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KINGSTON PRAISE

Brilliant service from etyres – rang this morning, they’ve just come & changed my flat tyre. Easier than going to garage & cheaper. I asked Mark to check my other tyres to see if they needed changing and he didn’t put me under any pressure to change any others as they were all ok for now – what a lovely man!

SW18  11/5/11

Mark fitted 4 quality tyres to the work transit van for a fantastic price. The prompt, efficient and convenient service never interfered with my busy schedule and will be recommending him to all my friends, family and colleagues. Many thanks

DA  28/4/11

“So impressed with the fitter- he has to be commened. Phoned HO yesterday all went smoothly and fantastic that they could come out the next day. Just cant believe how easy it all was. I will use you all the time now”

DW 18/4/11

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Check tyre tread depth to avoid the perils of aquaplaning
July 1, 2014

When the sun is shining and we are out on the roads during the summer time, we sometimes forget that it is still vitally important that we have plenty of tread on our tyres – until we get a downpour of rain and our vehicles start to aquaplane.

Aquaplaning occurs when the water between your tyres and the road surface cannot be removed quickly enough and it builds up in front of the tyres until the pressure of the water exceeds the pressure of the tyre on the road, resulting in the tyres losing contact with the road surface.

The danger of aquaplaning can be felt immediately, the loss of traction causes the wheels to slip and prevents the vehicle from responding to steering, braking or accelerating. As a result, your vehicle can go out of control, start to skid or spin and you end up in potentially a very dangerous situation, made even worse if your tyres are in poor condition or worn out.

The best way to prevent aquaplaning is to always make sure you have plenty of tread depth. When there is less than 4mm of tread in the tyres, the tyres’ wet grip and aquaplaning properties essentially deteriorate and the risk of aquaplaning increases greatly. Furthermore, the breaking distance is longer and the car will skid easier.

Tests carried out by Nokian tyres reveal that with a worn-out tyre (tread less than 1.6mm, approximately 5mm of water on the road), aquaplaning will occur when driving in a curve at the speed of 76km/h, whereas the aquaplaning speed for new tyres is 96km/h.

If you are not sure how to check your tread depth, click here to watch our short video where Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrates how to carry out the inspection and why it is so important to your safety.

Check tyre pressures to stay safe on the roads this summer
June 17, 2014

Have you checked your tyre pressures recently? You are supposed to do it at least once a month and most certainly before setting out on long journeys, which we expect many of our etyres Kingston customers will be planning on doing during the summer months.

Incorrect tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and can seriously compromise safety – leading to incidents that can put lives at risk. Under-inflated tyres are much more likely to suffer a dangerous blowout, typically at high speed on a busy motorway or main road, while properly inflated tyres last longer, help you use less fuel and give you better handling and braking, further reducing your chances of being involved in an accident.

The trouble is, a tyre can actually be quite under inflated without looking “flat” so you need to do the job properly if you want to ensure you are driving with correctly inflated tyres. It is quick and simple and you can cho

Ideally, you should check your pressures when the tyres are cold, this means that they have not been used in the last two hours or they have covered less than two miles at low speeds.

Recommended tyre inflation pressures for your vehicle can normally be found in the vehicle handbook or on a label fixed on the vehicle, for example on the door frame or the fuel filler cap.

You can check your tyre pressures using the machines on most garage forecourts or invest in your own tyre pressure gauge. Click here to read our report on the best options available.