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Proposed extension for new car MoT testing
With the governments proposed shift in legislation regarding Mot testing, the UK's national Tyre Safety platform, TyreSafe, have voiced serious concerns on behalf of the consumer with regards to road safety.
Currently, new cars and motorcycles require a first MOT test after three years but this is anticipated to be extended by a further year. It was recently stated during the Summer budget Speech that this change of policy would save UK motorists over £100m per year.
Unfortunately however, it has been proven that a very high percentage of motorists fail to adequately check tyres on their vehicles between services or annual testing. While vehicles have become considerably more reliable and of a better build quality in recent years, this critical safety component is left largely ignored unless a significant error occurs to force an inspection.
A recent TyreSafe roadside tread depth survey has concluded that from the 35.3 million vehicles active on UK roads each year nearly 10 million tyres will be illegal during 2015. Further extending the inspection process is likely to further increase this already frightening statistic.
It is the organisations belief that the behavioural attitude of the motorist needs to change, alongside greater education into the importance of tyre safety before any such legislation change should take place.
What do you think? When do you last routinely thoroughly check your own tyres for wear or damage?
Continental take the accolades for 2015
The much respected summer tyre test carried out annually by UK car magazine - Auto Express, has this year awarded global giant Continental as the outright winner. The awards highlight exceptional performance, safety, performance, quality, desirability and value.
The Auto Express Ultimate summer tyre test challenged eleven brands in size 225/45R17 with the Conti Sport Contact 5 out scoring all others across a wide field and holding top spot for dry braking, dry handling, wet handling and wet braking. This sort of performance victory over its rivals was noted for its rarity and gave Continental engineers a real sense of achievement for their efforts to create such a dominant product.
The Conti Sport Contact 5 is available to purchase for cars from size 17" and upwards and for SUV from 18" and above.
Hot on these heels of this triumph, the brand also achieved another first - having been awarded Consumer Superbrands status for 2015, following the most recent evaluation of the long-running annual survey, which has been identifying the UK's leading brands since 1995. The process, managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA), questioned 2,500 UK consumers who assessed more than 1,500 brands. Consumers judged the brands on three key criteria: quality, reliability and distinction.
Hometyre provide the full range of Continental tyres all supplied and fitted at your chosen time, date and location. Call today for more information.
When do you check yours?
How often do you honestly get down on hands and knees and thoroughly inspect your own tyres? Once a week? Once a month? Never?
The alarming fact is that most motorists never check their tyres - either for wear, damage or pressure - rather leaving it for either the annual service or MOT technician to identify any potential issues. Quite often motorists are contacting us when they have a noticeable problem - either a deflation or severe vibration/noise occurring. Upon inspection we frequently show customers some pretty terrifying wear states often with large patches of tyre devoid of tread or worse still with the steel carcass hanging out.
So how are these things missed so often? Well, consider the modern car. Low slung, very little clearance between the arch and the wings and with tuned suspension, ABS, traction control and huge amounts of sound deadening between outside world and cockpit. Basically, the car can be very forgiving on the user when the tyres are in a decidedly poor condition. Unless you park with the wheels fully locked over or indeed get onto bended knees to check the rears from behind the car, you are unlikely to see where most of the wear on the modern car occurs - the inner edge.
And why so much on the inner edge, you may ask? Again, modern cars have all the benefit of the decades of development and research into handling, braking and safety and therefore cars have wider tyres for more grip and a greater camber angle (the top of the tyre tilts inwards towards the car body to improve handling around corners and for overall stability). A tyre viewed from above with the car parked up may therefore appear to have ample tread on the outer edge but actually already be perilously worn towards the inside.
Take heed of the warning and take a look at yours at your next available opportunity. It takes but a minute or so, even for the absolute untrained eye - but could be the difference between safe driving and some very serious consequences.
And could it all be about to change again??
With the uprise in popularity and abilities of the electric motor car, tyres look like thy're heading narrow again for minimum contact and resistance and therefore greater fuel economy.
Tower Hamlets Council reveal further issues with part worn tyre sellers
A recent investigation by Tower Hamlets Trading Standards - in conjunction with the Uk's leading tyre safety organisation, TyreSafe has revealed further evidence of the sale of unsafe tyres to an unsuspecting public.
In one premises alone, 17 tyres were inspected. 11 were deemed to have safety issues. 6 were repaired to a sub-standard level and only 5 overall had the correct marking applied to identify their used status. Inspectors also reported that the fitters had questionable knowledge or indeed abilities to deal with tyres and repairs safely.
Unfortunately many motorists, keen to save a few pounds, will often choose to be suckered in by part worn sellers who will usually spin a compelling story as to the quality of their tyres. Usually that they either come from Germany (trust us, Germans don't replace tyres needlessly!) or from accident damaged cars. The reality is far different. Most are sourced from scrap piles and will have been replaced for a very good reason already. Let's face it, how many motorists do you know who would replace a perfectly good tyre for absolutely no reason at all? And more to the point.... when have you?
New tyres now are cheap, and pound for pound represent far better value than any scrapped tyre that may hold out for a few months at best, or fail dramatically at worst. Buying a used tyre can be akin to offering cash for the contents of a bin liner from someones wheelie bin, In short, you really do not know what you're buying - but someone else has deemed it useless...
Finally, Ofcom has enforced some changes into the mobile network providers!! From now on all calls from your mobile to our 08007839310 number are totally free of charge! Our 0333 number will remain perfectly active though as this will only use inclusive minutes on your contract (and it's an awful lot easier to remember if need be!.
So get on the 'phone to us today to discuss your tyres and tyre requirements - we waiting to help you!
Hometyre's latest trading area - Sheffield
Motorists and business owners of Sheffield take note - Hometyre is coming! Fronted by the very savvy and professional main man, Sam E. you can expect the standards of service and care at the levels motorists from numerous other towns and cities across the UK have become used to and return to time and again.
Sam gets rolling week commencing 15th June and is already eagerly looking forward to rolling out the proverbial red carpet to customers each and every day!
For tyre information, sales and advice and to book - call 03334445454 or local number 01143453465
The ULTIMATE all season tyre is here!
Introducing the MICHELIN Cross Climate!! New tyre technology designed to operate in ALL weather conditions and ALL temperatures with unfaltering performance and economy.
Offering certified traction on snow, being the first-ever summer tyre to obtain winter certification (3PMSF for performance on snow)
eCall System to be Compulsory from 2018
The EU has recently passed law for all new cars and light commercial vehicles to be fitted with the eCall tracking device from 2018. Despite earlier protest from certain groups with regards to privacy rights, MEPs state the system will not store user data but only trigger in the event of a collision. All other data will not be stored.
The technology is already in use by a number of car manufacturers and is expected to cut emergency response times by up to 50% and save thousands of lives.
How it works:
The system will cost around £80 per unit as a factory install and will use the EU wide 112 emergency call service to automatically send the vehicles global coordinates, speed at point of impact and number of occupants. It is triggered by sensors in the vehicle which work in parallel with airbag deployment systems. Once triggered, a message is immediately sent to the nearest emergency service centre.
EU members have until 2017 to ensure that the infrastructure to support the system is fully in place and operational.
Are the days of free travel coming to an end? Cameras already track our movements across a significant part of the UK. Will anyone truly believe that our personal travel data will be totally secure once compulsory tracking units are installed in our vehicles? George Orwell had it right!!
Hometyre and Review Sites
With review sites and questions over review validity a hot topic in the press currently, we thought it a good idea to tell you about our stance and experiences!
On our pages you'll find scrolling reviews posted by our customers. Click on the box and you can read the countless feedback reviews we've been receiving over the years too. Each and every single one has been received by us directly from a serviced customer that is 100% traceable and auditable back to original jobs. Where a customer has left a review with a comment that needs addressing we have publicly replied too - for clarity!
We have continued to opt out of the third party paid-for subscription services with the exception of the Which? Trusted trader programme.
Which? has, for decades, provided a trustworthy, clear and concise platform widely accepted and in itself, wholly trusted by the populous. Reviews are moderated and checked by the organisation prior to listing on their site. Their reputation after all, is too good to tarnish by operating this platform in any other way.
We know that not all customers - even those thoroughly pleased by our services - will leave a review. Most in fact, don't. We could all spend far too much of our own time writing reviews for businesses if we elected to do so after every transaction.
Unfortunately therefore, some third party review sites reap financial benefit by touting business from competing operations and play them off against each other in order to boast the highest number of reviews. This 'pressure' to rank higher than the opposition could therefore lead to reviews that may not be entirely genuine. Paid for review sites may also elect not to publish less than perfect reviews - at risk of losing a valuable client of course.
If you're baffled by all the options and considerations but are looking for a mobile tyre service - try us. Proof is always in the pudding and we'd very much like to receive and publish genuine feedback from you!
How important are they?
Well certainly modern motorsport seems to indicate that it's now all about tyre technology. From F1™ to MotoGP™, tyres are playing a defining role when it comes to team strategy and more importantly, winning races.
Lewis Hamilton once again proved this weekend in Bahrain that while a championship winning driver needs to be able to outshine the rest, he also needs to play a careful management exercise of his rubber - anticipating degradation throughout the course of the race and determining best usage.
Motorcycle supremo Valentine Rossi and the Yamaha factory team also proved to the world this weekend that both experience and the correct tyre choice provided the winning formula.
What does all this mean to us, the everyday motorist? Actually quite a lot. The racing purists would naturally prefer to just see out and out wheel to wheel combat throughout any series, but technology moves on relentlessly. Most manufacturers showcase themselves in these sports to achieve not just publicity but to sell their products and also to ensure they remain at the forefront of advancing technology. What better way to do so than at the ultimate test of endurance and speed?
Modern vehicles are now full of systems, safety and developments that were first introduced and tested in motorsport often five or ten years beforehand. We can therefore anticipate that tyre technology will take another huge leap forward in the coming years and lead significant improvements for us all. This has to be good news for the motorist because lets face it, nobody really wants to buy new tyres, and we all want them to last twice as long but provide even better fuel economy while perfoming at higher speeds with ever more grip!
So next time a race is a bit dull to watch, consider the difference in your own car from the one you were driving 15 years ago. Fundamentally cars haven't changed - neither have our roads much - but the car has - big time!
From winter back to summer tyres and a cautionary note!
The current very warm spell should generally prompt most motorists who haven't already done so to consider swapping back onto summer rubber over the next couple of weeks.
We're still experiencing chilly mornings and after dark, but daytime temperatures have now started to reach the teens and subsequently better operating 'windows' for all season and summer type tyres. Our dedicated mobile fleet work with countless customers countrywide who enjoy the benefit of having the simplest solution to swapping over tyres seasonally. Book us to your door at the specific time and date of your choosing.
Be aware also that warmer weather and improved road temperatures can give rise to much better traction for you. This may also mask tyres with very low tread - so take a couple of minutes while it's dry and warm to give yours the once over.
Call us for any help required. 03334445454
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.
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