also degrade over time because of exposure to sunlight and ozone, regardless of how the tyres are used or stored.

“As a rough guide, TyreSafe (, an organisation that promotes tyre safety says most manufacturers agree tyres need replacing at least every 10 years. After that, although your tyres may appear to be in good condition, the sidewalls could be cracking and particularly unfit for the cast of pulling a heavy load, such as a horse box.

“Poor tyres will increase braking distances, give you less grip when cornering and could be more prone to blowouts. If you were involved in an accident, there is a chance that your insurer could use the state of your tyres as a reason to reduce any payout. Direct Line insurance, for example, states: “If you are found to be at fault in the event of a car insurance claim, insurers may take your car’s roadworthiness at the time of the accident into account. As a responsible car owner, it is down to you to ensure that your car is kept maintained between Mot tests.”

“It may be unlikely but, if your tyres are defective, you also run the risk of being charged with “using a vehicle with defective tyres”, which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points on your licence for each tyre.

“To confirm the exact age of your tyres, check on the sidewalls for a code in a box following the letters DOT. For tyres made since the beginning of 2000, there are four digits. The first to denote the week of manufacture; the second two give the year. For example, 2804 means that the 28th week of 2004.”


Tired old tyres - Police check in Chichester

Tired old tyres

As October is National TyreSafe Month, the local Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team decided to support it by holding a day of tyre safety awareness at Tesco Stores in and around Chichester on Thursday 25 October.

During the day local officers gave out plenty of useful advice regarding tyre safety and also walked around the store car park asking people to take part in the '20p Pledge', which is an easy and ideal way to check the tread depth of a tyre and make sure that is above the legal required limit using a 20p coin. This is simply done by inserting a 20p into the main tread grooves and ensuring that the outer rim of the coin is covered by tread.

PCSO Jason Lemm said: "We managed to check a total of 63 vehicles during the day with six of these not passing the 20p test. The vehicles that did not pass the test were given information regarding what to do next and a handy reminder sheet including what tyres were below the legal limit."


147 reasons to consider winter tyres

With the nights quickly drawing in, TyreSafe is encouraging motorists to consider fitting winter

 tyres, which are the safest option when the temperature drops below seven degrees celsius.

And according to figures from the Met Office, temperatures fell below this crucial marker during

prime commuting hours on 147 separate days between the beginning of October 2011 and the

end of March 2012*.

Winter tyres offer safer motoring because they have been specifically designed to cope with

wintry conditions such as snow and ice, but also more everyday circumstances faced by

motorists, like wet and damp conditions, when the temperature drops below seven degrees


They differ from normal tyres in that they contain more natural rubber and advanced silica,

reducing the hardening effect experienced by other tyres when the temperature plummets.

"While last winter was actually milder than normal, these statistics are ample reason for

motorists to still consider swapping to winter tyres from October to March, in fact 147 very

 strong reasons," said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

Indeed, the 'Time For A Change?' theme, in particular swapping normal tyres over to winter

tyres, is a key part of October's campaign organised by the not-for-profit organisation, which is also encouraging motorists to generally check their tyres to see if they need replacing.

"The roads are particularly busy during the rush hour period so being able to rely on your tyres for safe motoring is essential. Also if you travel down country lanes, the wet leaves add to the snow and slush making driving in summer tyres treacherous.  Fitting winter tyres is definitely the sensible option when the temperature struggles to creep above seven degrees celsius, as is often the case in the early morning and evening at that time of year.

"But it's not just commuters whose safety can be increased with winter tyres, as the average mean temperature from December 2011 to February 2012 was only 4.5 degrees celsius, which is well below the all-important seven degrees celsius threshold, meaning every driver would be wise to consider making the change," added Jackson.

To find tyre prices online go to the Hometyre website, or give us a call.


Michelin sets up Pitstop challenge at Goodwood

Michelin tyres sets motoring enthusiasts a pit-stop challenge at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend, which kicks off today, is highlighted by the Michelin Pit Stop Challenge.

The tyres company has organised a stand with a replica racing car, fully tooled up and ready for everyone to have a go at changing the wheels.

Hosted by motoring journalist and broadcaster Victoria Macmillan Bell, the Challenge will pit teams against one another in a race to change the wheels on the car – prizes will be given for the best times of the day.

According to Victoria: “Tutored by a team of Michelin experts, the Pit Stop Challenge is open to everyone, and I’d encourage anybody to have a go and see how difficult it is to change a wheel in anything like a respectable time.

“The race is on and I’ll see you there!”

The Pit Stop Challenge is just one of the great events being organised for the three-day motoring bonanza.

For motor racing fans in particular, four times Formula One World Champion Alain Prost will be appearing this year, joining a host of drivers whose careers are closely associated with Michelin.

Prost, whose outstanding time in Formula 1 resulted in four titles, 51 victories, 33 pole positions and 106 podium finishes between 1980 and 1993, grew up racing on Michelin tyres. Also keep your eye out for Hometyre, we will be around the area.


Tyre safety Q & A

Q How important is tyre safety?

A "Tyres are an important component of any vehicle but too many people are still unaware of the key role that they play for keeping their vehicle safe while driving. Improperly maintained tyres, worn or damaged and under or over inflated, are the main risks of making a vehicle unsafe and dangerous to drive. For instance, when the air pressure is low the car does not respond properly while steering and it may swerve off the road."

​'Tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road' .Q How often should tyres be checked?

A "Drivers should get into the habit of checking the exteriors of their tyres every day before starting the cars to check if there are any visible signs of damage, and remove any stones or objects entrapped in the tyre tread.

"Tyre pressure should be checked at least once a month as air pressure reduces naturally. Tread wear should also be checked regularly by looking at tyre’s ‘tread wear indicators’, as worn-out tread posts grave danger and must be replaced immediately."

Q Can I check them myself?

A "Everyone can easily check the tread wear and the air pressure of their tyres by using a compact tyre gauge and measuring device. I recommend visiting the website for a graphical demonstration of how to properly check their tyres.

"If tyres have lumps, bulges or cracks they must be examined by a tyre specialist as this indicates tyre damage. I recommend going to a tyre specialist also if there is an a rapid increase in air loss, noise or vibration since that too indicates damaged tyres, and will most probably require replacing. I strongly urge and advise those that cannot determine the safety of their own tyres to visit their nearest car dealer, tyre dealer or tyre service center for assistance and advice."

Q How do I spot a fake tyre and what are the dangers?

A "It’s very difficult to establish whether fake tyres are of good quality or not, and if they perform and guarantee the same level of safety as branded tyres.

"To avoid buying fake tyres I recommend going to official tyres dealers who will assist you and provide you with the best tyres for your car."

Q How often should I change my tyres?

A "Tyres wear out naturally and must be replaced at a certain point. Tyres have to be replaced with new ones when the tread wear indicator is at the minimum level, normally 1.6mm. To prevent irregular wear and prolong tyre life, I recommend proper air pressure, wheel alignment and periodical rotation."

Q What other advice do you have for motorists regarding tyre safety?

A "Remember, tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. For the driver’s own safety and the safety of their passengers and other drivers on the road, responsible motorists should maintain safe tyres, as well as a well maintained vehicle in total, with regular check-ups.

"Motorists should also be aware of the fact that maintaining correct tyre pressure not only places them in safer conditions, but also has a positive impact on the environment. Driving a vehicle on properly inflated tyres helps to reduce the rolling resistance, which aids in reducing fuel consumption, hence minimizing motorists expenses."

For more information on tyre safety, visit


Jaguar's New F- Type prototype to be shown at the festival of speed

By Paul Hudson Of the telegraph. 22 Jun 2012

A development prototype example of Jaguar's F-type, which is expected to go on sale next summer, makes its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The two-seater convertible will be driven up the Goodwood hillclimb by Mike Cross, Jaguar's acclaimed head of vehicle integrity.

A coupé version is expected to follow the soft-top. All-aluminium construction keeps weight down, while supercharged V6 or V8 engines drive the rear wheels.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The Goodwood Festival of Speed is focused around the dynamic hill runs where the public can see, hear and smell the cars – this is why we have chosen it as the place to showcase an F-type prototype. The development programme is progressing with vigour and we look forward to showing the world the F-type in production form later this year."

The F-type is currently undergoing development, including extremes of heat and cold and handling assessments, ahead of the launch.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Festival of speed starts this Thursday with the Moving Motor Show, your chance to see some of the latest models on offer, and for the lucky few a chance to drive them. From Friday the main event starts, this will showcase all types of vehicle from F1 down to rare vintage cars. Famous drivers like Sterling Moss, Hamilton, Button, Surtees, etc will be around and up close. Watch them take their cars up the hill climb. Look out for the Hometyre Van, we will be there.


Tips for saving fuel.

If you want more miles to the gallon, or as I put it more bangs per buck – read on. Oh and save your money, the best fuel saving tips doesn’t involve buying any gadgets or fuel additives!

You can start saving fuel even before you start your engine, and no, top tip 1 isn’t ‘walk’ – perhaps it should be!

1 - Check your tyres

Check your tyre pressures regularly (at the very least once a month). An under-inflated tyre can increase fuel consumption by 3% or more, not only that but you’ll be wasting money buying tyres more often than you need to.

2 - Forget "warming up" the engine

Not only will your insurance company refuse to pay out if your car is nicked when you’ve left it running on your drive! But it causes excessive engine wear, and wastes your precious fuel. Better to buy some decent de-icer and drive off straight away.

3 – Get your car serviced

Skipping routine servicing is false economy. A car that’s serviced regularly will run smoother, use less fuel and pollute the atmosphere less. Oh and you won’t break down so often!

4 - Avoid short trips – walk lazy bones

Look, I know it’s tempting to jump into the car for the pop down to get your papers, but that short journey can use twice as much fuel, as the engine won’t have had chance to warm up. So why not walk?

Ok, so you’ve got to drive. So try these tips to reduce your fuel consumption

5 Look ahead and read the road

How often does your right foot go straight from the accelerator to the brake pedal – come on be honest!

Every time you brake you’re converting your momentum – that you’ve just spend fuel building up – into heat. It’s a total waste of your fuel.

Look ahead and get your foot off the accelerator, let the car decelerate. This way you’re getting every possible inch of value from your fuel. Obviously you’re going to have to brake if some idiot pulls out in front of you but it should be the exception rather than the norm.

6 - Drive smooooooothly

Ok, so we’ve all seen Clarkeson and Hammond tearing away from the lights but out in the real world it not only makes you look like a prat but it wastes fuel too, so try to pull away smoothly and gently. Imagine a saucer of water on your lap!

7 - Use your gears!

Most cars are at peak performance and fuel economy around the 2000 rpm mark so use your gear and change at this point. It’s not always true that you get better fuel economy in the highest gear; if your engine is labouring you’ll be wasting fuel. A lot of advanced drivers will frequently miss gears out, both going up and down through the gearbox. You can save around 15% of your fuel by making full and proper use of your gears.

8 - Don't over rev the engine – especially going through tunnels!

Another Clarkson moment, great fun, sounds great and costs a bomb in fuel!

9 - Stick to the speed limits

There’s a direct link between speed and fuel consumption

Driving at 50 instead of 70 can save you around 30% to 20% Driving at 70 instead of 80 can save you around 20% - 10%

Not only that but you’ll only add minutes onto your journey time, get to your destination less stressed and there’ll be less wear and tear on your engine.

10 – Put your window down vs turn air con off!

This is a bit of a catch 22, winding your window down when driving at speed will increase drag and use more fuel. Turning your air con on will use more fuel.

So what do you do? Well the drag doesn’t become an issue until your speeds over 50mph so driving at 50mph is a real win-win: lower fuel consumption from the lower speed and lower consumption as you can wind your window down and turn the air con off.


Is your car a Death trap?

Thousands of motorists are driving potential death-traps because they have bought part-worn tyres. A recent survey carried out by Trading Standards & tyresure, found that 98% of the used tyres they bought were illegal.

More than four million second-hand tyres were sold last year, but many are unfit for the road, researchers found rusty nails embedded in the rubber, botched repairs and hidden patches.

With new tyres costing up to £1,000 for four, cash-strapped motorists have been seeking ways to cut costs, without considering their safety.

That has seen the development of a thriving black market in illegal and, in some cases, lethal, second-hand-tyres.


BMW 3 Series to be fitted with Bridgestone tyres

Luxury car manufacturer BMW has selected Bridgestone tyres as original fitment for the new 3 Series model. A combination of standard touring and Run Flat Technology (RFT) tyres have been selected to run across the BMW 3 series range. With a strong focus on safety and balanced performance, the chosen tyres have been introduced to the European market for 2012. Edwin Van der Stad, Director Sales, Consumer Business Unit for Bridgestone Europe, said: “Bridgestone is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with BMW in the development of premium touring and high-performance tyres.

“Today nearly all BMW models, right across the range, are fitted with Bridgestone conventional and RFT tyres as original equipment.”

The 2012 BMW 3 Series is fitted with ultra high-performance Bridgestone Potenza S001 RFT tyres and is available in a range of six sizes for 17-, 18- and 19-inch rims.

Standard and RFT versions of the Bridgestone Turanza ER300A Ecopia touring tyres are available in two sizes to fit 16-inch wheels.

Should you need Runflat tyres for your vehicle, call Hometyre, to see what we can offer.


Sussex police & Tyresafe team up

TyreSafe and Sussex Police unite 15 June 2012 TyreSafe has announced Sussex Police has joined up to support its campaign to boost knowledge of tyre safety among road users.

The campaign aims to inform motorists about the potential dangers related to tyres while giving them tips on how to keep them up to a good standard.

TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: "The force enjoyed considerable success when it partnered Chandlers BMW at several events during last year's Tyre Safety Month, so it knows the benefits of getting involved and the positive outcome it can achieve."

This is not the only campaign put on by TyreSafe - the organisation also targets various markets such as logistics companies and young drivers.

Pc Phil Barrow, Sussex Police road safety officer, said: "Being at the sharp end I see the painful human cost following a road traffic accident, many of which have a tyre-related contributory factor. What's even more galling is that most could have been prevented by just a few regular simple tyre checks.

"Therefore, we fully endorse TyreSafe's ongoing campaigns to make drivers aware of the issues surrounding defective or illegal tyres and will do everything that we can to help it in its future activities."

Keeping tyres up to date is an essential part of safe motoring. However, accidents can still happen, so ensure you're prepared in the event of a tyre blow-out with breakdown cover.


6 Wheeled F1 car

Goodwood Festival of Speed: Six-wheeled March F1 car to tackle the hillclimb A six-wheeled March 2-4-0 Formula One car will be in action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fittingly for an estate owned by the Earl of March, one of the craziest cars to be in action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month will be a 1976 March 2-4-0.

The experimental six-wheeled Formula One car was built by March Engineering in Bicester, Oxfordshire and tested in 1977. It never raced, however, due to a lack of finances.

The March followed in the footsteps of the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 F1 car, which had four small front wheels to reduce drag and two at the rear. The March however had two front wheels for steering and four driven rear wheels for extra grip.

The Cosworth-powered car will join a group of other Cosworth-engined F1 cars, including a 1970 March 701, 1974 Maki F101 and 1977 Wolf-Cosworth WR1, for a timed shoot-out up the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb.

The Festival of Speed takes place from June 29-July 1, with the Moving Motor Show the day before.


Damaged Locking wheel nut adaptor

I was called out to the owner of a Citroen C5 yesterday, The owner had taken his car to a local tyre depot to have two new tyres fitted. Once fitted he drove home and decided to take his front wheels off to replace his trackrod ends. Imagine his suprise to open the locking wheel nut box and find the Key (Adaptor) in two pieces. The tyre depot had broken it and just put it away without telling him. They then refused to acknowledge that they were responsible as he had driven away ! His local Citroen dealer needed 10 days to get a new adaptor, but he couldn't wait that long. He tried to remove them himself, unsuccessfully - damaging his alloy wheel in the process, then called hometyre. It took me around 30 minuted to remove all four lock nuts and there was no further damage to his alloys. Satisfied customer. Guess that tyre depot won't get his custom again.


Felpham & Bognor Floods

Most of Felpham, Bognor Regis, Middleton and Elmer were cut off yesterday due to flooding of the main A259 and side roads. Hometyre Sussex still managed to find a way around the floods and kept customers appointments as scheduled. Locking wheel nut removals in Petworth and new tyres in Singleton. The flood waters are dropping fast, but the main roads are still flooded. There is a way around Felpham using Downview Road and the Roundel estate, but due to the amount of traffic it can take 30 mins to get through.


Michelin publishes an I-Spy book for Goodwood

To celebrate its sponsorship of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Supercar Paddock, Michelin has published a special-edition I-Spy Goodwood Festival of Speed book.

In the tradition of I-Spy books from past and present, the new book is packed with interesting cars, places and people to spot at this year’s Festival and even gives petrolheads (over the age of 21) the chance to win a Porsche driving day at Silverstone by entering a free prize draw.

The book will be available on the Michelin stand at the Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July, while stocks last.


Tyre Wholesaler Micheldever tells pitfalls of Part Worn Tyres

Micheldever Takes a Safety Stand on Part Worn Tyres Part worn tyres are a potential accident waiting to happen according to Mark Harley, Retail Operations Director, at Micheldever Tyre Services. “Tyres removed from vehicles are usually taken off for a reason,” said Mark. “They may have hidden damage which is only likely to be revealed when the car is driven down the road. The reality is that they pose a real road safety danger, are not fit for purpose and in fact offer very poor value for money.” According to a recent Auto Express survey, arranged in conjunction with TyreSafe, the cost per millimetre of a part worn versus a new tyre was getting on for twice as much. Micheldever and its 63 Protyre branches have instigated a policy of disabling all tyres removed from cars and vans. This is achieved by drilling two holes in the sidewall of the tyre thereby ensuring that they do not find their way back onto UK roads. The disabled tyres are then responsibly disposed of by the company according to the requirements set out under the Responsible Recycler Scheme. The extent of the danger posed by these tyres was underlined last year by Birmingham Trading Standards. They found that alarmingly 90% of the tyres they examined failed to meet the minimum legal requirements.


Part worn tyres - Beware

A survey of used tyres - often called part worn tyres - has shown that many are potentially dangerous.

TyreSafe (a not-for-profit organisation) carried out a study which involved the purchase of 50 random part worn tyres from retailers across the UK. It found that 98 per cent were being sold illegally as they did not meet current requirements, but more seriously, over a third of the tyres were found to contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.

"Despite clear legislation it would appear from our investigation that the sale of illegal part worn tyres is a very real problem and needs to be tackled head on by Trading Standards as a matter of urgency. Those who sell illegal part worn tyres need to be educated and stopped as it really it could be a matter of life and death," said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

One tyre in its investigation was described as having the "potential to kill" as it still contained a metal object penetrating 5cm through the tread in a manner which was likely to result in sudden and total tyre failure had it been fitted to a vehicle.

Other serious safety breaches included dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of runflat damage. TyreSafe says that, last year, there were more than 1,200 road casualties where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.

We have to agree. We know new tyres are expensive – and as cars have ever wider tyres, the prices keep going up - but part-worn tyres are a gamble. A part-worn tyre could come from a legitimate source, but most people use their tyres until they are worn out and then replace them. How many MOT failures, for example, have tyres in good condition that you would be happy to use? Given the difference in how long a new tyre will last, you will normally get your money back in the long run. For advice on the best tyres for your vehicle, call Hometyre on 0800 783 9310 or check out our website


Don't scrimp on tyres

Which? Magazine recently studied tyre usage in the uk, and found that during this economic downturn many drivers are buying used part worn tyres. The problem with this is you do not know the history of the tyre. Why was it removed from its previous vehicle? Many tyres have defects internally with the tyres substructure, and this isn't always visible on the surface. If you are buying a part worn tyre, Ask to see the inside of the tyre, and refuse any tyres that show damage, patches, or strain marks. also check the dates on the tyres, as many part worn specialists often sell older tyres. in general any tyre that is over 5 years of age, should not be fitted. Which? concluded that the tyre is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, as it is the only part in contact with the road. o why scrimp on this essential part. You would not fit part worn brake pads...... Would you?


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