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Bank Holiday Travelling
Are you hitting the roads this bank holiday? If so, expect regular long delays and tailbacks heading into the popular destinations and be prepared!
Top tips to avoid further disruption:
1. Well, you'd have guessed we start with this! Check your tyres BEFORE you leave. Tread and pressures all round and don't forget the SPARE iof you have one. You'll be pretty disappointed to pick up a puncture only to find the spare flat too!
2. Oil and water and brake fluid level checks. These are two minute checks that could highlight potential issues before you get going.
3. Keep your fuel tank topped up - no good being stuck in long, slow moving traffic with that dreaded low fuel light glowing.
4. Give the glass a good clean on the inside (newspaper and window cleaner works a treat!). A car full of grumpy people sat in traffic in the rain soon gives rise to condensation. Dirty greasy glass takes much longer to clear not to mention see through!
5. Make sure you have plenty of distracting entertainment for the kids. Take yourself a set of headphones too to avoid listening to 'Let it go' for three hours!
Whatever your plans, stay safe this holiday. We're available from Tuesday to attend to your punctures/blowouts and worn tyre issues!
First the science: Piezoelectricity is charge that is built up in crystalline and ceramic structures when exposed to a mechanical force. Such a material that is squeezed rapidly will create a charging voltage.
With huge technological advances in hybrid electric vehicles and the ever increasing range and popularity of electric powered cars, Goodyear have been getting inventive.
Recently released at the Geneva Motor Show, Goodyears BH03 concept tyre is fitted with piezoelectirc materials that covert heat and movement into reusable energy to continuously charge an electric motor! Clever stuff.
What's more the tyre is produced in a deep black colour to absorb as much sunlight as possible.
Another potential tyre upgrade that we will likely see in the future will be one which allows for multiple pressure cells within a tyre that react (inflate or deflate automatically via an internal pump) to differing driving and road conditions in order to maximise comfort, economy and wear.
For the full range of Goodyear tyres available for your car, call us today or input your tyre details above.
Michelin & BMW link up for M-Series Models
BMW have announced Michelin as the sole supplier for the 21" fitment sizes for the new X5 & X6 M-Sport models.
Following two years worth of rigorous testing, the Pilot Super Sport will be fitted to the optional 21" forged alloys. The ultra-high performance tyres are supplied in two sizes for front and rear - 285/35ZR21 & 325/30ZR21 and provide the highest levels of traction and performance possible for a road car.
The new products will be made available in line with the launch of both vehicles this year. Prices are scary!
Hometyre mobile technicians fit new tyres across the entire BMW range including Run Flat options up to 24". Call us for more information now.
Ferrari Reveal F1 Concept
Is this the future of F1™?
WE certainly hope so! Ferrari concept designers believe current and short term changes to the sport will steer future designs into this much meatier and more aggressive look. 18" wheel designs have already been tested and it's widely anticipated that these will soon be a feature on the modern F1™ cars in favour of the long term use of 13" rims and tyres.
Manufacturers involve themselves in the sport not just for the glamour and associated marketing but to aid development of systems and safety for future road cars - tested at the ultimate level.
Good news for unsuspecting motorists
In one of the first cases of what appears to be a national clampdown on part worn tyre traders, Lincolnshire based Moss Tyres proprietor Luke McKenzie has been found unanimously guilty by jury on 16 accounts of being in possession to supply dangerous products to consumers.
Specifically relating to the sale of unsafe used tyres, the defendant faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20000.00 fine.
Part worn tyre retailers have grown in numbers across the UK since the start of the recession - preying on the innocence of motorists who believe they would be buying a safe product at a discounted price. The reality in many cases however is that unsuspecting motorists are simply buying discarded tyres that are unfit for use for varying reasons and actually paying a higher price per usable mm of tread.
Motorists should always ask themselves a very simple question before considering the purchase of used tyres: - "when have you ever needlessly replaced the tyres on your car?" The answer is ALWAYS "never". This applies to motorists the world over - Germany included! Tyres are almost only ever replaced when they are worn out, old and perished, or have suffered unrepairable damage.
Economy brand new tyres represent far better value for money than a used tyre. If you are buying to a budget, call us now for further assistance. We have a huge range of tyres available to suit all pockets. Tyres are so often sadly overlooked as a safety feature. The reality is that your tyres literally save your life every time you drive your vehicle. Is it really worth reducing the odds with someone else's reject tyres?
Hometyre heads to Sweden!
While many UK motorists have converted to our mobile tyre services over the years, our Scandinavian friends over in Sweden have as yet not had this level of service offered to them - until now!
The service is about to be trialed in Malmo through some very keen individuals who already have the benefit of operating a local tyre shop.
In Scandinavian countries, the use of winter tyres is a legal requirement for certain periods of the year and this leads to huge demand for services at fixed sites at the first signs of snow, and again when the mercury rises. A pre-booked premium mobile service to allow motorists to store their winter/summer tyres at home (or work) and have them fitted at a known date and time in advance should prove very popular. Once people experience the mobile fitting service once, they'll no doubt call back for routine replacement and repair too!
The first service vehicle left the UK shores mid February and should begin trading very soon. The team have opted to stick with a right-hand drive vehicle already equipped with winter tyres. We didn't know this, but despite driving on the left, many delivery type vans over there are right hand drive to allow for easier and safer kerbside access for drivers - pretty intelligent thinking!
Get your caravan/motorhome ready for spring 2015
It may still be chilly but those early signs of spring are thankfully upon us already! Lighter nights and daytime temperatures just starting to nudge towards double figures again. Ok, we may still be hit with a cold hard spell but with March rapidly approaching, now is a good time to start making plans to prepare your leisure vehicle for the forthcoming season ahead.
A long winter lay-up can cause numerous issues for your vehicle. Prevention is always better than cure (and usually less costly!) but we're all guilty of forgetfulness and leading busy lives.
For caravans the most obvious issues are with brakes and tyres. Brakes are best serviced annually prior to first use by a professional repairer. Tyres need to be thoroughly examined before hooking up for holiday. Remember that rubber is a natural product and ages from the date of manufacture. A tyre that is five years old or more will have become harder and suffer more rapidly from exposure to ultra-violet light (sunlight) and low level ozone. This has the effect of 'drying' out the rubber and causing it to split and crack.
Don't forget also that your tyres may have been sat in the same position for many months on end too. A tyre is manufactured using steel belts for rigidity. These will naturally distort with prolonged spells with weight placed upon them. If you hook up the caravan and drive off without checking the pressures first, you will place enormous strain on the casing of the tyres and potentially cause a blow-out. Not a great experience when you're all set for relaxation.
Have you considered the benefits of TYRON bands? Read more about this great safety device here.
If you're looking for very high quality security products, check out our range from UK manufacturer Bulldog. available to buy mail order direct to your door.
Whatever your requirements, we're always on hand for advice and assistance. Call us on 08007839310 or 03334445454 (mobile friendly!)
Voted Most Loved Tyre Business in the UK! That's Hometyre...
It's always good to pick up accreditation and acknowledgement for our efforts. We try very hard to get things right for everyone at all times and it appears that visitors to the national Best of website recognise us as a service worthy of voting into number one spot for 'Most Loved Tyre Business in the UK'!
Heartfelt thank you to our brilliant customers - and we hope to welcome in more of the same!
Goodyear takes the accolades at the GTU summer tyre tests
It may seem a little early to be testing summer tyres - but not for GTU - the German vehicle inspection organisation!
A comparison test of a dozen tyres across the very popular 205/55R16 size lists the Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance as the stand out tyre. With other brands also achieving a 'highly recommended' status. The tests have also shown that even the lesser known brand have noticeable improvements on quality from last years tests. Good news for all motorists!
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance tyres - and all other leading brands too. Call us for more information.
1000bhp and fat tyres for F1™
The F1™ governing body is set to make sweeping changes to the sport from 2017 onwards. With the quieter and far less ostentatious current V6 engines comes universal disappointment in the overall thrill of a Grand Prix race. The high-pitched scream of an F1™ car has been replaced with a pleasant but far less exciting rumble.
The current tyre situation is also set to change. With the Pirelli contract nearing its conclusion. the Italian tyre giant is keen to move into the next generation of the sport. Already testing has taken place to replace the longstanding 13" tyres with a much larger 18" variety. A greatly reduced sidewall height is much more in-keeping with the modern road car and will allow for massive technological breakthroughs to pass down from the top of the sport to the street motorists.
In order to keep up with the increased power to the wheels, the rear tyres are also set to get much wider too. Expect significant bodywork changes to accommodate engines and tyres!
Nokian claim a global first!
Nordic tyre manufacturer Nokian has claimed the coveted title of the world's first A energy rated winter tyre. Designed initially specifically for the new BMW i3 electric tyre, the cold weather tyre experts will now continue with developments for further sizes.
According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles by up to a further 30%. The energy savings gained from the lower rolling resistance increase the vehicle's range.
Tyre sizes for electric cars are very different to what we've grown accustomed to. The Nokian Hakkap winter comes in size 155/70R19 84 Q. Narrow tyres with very large wheels and low profiles are set to become the norm. For city and extra urben use, these tyres dramatically reduce rolling resistance with a very small contact patch with the road surface.
Exciting news from TOYO
For club motorsport enthusiasts and drivers of ludicrously fast road cars alike, the news from Japanese manufacturer TOYO is that the all new R888 tyre - the R888R will soon be available to buy in the UK.
Making its launch at the Autosport show this month, the semi slick tyre has been approved for road use as well as for high speed track fun.
"Produced in 32 sizes initially, the new Proxes R888R takes track steering and grip to another level. With a fast warm up time, increased dry grip and sustained performance over multiple laps and heat cycles, the Proxes R888R is the ultimate track tire. A rayon 'super-high' turn up ply on some sizes, combined with steel side plies, give the new Proxes R888R precise steering response and feedback to the driver allowing them full control of their race car to optimize its performance."
The Proxes R888R stands alone amongst its competition in allowing competitors to drive to and from race day venues.
As stock arrive into the UK, Hometyre mobile fitters will be able to supply and fit the range at your home or work address.
Happy New Year from all at Hometyre
Wishes all of our existing clients and future new ones a fun and safe evening and a very happy new year for 2015.
Season Greetings from Hometyre
Hometyre HQ and all of our franchise network would like to thank every one of our customers and suppliers alike for the ongoing support throughout 2014. We're continuing to steadily grow and are currently experiencing a record December - even in the absence of really bad weather!
We look forward to a prosperous 2015 and hope to further expand our customer base the length and breadth of the UK through our dedication to customer service.
Have a great Christmas and New Year!
Dandelion-rubber technology in use by Continental
German tyre giant, Continental has produced the first test tyre, the Continental WinterContact TS 850P, using dandelion rubber.
Yes, you've read that correctly!
The material, called Taraxagum™ provides Continental with an important step in its aspiration for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production and to make tyre production more sustainable and less dependent on traditional raw materials.
Winter's on its way!
Are you prepared?
With snowfall already disrupting traffic in Scotland and the North of England it appears that winter has finally started to bite.
With many motorists holding off on the replacement of worn tyres until the very last minute, there could be quite a few slips and spills on the roads out there.
- Check your tyres thoroughly - inner edges as well as just the parts you can see from the outside
- Ensure for winter motoring you have a minimum of 3mm of usable tread left. Any less will be insufficient to allow for safe cold weather braking and water dispersion.
- Ensure tyre pressures are checked regularly and correctly inflated according to the load you carry.
- Call us for any advice or information you may require. Drive steadily and safely this winter
It's officially swap over time!
It's November and officially the optimum time to swap onto those winter tyres! Don't be too fooled by some late warm weather either. A prolonged cold snap with possibilities of considerable snowfall has been warned by a number of meteorologists.
Temperatures are already tumbling away to low digits. Coupled with the damp and often foggy conditions normal to this time of year and your cold weather tyres are about to pay dividends!
Never tried them before? Just the dramatically improved braking distances alone make them worthwhile. When temperatures drop to 7C or below, a cold weather tyre maintains amazing grip through the tread design and compound differences. A 'summer' tyre hardens and low temperatures and significantly loses grip.
Not sure? Give us a call to discuss options. We can supply replacement tyres for your existing wheels or supply complete set of alternative winter wheels and tyres from a huge range of styles and sizes.
Have them fitted at home with Hometyre and you avoid any additional costs of tyre 'hotels' provided by fixed outlets too. Store your own tyres stacked up in the garage or shed/basement - wherever!
Be safe this winter. One of the most harsh winters followed a hot summer and warm autumn back in 2009/2010. We could be heading into the same again!
Tyre fitting with a difference, in Sussex
Every now and then we encounter a bit of a jaw dropper in this line of work. From very odd things found stuck in tyres - to very odd things left in car boots too!
We also hear things from customers about their experiences at other garages or with other fitting centres.
As a tyre retailer, our mobile tyre service units are configured to remove and replace all the types of vehicles we work with - and all the sizes and varieties of wheel/tyre combinations too. It seems this isn't a standard mirrored across the industry though.
Upon a very recent on-site visit to a new customer in Sussex, our technician Mark, discovered a highly unusual fitting technique had been employed to fit this clients 19" tyres. Without the suitable equipment (and necessary skills) required to fit these tyres, they had opted instead to soak paper towels in oil and place them around the rim of the tyre in order to allow it to be fitted over the wheel. Now they're tight tyres to fit due to the size of them but still....
So a somewhat unorthodox technique that subsequently caused air to leak out where the seal was broken by the paper towels. This process clearly took some time as well since the customer was quite surprised to watch Mark remove and refit another tyre in just a few short minutes without any issues.
The customer pointed out that the previous work carried out was cheap.
Which? Trusted Traders
Hometyre are pleased to announce that following a period of detailed assessment, the well respected compare organisation Which? has fully approved all operatives as Trusted Traders!
As a consumer you can be assured that our principles and processes have been checked, scrutinised and refined in order to become fully compliant. When you make a purchase with Hometyre you can be relaxed in the understanding that we'll act in the professional and courteous manner as has become expected of any organisation approved by Which?
We look forward to welcoming new customers to our dedicated mobile service right across the UK!
RiP the Tax Disc 1921-2014
October 1st 2014 brings a significant change to the way we pay for and display our vehicle Road Fund License!
So what are the changes and what do you need to know?
- The paper tax disc is no more! From October the 1st, you will no longer be issued a license and you can remove yours from the windscreen forever - regardless of how many months are still left to run on it. Electronic automated numberplate recognition vehicles (ANPR) will instantly inform the Police whether your vehicle is compliant (expect to see more of these on the roads now too!)
- You will buy your car tax online and can now pay by Direct Debit either annually, six monthly or on a monthly basis. Provided your payments are kept up to date, your vehicle will remain covered and compliant.
- You can check the status of yours, or any vehicle, online immediately here.
- When you sell a vehicle, you can no longer include the Road Fund License. Upon sale, you inform the DVLA of the change of ownership and they will automatically refund to you the value of any full months remaining.
- When you purchase a vehicle from another person you will be responsible for immediately arranging Road Fund License cover. You can do this by using the New Keeper Supplement part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C), online , by calling 0300 123 4321, or visiting your nearest Post Office.
What does this all mean to me now?
So while the government are saving considerable costs in the production and logistics of paper tax discs, they will also be gaining from the obvious cross-over period when vehicles are sold.
To be more clear, a vehicle owner who sells on the 10th of a month will likely already have paid for the full month. Once sold, DVLA will only refund any FULL month or months remaining. The remaining weeks will be lost and cannot be carried over to a new vehicle. The new owner, in order to drive the vehicle on a public road will have to immediately pay for the license but this will start from the beginning of that month! In short, the month will be paid for twice. Multiply this by the number of vehicles sold daily and there's quite a revenue stream!
Given that the current methods used to inform DVLA of new ownership appears to remain via the traditional post, and that notification will need to be received by them before the start of a new month, expect current owners to advertise vehicles for sale with a 'collect on the 23-25th of the month' proviso attached! Equally anticipate a degree of bartering from a potential purchaser about the amount of month remaining and how much this will cost him/her....
Numbers of previous owners
One other thing to consider when purchasing a vehicle will be the number of previous owners stated on the log book. This may not reflect accuracy into the future. A second hand car dealer may not have the use of 'trade' number plates and, in order to allow you to test drive a vehicle, will have to pay for Road Fund License. In order to do this, he/she will have to register as a new keeper......
It is highly likely that the new system will need to be altered and adapted after a period of time. In the meantime, we think it's all a positive. Road Fund License is necessary to maintain and hopefully improve the condition of our aging and overworked road networks. Drivers who have historically avoided paying are causing good honest individuals more and more each year - while enjoying the benefits of the roads for nothing! The new system will provide and allocate further funding while improving on what should be a level playing field for all motorists!
Now let's talk about tyres.............