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Goodbye Winter... Hello Caravan Season!
Are you a Caravan owner in Brighton, Blackpool, Borrowdale or any other desirable areas within the UK? If so, your caravan season preparations are about to become a lot easier! Here at Hometyre we offer a fully mobile service, at your home or at your caravan site, as well as fitting new tyres to your beloved caravan we are also fully trained to fit TYRON Bands.
Mobile Caravan Tyres - fitted at a location of your choice
How do I check the size of my caravan tyres?
If you're a new customer to Hometyre you will need to know the size of your tyres before placing an order with us, checking your tyre size is easy! It will be located on the sidewall of your existing tyres.
When checking your tyre size it will be in a format such as "195/70R15" or "185R14", the middle part of the first example size (70) is the profile/aspect ratio section of the tyre. If this number is missing, as shown in the second example, from the sidewall of your tyres it means the number is '80'. This example means the width of the tyre is 185mm, the profile is 80% of the tread width and the wheels are 14", the 'C' represents a commercial grade tyre.
Another marking you will see on a commercial grade tyre is something like "104/102", this is the load rating, this tells you how much weight each tyre can take. The higher number is the reading for a single axle and the lower rating is for a twin axle. In this instance a single axle caravan with this size would take a weight up to 1700kg over the two tyres.
To give a better visual example of this, we have created the below image…
TYRON Bands - mobile fitting in the UK
Have you considered fitting TYRON™ Bands to your caravan or motorhome?
TYRON™ Bands do exactly what they say on the tin! They keep the TYRE-ON in the event of a blowout. When you're towing a caravan, if a blowout occurs you may not notice the initial impact and you run the risk of the entire caravan tipping over on a road which could lead to a major incident.
For more information on TYRON Bands click here
Recommended Caravan Tyres
Budget option - budget tyre brands are constantly coming in and out of stock in the UK, although most budget tyres do the same thing! The majority of caravan owners will generally end up changing their tyres due to age, not tread wear, therefore putting budget tyres onto your caravan can often by the best way to go, especially if you only go on a couple of trips a year with it! If you want to spend money on a good set of tyres, the best option is to do this for the vehicle which is towing the caravan!
Mid-Range option - if you are a caravan owner who hits a larger annual mileage you might be considering something of higher quality for your beloved caravan. A good mid-range option would be the GT Radial Kargomax ST-6000, this tyre has been designed specifically for caravan and trailer usage. It has enhanced sidewall protection and a heavier duty compound allowing it to take the additional weight of a caravan.
If you're still unsure which option to go for, give our team a call on 0333 444 5454 for more information!
Obtuse Tyre Sizes
A bit complex eh? Well, thankfully you won't need to measure these! It's printed directly on the side of the tyre so when you call in, just state the numbers and awaaaay we go!
Back to the odd tyres sizes. Now, you've probably seen on most rear wheel drive and performance vehicles that the front tyres are small than the rear. For example, the Jaguar F-Type SVR has 265/35 R20 on the front and 305/30 R20 on the rear. But, why is this? When you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, all the power will be sent to the rear (unless it's a newfangled BMW that can send 100% of its power to the front or rear). Now, unless you have an elephant sitting in the boot, there will be no weight to help squish these tyres to the floor and provide grip. Having wider tyres helps to increase the grip and provides better traction to the road.
But why don't performance FWD vehicles such as the new Type-R, Megan RS or Golf GTi have larger tyres on the front? Oversteer. Oversteer! Having too much grip on the front and not enough on the rear can result in an unexpected drift around a corner or a complete spin out. Not helpful when going around a roundabout.
Other noticeable examples of weird/unique tyre sizes include the Lamborghini Countach with 205/50 R15 on the front and an insane 345/35 R15 on the rear. Just imagine how wide that is!
Or, going the other way and increasing the rim size to keep the rolling radius correct, we have the Plymoth Prowler with 225/45 R17 on the front and 295/40 R20 on the rear.
New 4x4 Brands available from Hometyre!
We are happy to announce we are now supplying and fitting an even bigger range of 4x4 Tyres. As well as existing web brands such as Nexen, Maxxis and Goodyear we are now stocking the well-known 4x4 brands General, GT Radial and BF Goodrich!
These brands offer a great range of on-road and off-road tyres, from the aggressive top-end of the scale with a BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM3 which is for 100% off-road usage. This tyre has been developed to focus on better mud traction, rock traction and tougher sidewalls. The CoreGard™ Technology helps prevent punctures and splits in the sidewalls, it also boasts a notched shoulder design which improves traction capabilities in the mud and snow.
From the beastly off-road capabilities of the KM3 to something mixed on-road and off-road, such as the General Grabber AT3. This tyre is rated 60% off-road and 40% on-road, an ideal All Terrain tyre for SUVs, pick-up trucks and off-road drivers who wish to find that middle ground between playing on those muddy back lanes to having some good on-road manners!
Finally, the gentler end of the scale, for this you could look at the GT Savero, a 4x4 summer tyre offering 20% off-road and 80% on-road capabilities. This is a great option for an all round 4x4 vehicle that does mostly day to day driving but does have the capabilities for basic off-road driving, suitable for drivers of more modern SUVs looking for good handling, a comfortable ride and lower levels of noise than other 4x4 options.
If you're looking for new tyres for your trusty 4x4 and are still unsure which option is best for you, just give us a call on 0333 444 5454 and our team will be more than happy to help!
Does TPMS need to be replaced when I replace my tyres?
TPMS systems remain a bit of a mystery to many of our customers, so we thought we would try and explain it a little better for you! In short, any vehicle from 2014 onwards supplied into Europe, by law, must be fitted with some sort of TPMS system. There are two ways that this can be done - indirect TPMS and direct TPMS.
The process when changing the tyre for a vehicle with TPMS is the same principle whether it is direct or indirect, a system check is always included, however it is recommended that a direct TPMS valve has the seal kit replaced on the sensor valve stem. We also do a diagnostic check on the sensors, this checks the sensor's battery condition and ensures it is transmitting correctly.
Vehicles older than this are typically fitted with standard rubber valves, when we do a tyre replacement for these vehicles the new valve is included in the price. However, with TPMS systems on newer vehicles, it is a little different.
What are the two different types of TPMS?
Direct TPMS - this is operated by a sensor, 90% of the time it will display the actual tyre pressures for each individual tyre without any issue, it is effectively a radio transmission signal to the cars ECU (Electronic Control Unit), this allows a 'real time' reading to be displayed to the driver.
Newer model such as Mercedes-Benz vehicles operate with direct TPMS, they also use an automatic re-learning system, meaning once you drive the vehicle after a tyre change the sensor will work itself out and adjust to the new pressures.
Indirect TPMS - these don't have sensors, instead they use the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking) ring, resulting in the reading being less accurate in comparison to the direct TPMS. This is triggered by a significant drop in the rolling circumference of the tyre, meaning it must have drop a considerable amount of pressure for it to activate the light on your dash.
VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda (otherwise known as the 'VAG' group) generally operate on indirect TPMS with very few exceptions. When a tyre is changed on these vehicles you must manually reset the TPMS light or it will display a low-pressure warning.
When do I need to replace my TPMS system?
If the valves are a certain age they can become prone to corrosion and leaking, if we think they need to be changed we will recommend this to the customer and let them know which part of the sensor is failing and the differing costs on fixing these, the components can range from a matter of pence up to £100, so it is impossible to foresee this cost.
They may also need to replaced due to damage, this could happen from colliding with a kerb at the wrong angle or by putting air into your tyres a little too aggressively!
If you're still unsure about your TPMS system or whether you even have TPMS, give us a call today on 0333 444 5454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions at Hometyre
Can my puncture be repaired?
We take phone calls from around the country every day at Hometyre and we don't think there has been a single day in the history of the company when we haven't been asked this question! The answer is, we cannot give a definite answer until our technician has been out to have a look! We can give an indication by asking questions such as "is the puncture in the central ¾ of the tread?", if the answer to this question is no then our answer would unfortunately be no as well.
For more information on what meets the BSAU159 standards for a repairable puncture, click here!
What we always do in the event of a puncture is bring a potential replacement tyre on board with us. Just because we are bringing the tyre it doesn't mean we have to use it or we will charge you for it, if we can repair your puncture we will simply charge for the repair and take the tyre away FOC!
The only exception to this rule is RUN-FLAT TYRES. Unfortunately we are unable to repair a run-flat tyre regardless of the circumstances, this is because it has not yet been proven that the structural integrity of the tyre remains in tact once it has been punctured.
How often should I check my tyres?
The answer to this depends partly upon your mileage, however we would recommend checking your tyres a minimum of once per month. We know life gets in the way sometimes and it's easy to forget to do this, do something simple like a put a reminder on your calendar for the same date each month to take 5 minutes to check those tread depths and pressures!
By checking the tyre pressures, you can increase the life of your tyres, therefore saving yourself some pennies in the long run! If your tyres are under inflated they will wear heavier on the edges, however if they are over-inflated they will wear more in the centre of the tread.
With regards to your tread depths, once they get to around 3mm we would advise replacing the tyres, although the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm when your tyres reach this 3mm stage the chances of aquaplaning are increased and braking distances are affected. For more information on how to check your tyres, click here!
Why am I experiencing vibration at speed?
This could be down to several things, the most common of which is wheel balancing, failure to balance will often result in vibration so this is a good place to start! Our vans are fitted with computerised electronic wheel balancers, this is done by applying weights to the wheel to even out any uneven weight distribution.
Another cause could be wheel alignment, if your wheels are misaligned this could cause the car to pull slightly to one side which could then lead to vibration through your steering wheel and uneven tyre wear. Damaged wheels could also be a reason for the vibration, so it's worth checking your wheels for any cracks, breaks or bends!
Is it worth getting winter tyres?
The answer to this one is partly personal preference, if you're doing a lot of miles over the winter months and depend heavily on your vehicle to get you to/from work or if your business, like ours, is fully mobile, winter tyres can be a saviour! Unlike other European countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden, here in the UK Winter Tyres are not compulsory, however, it may still be worth investing in some. When temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius the performance of your summer tyres is reduced, this is partly due to the rubber compound used to make them. The compound used for winter tyres contains a larger percentage of natural rubber and silica which means they harden less. The grooves in winter tyres are also wider and deeper which allows a larger channel for dispersing snow and water, maintaining a better grip on the road.
Using winter tyres in cold and icy conditions will also reduce your braking distances which could be the difference between a narrow escape and a nasty collision. Here at Hometyre we offer a service to swap your summer tyres over to your winter tyres and sometimes can even offer a storage option. For more information about winter tyres give our team a call on 0333 444 5454.
Which axle to put new tyres on?
If you are having 2 new tyres on your vehicle, we would always recommend fitting them to the rear axle. Even if you're replacing 2 offside or 2 nearside tyres, we will always offer a swap-over (move one of your existing rear tyres to the front and fitting the two new tyres to the rear).
This is because the front axle has the weight of the engine and the steering capabilities which means the rear axle needs all the help it can get! By having the tyre with the newer tread on the rear it will give it more grip to the road surface.
If you have any more questions and want to chat to our team just give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or email email@example.com
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Can I change the size of my tyres?
Cars and light commercial vehicles are designed with a specific wheel and tyre size. And this is for good reason! The specification covers performance, comfort, load capability, handling and most importantly - the rolling circumference. This is the distance a tyre travels in one full revolution.
On some vehicles it is possible to alter the sizing, however on most modern vehicles, unfortunately the answer is generally a NO.
Why, you ask? Well.... there's a number of reasons. Firstly, there simply isn't a great deal of space left within the wheel arches of current cars! As tyres have become larger and wider, space has reduced - massively!
And besides, it's all about the rolling circumference! You can only alter it by around 2% either way or you're going to have issues! We'll come back to that....
Can I change the size of my wheels?
With regards to changing the actual wheel size - for example if you were to change from a 16 inch wheel size to 18 inch wheels, you would generally just need to ensure the rolling circumference stays the same (or within that 2%). If this is something you're considering doing (or even downsizing!) but you're not sure on which sizes tyres to go for (or if it will even work), the best way to get an idea is to call us!
What happens if I put the wrong size tyres on my vehicle?
If the tyres are too small, the wheels will rotate faster which will have consequences with regards to gearing (how the car delivers power) - and also your speedometer read out will be showing faster than you're actually travelling.
if your rolling circumference is too large then this will all go the other way, the wheels will rotate slower - therefore resulting in your speed showing slower than you are actually driving, which for obvious reasons is not a good idea, nobody needs an unexpected speeding fine in the post!
When would changing your tyre sizes not really cause an issue?
Green-laners (4x4 owners who often modify their vehicles to allow for off road fun) have big 4x4 tyres, With modifications made to the vehicle body, and loads of space, tyre sizes can often be dramatically increased! These guys seldom need to be concerned about comfort, road holding or cornering or accurate speed reading!
Reasons people may want to change their tyre size
Pimp My Ride™ - large wheels and low profile tyres, this may look good but the major negative behind this is the car may not be designed to carry this size wheel and by doing this to the vehicle it could prematurely wear other components.
Some people change their tyre sizes because they think it will increase grip or performance, which it seldom ever does. On the opposite scale they may wish to narrow the tyres for winter use, if you're on 19 inch wheels you could in some cases go down to 17 inch wheels with a narrower tyre which would allow for a better grip in the snow. Providing that all important rolling circumference remains within its boundaries, this is ok!
Why should I NOT change my tyre size?
There really is no real need! Manufacturers chose these sizes for a reason - let's not question them! If you still need some advice or have some questions on changing the size of your tyres, just give our friendly team a call on 0333 444 5454! Or to order the correct size tyre for your vehicle, head back to our homepage and check what we have in your size!
A Fleet of Cars Equipped with Nokian Winter Tyres for Witherbys' Employees in Edinburgh
Witherbys, the oldest maritime publishing company in the world, recently chose Hometyre in Edinburgh as preferred supplier to replace their employee's summer tyres to winter fitments! Coupling convenience with huge cost savings by carrying out the work at their main office instead of their employees having to leave work to visit a fixed site - our mobile service was a simple decision!
Discussions between our main man Tony and Witherbys CEO Iain, led to the agreement to supply and arguably fit the very best winter tyres on the market - Nokian. Iain is committed to providing the ultimate safety and protection for Witherbys employees!
With over forty cars in the fleet there was certainly plenty to keep our intrepid Hometyre Edinburgh team busy for a few days. And while most of the fitting took place at the company's HQ in Edinburgh, Tony also took a trip off site to equip the vehicle of a young lady off on maternity leave!
Up in Scotland, it's arguably much more commonplace than in the south to swap over summer tyres to winters. These seasonal tyres provide considerably more grip and braking traction at the point of contact with the road, and in particular at temperatures below 7 °C. in addition, Nokian tyres have unparalleled capability in the snow! Hardly a surprise given that the brand originates from Finland and invented the product!!
Our mobile tyre service makes seasonal tyre replacement simple and cost-effective! Store your summer tyres at home - or at the workplace location at no extra cost! Whether you're a private motorist or run a fleet of vehicles - we have the service just for you!
Road Safety Week 2019 – be safe on the roads this winter!
Road Safety Week 2019 is running from 18th November to 24th November, this is an annual event organised by the road safety charity, 'Brake'.
This is a great way to raise awareness for the importance of road safety, with thousands of organisations, schools and communities taking part!
Here at Hometyre, we are urging you to do your part. You can drastically raise your safety levels on our roads by regularly checking your tyres. Just a few simple checks once a month could help to prevent a serious accident.
CHECK YOUR TREAD DEPTHS
The legal tread depth in the UK for cars is 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tread, if you are stopped and found to be below this then the maximum fine is £2,500 per tyre and 3 points on your licence - which I'm sure you will agree are 2 things that nobody needs.
As well as the hefty financial burden, you are also much less safe on the roads. Your braking distances will be increased and your chance of aquaplaning will also be higher which could lead to a serious accident.
The recommended time to change your tyres is when the tread depths reach 3mm, it's so quick and easy to check your tread depths, just go out to your vehicle with a 20p coin and do the reliable 20p test! When you put the coin in between the grooves if you can see the border around the edge of the coin then your tyres are illegal! If you cannot see it and the 20p sits nicely in the groove your tyres are road legal.
CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURES
Having incorrect pressures in your tyres can result in them having uneven wear on both sides to a degree where damage can be so great that the tyres needed to be replaced.
With the correct pressure, tyres should last between 10 and 20 thousand miles, not only is it expensive to replace your tyres early, it also affects the vehicles fuel consumption. We all know extra visits to the petrol station are an unwanted expense but more importantly is the effect on the car itself.
Typically the car manufacturer will display the correct pressures in the fuel cap or the inside of the door, if you cannot locate them, you should be able to find them in the owner's manual.
CHECK YOUR TYRES FOR CUTS AND BULGES
You may have a bulge in your tyre and not even realise it! In the UK, we are not short of our fair share of pot holes, hitting one of these pesky things can damage the sidewall of your tyre, resulting in a bulge.
If the structural integrity of the sidewall is weakened, this can result in a visible bulge, this may not even be an instant thing so make sure you keep an eye on your tyres if you think you might have collided with a pot hole lately!
What to do next...
If your tyres are looking low on tread or potentially damaged - call us today! We can often do same day appointments and due to being fully mobile we can come out to your home, work or any address you like!
Keep yourself safe on the roads and call 0333 444 5454
Why can I feel vibration through my steering wheel?
It's not uncommon for us to receive a phone call from a customer in one of our covered areas explaining they are experiencing vibration through their steering wheel. There can be many reasons for this, a few of which are explained below.
Reasons for vibration through your steering
If your tyres have been wearing unevenly this could cause vibrations and cause the car to pull more to one side. The reason for this uneven wear could have come from misaligned wheels or incorrectly inflated tyres. We offer a fully mobile Wheel Alignment service here at Hometyre and are able to carry it out at your home, work or any location of your choice, saving you a lot of money in the long run!
The tyre shown below was the result of a customer having worn the inside edge of their tyre down to the wire and chords, rendering the tyre illegal under current UK legislation , this is incredibly dangerous for both the driver and other motorists on the roads.
Not only could this have led to a blowout and a potential accident but if she was found with this level of, or lack of, tread, it may result in up to a £2,500 fine and 3 points on their license for EACH tyre in this condition.
Wheel Balancing - our mobile tyre fitting vans have full balancing capabilities, they are fitted with computerised electronic wheel balancers, and it is done by applying weights to the wheel to even out any uneven distribution of weight. In the wheel rim and tyre Failure to balance will often result in vibration through the steering wheel so is a good place to start!
At this time of year with the temperatures dropping, your balancing weights have an increased chance of coming loose if the wheels had not been cleaned properly which results in the adhesive not sticking correctly, therefore when it's colder they could possibly fall off causing the weight of the wheel to be unevenly distributed.
Damage to the wheels
If there are cracks, breaks or bends in the rim this could also cause the cars transmission to detect vibration, this is something that would need to be fixed immediately. If you continue to drive on the damaged rim it will not only cause damage to the tyre but can affect the suspension and potentially the body work of the car.
Are you experiencing vibration when driving?
If you are, don't leave it too late! Call Hometyre today and we can get your local technician out to you at a time and date to suit you.
0333 444 5454
Don’t ‘FAWKE’ about this Bonfire Night!
Remember, remember… the 5th of November…
Whilst you're at it...
The nights may be getting darker and the desire to be outside your house after work crouched down on the driveway may be almost non-existent but don't neglect your tyres in the coming months!
How to check if your tyres are legal
One of the easiest ways to do this is the 20p test, as shown below...
Simply insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth around the circumference of your tyres, if the outer rim of the coin isn't visible then your tyre is safe and road legal! If you can see the rim it means the tread depth of your tyres is less than 3mm and should be checked. If you are worried your tyres are dangerous or may be close to the legal limit, give us a call and we can come out to check them for you!
Why are my tyres wearing unevenly?
If your tyres are wearing unevenly one of the most likely causes is wheel alignment. If your wheels are not properly aligned and your tyres do wear heavier on one side, it can seriously reduce the mileage you get out of them, which will cost you more in the long run. Our mobile tyre fitting vans can do on-site laser wheel alignment at your home, work or any address of your choice!
There could be more to the reason behind uneven tyre wear, another cause is incorrect tyre pressures. If your pressures are too low the tyres could wear more on the outer edges of the tyre whereas if they're over-inflated the middle of the tread tends to wear quicker.
It only takes a couple of minutes to check your tyres so get your 20p and save yourself a pile of 20p's in the future!
If you think your tyres are wearing unevenly just give us a call today!
0333 444 5454
Don’t be scary on the road this Halloween – check your tyres!
October has almost come to an end which means today is HALLOWEEN! As well as getting out there to do your trick or treating this evening, why don't you spend a couple of minutes outside checking your tyres! We know the weather isn't the warmest right now but don't let it stop you from ensuring your tread depths are safe and legal!
One way you can check your tyres is shown above. The classic '20p test', grab a 20p and if the ridge around the edge is visible, your tyres are TOO LOW! If the ridge around the 20p is hidden in the tread then your tyres are safe and legal.
If your tread depths are below 3mm, the performance of your tyres will worsen. Once they reach below 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tread they are completely illegal. Bald tyres are not only dangerous for you but are SCARY for other motorists but can also result in a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 points on your licence PER TYRE.
According to autocar.co.uk
"Poor tyre maintenance was the most common reason for car accidents in Britain last year, new figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) have revealed.
Across the 12-month period, 446 accidents were linked to defective tyres, beating faulty brakes to the top spot by 81"
Which are some scary numbers.
All it takes is a couple of minutes, for more information on how to check your tyres, click here
Once you've checked your tyres get outside and have a great Halloween!!
OE Marked Tyres, Why are they More Expensive?
Most of us know that tyres come in all shapes and sizes. From a 195/40 R17 tyre to fit a Ford Fiesta through to a N0 through to N4, then you have Porsche tyres!
But why the pedantics?
Well, vehicle manufactures always strive to ensure their vehicles are performing the best. They will change the internal engine, exterior and interior design to be the best possible (within budget) But, the one thing they can't change on their own, is the tyres. Let's take Pirelli for example, the original fitment for Ferrari. When comparing the internals of a Ferrari fitment tyre to a standard tyre, they will be completely different. The first thing you will notice is the bead. The bead is the hard metal band that slots into the groove of the tyre and stops air from leaking from the rim. In standard tyres, it is usually a thick band compromised of small steel bands woven together. However, for the Ferrari marked tyre (depending on the model) the inside band can be square, triangular or oval shaped. All have their own characteristics.
It's not only the bead on the inside of the tyre that changes, it can also be the compound that the tyre is made of. Depending on the compound used to create the tyre, it can completely change the wear rate, top speed and even the grip rating of the tyre. Unlike swapping over a steel track rod end to a lighted aluminium one and only the best drives noticing the difference, having a dedicated fitment tyre on your vehicle (compared to non fitment specific tyres) can dramatically alter the handling.
The most extreme and necessary fitment is for Teslas. As electric vehicles produce torque from effectively 0 RPM, the tyres need to be able to withstand such force instantaneously. Not only are Tesla tyres slightly more in cost (due to the higher quality compounds used) but are also much rarer. We aren't sure why but it seems as though Tesla dealerships are snaffling them up as soon as the come onto the market! In terms of the Tesla Model 3, well, finding tyres for those is like finding hens teeth! Although, we have managed to get some in the past with a bit of help from our friends in the tyre supply chain.
If you'd like to talk to a member of the team about getting the correct tyres for your vehicle, give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or pop an email over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tyre Safety Month is almost over...
To celebrate the end of Tyre Safety Month, this week is a great chance to get outside and check those tyre tread depths!
It only takes a matter of minutes to check your tread depths, click here for an easy guide on how to check your tyres.
Now the clocks have gone back, it feels as if winter is really hitting us hard, the nights are noticeably darker and the weather is noticeably colder. Many people opt for winter tyres at this time of year but if you are planning on keeping the same tyres on all year round the best thing you can do is look after them!
New tyres legally must have a tread depth of 8-9mm, when your tyres get down to approx 3mm this is around the time we would recommend you look at changing them. The legal minimum tread depth for a car or light commercial tyre is 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tyre. If they drop below this and you get stopped by the police, you're risking a fairly large fine!
If your tread depth is under 3mm the performance of your tyres will be reduced, this is even more prominent during the winter months when rainfall can be heavier and there is a risk of ice on the road.
When you have a tyre changed with Hometyre we will inspect all tyres on your vehicle, recording all tread depths and sending a detailed report to your email address. We also check all of your tyre pressures and make sure they are as they should be, this also helps to prolong the life of the tyres and lower the risk of a blow out.
If you need a tyre change at home or at work before the winter properly hits, call us today to get booked in!
0333 444 5454
Winter Tyres – Tyre Safety Month 2019
So… here we are… winter is upon us again! With the start of winter comes colder temperatures, darker nights and more importantly… TYRE SAFETY MONTH!
We recently posted about the benefits of having All Season tyres fitted to your work vehicles, this time we're here to make you aware of the benefits of WINTER TYRES.
We've all seen the news, the UK is being threatened with warnings of the coldest winter yet! Another 'Beast from the East' is set to hit Britain with the apparent "coldest winter in 30 years", it has been forecast to be an average of 3.9 degrees Celsius for January and February 2020 in England which definitely rings warning bells for winter tyres.
When temperatures start to drop below 7 degrees Celsius the performance of your summer tyres considerably worsens, so much so that winter tyres are compulsory in some countries across Europe. Winter tyres have a different tread pattern and compound to regular summer tyres, giving them the extra grip and shorter braking distances needed in icy conditions.
The first thought that might come to mind when you think about winter tyres is "Is it worth the expense?", the answer is yes! Once you purchase a set of winter tyres this is not something that necessarily has to occur every year, depending on your mileage and how well you look after your tyres this set may last you year after year! At Hometyre we offer a service to swap over your summer and winter tyres seasonally. Sometimes we are even able to store your winter/summer tyres for you whilst you're running on the other set.
For more information on winter tyres to suit your vehicle or a summer to winter swap-over, just give us a call on 0333 444 5454! We can help you pick the right tyres for your car and get you booked in at your preferred address to a specific date or time to get you on the road to a safe winter!
Tyre Safety Month 2019 - All Season Tyres
One of our main jobs here at Hometyre, as you may have guessed, is to sell you tyres! But the most important part of that job is to make sure we do it correctly and SAFELY!
Therefore, this is the perfect time for us to talk to you about the importance of ALL SEASON TYRES! We will be looking into winter tyres a little later into the month but for now we will compare some All Season options out there for LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES (vehicles under 3.5 tonne) and let you know the benefits of fitting them to your vehicle!
All Season for Light Commercial Vehicles
Your work van is one of the things that carries your business, having a day of ice and snow could easily put you out of a whole day of earnings. Once temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius the performance of your summer tyres will be noticeably reduced. Braking distances will be increased and your grip to the road surface will worsen, the rubber compound in an All Season tyre has been specifically designed to not harden as temperatures fall as much as summer tyres do.
We do offer a summer to winter swap-over here at Hometyre which works great for many our customers. However, if for example, you own a fleet of vehicles you may not have the time in your busy schedule to book in for your vans to have that all important swap-over to keep your business running efficiently through the winter months. The great thing about All Season (A/S) tyres is that they could offer fleets all the benefits of winter tyres but without having to swap back to summers come early next year as they have also been designed to perform well in summer temperatures.
We have listed below some All Season options for your light commercial vehicle.
BUDGETIf you're looking to stay on the lower end of the price scale you could look at a budget tyre, although keep in mind if you are doing particularly high mileage it may be worth looking at jumping up a price bracket to mid-range - the budget tyres we have available change all the time, so if you're looking for a budget A/S tyre give us a call today to find out what your options are! 0333 444 5454 or alternatively you can use our online search shown on the homepage.
If you cannot find what you're looking for don't hesitate to call us though, we can try and work our magic for you!
MID RANGEMaxxis AL2 - this is a great mid-range option, for example in a 215/70R15 they would cost you (at 03/10/2019 - prices may change) £94.75 per tyre for a full set fully fitted (inc VAT). If you have a particular day in mind or would like to chat about more options just call our team on 0333 444 5454.
PREMIUMMichelin Agilis Cross Climate - one of the most popular All Season options for both light commercial and car tyres and highly recommended by us.
As at 03/10/2019 they would cost around £140.00 inc VAT per tyre fully fitted for a full set, a little more expensive than going for some other brands but you really do get what you pay for! Ultimately a price worth keeping your business safe out there during the upcoming winter.
If you have any questions regarding All Season tyres and the benefits they provide, don't hesitate to get in touch! Our team are available from 8am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday (excl Bank Holidays) and then 8am - 12pm on Saturdays!
Winter Tyres VS The UK's Climate
Recent news suggests that this year's winter weather will be the worst in living memory. But what does this mean for you? Well, the average Joe doesn't swap their summer tyres to winters during well... the winter. Braking on icy roads with summer tyres at 20 MPH can increase the braking distance by up to (and over!) 11 meters!
But why do summer tyres perform worse in the winter? Without getting into the complete nature as to why, here's a basic overview;
When temperatures drop below 7*c, the rubber and solvent compounds in the tyre start to harden which means the tyres can't deform to fit the road's surface resulting in a smaller surface area on the road and less traction.
You have to keep in mind; the tyre is only in contact for 14/100ths of a second (at only 30 MPH!) so the contact patch has to have the best grip possible in all weather scenarios.
Surely winter tyres only work in the cold we hear you say!?
And what happens when the heavens open and snow blankets the hills? Imagine if you will, you're driving along during a cold dark night in the dead of winter and a blizzard wraps itself around you. The road turns from a dull grey to a ghostly white appearance. What happens to you winter tyres?
Like a magnet, snow sticks on snow. Once the snow gets stuck in the tread of the tyre it creates a snowball effect. As the tyre turns, more and more snow covers the tyre (to a point) which, in turn, can provide a tremendous amount of grip.
But, what happens when you use a winter tyre in the summer?
Well, nothing! Sort of... When the temperature rises, the winter tyre become softer - which has the advantage of providing more grip on the road but, on the flip side, has the 'negative' effect of the tyres becoming too grippy and causing more drag. This can lead to your good old MPGs going through the roof and straight line performance diminishing.
If you don't fancy running winter tyres throughout the summer or all-season tyres don't float your boat, most people are opting to purchase a set of winter and summer tyres and swapping over when the seasons change. We also offer the facility to store the winter tyres through the summer in one of our local storage depots.
When the World's Fastest Tyres Aren't Enough
The Need for Speed
Do you own a Bugatti Chiron, Hennesey Venom or a Koenigsegg Agera RS? And are you looking at maxing out the top speed? Well, unfortunately for you, you're stuck with good ol' Michelin Pilot Sport 4S's which (supposedly) can only take you up to the intoxicatingly slow speed of 278MPH. Supposedly being the key word there.
With the 'recent' run of the Agera RS being watched by the chaps over at Michelin, they came to the conclusion that the tyres were acting 'as normal' and looked as though they may have more to give. The same goes for the Agera, in terms of its top speed, Koenigsegg believes that it's got more to give.
Within the next few years (or hopefully months) one of the top named tyre brands will probably produce a tyre that can go above and beyond these speeds.
However, what happens when you're fed up of your daily driven Chiron and want something with a bit more… oomph? Well, you'll be looking at Bloodhound LSR. Granted, the turning circle is horrifically terrible, so no roundabouts for you, and the fuel economy would rival that of space shuttle, but when you need to get somewhere lickity split, you turn to the 1000MPH car. Rocket. Rocketcar(?)
But how does any of this relate to tyres I hear you cry… Well, strictly speaking, there are no tyres on Bloodhound. But, as the word 'tyre' derives from the word 'attire' (yes you Americans can have this spelling for once) it simply means the 'thing' that coats or surrounds the rim. So yes, Bloodhound won't be using 'tyres' but will instead be using solid aluminium wheels which look quite snazzy. (Ignore the picture, we guess that it's transportation tyres!)
Created from a singular block of aluminium, the wheels are forged using a 3,000 tonne press and good ol' fashioned black smith engineering. Well, we say old fashioned, the people creating these wheels are ex high level Royal Engineers with a truck load of experience. After the press, these wheels will be 910mm tall (nearly 3 feet!). The only cars with these types of wheels are the donk's from america (the opposite of the lowrider scene with mahoosive rims)
Currently, the best high speed tyres are the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S's, whilst being quite expensive (355/25 R21 for £553.03 inc VAT for one tyre!) they stump most of the competition on quality. However, the other big name players such as Pirelli and Continental are catching up quick quickly and we look forward to seeing what they can deliver.
If you need tyres for your Bugatti, Koenigsegg or any other hypercar, give us a call on 01743 861183!
Making Sense of Tyre Sensors
So a strange looking light has appeared on your dash, or your car is giving you a 'LOW PRESSURE' alert. What does it all mean and how does it work?
Well, a few years ago it was made mandatory for all passenger vehicles sold in the EU to have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted. This was designed to reduce harmful carbon emissions and of course road safety (yes, low pressures will have a dramatic effect on the amount of fuel you burn and wear your tyres out way faster too!!).
SO there's a couple of tyre monitor systems out there. One uses a special tyre sensor fitted to the valve in the wheel to report back to a computer in the car the exact and live tyre pressures - usually in psi (pounds per square inch). If the pressure falls below a preset figure you'll get a warning to check the pressures or look for a possible puncture or other issue.
The other tyre monitor system measures the amount of rotations each wheel takes over a set distance. If this continues to alter, you're alerted to a potential issue by means of a warning light or alarm etc. This system doesn't usually tell you which tyre is at fault though. When a tyre loses pressure, it gradually loses it rolling circumference and this is what is being measured and reported on.
So the first tyre monitoring system mentioned has quite a number of working parts - including a battery powered tyre sensor in each wheel. Connected to this is a special TPMS valve stem - which has serviceable components. A new car will give you around 7-8 years of TPMS battery life. The valve assembly including air seals will last around half of this time before potentially leaking air.
What does this mean for you?
Actually, you could just not concern yourself with it all and simply wait for it all to fail before thinking about fixing it - then pick up quite a tab all at once.
If you're unlucky enough to have to go to a main dealership you can expect to be paying around £185 per valve plus a hefty reprogramming fee too.
Or.... have the TPMS valve components regularly checked and serviced (it costs on average about £8 to change a whole valve stem (not the sensor part). At the same time, the sensor battery level can be checked and when its showing at end of life, can be replaced at less than half the above cost per unit!
While a TPMS valve looks like a solid object (unlike it's rubber encased alternative), it does have small seals inside (not the cute type!) which will compress and deteriorate with age. At present most motorists are completely unaware of the serviceable nature of these valves. The great thing is that they will generally last longer than a conventional rubber one - but they still need attention!
Hometyre techs carry all of the necessary gadgets and gizmos to replace and repair everything TPMS related! Instead of having to reprogram new tyre senors to your car, when the battery gets low we simply scan the unique transmission codes and import them into brand new blank sensors and off you go! All a bit confusing? Call us on 03334445454.
Hometyre Mobile Tyre Services in Bristol
Hometyre Bristol, now online and fitting tyres in your area!
Just released into the wild, our new Hometyre technician in Bristol, Sergio, is now ready to come to your place of work, home address or wherever you may be to change your tyres! Woohoo!
Sergio has over 15 years of experience in the industry and specialises, alongside tyre replacement, in the service and diagnostics of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). Sergio is the number one point of contact for car enthusiasts, trades people and the motor industry alike for all things TPMS.
Tesco Bristol Tyre Safety Day
In partnership with Tesco Supermarkets, we recently carried out a full day of tyre safety and pressure checks at the local Tesco Extra store in Bristol. This is a great opportunity to meet motorists and give absolutely free advice on the state of their tyres and pressures.
There were some interesting vehicles seen and a surprising amount of issues found - some quite serious!
From the 54 vehicles checked, 42 had incorrect tyre pressures and EVERY vehicle fitted with a spare was found to have less than 50% of the pressure required to adequate for use!
14 vehicles had tyres with wear or defects which required immediate attention including 6 punctures, 3 of which we were able to repair there and then!
3 vehicles had incorrect tyre sizes fitted on at least 1 wheel and 6 vehicles had tyres fitted which were older than the vehicle itself. The worst of these were a pair of tyres on a 2012 car dated 2006!!! The owner of this one stated that he'd had the tyres fitted just a few months previously and had no idea they were 13 years old!
BEWARE the part worn tyre sellers in the area!!
Local motorists were incredibly receptive to our mobile tyre service offering and numerous bookings were made for routine tyre replacement and wheel alignment correction over the following couple of weeks!
Sergio is an absolute professional and a very friendly, trustworthy person who really cannot wait to show off what we do for you! We've been supplying mobile tyre fitting across the UK since 2003 and warmly welcome Bristolian motorists to try us out!!
Air-less Tyres, the Future?
Are air-less tyres the future or is it just a load of hot air?
Air less tyres, as the name suggests, are tyres which contain no pneumatic pressure. Often found on lawn mowers and mining equipment, these tyres can withstand a large amount of abuse. As these are more commonly found on specialty industrial equipment, transferring this across to real world scenarios would be of great benefit to the general public. For example, imagine driving down a country lane just after the hedges have been cut, normally this would mean panic and frustration as you know that at the some point in the next hour you will inevitably have a flat tyre. But, with the airless tyre you needn't worry about this as the tyre can't lose pressure!
Drove down a B road, hit a pothole and burst your air filled tyre? Airless tyres.
Like ramming screwdrivers into your tyre? Airless tyres!
Constantly going off road, driving over sharp rocks and puncturing your tyre?
Trivago! Airless tyres!
In general, these tyres will greatly increase tyre and suspension component longevity as well as preventing unforeseen accidents caused by punctures, slashing or bulges.
We, at Hometyre, believe that in twenty-five years' time, most vehicles will come equipped with airless tyres. To kick things off, Michelin and GM (General Motors) are testing these new tyres on the Chevrolet Bolt with the hopes of having full scale production by 2024.
Once the tread has worn out on the outside of the tyre, the tread will be the only thing that needs to be replaced. This, in turn, would eliminate the over 200 million unnecessary tyre replacements each year! The only thing that is holding Michelin back now is trying to find a bonding agent that can not only be removed and replaced, but, can also withstand the heat, pressure and other outside factors that everyday tyres go through.
If airless tyres were to make it to full production, would you be interested in putting them on your vehicle?
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