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Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2012

Eight cold weather/winter tyres tested and reviewed by motoring magazine Auto Express for the 2012/13 winter season:


Tyre Performance Details Now Online

New EU tyre labelling legislation came into force from November 1st 2012. 

All new tyres manufactured for sale with the EU will now require labelling similar to that you'd find on new white goods. For you, the consumer, you'll be able to see the differences in performance across all products for three key factors: wet braking, noise emissions and fuel efficiency (rolling resistance).

When selecting your tyres on our online site, please check out the performance labels to make a more informed selection of tyre products to suit your driving style, vehicle and expectations. If you're unsure, please contact the support team who will give you straightforward help and assistance.

For more information click here.


Winter tyres 2012

With summer having never really got going across the UK and Autumn fast approaching, sadly it really is time to start considering when to switch to cold weather tyres. Stocks of winter tyres have improved across the UK in recent years but a prolonged period of cold would quickly put immense pressure on stocks and ultimately push up pricing. You can buy your winter tyres online now and arrange an advance fitting date with Hometyre.

If you can't find the tyres you are looking for online now, call us. We can often reserve winter tyres for you before they arrive into the UK!


Tyre Related Accident Figures Suffer Huge Rise

In stark contrast to a steady decline in recent years, the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre related accidents increased dramatically in 2011.

The alarming figures were released on the 27th September 2012 from the Department for Transport, just days ahead of October’s tyre safety month, reveal that 205 people were killed or seriously injured in an accident where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor. 

“These latest figures are very disturbing, especially given that the number of casualties in all road accidents also rose for the first time in many years. It really does reinforce the need for drivers to regularly inspect their tyres to make sure they are safe and legal. October’s tyre safety month is the perfect opportunity to carry out some basic tyre checks and help put a stop to this needless loss of life,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

As part of October’s campaign, hundreds of garages and tyre retailers across the UK will be offering free tyre safety checks. TyreSafe is also asking drivers to take a pledge via its Facebook page, to check their tread depth.

“We’re aware that in these ongoing tough economic times, some drivers are running their tyres longer than normal or perhaps switching to part worn tyres when they need replacing. But our message is clear. You can’t compromise or take chances with tyre safety. By trying to save a few pounds, you could actually pay a much higher price in the long-run. By spending just a few minutes each month to check the condition of your tyres, not only can it actually help you to save money, but more importantly it will help keep you safe during the treacherous winter months,” added Jackson.

Spokesman for Hometyre, Andy Lawrence also commented - "We've noted an alarming increase in the number of requests for part worn tyres over the last two years. While this is indicative of the issues within the economy at present, motorists are taking serious risks with their safety. Part worn tyres are almost always faulty and have been scrapped by their previous owners for safety reasons. With the winter months rapidly approaching, tyre safety is absolutely paramount"


Perils of the unknown part worn tyre!

Part worn tyres can catch you out

Richard from Hometyre West Midlands recently attended a customers vehicle that had suffered a puncture in a rear tyre.

As the vehicle was on a 59 plate, and there was plenty of tread left on the tyre, at first glance a puncture repair may have been possible.

The puncture had been caused by a nail and was near the centre of the tread, which again would make a repair possible.

However the side wall of the tyre had some age related cracking visible, which was odd for a 3 year old vehicle. Inspection of the tyre's date code soon came up the the reason it was over 10 years old - more than 3 times the age of the car !

The customer had bought the vehicle second hand through a franchised dealer and had assumed his tyres to be good. At some point in the vehicles history someone had fitted a "part worn" tyre and the dealers pre sale inspection had obviously missed this.

Needless to say the vehicle now has a nice new tyre fitted.

So if you did not buy the tyres on your car a quick check of the date code may be in order.


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Please note that we are closed on Monday 7th May. Orders placed will be viewed from 0800 on Tuesday 8th May.

Thank you. 


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