With the UK’s current heatwave it is important to consider how high temperatures can affect your new tyres, and how to prevent risks. As the air inside your new tyres is affected by surrounding temperatures, it’s not surprising that summer is the most common time to experience tyre issues. When it’s warm tyre pressure is higher, and vice versa when it’s cooler the pressure is then lower. When your new tyres are exposed to the sun’s UV rays it can make up to 15% difference to your tyre pressure, don’t take the risk read our helpful tips and tricks!
For more information about how to protect your new tyres contact our experts today on 01258 459 798.
Sun exposure can dramatically affect the condition of your new tyres that’s why it’s important to wherever possible keep your vehicle in a shaded area. UV rays are dangerous for new tyres and you can see the difference they make as a tyre that is exposed to too much sun may become bleached or cracked. We understand that when you’ve just purchased new tyres you want them to last as long as possible, which is why we recommend that you maintain a regular tyre pressure so that your grip, handling and sidewalls aren't at risk.
During hot temperatures, your tyres will be overinflated and become more brittle, which will make it more difficult to safely drive your vehicle. We recommend that during summer time you should check your tyres every time there is a major change in temperature. Contact our team today on 01258 459 798.
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It can seem hard to notice when your car needs or would benefit from a new car battery, but there are a few signs to look out for. Many drivers wish they had known sooner that their car battery was on the way out, particularly during situations where the battery dies at a very inconvenient time. Looking after your car battery is the key to prolonging your vehicle’s lifetime, factors that affect the integrity of a car battery include many short trips lasting less than 20 minutes and extreme temperatures.
Check engine light
Is your ‘check engine’ light a permanent feature in your car? Although it could be affected for a variety of reasons, when your car battery is low or faulty it will show up in your check ‘engine light’. To discover if your car would benefit from a new car battery, visit our experts in Blandford. Contact us today on 01258 459 798.
Car engine has a bad smell
Do you notice that your engine has a bad smell of rotten egg? This is a very big indication that you need a new car battery. Car batteries are filled with a mixture of water and sulfuric acid, and when the acid evaporates it smells like rotten egg. The sulfuric acid only evaporates when a car battery is overheated, or in worse cases when the battery is leaking, which is very dangerous.
Starting your car can be a struggle
Do you find that some days your car starts, and some days it doesn't? This is a sign of a faulty car battery that needs replacing, or your battery terminals may be broken or loose. Also when was your last car battery replacement? Over 5 years ago? Five years is the average expectancy of a car battery, so it could be time for you to purchase new car battery from our range.
The start of May 2018 has seen preparations for the proposed changes to the new Ministry of Transport test, where cars over 40 will be road legal, but with no obligation to partake in an annual MOT test. We have previously discussed how 1970s vehicles are now classed as a classic car, and the implications this may cause. 1.5 percent of cars in Britain will not have an MOT certification but will be on the road, but this shouldn't be a cause for concern says the Department for Transport. On the 20th of May, the changes will be in full effect and the Department for Transport has stated that owners of most classic cars take great pride in maintaining their vehicle.
The new MOT includes other changes for cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. During MOTs, tougher emissions tests will be performed, and faults will be rated in categories of dangerous, major and minor. If a car is rated in the dangerous category it will fail its MOT examination, but if it has minor faults it will pass but the ‘advisories’ or areas of concern will be recorded.
Neil Barlow, MOT service manager at the DVSA states, “The changes to the MOT will help ensure that we’ll all benefit from cleaner and safer vehicles on our roads.” The new MOT is following the government's 25-year Environment Plan, to help improve our existing environment. After 2040 the government will ban the sales of any new diesel and petrol cars, following this initiative they have implemented tougher tests for diesel engines. Cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that produce any visible smoke will get an automatic major fault and might fail their MOT.
It is inevitable that even the best quality tyres will need replacing after enough time, however, have your driving habits been speeding up the process? As your local tyre experts in Blandford, we’ve got some top tips on how you can increase the lifespan of your tyres and save yourself money on replacements.
Whilst preventing all tyre wear is impossible, it can be reduced by making adjustments to your driving habits that could be speeding up the process:
Driving through potholes can not only cause tyre wear, but can also cause a puncture or move your wheels out of alignment; you should therefore avoid them when it is safe to do so. If your wheels become misaligned, they will no longer run perpendicular to the road's surface, which means they will begin to wear unevenly due to increased friction and at a more rapid rate.
Driving too fast into bends
When you drive too fast into bends, the momentum of the vehicle pushes the weight onto the outer edge of your tyres, leading to increased wear on the sidewall.
Rapid acceleration & braking
Accelerating and braking too severely and causing your wheels to skid across the surface of the road are a sure way to increase unnecessary tyre wear. Tyre marks on the road are evidence of this and are where tyre residue is left behind. If you are a little to trigger happy with your acceleration and brakes, it might be time to slow down!
Driving at high speeds
The faster your car speed, the more your tyres will heat up and the faster the wear will be. This is because as the tyre heats up, the tyre becomes softer and more residue is left behind on the road – this is one of the reasons Formula 1 drivers have to change their wheels so often. Stick to the speed limits to reduce tyre wear and improve safety.
Your tyres are incredibly important, so it’s essential you keep them up to date. However, with so many different tyres available, how do you begin to choose the right tyres for your vehicle? Our expert team can fit replacement tyres in Blandford and have compiled some helpful tips to help you make the right choice.
Look at your current tyre wall or at your vehicle handbook to find out your tyre size so that you can get an exact match. The information will be displayed in this layout: 225/55 R16 91V and is broken down into:
225 = section width in millimetres
55 = aspect ratio of tyre’s width to height as a percentage
R16 = rim diameter in inches
91 = load rating – maximum load that the tyre can support
V = speed rating
The speed rating indicates the maximum speed capable of that tyre in mph and is represented by a letter:
Once you know which size tyre you’re looking for, it’s time to consider quality and budget. All our tyres abide by strict safety regulations, though more premium tyres will carry your vehicle further without needing replacement and should give you an overall easier and smoother driving experience. Premium tyres are designed to have better stopping distances, grip, less noise and reduced fuel usage.
Mid-range tyres are for those who are looking for great value for money and can also benefit from improved technology and a longer lifespan. Finally, budget tyres will work just as well as mid-range or even premium tyres given the right conditions, however, they will not perform as well in wintery or wet conditions when compared with more expensive makes and typically last up to 8,000 miles before they require changing.
Are you unsure about what types of tyre your require or already know which replacement tyres you want? We are your leading experts for tyres in Blandford, so contact us on 01258 459798 with any enquiries.