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Monday, 31 October 2011

How often should you check your Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures should be checked on a weekly basis, but definanty once a month, this is  to ensure maximum wear out of your tyres.  Under inflated tyre pressures will wear them on the outer edges leaving the centre untouched. This will cause a drag on your vehicle which will increase your fuel consumption. Over inflation will wear the centre of the tyre more, this will affect the feel and handing of your vehicle.

Your tyre pressures will be written in your hand book, when checking ensure you that you have the right size of tyre that you are matching against as many hand books will have a guide for all the varied models specifications which will include different sizes to your own.

Low tyre pressures cause excessive tyre wear, increases fuel consumption and gives back poor road handling.

So why wouldn’t you check your tyre pressures and condition on a weekly basis.

If you really do struggle with checking your pressures then you need TPMS

What is TPMS: Tyre Pressure Monitoring System?
  • Some cars as standard have computerized valves, relaying information back to the car, these are sensors in the wheel valve and in the wheel arch and have your pressure displayed,
These can also be bought as extra for £170, for your vehicle, wireless, and plug and play technology. 
  • Some uses the ABS/EPS (traction control) system; the lower pressured tyre will spin faster than the inflated tyre causing the dash light to flash up.
  • Some uses specialised valve caps to test the pressure and temperature of the tyres.

Visit to purchase your Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
There are systems for cars, motorcycles, caravans and Lorries, with the ever increasing fuel prices you could be losing out without the new TPMS.

Do you really want the advertised 25 -30000 miles out of your tyres? Then this is accomplished by tyre pressure checks on a weekly basis, wheel alignment on a quarterly basis and good old fashioned sensible driving.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Winter tyres are not just for driving in snow and slush that happens to fall on the road, winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7 degrees celcius. Summer tyres become stiff when down to these temperatures and do not flex  in the contours of the road, resulting in less grip. 

If you’re serious about driving, tyres should be a considered choice, not a distressed purchase based mainly on price. Every dynamic characteristic of your car, from its quality of its steering feel to its ultimate cornering grip, depends on its tyres. It really does pay to fit the best that you can afford. The great thing with winter tyres is that you usually get 2 seasons out of them. Having an extra set of tyres does not mean twice the expense, because while your driving safely around on your winter tyres, your summer tyres are not getting worn and will give you 2-3 summer seasons depending on your mileage. If cost is an issue, what about the cost of getting snowed in and taking a day or 2 off work or having an accident and having to pay your insurance excess. 

When driving in the winter with snow and ice on the roads, the last thing you want to be worrying about is if your tyres are going to grip as well as you are used to.
If you need your vehicle all year round then you need winter tyres to keep you mobile all year round.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Balancing a Wheel

 Why should you balance your car wheels

A tyre is an exceptional piece of equipment and is made to an extremely high standard but.....

...the tyre and wheel needs to be match so that you don’t feel any vibrations through the car, this is resolved by wheel balancing.  Small pieces of metal are used that clip on to steel wheels or self adhesive weights which stick on to alloy wheels. To balance the wheel and tyre an electronic computerised balancer is used, which spins the wheel and tyre and tells the user how much weight to put on and where to put it.

Even if you don’t feel any vibration it is still worth getting  them balanced as tiny vibrations can be absorbed through the steering and suspension joints, which can lead to premature failure. However depends on what you use your vehicle for you might not need to balance the rear wheels, if you have a work van that is used on construction sites most of the time. Or if you use your vehicle off road then your wheel balance will be out by the time you have finished.