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What is the legal tread depth limit on tyres?
At this time of year, the roads can be icy! This results in longer braking distances and reduced grip.
One thing that definitely won't help you in these conditions is bald tyres! See below!
For passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross weight of up to 3500kg the legal minimum tread depth is NO LESS than 1.6mm.
If your tyres are below this the penalty is three points on your licence and a maximum fine of £2,500 PER TYRE.
Despite the legal number being 1.6mm, once the tyre reaches below 3mm of tread it will start to perform worse in wet weather, this is because it is unable to disperse water quick enough to avoid potential aquaplaning and loss of control.
If your tyres are between 1.6mm - 3mm we highly recommend replacing them as soon as possible or if it is not possible to replace them immediately try adjusting your driving style and going a little slower in wet conditions.
Call us today on 0333 444 5454 to make an appointment!
Tyres for your Beloved Classic Car
Our technicians are not just trained to replace your average tyre, here at Hometyre we've worked on our fair share of Vintage Cars too.
With the summer months ahead many Classic Car owners will be looking forward to taking their beauty out to a Classic Car Show, make sure you are checking your tyres in advance of this. The tyres may have ample tread and look fine but if they can potentially crack and perish due to changes in temperature throughout the summer and winter months and due to the vehicle being stood for a long period of time. Rubber is a natural product and needs to be worked and used occasionally to keep it in good condition.
Therefore it is important to check the entire tyre for signs of aging, deterioration etc. If you are in doubt call our team on 0333 444 5454.
See below some images of classic cars we've worked on in the past!
Is My Car on Run-Flat Tyres?
Earlier this week we had a phone call from a customer in Milton Keynes who was looking to get a new tyre fitted to their vehicle. They gave us the tyre size 225/45R17 and specified that they were looking for a run-flat tyre. Our team member responded by asking what model the BMW was, to which they responded it was an Audi A4.
The reason we assumed it was a BMW is because Run-flat technology was developed to support BMW (and its sister brands, Mini etc). However, over the years some other manufacturers have adopted the technology such as Mercedes on their new A Class, C Class and E Class models and Nissan have trialled it in the Skyline GTR models.
For Run-flat tyres to work the Rims (Steel or Alloy) have to have a retaining lip that the beads sits in (or retains in), this means when the tyre loses pressure due to a puncture the tyre then doesn't go "slack " and deform and go "flat". Run-flat tyres are designed to support the vehicles mass whilst driving for a short distance without the tyre being pressurised.
Your tyre may also say 'RFT' on the sidewall of the tyre if it is a run-flat, see below.
After asking the customer why they assumed it was a run-flat tyre they told us it was because it did not have a spare tyre. A lot of modern vehicles will not come with a spare tyre, this is no indication that it is a run-flat tyre. If the tyre is flat to the floor, much like this customer's tyre was, it will just be a standard tyre.
After a brief conversation about what had happened to the tyre we found out they had hit a kerb the night before and badly damaged the sidewall, unfortunately this meant the tyre was not repairable due to sidewall damage.
So, a new Pirelli 225/45R17 P7 Cinturato was fitted later that day and the alignment checked free of charge. The customer was left with all the other tyres checked for tread depth and pressure, along with being a little more educated on their tyres.
Give us a call today to book an appointment on 0333 444 5454!
Time to Check Your Caravan Tyres!
It's officially 2019 and now the excitement of the festive period is out of the way many of you will be looking forward to planning your summer holiday!
To a large number of people across the UK that means dusting off the winter cobwebs and getting their caravan or Motorhome ready for the season! If you're somebody who loves nothing more than a long weekend away on wheels here at Hometyre we recommend you start thinking about checking your caravan tyres.
Due to such low mileage caravan tyres often don't need replacing due to low tread, a common reason for replacing them is due to them starting to crack. This could be due to age, if your tyres are older than 5 years you should definitely consider replacing them, click here to read about how to check the age of your tyres.
Another reason for this could be from being exposed to UV light, the sun can dry out the rubber and result in it perishing and splitting.
Another thing to look out for is 'Flat Spotting', this is when a caravan has been parked for a long time without any movement, the effect of the weight of the vehicle on one section of the tyre can potentially distort the inner framework of the tyre and result in a 'flat spot'.
If you're unsure about the condition of your caravan tyres, don't forget about the spare too! Call us today on 0333 444 5454 or book your commercial grade tyre replacement online at a location, time and date to suit you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here at Hometyre we would like to thank every single one of our customers for their business in 2018.
We've had a great year and hope you have too!
Here's to more of the same in 2019!
New Year, New You, New TYRES!
Christmas Day is now behind us and 2019 is fast approaching! Have you made a decision on your New Year's resolution yet?
You could be going for one of the classic resolutions - eat healthier, exercise more, save more money etc. Here at Hometyre we can't help you lose weight but we can definitely help you save money with this simple piece of advice…
This year, make yourself this simple New Year's Resolution - check your tyre pressures and tread depths at least once a month. Both of these things have a huge impact on the life of your tyres and can therefore save you a lot of money in the long run.
As well as saving you money on not having to replace your tyres more often than necessary it will also change the way your car handles, improve braking distances and keep you safer out there on the roads.
If you need new tyres, we cover parts of the UK from Edinburgh down to Brighton! Simply put your postcode into the postcode checker on the homepage of the website to see if we can come out to your home or work today!
WOOHOO! Today officially marks the end of the dark nights creeping in earlier and earlier – it’s the shortest day! That means from here the only way is up, the days of driving to and from work in the dark are on their way out.
This also means, fingers crossed, it won’t be long until we start seeing a rise in temperatures too. This means the time to swap your winter tyres back to your summer tyres will also be coming around. Once temperatures start to rise over 7 degrees your winter tyres will stop performing at their most efficient, this time of year usually comes around March.
Our mobile service will come out to your home or work to do the all important swap over so it takes as little time out of your day as possible. Pre-book your winter to summer tyre swap by calling our team on 0333 444 5454.
Christmas Opening Hours 2018!
We all need a bit of time off over the festive period - even our trusty tyre fitters!
Our office opening times over Christmas are listed below
Christmas Eve - 8am - 3pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Sunday - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - 8am - 3pm
New Year's Day - CLOSED
2nd January - BACK TO NORMAL! 8am - 5:30pm
From all of us here at Hometyre, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Welcome to Winter!
We've seen a sudden drop in temperature this week and many of our technicians around the country have been in high demand to fit new winter tyres or swap summer tyres over to last year's trusty winters!
Some of the phone calls we've been taking are from customers driving over to various parts of Europe for skiing holidays. In many European countries winter tyres are required by law, this may sound extreme to some UK motorists because it's not currently a legal requirement here in the UK. Not using winter tyres can dramatically increase the chances of road accidents at this time of year so switching to winter tyres is always a good option.
Do you have winter tyres from last year in storage that you need fitting? Call us today, we can often do same day fitting to make sure you're winter ready for this cold weekend and the winter ahead!
Corroded valve in Thetford
Hometyre Norfolk, the mobile tyre fitting service that comes to you, received a phone call from a repeat customer in Thetford. We had previously been to a Peugeot 207 for this customer and fitted two budget tyres (205/45R17 88W). The customer was having problems with a valve leaking, they could not get air into the tyre. As it happens I was only minutes away and I popped straight round to see what the problem was.
The issue was due to the valve, it was a tyre pressure monitoring (TPMS) valve. The stem of the valve had corroded and snapped, due to the corrosion and age. As the customer was trying to put the air into the tyre, it simply snapped. Corrosion is a common problem with metal valves, especially when you have metal dust caps on metal valves in this cold weather, metal on metal corrodes and gets stuck.
We removed the tyre, in this case you have to take the tyre off as a TPMS valve has a sensor. We removed the valve stem from the sensor and replaced it with a new one.we also fitted a new service kit, which consists of a new valve core, a new valve seal and a new bolt to screw the valve back to the sensor in the alloy.
We provide servicing to valves, more so when we change tyre as the tyre has to be removed. If the seals get old and get dirt inside them, they will start to leak.
We replaced the valve, popped the tyre back on, rebalanced the wheel and returned the wheel to the vehicle with a cheeky little wheel clean.
Another happy customer, he asked us to cheek his other vehicle which was a Landrover Freelander (235/60/18). Upon inspection we noticed that every tyre was pretty old, starting to perish due to their age. We recommended that these tyres were dangerous as when they start to crack they become vulnerable to punctures and tyre blow outs. We are heading back in two days time to fit 4 new budget tyres.
Brand new tyres fitted to an Audi at RAF Honington!
Our Mobile Tyre Fitter in Norfolk received a job at RAF Honington Air Base which is located in between Thetford and Bury St Edmunds, the customer had been recommended us by one of his friends.
We went out to replace 2 tyres on the customer's Audi A5, after removing the very old and worn down tyres we fitted 2 brand new Accelera tyres (255/35R19 96Y), with new valves and balancing done!
We picked up on our free tyre safety check that the rear tyres were also very low on tread and we will be returning to replace these at a time and location that suits them!
We pumped all four tyres up to the correct pressures and after making sure all the wheels were squeaky clean we handed the keys back to the customer and he was ready to drive home from work much safer on the roads!
Call us today to get your tyres replaced at home or work on 0333 444 5454!
The things we find in tyres...
Here at Hometyre one of the most common topics we speak to people about on a daily basis is the dreaded PUNCTURE!
Something nobody wants but we don't doubt many of you have experienced at least once. Some of the typical reasons could be a nail in the tyre, or a thorn stuck in the tread, sometimes even a piece of broken glass.
Our fitter Al in Basingstoke came across a slightly less common puncture object on a job a few weeks back…
This is definitely not something we see every day!
If you get a puncture and need your tyre repairing or replacing, here at Hometyre we can often do same day fitting. Call us today on 0333 444 5454.
4 Brand New Nokian Winter Tyres fitted to an Audi Q7 in Cambridge!
It's officially December and you can definitely feel it in the air! The nights are colder and longer and those frosty mornings on the road aren't going anywhere just yet!
We're speaking with customers every day who are either swapping their existing summer tyres over for their winter tyres from last year, following a quick check-over by us to check they're still in good condition, or enquiring for pricing on a brand new set of winters.
At Hometyre Cambridge we went out to a brand new customer, who had been recommended us by a friend, to fit a full set of Nokian WR SUV Winter Tyres to their Audi Q7. They had been reading up on the benefits of winter tyres and after a call to our sales team they opted to go for a well respected brand, Nokian.
All it takes is a quick web search and you'll see countless videos and blog posts about the benefits of switching to winter tyres, they offer a much better grip on the road, a shorter braking distance and considerably reduce the likeliness of an accident due to winter conditions.
Many drivers seem unwilling to switch to winter tyres with the belief they are only effective on snow or ice covered roads, and admittedly, winters in the United Kingdom do not have as much snow as some other European countries. However, winter tyres are not only useful on snowy and icy road surfaces any more.
Advances in tread pattern design and modern rubber compound technology ensure that winter tyres also provide higher levels of road safety on damp and cold surfaces.
Winter tyres are thus recommended from early November until late March to increase your vehicle's grip during winter. Winter tyres should always be in excellent condition, as worn tyres are ineffective on snowy, damp, or icy surfaces.
Call us today on 0333 444 5454 to discuss your Winter Tyre options!
Benefits of TPMS
Hometyre can supply and fit an aftermarket TPMS system to your car, van, caravan or trailer to give you peace of mind. The system includes professionally fitted sensors inside each wheel and a remote display fitted to the car. Each sensor will display the tyre pressure and warn of any loss of pressure to help keep you safe. Call us today on 0333 444 5454 for more information and cost or get more information online here.
The dynamic behavior of a pneumatic tyre is closely connected to its inflation pressure. Key factors like braking distance and lateral stability require the inflation pressures to be adjusted and kept as specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Extreme under-inflation can even lead to thermal and mechanical overload caused by overheating and subsequent, sudden destruction of the tyre itself. Additionally, fuel efficiency and tyre wear are severely affected by under-inflation. Tyres do not only leak air if punctured, they also leak air naturally, and over a year, even a typical new, properly mounted tire can lose from 20 to 60 kpa (3 to 9 psi), roughly 10% or even more of its initial pressure.
The significant advantages of TPMS are summarised as follows:
Fuel savings: According to the DoT, for every 10% of under-inflation on each tyre on a vehicle, a 1% reduction in fuel economy will occur. In the United States alone, the Department of Transportation estimates that under inflated tyres waste 2 billion US gallons (7,600,000 m3) of fuel each year.
Extended tyre life: Under inflated tyres are the number 1 cause of tyre failure and contribute to tyre disintegration, heat build up, ply separation and sidewall/casing breakdowns. It is important to note that not all sudden tyre failures are caused by under-inflation. Structural damages caused, for example, by hitting sharp curbs or potholes, can also lead to sudden tyre failures, even a certain time after the damaging incident. These cannot be proactively detected by any TPMS.
Installing the TPMS for vehicles will cut the costly hours of downtime caused by under-inflated tyres. It will also reduce the maintenance hassle as you don’t need to undergo the hassle of checking the tire pressure with a manual gauge.
Improved safety: Under-inflated tires lead to tread separation and tyre failure, resulting in 40,000 accidents, 33,000 injuries and over 650 deaths per year. Further, tyres properly inflated add greater stability, handling and braking efficiencies and provide greater safety for the driver, the vehicle, the loads and others on the road.
Environmental efficiency: Under-inflated tyres, as estimated by the Department of Transportation, release over 26 billion kilograms (57.5 billion pounds) of unnecessary carbon-monoxide pollutants into the atmosphere each year in the United States alone.
Further statistics include:
The French Sécurité Routière, a road safety organization, estimates that 9% of all road accidents involving fatalities are attributable to tire under-inflation, and the German DEKRA, a product safety organization, estimated that 41% of accidents with physical injuries are linked to tyre problems.
The European Union reports that an average under-inflation of 40 kPa produces an increase of fuel consumption of 2% and a decrease of tyre life of 25%. The European Union concludes that tyre under-inflation today is responsible for over 20 million litres of unnecessarily-burned fuel, dumping over 2 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, and for 200 million tyres being prematurely wasted worldwide.
Keeping the Office safe this winter!!
We strive to keep you all safe on the roads this winter by promoting the importance of checking your tyres and looking at fitting winter tyres to your vehicle.
We also need to keep our staff safe in the office this winter - so to ensure we're all safe and sound we got Lauren first aid trained!
Taking Care of Your Winter Tyres!
The weather seems to have taken a sudden turn for the colder here in the UK! We've been receiving a lot of calls from both new and old customers about having their summer tyres swapped for their winters or getting a brand new set of winters put on to prepare for the cold months ahead!
However here at Hometyre we want to make sure you're also thinking a little further ahead! We've put together a check list to make sure you're looking after your winter tyres this season!
- Check your tyre pressures every few weeks - inflation pressure will have a big impact on your driving comfort and tyre wear, keep those pressures at the recommended psi!
- Measure your tread depth more than once during the season - if you can check it once a month that is ideal. For a guide on how to check your pressures using the good old fashioned 20p method, click here!
- Check your tyres for even wear - if you notice your tyres are wearing more on one edge it will definitely be worth getting the wheel alignment looked at - if you need more information on this just call us on 0333 444 5454!
- Swap the tyres between axles - if you have noticeably more tread on 2 tyres than the other 2, be sure to keep the ones with the most tread on the rear of the vehicle
- Check the age of your tyres - tyres last for around 6 years in active use, if you have had your winter tyres for longer than this they may not be performing effectively. The rubber compound with harden and crack over time which leads to reduced grip.
If you need any advice on winter tyres just call our sales team on 0333 444 5454 and we'll be more than happy to give you all the advice you need to keep you safe on the roads this winter!
Don't get stuck with your summer tyres this winter!
The weather is already starting to turn and it feels like winter has suddenly hit us all hard! We've been in contact with one of our Shropshire customers who had a full set of Nokian winter tyres fitted to her Audi A4 in November 2017.
We spoke with her about the difference having winter tyres made during the heavy snowfall we had earlier this year, see her story below.
Last winter I was working in North Yorkshire and awoke one morning to find a few inches of snow had fallen, I was staying at a holiday let on a farm and had a very steep driveway to climb to get onto the main road and a narrow gap between buildings at the top, luckily with my winter tyres I had no issues getting going that morning.
I had to go over the North Yorkshire Moors that morning to get to my client and en route had a steep hill to drive up. It was now a bright morning and I could see a car at the top of the hill stuck and the driver trying to dig his way out with a shovel. Every time he got back into his car it just slewed all over the place. I decided to wait at the bottom of the hill to give him space and avoid him possibly sliding back into me. A few cars also had to stop behind me because the road had effectively become a single track road because of the snow, so passing me was not really an option..
A big L200 4x4 then came around the corner at the top just as the guy who had been having problems, successfully managed to get going again and I had started to climb the hill. It was obvious the driver of the 4x4 was not going to stop at the top of the hill and wait for me and those behind me, to come up the hill. He just came down the road anyway, down the tracks made in the middle of the road as either side was still virgin snow. He gave me no choice but to pull over into the virgin snow on the side of the road and 'smile' at his smug face as he passed me. Thanks to my fabulous winter tyres I had no problem at all getting out again and up the hill and on my way.
I will always change to winter tyres as the difference in traction is unbelievable. I do 30K miles on the road each year and the weather has never stopped me!
If you have a busy schedule and don't want the bitter British winter to hold you back, give us a call today so we can check winter tyres available for your vehicle!
Get Into The Groove! Tyre Safety Month 2018!
It's almost the end of Tyre Safety Month but that doesn't mean we're not going to stop doing all we can to promote the importance of CHECKING YOUR TYRES!
Watch this video from Tony up in Edinburgh if you need a little help with how to check yours!
Halloween is almost here – don’t give yourself a scare with part worn tyres!
As well as being the month of Halloween, October is National Tyre Safety Month so we've been promoting the importance of checking your tyres even more than usual! There are plenty more factors to keeping you safe on the roads than just tyre pressures and tread depth… one of which is AVOIDING PART WORN TYRES!
When looking for tyres some people may consider part worn tyres, thinking they are a cheaper or easier option. This is not the case! If you look into how much tread is left on the tyre, the age of the tyre or any potential cracks in the side wall of the tyre, the life left in that tyre could be minimal, if any at all! You are not saving money in the long run and you could be in serious danger on the roads.
There are so many horror stories out there about the consequences people have suffered from driving on part worns, you are not only putting yourself at risk, you are also putting your friends and family at risk if they are passengers in your car. Other motorists on the road could also be at risk if you lose control of your vehicle due to insufficient tread depth, you may think you are saving money but you could end up paying a terrible price.
It's impossible to know the history of part worn tyres and the true extent of any damage which may have occurred inside the tyre, only by choosing brand new tyres can you be sure they are free of any hidden dangers and you are safe out there on the roads!
In the spirit of the Great British Bake Off – do you have the perfect hump?!
The Nation is getting into the baking spirit thanks to the Great British Bake Off, as millions of viewers tuned in last night to watch the semi finals as the contestants took on Patisserie Week!
One of the talking points of the show this week was "Hump Puns"! We're sure there's not much that links the baking world with the world of tyres but this is one link we can make! Just like the judges were after the perfect "hump" on the cakes, we're after the perfect "hump" on your tyres.
It's important to check you have the correct pressures in your tyres as having them under-inflated can lead to heavy wear on the outer edges, if they are over-inflated you will see heavier wear on the middle of the tread. The correct pressures for your tyres can be found in the vehicle handbook or printed either in the sill of the driver side door or the inside of the fuel tank flap.
See the picture below for how incorrect tyre pressures can seriously affect your tyres!
If your tyres are showing uneven wear you may need to adjust your pressures, if you need any advice just call our team on 0333 444 5454!
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