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Wednesday, 27 February 2013


So you’re buying new tyres, but where is it best to put them. There is a conflict of opinion between tyre manufactures, vehicle
manufactures and tyre dealers. So how are you expected to know? Well let me give you the information and were go from there.

You’re changing your front tyres! If your vehicle is front wheel drive, like the majority of cars of today, these tyres will always wear first.
  • Do you just put the new ones on the front?
  • Do you swap the tyres around and have the new ones on the rear?
  • Do you buy all 4 for safety?

Whether you have front or rear wheel drive, we recommend that you use newer tyres for the rear set, for extra safety in unforeseen or difficult situations (emergency braking, tight bends etc) particularly on wet surfaces. Numerous tests have shown that it is easier to control the front wheels than those at the rear. Front tyres generally wear quicker than those fitted at the rear, particularly on front wheel drive cars, which are currently in the majority.

New tyres fitted in front:

The behaviour of the car will change, because the front / rear balance will be reversed. The driver, used to a car with less grip at the front, will therefore
be taken unawares. On a slippery road, the rear will lose traction before the front of the vehicle. The driver will have no chance of controlling the rear,
and will be tempted to accelerate further, which will amplify the spin effect. Only an experienced driver will be able to recover from this dangerous

New tyres fitted at the back:

The handling of the vehicle will be similar to that known by the driver before the tyre change, because the traction balance will be the same Rear traction will be better, and the driver will be able to control and steer their vehicle without a problem by decelerating and turning the steering wheel in the direction of the bend. That's why at New Tyres Quick we advise you to reduce the risks you take by fitting new or less worn tyres at the rear of the vehicle for:

Better grip on bends:

As with vehicles with different size tyres that are fitted as standard, swapping around would not be possible and a cautious approach to driving at first would be recommended.

4 Wheeled drive vehicles.

It is recommended that tyres are used in identical sets of four, same size, brand, pattern, load and speed index. An exception is when the vehicle is
originally fitted with different tyres sizes front to rear. The vehicle manufactures should also be followed

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

What is Tread? Car tyre tread expalained

  • Lugs are the actual tread that is in contact with the road at any given time, known as the contact patch.
  • Voids are the gaps between the lugs allowing the tyre to flex as the contact patch leaves the road, also allowing the water to be removed.
  • void ratio is between the amount of lugs and voids. The lower the void ratio the more tread it has in contact with the road surface giving better traction on dry tarmac. Mud and Snow tyres will have a higher void ratio to allow the mud and water to escape through the gaps in the tread.
  • Grooves are the main channels that run around the tyres circumference that push the water into allowing the tread contact with the road.
  • Sipes are the small slits that are cut across larger tread elements to allow the water from the groove channels to escape to the edge of the tyre, reducing the risk of aquaplaning. Up to a point, more sipes will produce more traction in snow and mud as well as over various terrains found off road.
Tyre tread area, showing tyre void, grooves lugs and sipes

The way your tyres are worn will tell you a lot.
  • The tread should be slightly thicker in the middle than the edge
  • If the outer edges are a lot more worn than the centre this means that your tyres are under in-flated.
  • If the centre of the tyre is a lot more worn than the edges this would show your tyres are over inflated.
  • If your tyres are worn a lot more on one side than the other this would indicate a suspension problem or you may need a wheel alignment.
You should Check your tyres regularly for uneven wear, keep to the correct tyre pressures, drive steadily and avoid excessive acceleration and heavy cornering, Swap your tyres around putting the new tyres to the rear this will ensure you get the most out of your tyres.

New tyres usually start at 8mm but some only 7mm, and some budget tyres only start with 6mm
so you have already lost 31% wear. This can be false economy when buying budget tyres.

Independent research by MIRA motor industry research association indicate.... read more
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Friday, 22 February 2013

Do you know how important tyre pressures are?

Driving with the incorrect pressures can result in tyre failure. This can be dangerous; at high speeds you can lose control of the vehicle. Incorrect pressures can also dramatically increase your braking/stopping distance.

Low tyre pressure increases fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and contribute to tyre safety. Tyres under inflated by 15psi, have increased rolling resistance leading to around 6% greater fuel consumption.

A car that normally averages 40mpg, would only get 37.6mpg with the
tyres under inflated.


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A correctly inflated tyre improves the safety of your vehicle, is more economical to use and is better for the environment. Find out the correct tyre pressures by looking in your hand book, fuel cap cover or front door panel, remembering to check the size of the tyre for comparison on the chart. Also a
lot of vehicles have different tyre pressures from front to rear, so check carefully.
It is recommended that you check your tyre pressures once a week, but, you should definitely check them once a month. Also before a long journey or towing as adjustments will need to be made.

Even if tyres are inflated with nitrogen, the pressures and overall tyre condition must still be checked

Always check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, which have not yet been used in the last two hours or have covered less than two miles at low speed. If tyres are hot when they are checked add 4-5 psi to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, Re-Check the pressures when the tyres are cold.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The 4 essential steps to checking your tyres.

Looking after your tyres is ultimately what is going to keep you on the road and safe.
Many factors need to be taken into account before you are fully safe on the road.
The 4 essential steps to checking your tyres
  • Correct Pressures
  • Tread Wear
  • Age of tyre (perishing on sidewalls)
  • External damage (cuts or bulges)
These all need to be checked weekly or if you feel anything unusual or have an accident causing to skid, hit your tyre or drive over glass.

As the only point of contact between your car and the road is your tyres, the tyres play a critical role in keeping you safe.
You rely on your tyres for acceleration, steering and cornering, making it essential that they are properly cared for and regularly examined.

Poorly maintained tyres reduce performance and compromises

You should check your tyres condition as often as you check the pressure. If you park with the steering turned on full lock you will see more of your tyres.

Tread depth, most new tyres have a tread depth indicator built into them between the main grooves. When the tread gets down to these bars then the tyres need replacing.
Damage, look for any deep cuts, bulges, cracks or excessive wear.

It is illegal to drive with badly damaged tyres.

If you’re unsure about damaged tyres call into your local garage and they will give you free advice.

Driving on poorly maintained tyres has very serious safety implications not just for you and your passengers but also for other road users.

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

At newtyresquick, we not only sell great tyres at low prices, but we give
you all the information you need to be able to keep them in top condition,
allowing you to gain further mileage, lower your fuel bills and to drive
safer for longer on your new set of tyres.

Over the next 4 days we will be giving you some extra knowledge, so you
can keep safer on the roads.

Day 1 Tyre Condition
Day 2 Tyre Pressures
Day 3 Tyre Tread
Day 4 New tyres to the front or rear

Look out for more useful tips and advice headed your way over the next 4

And best of all, all our information is free.