Beware - after the Heat Wave
While we're basking in temperatures higher than most popular holiday destinations overseas, please be mindful of when this all comes to an end!
In weather like this, and without rainfall, your tyres, even with almost no tread depth remaining, will have incredible traction on the road surfaces. Hot tyres and hot roads provide a bit of a false sense of security for you - perhaps giving you reason to believe that everything rubber related is in good order!
During hot spells, road surfaces are laid down with rubber from passing traffic. When rain falls though, this can lead to seriously treacherous conditions as oils and chemicals are released back onto the surface. Typically we also suffer from a period of quite heavy storms following extensive heat. Flash floods are not uncommon.
Take two minutes to perform a quick all round visual check over your tyres when you can. It really could save you more than just money.
Warm Weather Tyre Warnings!
Wow! When was the last time you remember a full weekend of sun over a bank holiday weekend?
After months of non stop grey & damp stuff it really was a pleasant change! On a saftey note though, please be aware that a period of heat has implications for your tyre safety! Yeah we know it's a bit boring but it's worth remembering....
Tyres grip really well on hot road surfaces. They actually grip even better on hot surfaces and with low tread as there's usually more contact patch and less 'float' over the treadblocks. This leads to a serious sense of false security during summer months.
We actually see far more perilously worn tyres now than any other season of the year - afterall, if they feel good, why would you be concerned?! Where this all falls dramatically apart is when we suffer rainfall after a hot dry spell. Tyres, fuels and other elements form a layer over the roads during dry spells. Wet weather then lifts it all out to create ice like conditions on some surfaces!
For the sake of a couple of minutes of your time - check your tyres over regularly in the summer months!
Wake Up Shropshire!
Woo Hoo! The winter slumber is finally over.... It's all good for the next few months and time to get outside.
Soooo. It's time to give the car and good once over! A long winter with salted roads every other day is going to do your pride and joy no favours whatsoever. It all needs washing away with a long jet wash with clean fresh water all over (and under too).
Months of having the heaters on will mean your windscreen will have a thick layer of road grime and a film on it which is best removed using newspaper and window cleaner (and plenty of elbow grease) but the result is often quite incredible!
Check oil and water/coolant too. The winter is a strain but engines like to run cooler rather than hot so summer can really cause issues.
And finally, don't forget to get a really good look at your tyres up close and personal looking for low tread, cracking/perishing and splits/bulges. Warm conditions mean we can all drive a little quicker and with better grip but just be careful not to push them too far. A hot spell followed by rain can leave surfaces as treacherous as ice!!
And remember, you don't have to waste the few summer days we're given each year at a tyre centre! Stick at home in the garden - play golf - visit the in-laws (maybe!). Whatever you'd rather be doing, we can meet you there instead. Easy.
Spring Maintenance Tips for Shropshire Motorists
We could still get a nasty sting in the tail of winter 2018/19 this year - certainly with history of icy blasts in late March! But generally speaking April rings the bell of change as far as the seasons go here in Shropshire.
So what does that mean in terms of your motoring? Well first of all, those that have been using winter tyres for the duration can start to plan the swap over back to summer tyres sometime late March and throughout April. We're already taking bookings well in advance in fact.
You can also start to think about getting all of that winter salt and grime removed from your pride and joy with a deep jet washing on top and beneath!
During the winter months you'd have had the heaters blowing almost all of the time. The air we drag in while driving is often full of contaminants and will, over a period, create a slimy haze across your windscreen and internal glass. A great tip to really obtain a smear free crystal clear vision is to use a glass cleaner and newspaper! It may take a couple of attempts to get it all off - and a lot of elbow grease - but the results can be quite incredible!
While the cold weather takes it's toll on your vehicle, please do remember that the heat (said tongue in cheek!) will as welll. Make sure your car has adequate anti freeze (which also acts as a summer coolant) and that oil levels are right (and up to date if change is required).
We're available to talk to you about your tyre related requirements 6 days a week. Call today.
Snow Tyres Shropshire
It's been a number of years since we've experienced the sort of snow fall we've had this month! In fact, we're struggling to think if it was even this deep back in 2011?
We've been fitting no end of cold weather and winter tyres this week. It really brings it home to drivers when the weather halts work and school etc. Unless you've tried them, you really cannot appreciate how much different driving on snowy icy roads really is!
Our van fleet haven't stopped - no matter what the conditions - and this is purely down to the NOKIAN WD4 Winter Tyres fitted just a couple of weeks ago. We don't fit them with any anticipation of snow conditions, but simply because of the grip, traction and safety in the cold months ahead.
With snow this early, history suggests we can expect more to follow. Don't leave it until after the event - get safe now. Call us on 08007839310
Winter Tyre Time in Shropshire?
After a pretty non-descript start to the winter here in Shropshire, we're now seeing far more motorists booking in to have their summer tyres replaced with winter rubber! We've got options to suit all styles of vehicles too - whether it's the trusty 4x4 that you need up in the hills or your working van to keep you - working. Cold weather tyres make an incredible difference this time of year - certainly if you rely on your vehicle.
Another big favourite fs for owners of rear wheel drive vehicles such as certain Mercedes and BMW cars, for example. Slushy and snowy roads can make these types of cars almost unusable if not very challenging. A proper winter tyre cuts through into the surface to provide surefooted grip in all temperatures.
IF you live and work in one of the county towns of Shrewsbury, Telford, Market Drayton or Oswestry, for example and don't venture too far off the beaten track, you could opt for an All Season tyre instead. A good compromise between the two and something you can keep on year round!
Whatever you drive, we're sure that we'll be able to find a tyre suitable and safe for you. Call us for help and guidance. Fitting couldn't be easier - we come to you!
Stay safe in Shropshire this winter with Hometyre.
National Tyre Safety Month in Shropshire
It's the ideal month to consider your tyre safety sand perhaps get out there and check yours out. Still warm enough to be outside but the cold stuff is looming!
When did you last check your tyres? Or did you leave it for the Mot test or annual service? It really only takes a couple of minutes to perform to keep yourself safe. Tyres have little raised notches all around the circumference in the grooves. If ANY part of your tyre is running flush with these indicators, it's time to get them replaced.
We've been covering Shropshire motorists tyres since 2003 and have helped thousands of drivers to learn how to check tyres along the way too. We bring the entire fitting centre direct to your door - home or work - easy, efficient, convenient and very friendly.
Call Hometyre Shropshire today 08007839310 for help and advice!
Keeping Businesses On The Move This Autumn in Shropshire
Wow, where did the summer go?? Another bit of a wash out August is over and it's all back to work/school again!
We've been on the roads and consistently busy throughout summer supplying and fitting tyres for a whole host of vehicles and customers alike. With the caravanning season starting to wind down again throughout September and October, we're starting to focus on the colder period ahead and looking after our business clients.
We deal with countless businesses across Shropshire - be it self-managed company cars or small fleets of vans and service vehicles for tradespeople. Our on site and to-the-minute appointment service means that business owners and fleet managers can keep their vehicles and workers on site and earning - without downtime visiting an outlet. Our technicians also carry out regular free fleet tyre checks at numerous customer locations throughout the County reporting back any issues and arranging convenient fitting times and locations.
How much could your business save using our mobile service? Have you considered the hidden costs of sending your team to a garage? Call us for more information. We'll be more than pleased to add you to our growing list of very happy clients.
Hometyre Shropshire Supports Severn Hospice
Alongside fellow members of Shrewsbury's largest and now longest serving business network group, Severn Business Network, the Hometyre team took to the river Severn early July to take part in the annual DragonBoat race.
And what an event! Glorious sunshine and high temperatures made for the perfect day for raising funds for the Hospice. With three boats per race and all sorts of weird and wonderful fancy dress, the party atmosphere continued throughout the day - and not a tyre in sight
If you've never tried it before - do it next year. If you're a business owner or represent a company that would like to raise more awareness and more business locally then get in touch with @7business on Twitter. Who knows, you may be on our team in 2018?
Severn Business Network is a not for profit group with single representation per business sector. We pass high quality business leads and referrals amongst the group having each got to know and deeply trust each other's businesses over many years.. joining couldn't be easier. Visit www.severnbusinessnetwork.co.uk, check that your business is available the get in touch....
Hometyre mobile tyre service across Shrewsbury, Telford and Shropshire have been active members since early 2010 and have developed hundreds of new client relationships on the back of the group.
Range Rover Sport Cracked Alloys
'I have a puncture', our Shrewsbury based client called in with. Understandable when the tyre on her Range Rover Sport was flat as a pancake on her drive near Longden.
'No problem', we say and arrange our technician Mark to visit her that morning.
On closer inspection, she did have a puncture but it wasn't actually this that had caused the tyre to deflate so quickly. Running on big 22" wheels, she'd hit a pothole and caused a crack in the inner part of the wheel. Ouch. These are expensive wheels, as you can imagine. Having checked the other tyre pressure, Mark soon discovered that another wheel was low on pressure and had also suffered the same fate and probably from the same offending hole.
With another car available in the household we were able to remove both of the wheels and take them away. Four days later, the wheels were returned, not just repaired but fully reconditioned and powdered coated and fitted with new Pirelli Scorpion tyres to boot!
One very happy customer with two very snazzy looking wheels (the other two are being done soon to match!) and all sorted at a fraction of the cost of replacing the wheels.
Easy. Call us. 03334445454
Caravanning in Shropshire
It's only when you get out and about around the county of Shropshire that you realise just how many exceptional locations there are for touring caravans and motorhomes.
From Wenlock Edge to Nesscliffe - Haughmond to Hawkestone - there really are some spectacular places across the county. What's more, we're ideally situated for a short drive into deepest Wales and even just a couple of hours to the coastline too.
Every year we visit the numerous holiday parks not just in Shrewsbury but across Telford and North Shropshire too. Customers from across the country and even Europe have been attended to while securely parked up on site and enjoying the surroundings.
Not only do we carry a whole range of recently manufactured tyres from trusted brands such as GT MAXMILER, MAXXIS, HANKOOK and PIRELLI, we're also fully trained and equipped to deal with TYRON™ bands and supply and fit TPMS systems for caravans too.
And it's not just across Shropshire that you'll find our mobile services either! We're all around the UK from as far North as Edinburgh and as far South as Eastbourne.
Hometyre. The easiest way ever to replace your caravan tyres.
14 Years and Counting!
This month sees our 14th anniversary since the very first Hometyre customer was served - and we remember it well! A couple from South Wales travelling through the county on their way to North Wales on holiday had a blow out due to very badly worn tyres. Two new tyres and tracking completed and they were back on their way within an hour!
Since then, we've fitted hundreds of thousands of tyres for thousands & thousands of customers all over Shropshire. In fact, we've got clients who first started using us at age 17 who are now in their thirties and have never had to go to a garage to have tyres replaced or repaired!
What's more, from humble roots right here in Shropshire, the Hometyre brand has extended far and wide since., with coverage as far north as Edinburgh and far south as Brighton and dealing with all manners of clients from world famous rock stars to A list celebrities and premier league footballers. Nice things to drop into conversation but in reality it's you, our everyday customers who've used us time and again that mean the most to us. Without your referrals and recommendations over the years we'd never have gotten so far and we thank you, sincerely.
It was clear skies on Monday this week and still light at 17.45!! Ok, it happens every year the same but it's still exciting to have very clearly broken the back of the long dark winter months and be heading into spring again in Shropshire.
The grey, damp and often freezing cold working conditions during the winter months can be pretty tough for our mobile tyre fitting team and it's not an enviable role! However, the warm sunny days are coming and that's when the office, shop and factory workers would love to swap places and we get to enjoy the great UK outdoors!
Whatever the weather, the great thing for you, our customers is that you get to either stay inside in the warm in the winter, or relax in the garden in the summer.
Not used our mobile tyre service before? We can only ask that you do. We've thousands of local customers who use us again and again. Why not find out what you're missing?
Winter Weather Warning
It's been a real mixed bag of weather across the county so far this winter with temperatures sometimes swinging by 15C overnight! Historically over the last few years we've tended to experience real winter conditions throughout February and March before some unseasonably warm spells in April.
This can give rise to some very challenging driving conditions that change incredibly quickly. It can also leave many motorists a little complacent about routine maintenance procedures that they should be carrying out on their vehicles such as:
- washer fluid and antifreeze top up
- Oil level check
- Wiper condition (frozen windscreens can tear off the rubber strips used to clean the windscreen!)
- Vehicle lighting check
- Tyre pressures and tread depths
Carrying out these pretty fundamental checks should take no more than four or five minutes a month and have been proven to dramatically prolong the life off engines, tyres and of course improve the overall visibility and safety of winter motoring.
When did you last look after your own vehicle? Too many motorists rely on annual services or MoT inspections before they take action.
Not sure how to perform these checks? When you use Hometyre, our technicians will happily walk you through them while they're on site with you - just ask!
For tyre replacement, repair, wheel alignment, wheel balancing & TPMS replacement and repair - call us on 03334445454
Happy New Year!
Wayne, Mark, Andy and all the staff at HQ would like to wish a very happy New Year to our customers, support team, suppliers and everyone else too.
Thank you for your ongoing support, business and service throughout 2016 and here's to a prosperous and enjoyable 2017!
The Winter Tyre Purge
So it's definitely getting cooler this month and the safety savvy motorists of Shropshire have been booking us in in their droves for seasonal tyre swap overs and new winter/cold weather tyres.
Did you know that these types of tyres start to really perform at 7C and below - right where we're at out there now. You see, your summer tyres start to harden as the temperature drops. This is why you may find that you're wheel spinning away from junctions more etc - certainly on the colder mornings and evenings. The rubber requires heat to provide greater traction and this is where winter tyres are very different. They do not harden at very low temperatures and have far more flexible tread blocks to dig deep into the surface and 'grab' the road below.
And it doesn't need to be snowing to experience the benefit. We haven't suffered extreme snowfall across large parts of the country for five years and yet countless drivers make the switch after experiencing the dramatic handling and braking improvements from cold weather tyres. It's a mandatory switch over from summer to winter tyres for a significant percentage of Europe - irrespective of the weather conditions.
Try them. You won't feel the same about winter motoring ever again! We have a range of options for all budgets including wheel and tyre packages and products from global experts in winter tyres , Nordic based Nokian!.
Tyre Safety Month and Winter
So October has been National Tyre Safety Month across the UK!! Ok, so hardly the most exciting thing to think about. Probably ranks up there with National Chicken Soup Day for most but there is a serious note here. We've had a pretty calm summer with the weather being warm and fairly dry throughout. Your tyres won't have been particularly stressed by heat or the extended torrential rainfall we've often experienced during our 'summers'!
If you haven't checked them lately you could well be driving with various faults that could become potentially serious issues overnight as the weather deteriorates.
Remember that normal summer tyres performance in terms of grip and braking ability diminishes rapidly as the mercury drops. Specially manufactured cold weather or winter tyres operate most effectively at or below 7C - and we're rapidly heading into normal daytime maximum temperatures at, or below these levels across Shropshire.
Hometyre supply a vast range of winter tyre options including the Nordic brand Nokian - the creators of the winter tyre - and many others to suit all pockets. WE also carry out routine summer to winter tyre swap over services right at your door - home, work - wherever you need us!
Don't get caught out and pay a high price for failing to check your tyres. Do it today! If you're not sure what to do or what to look for - call us. A little friendly advice costs nothing and we're happy to help!
Back to School in Shropshire Soon
Only a couple of weeks to go until the school run starts all over again! (where did that go already?). Unfortunately that also means that the darker starts and chillier days will soon be with us too.
It's a great time now, certainly while the weather is good and the evenings are still light, to start thinking ahead and just making sure your cars are fit and ready for forthcoming months. Have you had a slowly deflating tyre for weeks? Are they getting a little perished or worn?
Being stuck roadside with a tyre issue is an inconvenience for anybody. it can be very scary on a dark, cold morning with a car full of children. Preparation is key to safer motoring and this doesn't just entail tyres. Consider your lights, wipers and general vehicle upkeep as well. Your car is a vital means of transport and carries very special cargo - you and your family. Costly repair bills WILL be kept to a grateful minimum if regular maintenance and care is in place throughout the year.
And don't forget, if you don't relish that visit to a tyre shop, just call us. Our team of polite, professional and happy technicians come directly to you at your home or work address right across Shropshire at no extra cost and at the date and time of YOUR choosing. Easy!
Are you ready?
So you've booked the holiday months in advance, you've sorted the travel insurance, the dog's organised to go to the in laws and the kids have new flip flops. It's D-day and you've loaded up the car and given yourself a two hour window to get to the ferry/tunnel on time.....then you notice the tyres on the car...
The wires hanging out give rise to instant panic. The two hour window is about to disappear and now you've got to frantically ring around as to to whom have your size and who can fit you in quick enough...
This is a scenario we encounter numerous times every week throughout the school holidays and while we always do our best to help people out, quite often there simply isn't enough time left.
So please do take a few minutes, well in advance of your travel date to check over your vehicle. And not just tyres either. Is it due a service? Is the MOT up to date? are all the lights working properly? Your vehicle is a vital element in your holiday plans. Don't leave it to chance.
Up next for Shropshire...
Yup, it's the Shrewsbury Flower Show 2016. Come around again quickly hasn't it? For Shrewsbury folk it's a vital part of the calender. Unfortunately for many, they use it as the precursor to the forthcoming winter months ahead - once we've had Wimbledon and the Flower Show it's all downhill from there on!
Don't be despondent, we say! With a few proper summer days behind us in July we think we're going to be in for a long and potentially hot spell right through until the end of October! Now doesn't that put a warm feeling into your bones?
Given that we also took the word of the long term forecasters last winter and predicted a bad one, perhaps it'll be safer to baton down the hatches early - it could get rough!
Either way, the Shrewsbury Flower Show attracts 10's of 1000's of visitors every year and whether horticulture is your thing or not, there is always plenty to see and do each year - not to mention one of the most spectacular fireworks shows outside of the big smoke.
With the schools now having officially broken up for six weeks it's also holiday time for many. With packing, getting the dog sorted, obtaining last minute passports etc, it's very easy to forget the car until the night before you're leaving for the airport or the long trip down to the ferry. Don't. Please!
It could be the thing that makes you miss that flight or ferry - all for the sake of just a few minutes of checks and preparation. It's easy too.
We're here throughout the summer. Call us!
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