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Tyre concerns to force new F1™ qualifying rules?
In a bid to ensure that viewing audiences are not left disillusioned with F1™ qualifying, the sports governing body has convened a meeting with team principles for February 21st.
The move has been prompted by a recent F1™ Strategy Group meeting where it was highlighted that drivers may choose not to run in the third and final grid positioning qualifying run.
The current rules dictate that top ten drivers must use the same tyres to start the race that they completed their best Q3 time on. This has, in past races given certain drivers the 'benefit' of starting a race on a preferred choice and potentially gaining race positions and potential points accordingly. As a spectacle however, this has lead to considerable disappointment amongst fans.
A couple of proposed options include:
Forcing Q3 drivers to start the race on those they used to set their best lap during Q2.
Q3 drivers to be supplied tyres specifically and only for use during the final period - then have them returned to the FIA.
The latter would surely provide the most entertainment with all teams and drivers pushing the car and tyres to the limits.
Any such changes will need the unanimous support and approval from all teams in order to implement it before the season opener in Australia on March 16th.
Written by Hometyre Group Ltd. 10/12/14 - Source Autosport
Preparations for your caravan/motorhome 2014
While winter hasn't yet imposed it's full potential on us all, you may well already be starting to consider the spring and summer season ahead?
Caravans and motorhomes typically remain dormant and static for five or six months from October through to March. It's during this period that potential issues will start to arise and cause you problems at time of next use.
It is vitally important to have you vehicle properly checked over before recommissioning. After all, you don't really want to spend the first six hours of your long awaited holiday camped up on a hard shoulder - or worse! Early preparation is the key!
1. Even after taking time and care to prevent ingress of damp into your vehicle, this can still occur. It's always best that soft furnishings are removed during prolonged storage but if that isn't possible, check all items thoroughly for signs of mould or mildew - this could lead to a source of a leak or run off area for condensation. A good wash and proper drying out of the vehicle should get it all fresh!
2. Check window seals for a build up of moss or mould. These often retain moisture and will quickly bloom when left unattended. Clean back all the seals on both faces and use a mould/mildew remover to get stubborn marks off. This will also help create a better seal for the colder evenings out and about!
3. You should really call upon the services of a reputable mobile caravan/motorhome service mechanic. These guys know what to look for and what to pay particular attention to to maximise your safety. If you use gas - which most do - a Corghi approved technician would be preferable to cover all the bases. Water pipes, gas pipes and heater units can all be covered at the same time as well as ensuring the vehicle is properly ventilated!
Braking systems and wheel bearings should both be in perfect working order - as should the towing mechanism. While a good DIY mechanic can check these items, it's always best to use a professional!
4. Ensure your tyres are up to the job! Good tread is not an indication as to the tyres suitability or condition. Rubber is a natural product and ages from the moment it was manufactured.
Ideally, a tyre should be replaced at six years of age - regardless of use or mileage. Prolonged periods remaining static - especially outdoors - can have a dramatic effect on a tyre. Bleaching from the sun can cause extensive perishing of the sidewalls and tread area and the tyre can literally change shape from round to a 'D' shape having sat in one position for months on end.
Did you know a tyre has a date of manufacture stamped onto the sidewall? Read here for more info.
5. Consider adding TYRON bands to the safety features of your caravan/motorhome. They offer real peace of mind and many insurers will also offer premium discounts with proof of fitment too! Find out more here or call us for more information on 01743 861183
6. Don't forget to check your towing vehicle too (for caravanners). No point going through all the necessary precautions and preparations if the vehicle you are towing with is unprepared. Towing a caravan adds considerable strain on engiine/suspension/brakes/drivetrain and tyres. Any fault or failure on any of these components could have very serious consequences. Ideally try and tie in a full annual service on your towing vehicle just before the holiday season begins - this will avoid further costs!
Ensure your tyres are also in good condition - not too old - and that the best ones are fitted to the rear too! Inflate them to the correct setting and don't forget to lower them back down again when your towing is completed for a duration of time.
Many of the incidents and accidents involving leisure vehicles are a direct result of poor maintenance and preparation. It really is worth your time and safety to get it right before you turn a wheel!
Written by Hometyre Group 16/01/14 All Rights Reserved
Could this be and become a common problem?
These tyres were replaced today on a customers vehicle. The car is a 2012 Mercedes CLK with 30k miles on the clock.
The gentleman was unsure how to check his tyres properly but recognised that some of the bulges on the front tyres were perhaps cause for concern. The problem facing many motorists now seems to give rise to this worrying trend of vehicles running on seriously worn/damaged tyres.
1. Service intervals on modern vehicles due to developments within components durability and oil technology have increased to over 30,000 miles in some instances.
2. Traction control, ESP and intelligent braking systems, coupled with vastly improved internal noise transmission mean that drivers are less aware when tyres have gone way past the usable and safe window of operation.
3. New vehicles only require an Mot after three years. These annual checks for many motorists often represent the only time in a calender year that tyres are properly inspected.
4. Wide tyres on low slung vehicles are often very difficult to properly inspect for many motorists. The nature of the suspension set up of many modern vehicles to improve cornering means that inner sections of tyres often wear away much more rapdily than the outer. 5. People are busy making a living to pays bills and often simply overlook something which can often feel fairly trivial but can be a very real killer.
Those that have had lives lost or forever altered would always wish for the chance to do it differently a second time round. This particular driver was obviously quite shocked to see the extent of the wear and damage and very relieved not to have suffered as a result - certainly given the wet of late. A series of reasons had occurred as to why these tyres were allowed to go this far.
The scare should prevent this happening again for this driver though. Folks, the message may be coming from a tyre retailer so some may just disregard this - but if this scenario sounds familiar to you or someone you know, just take a few minutes to look into it!
Wherever you get them replaced and whoever by, it's simply not worth the risk to leave them to chance!
Written by Andy Lawrence 08/01/2014
Happy New Year 2014
A great big thank you to all of our customers across the UK for a great 2013.
We wish everyone a prosperous and safe 2014 and look forward to serving you again in the future.
From the entire team at Hometyre
Seasons Greetings from Hometyre
We'd like to wish all of our customers and service providers a very happy and safe Christmas!
If you're driving home or away anywhere this year, please take a couple of minutes while it's bright and mild outside to cast a careful eye over your tyres.
Remember: the legal tread requirement is 1.6mm but at this time of year you don't really want to be driving with depths much below 3mm! Always check the very inside edge of all your tyres too - these areas are often worn the worst.
Not sure how to check or what you're looking for? Check our tyre inspection guide here, or call us for free, no obligation help!
While we're experiencing unseasonably mild weather during December, bear in mind this can change very quickly.
With Hometyre, we supply AND fit your new tyres directly at your door! Don't be fooled by cheap websites that just deliver tyres to your door!
Hometyre Supports the Midland Air Ambulance Charity
With over 60% of its annual sorties undertaken in reaction to road traffic incidents, the West Midlands Air Ambulance service saves motorists lives daily.
With the winter months now upon us, the numbers of serious collisions will rise once again. Poor driving conditions including fog, cold, wet, snow and ice catch us all out - for some it can be near fatal. It is a well documented fact that the first hour following any serious trauma is the most vital and that immediate medical response within this time is often the difference between life and death.
It costs over £6.2m per annum to provide urgent air support across the West Midlands. This is raised purely through charitable donations and the activities of the fund raising team.
Fund manager Maris Jones covers tens of thousands of road miles every year raising awareness of the charity and working with organisations and businesses to promote much needed fund raising events and opportunities across the region.
Recognising the link between the risks of motoring throughout the winter months and the need to continue raising money, we've donated, supplied and fitted a complete set of new winter tyres to Maria's fund raising vehicle.
Maria commented: "I travel on some pretty precarious roads throughout the winter and often hope I am not going to require our own services! The cold weather tyres fitted to my car really do provide a completely different level of grip, braking and overall reassurance. Remaining mobile is a must for me and the charity. The kind donation and support from Hometyre will give me protection on the roads while giving me the benefit of talking tyre safety at many of the events I attend - something very apt!"
Unlike summer tyres which harden and become less effective as the temperature drops, cold weather tyres maintain grip throughout. In the UK it is becoming common practice amongst many motorists to swap tyres during November through to April.
For more information about the range of winter tyres available for your own car, please do call our team today! Find out more about winter tyres here
NEW: Winter wheel & tyre packages now available.
With the winter months now upon us and temperatures dropping rapidly, many motorists are considering the consequences of a prolonged period of very cold weather. Read wheel drive car owners in particular can find it almost impossible to use their vehicles even with just a light dusting of snow!
With winter tyres gaining huge popularity now in the UK, some vehicles have wheel and tyre sizes that are simply not available in winter options. A great alternative, and a surprisingly cost effective alternative is to replace both the wheels and tyres as a package.
For selected models (please enquire), we have sets of specifically designed winter wheels - both steel and alloy - either with winter tyres installed or ready to install your existing tyres.
Simply swap over the complete wheel and tyre assemblies at the start and end of each winter to preserve the condition of your normal wheels throughout the months that count!
For more information, please do call us with your vehicle make and model and we'll talk you through the rest!
One of the worst we've ever seen!
Part worn perils
A very recent visit to a customer in need of help has once again highlighted the serious dangers associated when buying used tyres.
The owner of this object had paid £80 for a set of replacment tyres. This one was 15 years old None of the others were fit for road use either with varying unrepairable punctures and damage.
That was £80 spent on scrap tyres that could easily have cost the owner and his family their lives. Scary.
Basingstoke Tyre Safety Day 17/10/13
As part of our ongoing contribution towards raising tyre safety awareness with TyreSafe, we'll be onsite at Sainsbury's Superstore in Basingstoke from 10am to 4pm to offer FREE no obligation tyre and pressure checks for all motorists on THursday 17th October!
Hometyre have offered awareness days at Sainsbury's stores across the UK for over five years now and always have a great response from the general public.
With two fully equipped mobile service vehicles and four technicians onsite through out the day, we can thoroughly check your tyres and reset your pressures ready for the coming months. We'll also have on hand a number of examples of 'horror story' tyres to showcase some of the negligence towards tyre safety evident everyday!
Drop in and say hello if you're in the area! It's FREE and with NO OBLIGATION whatsoever!!!
Go to Sainsbury's, Wallop Road in Basingstoke.
TyreSafe quote alarming facts and figures
Worrying Tyre Safety Issues
Figures obtained from the Ministry of Justice by motoring safety organisation TyreSafe, have shown that over 170 motorists each and every week during 2012 have been convicted for driving on defective tyres - and this is but a small number of those that have actually been caught.
With a focus on tyre safety this month through the much publicised National Tyre Safety month, retailers and Police forces countrywide are keen to stress the importance of properly maintained tyres. Unfortunately, a number of motorists simply do not understand the importance of tyres on their vehicles and leave them to chance.
National Tyre Safety month is not about generating tyre sales - despite the very obvious links with retail tyre sales. Raising awareness of the serious safety risks naturally enhances the industry, but also ensures that motorists become more aware of the products they purchase.
New Caravan Storage Product Available
Caravan Tyre Safety
We're pleased to introduce another quality product for our caravan owner customers!
Our technicians regularly inform customers about the need to protect their wheels and tyres on caravans during periods of inactivity in the best way they can - be it complete removal, covering or simply regular rotation of the wheels themselves.
Prolonged exposure to the elements results in rapid deterioration of the rubber (it is a natural product after all) and distortion of the steel belts within the tyre itself. Both issues can cause serious hazards when hooking a caravan back up for summertime usage.
Manufactured in the UK, the Hometyre Secure Storage Stands offers a multi-level of protection for your investment!
Fitted in place of your wheels and tyres, the stands bolt to the caravans hub and a high security lockable cover plate secures the fittings. The caravan is then lowered onto the stands secure base.
Your wheels and tyres can now be removed and stored safely away from the caravan - and the elements!
Would be thieves will also be fully deterred as there is quite literally no way to tow the vehicle away either.
1x pair of stands inc postage & VAT to any UK address only £139.20
1x pair of stands fitted inc VAT at your home or storage site (subject to coverage) only £169.80
For more information, to order or to discuss other products within our range, please contact our sales advisers on 0333 444 5454 or complete the form below!
National Tyre Safety Month 2013
October sees the start of another National Tyre Safety Month. Both retailers, safety groups, traffic enforcement and the police will be encouraging motorists to carefully check their tyres in advance of the season change.
Every year, frightening statistical trends are obtained with regards tyre safety. Motorists often simply forget to check the condition of tyres between services.
Quite apart from the obviously lawful infringements carried out, the safety element should always be considered a higher priority. With fuel prices higher than ever, simple effective maintenance such as tyre pressure checking each month can have an incredible effect on motoring costs over a year.
Hometyre fully supports National Tyre Safety Month and our network fleet technicians offer tyre inspection services by appointment across the covered areas (subject to availability and location).
Contact Hometyre today for repairs and replacement new tyres supplied and fitted at your home or work address.
Cold Weather Motoring
Does driving during the winter months sometimes fill you with anxiety or even fear?
For some, it’s often a reason prolonged periods are spent stuck in the house alone. Cold, wet weather, snow, ice and the darker mornings and afternoons provide us all with much more dangerous driving conditions to contend with throughout the winter months.
There are however, a number of things we can do to prepare better for the coming months. These will provide a greater level of confidence and reassurance for motorists of all ages and abilities.
A common theme throughout British winter weather is the wet! Be it from freezing rain or snow, we are often getting in and out of our cars with damp clothes and wet shoes, Naturally, the first thing we all do is hit the heater blowers to full and switch on the demister to help clear the resulting misting up of the glass.
All round vision is absolutely imperative to safe driving. Being able to see other road users, pedestrians and of course the road itself should go without saying and yet we all see cars and vans driving along with fogged up glass and drivers trying to see through a tiny gap in the screen.
Make sure your internal glass is spotlessly clean from the outset. One effective way is to use a glass cleaner and newspaper as a cloth. This seems to provide a really effective way of removing all of the grease and road film – but does take a little effort!
Don’t be tempted to use your hands or a cloth to wipe your glass when it’s misted up either! You’ll just push road film and dirt around the glass and make it even more difficult to clear. With clean glass, simply allow a few extra minutes before you set out in order for your car to rise to working temperature and fully clear the misting itself.
Ensuring you vehicle is well lit externally and with properly aligned headlights is another must. Before any journey, switch on the lights and walk around your vehicle to check they are all functioning properly.
Sometimes, modern vehicles have plastic headlight lens covers. Years of use and weathering can cause these to become somewhat cloudy. This can have a serious effect on your night vision.
Try thoroughly cleaning the lenses yourself. If this doesn’t clear them, call upon a good vehicle detailer or valeter who will likely have the necessary chemicals and equipment to restore them back to full health!
A low sun during the winter days can make vehicles difficult to see – especially on wet roads too. Consider driving at all times with sidelights on during the winter months to improve your visibility to other motorists.
Cold Weather Tyres
Did you know there are tyres manufactured specifically to improve your winter driving safety? Unlike summer type tyres – the ones most cars in the UK are fitted with as standard – which lose performance and grip at low temperatures, a winter tyre is designed to maintain improved grip and perform best at temperatures below 7C.
A winter tyre has a more flexible tread that cuts its way into snow and binds to the road in the wet. Braking distances can be dramatically reduced in all weather conditions. These tyres give a real sense of surefootedness.
Many motorists are now opting to remove summer tyres during early November and replace them with winter alternatives. Usable summer tyres are then stored until the spring for re-fitment.
While there would of course be an initial price to pay for a set of tyres, by alternating their use annually, both sets can then last for many seasonal changes ahead.
And don’t forget to keep pressures regularly checked and adjusted!
Hometyre offer a mobile tyre supply and fit service that bring the fitting centre directly to your door at a date and time of your choosing. Competitively priced and with thousands of tyres to choose from, there is no better or more convenient way to have your tyres replaced or repaired. Tyres supplied and fitted for cars, sports, 4x4, motorhome, caravan and trailer.
Call Us for more information today!
About to buy new tyres? Stop! Consider this.....
As we are sadly now approaching Autumn - and shortly behind it another winter looms, now is absolutely the right time to consider replacing your tyres ready for the long, dark seasons ahead.
Before you do though - while we have a huge range of new tyres to suit your driving style, your vehicle, and your pocket, have you heard of or really considered the benefits of cold weather rubber?
Across much of continental Europe, drivers regularly swap from summer to winter type tyres each autumn and back again in April. In some countries this has become law - in others simply the most practical, sensible and safe way to drive throughout the winter.
Contrary to popular belief, cold weather tyres are not just there to assist driving in snow and ice! Actually, as temperatures fall below 7C, these tyres really make a huge difference. Standard summer type tyres respond best with heat. In colder weather they tend to harden and offer reduced grip and braking performances. A cold weather tyre, by nature of its design and material construction, provides unparalleled traction, stability and wet weather grip no matter what the temperature falls to.
Drivers who have experienced the benefits of cold weather tyres would not for a moment consider using anything else throughout winter months. In periods of snow, these tyres bind themselves into the surface to continue providing grip. A must for those who absolutely rely on there vehicle for work or to attend to the basics in life.
We've all experienced slips and spins on the road during the winter months. These can often occur when it's just damp and cold. Fitting cold weather tyres makes an incredible difference in these conditions!
Winter tyres are becoming more widely available in the UK than ever before as public awareness and appreciation increases. They should always be fitted as a complete set to ensure vehicle stability on both axles.
Hometyre replace your tyres directly at your home or work address. Summer tyres removed with adequate tread and in good condition can be safely stored until the next spring and then refitted. Depending on your annual mileage, these two sets of tyres can often be refitted numerous times too.
Tyre storage facilities are often available to many of our trading areas too - call us for more information today.
Blackburn Mobile tyre Service
September also sees a further trading area take to the streets of Blackburn and surrounding areas. Having already spent many years on the road as a trucker, Chris will be turning his attention to the needs of motorists who would prefer a more attentive one to one service - without paying more!
Hometyre East Lancashire replace and repair tyres for your car, van, 4x4, sports, prestige, caravan or motorhome.
We are specialists in the repair and replacement of tyres for high performance and high value vehicles - working from expertly equipped mobile tyre workshops that allow for the careful replacement and balancing of some of the largest car tyre sizes available for Porsche, Audi, BMW, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Bentley. Hometyre can safely replace run flat type tyres too.
Call us for more information or check out stock online and book your new tyres to be fitted at your choice of location across Blackburn.
Mobile tyre fitting service North HampsIn September, Hometyre begin trading with another mobile tyre supply and fitting service across the North Hampshire region!
Al will provide coverage from his fully equipped service vehicle from Winchester through to Fleet, Farnborough and Basingstoke and all surrounding areas.
Services will include: new tyres for your car, light commercials, 4x4, high performance and caravan/motorhome; puncture repairs, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, locking nut removal service and Tyron band supply and fitment!
For advance bookings or any further information - call us today on 0333 4445454
Hot weather and your tyres
July 2013 has seen heat records smashed across the UK as a result of a longer period of prolonged high temperatures for a considerable number of years.
Why you should consider your tyres!
Tyres are constructed using mostly a natural product - rubber. From the date of manufacture, rubber naturally ages and deteriorates. From new the product is in its most durable and elastic state. Even without use, over a number of years rubber will harden and perish.
Your tyres may have already covered many thousands of miles and have remained mounted to your wheels for a number of years too. The stresses and strains your tyres are put through each and every time you drive are significant. Couple this wilth the effects of low level ozone and ultra violet light year round as well as crater like potholes and kerb impacts to contend with, your tyres may already be close to breaking point. Unfortunately, often the only real indicator of a tyres current suitability is determined by its failure.
Hot, sunny weather often gives us drivers a sense of security on the roads. Grip naturally improves and cornering speeds tend to rise. Our safety - and that of other road users - is wholly reliant on the ability and condition of our tyres to perform. High ambient temperatures, hot road surfaces and higher speeds result in higher tyre pressures (air expands in heat!).
Notice how many more cars, vans and caravans you'll be seeing on dual carriageways, motorways and A/B roads on hot days? Older tyres already strained and more brittle are unable to deflect foreign objects or absorb them without failing in dramatic fashion. Strips of rubber and steel are often found spread across the road where the tyre has simply been unable to contain the air pressure within and consequently tears apart.
Motorists can avoid the dangers and hassle of roadside blow outs by checking the age and condition of tyres before use. Check out our "How to check your Tyres" page for more info.
Hometyre supply and fit new tyres right at your home or work. No hassle - no fuss and plenty of good information and helpful advice! Call us! 08007839310 from a landline or 03334445454 from a mobile.
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Kevlar vs Steel belted Tyres?
Pirelli F1™ Tyres
This years F1™ British Grand Prix at Silverstone created serious concerns with regards the construction and suitability of the tyres supplied by global manufacturer Pirelli from race teams and drivers alike.
Following five successive rear left tyre blow outs over the course of the race weekend, Pirelli came under serious scrutiny with drivers even threatening a boycott of the then forthcoming German Grand Prix.
With no clear or specific indication of the tyres actual failing, it appeared that a number of factors contributed to the eventual total de-lamination of the same tyre on each car.
Excessive loading and repeated damage caused by a raised kerb block appeared to be the key issues.
In response, Pirelli swiftly altered the construction of the tyres from steel belted to Kevlar just in time for the next race. With no further incidents - this certainly appears to have corrected the problem as well as allaying the safety fears of the 200mph drivers.
So what is the difference?
Kevlar vs Steel Tyres
Kevlar was created somewhat by accident in 1964 by a Polymer chemist. In anticipation of a petroleum shortage, a team were searching for a new lightweight high strength fibre to use within tyre construction when they stumbled upon a new and seemingly unbreakable fibre.
The first commercial use of the now widely known synthetic fibre was actually for racing tyres during the 1970s.
With properties such as tensile strength matching that of steel, Kevlar is the ideal alternative where weight has search an influence on the performance of the product. In fact it is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis!
For F1™, Pirelli were instructed to provide tyres that further enhanced the entertainment value of the sport for the spectator - without compromising on safety. The steel belted tyre construction, following the first half of the season and certainly since Silverstone, was already due to switch to Kevlar but this was brought forward accordingly.
Kevlar in Passenger car tyres
Despite the obvious quality difference of the polymer fibre, Kevlar is not used as a replacement for steel in mass produced passenger car tyres. The cost of production is considerably higher and would make the end product cost prohibitive for the consumer.
Hometyre supply and fit new tyres at your home or work address through a fleet of mobile tyre fitters at selected regions of the UK. Call our team for further information on 03334445454 or book online at www.hometyre.co.uk
How Green is Blue?
After years of persuasion to 'go green' and protect the environment, that message appears to now be an integral part of our lifestyle and purchasing processes.
The emphasis now is all about blue!
Blue is the globally recognised colour for efficiency and this has become an important factor in the development, production and subsequent consumer decision making process concerning tyres.
New EU tyre labelling -Similar to the efficiency ratings you find on washing machines and refridgerators - new EU tyre labels now provide information relating to fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise emissions.
Tyre manufacturers are now concentrating efforts on creating the best performing tyres in respect of these key measurements. With fuel prices reaching unparalleled highs, we as consumers are demanding more for our money - without compromising on safety.
Already, the worlds largest tyre manufacturers have rolled out new products that have superb performance characteristics - such as the DUNLOP BLURESPONSE 205/55VR16 passenger car tyre as an example below. All three performance measurements are very much in the 'green' having scored an overall B for rolling resistance (Fuel efficiency) - A for wet braking - and a low 68dB external noise emission output as shown below.
BLUE is very much the new green when it comes to tyres! Hometyre supply a huge range of new tyres, fitted by our team of mobile tyre fitters across the UK. Our online shop provides you with all the necessary labelling information and keen prices to make the most informed decision about your new tyres.
For further tyre help and guidance, please call our support team on 0333 444 54 54.
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