TYRES WELLINGBOROUGH BLOGS
March 6, 2014
We all know that our tyres will not last a lifetime, but there are so many factors that affect how long they will last and how much wear you will get out of them.
Techanical faults with your car, poor tyre maintence, bad road conditions and even your own driving habits, can all significantly shorten the life of your tyres.
If you are driving on under or over-inflated tyres you will soon have uneven wear on your tyres and this can also affect how your vehicle handles on the road. If you do not remedy this issue your tyres will wear out a lot sooner than you would like and you will also risk causing damage to your wheel or bearings due to the constant vibrating. Your unbalanced wheels can also affect your comfort, tyre grip, performance and the life of your tyres.
If you have a faulty suspension (eg a broken spring or a faulty shock absorbers), this could also affect the longevity of your tyres. If you notice that your tyres are wearing unevenly this could be caused by them being out of alignment. The tyres won’t last long if the wheels are misaligned, so get it adjusted as soon as possible.
The life of your car tyres is in your hands. The life expectancy of your tyres is dependent on the way that you treat them. If you are someone who likes to rapidly accelerate and wheel spin away, your tyres will not last long. Also heavy braking and fast cornering resulting in tyre squealing may seem exciting and cool, but these sort of practices will soon wear your tyres down.
When you are out on the roads we have to deal with many unavoidable hazards, such as potholes and speed bumps, which could shorten the life of your tyres. Drive carefully to avoid inflicting damage to your tyres. Even hitting a kerb can harm your tyres.
Looking after your tyres will certainly pay you back long term both with the longevity of the tyre and financially.
If you need new tyres, a puncture repair or your wheels balancing etyres Wellingborough can provide you with a highly competitive price and our mobile service makes it much more convenient for you if you need to get your tyres repaired or replaced because we come to you, whether you are at home or work, at a time that suits you.
Del, etyres Wellingborough
February 27, 2014
Many of our etyres Wellingborough customers admit to knowing very little about their car tyres and yet there are some very important facts you need to be aware of.
For example, a lot of motorists think that tyres fall into three categories – economy, mid-range and premium, but the fact is the options are much, much wider.
There are basically five different categories to choose from: standard/all-weather tyres; winter tyres; performance tyres, all-terrain tyres and run-flat/ROF tyres.
The tyres differ from each in the way they are made so that they are suited for the driving conditions they will be used in. For example, the rubber compounds vary with the harder option being much better suited to driving in temperatures below 7C, while soft offers better grip. The tread pattern is also affected by what purpose the tyre will be used for, for instance, a winter tyre can handle extreme weather conditions much better than a performance tyre in the same conditions. While all-terrain tyres, which have large tread block patterns that offer greater grip when being driven off road.
Also, did you know that just like a new car your new tyres also need running in? When a new car tyre is being manufactured it is made inside a tyre mould which is coated with a non-stick coat lining. This non-stick lining coat is necessary as it used to help remove the tyre from its mould. It does help to create that great shiny look on the new tyre. It can take up to 500 miles to scrub this protective from the tread pattern of the new tyre. During this running in period of your tyres, it is well advised that you take very extra care when driving especially when taking corners or bends or when you are driving in the wet, as your tyres will have reduced grip.
The legal minimum tread depth for a car tyre is 1.6mm. This applies to the entire circumference of the tyre. Most tyres manufactured in recent years have a tread wear bar indicator built into them. The tread wear bar indicator is a horizontal bar of rubber which is located between the tread patterns at a depth of 2mm. When the tyres of your car have worn down to the height of the tread wear bar indicators, then this is the time to have your car tyres replaced.
Finally, another important thing about tyres is that they need to be properly inflated. If you are driving on under-inflated tyres then this will increase their rolling road resistance, which means your vehicle will be less fuel efficient. But if your car tyres that are inflated to the pressures for your vehicle that the manufacturer recommends then can help improve your cars fuel economy by up to 10%. Also tyres which are not inflated correctly wear out faster, which means you have to replace them sooner – costing you more money.
So our message is – don’t take your tyres for granted and they will make you safer and help you cut your motoring costs.
Del, etyres Wellingborough