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Need Tyres? Afraid of going to a high street tyre depot?

How many times do you go to a garage for one or two tyres and they talk you into having all four changed, as well as trying to get you to change your brake pads / discs etc. Then why not try Hometyres friendly service. We will honestly tell you if you need one, two or more tyres. We are not interested in selling brake pads or disks - but will will advise you if we see they are low. If there is a nail in your tyre we will repair it if it is feasible, if not then we will advise you that you need a new tyre. Not just fit a new tyre regardless. So if you are afraid of going to a garage, then remember we are a friendly option.

 

Afraid of going to a garage for tyres?

How many times do you go to a garage for one or two tyres and they talk you into having all four changed, as well as trying to get you to change your brake pads / discs etc. Then why not try Hometyres friendly service. We will honestly tell you if you need one, two or more tyres. We are not interested in selling brake pads or disks - but will will advise you if we see they are low. If there is a nail in your tyre we will repair it if it is feasible, if not then we will advise you that you need a new tyre. Not just fit a new tyre regardless. So if you are afraid of going to a garage, then remember we are a friendly option.

 

Doughnut

Arrived a my appointment 10 mins early today, to find no answer at the door or no sign of a car. I called the customer to let them know I had arrived just in case they had popped to the shop. The customer was surprised and was very Impressed that I had arrived early , so Impressed with my eagerness to get on with the job in hand to the fact that I was 24 hours too early. The job Is for the 3rd the customer politely told me not the 2nd. Lessoned learned. I must wear my SPECS more often, doughnut.

 

Save Fuel

PUMP IT UP. Tyre inflation is one of the main determinants of a car's fuel economy. So,by making sure the tyres of your car are consistently inflated to the correct pressure (performing weekly checks will help with this), your tank of petrol will last longer and consequently you'll decrease the amount of CO2 your car releases into the atmosphere.

GET ON TRACK. Having your cars wheels aligned correctly can, save you both on fuel and tyre wear.

TYRE SAVERS Some manufacturers are now producing tyres that increase fuel consumption, by creating less rolling friction. So next time you change tyres ask about fuel saver tyres.

 

6 Tips to save you fuel

PUMP IT UP. Tyre inflation is one of the main determinants of a car's fuel economy. So,by making sure the tyres of your car are consistently inflated to the correct pressure (performing weekly checks will help with this), your tank of petrol will last longer and consequently you'll decrease the amount of CO2 your car releases into the atmosphere.

GET FRIENDLY WITH YOUR GARAGE. While getting your car serviced can seem like an annoying expense having it looked at regularly (exactly how often will depend on the number of miles you drive) will help to make sure its in tip top condition, improving the longevity of parts such as tyres and exhausts, reducing the likelihood of breakdowns and optimising fuel consumption.

PLAN AHEAD. Where possible you should plan your journeys to avoid busy, congested times as the less traffic on the road, the less fuel you'll burn stopping and starting, braking and crawling in traffic jams. As a result of journey planning you should also spend less time travelling which will again reduce fuel consumption - good for mother nature and your wallet.

CRUISE ALONG. Use cruise control wherever possible as this helps to keep your acceloration even and minimises fuel burning speed fluctuations that human drivers cause.

LOSE SOME WEIGHT. Emptying your boot and removing your roof rack whenever its not in use will help your fuel consumption no end for the simple reason that your car will be lighter to move around.

FILL IT UP. Next time you take a trip to the petrol station watch how you fill up. Fuel economy-wise its much better to run your tank right down before you top it up as fuel evaporates each time you remove the petrol cap so obviously the less you can do that the less fuel is lost to the atmosphere. Its also better to stop at the first click as if you continue filling beyond this there is a possibility that you'll simply loose the excess fuel as you begin to drive.

So, by following these tips and practicing eco-safe driving you can make your car much more environmentally and wallet friendly.

 

Parking in Brighton could get worse.

Unlawfully parked vehicles could be towed to a free parking bay street near you after the closure of a car pound. Cars left unlawfully in Brighton and Hove are now being moved to the nearest available free parking space rather than a secure lock-up. They will be left on the road unclamped and a parking notice will be fixed to the vehicle. Motorists will then have to call either the council or the police to try and locate their car.

The change in policy has come after Brighton and Hove City Council closed part of its operation at its car pound for a one month trial.

 

Helping The Chestnut Tree House Children's hospice

The Hospice mini bus suffered a puncture today, so Mark from Hometyre went to the Hospice to repair the tyre. The mini bus is used to take the children out on local visits, this being the case, the work was carried out for free.

 

Roadworks on the A257 in Felpham

Road works with traffic lights have popped up on the A259 (Bognor to Littlehampton Road), near to the Summerley Lane junction. This is already causing delays, and its not even rush hour yet.

 

Tyre pressures

According to Auto trader magazine: Around three quarters of British motorists have under-inflated tyres - make sure you're not one of them. Ideally you should be checking your tyre pressures once a month, remember that correct tyre presures will give you better grip.

 

Trailer problems.

Not sure what is going on, but have seen 3 trailers by the sides of the roads this week. Two with punctures and one with no hub. National trailer breakdown week???

 

Beach Buggy

Called out to a 1975 Beach buggy today. Ytres keep going down - turned out to be corrosion on the alloys - A good clean up, add sealer and it was ready to roll.

 

Spare wheel different size

When ordering tyres for you vehicle, please check all tyres, not just the spare. As the spare wheel can often be a differnt size. This can delay getting you back on the road, if a fitter arrives with the wrongly ordered tyres.

 

Pothole damage

Have just been called out to a lady who hit a big pothole. There is almost nothing left of the tyre, just the bead area.

 

18" Runflats

Just fitted 4 x 18" runflats on a Lexus, one of the hardest sets I have ever fitted. Took me over 2 hours. The hardest part was taking the old Bridgestones off.

 

Runflats

Are runflats on the increase, as I have changed 3 this week, and have 4 to do tomorrow?

 

Tyres in Butlins

Called into Butlins Bognor Regis this week as one of the team members had a blow out. Changed her tyres in the company carpark. Another satisfied customer.

 

Tyre Changing on the beach.

Called out to a customer who lives in Shoreham, the road by his place of work was too busy to change the tyres, so both his can and my van drove onto the beach (Shingle) to change the tyres. As we say at Hometyre, you choose the place to have your tyres changed, and as long as we can get there and have access to your vehicle, then we will do the work.

 

Saab locking wheel nut removal

Called out to a locking wheel nut problem this week on a Saab 9-3. The original 'Key' nut has split and one of its 4 pins had broken, the owner had been to his local Saab dealer, who said they couldn't help. He then went to a certain fast fit centre who were just as helpful, he then tried an independant tyre place in Worthing who damaged the 'key' nut further before giving up. Finally he found Hometyre on the internet. He booked us up and I removed the locknuts within 30 minutes. Satisfied customer.

 

98% of uk drivers use summer tyres in the winter.

It has been revealed that around 98% of British drivers are using summer tyres for winter driving.

And, in the midst of the third successive winter of extreme weather, 95% of the public would now like firmer Government action, with 60% favouring mandating the use of winter tyres.

Tests conducted this year by Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express, proved the benefits of winter tyres. Goodyear UltraGrip 7+, for example achieved a stopping distance 25 metres -(six car lengths) - shorter than a summer tyre on snow. Auto Express also measured the traction when accelerating, noting that the winter tyre gripped with a performance well ahead of its rivals. In fact, compared to the comparison conventional tyre it had over three times the grip. Contrary to popular belief, winter tyres are not studded tyres. They have a tread pattern designed to cope with slush and cold rain, as well as snow and ice. They are also safer than a standard tyre in cold, dry conditions below 7%, because the tread compound heats up at lower rolling temperatures to create grip in low temperatures.

 

What does the speed rating mean on your tyre?

Speed Ratings: The letter indicating the speed rating gives the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry its rated load.

SPEED RATING = MPH KPH H 130mph 210kph L 75mph 120kph M 81mph 130kph N 87mph 140kph P 93mph 150kph Q 99mph 160kph R 106mph 170kph S 112mph 180kph T 118mph 190kph U 124mph 200kph V 149mph 240kph VR 130+mph 210+kph W 168mph 270kph Y 186mph 300kph Z 150+mph 240+kph ZR 150+mph 240+kph

 

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