General Tyre and Wheel Care for Car Owners

Posted on October 30, 2020 at 10:18 pm

Car wheels are such an important part of their construction and need to be properly looked after so that driving will be safe and reliable. A good level of car tyre care will help with this, making sure tyres are in good condition before driving on them. Here are some general tips for caring for tyres and wheels:

  • Check tyre pressure regularly. One of the first signs you may get that a tyre is punctured or needs replacing is the pressure dropping. If you monitor this closely it can mitigate risk when driving.
  • Don’t dent or bash wheels. Be careful when parking in tight spaces and be sure not to damage your wheels themselves.
  • Use different tyres depending on weather conditions. Many car tyres in the UK are general purpose, but these may get damaged in winter by grit and poor driving conditions. Winter tyres can really help with this.

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Keeping Tyres at the Correct Pressure

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Tyres need to be kept at the correct pressure to work properly. If they are deflated, this can lead to all kinds of problems. The car might not drive as well as it should, it might veer off to one side and drag when you try to steer, and it might also, over time, wear down the tyres more in certain parts, which can be very serious.

Tyres should not be under inflated, but they also should not be over inflated, as both can cause problems. The only way to know if tyres are at the correct pressure is to check on them on a regular basis. This involves testing the tyre pressure, which can be done with a gauge that is at a garage, or that a car owner might already have. If the tyre pressure is fine, nothing needs to be done. If it needs to be increased, then it can also be done so using specialist machines at a garage.

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Buying Your Own Car Components Online

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Car components come in many shapes and sizes, depending on their function and the vehicle they are intended for. From wheel bearings to large engine components, there are many different options as well in terms of the quality, brand and functionality. This can make it challenging when buying your own components with little knowledge of cars and how they work.

It is perfectly possible to buy them though, as long as you are careful to ensure you have the exact specifications. Talk to the garage who is fitting your car components and ask them exactly what you should be ordering. You can also read detailed descriptions on websites of what different components will do, helping you to narrow down your options and make the right choice, that will be compatible with your vehicle. Choose to shop on a quality website that is well known in the motoring trade, and look at reviews first.

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What is a Commercial Carport and Why do you Need One?

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:48 am

More businesses are providing facilities for their staff such as carports, bike storage, covered parking etc. – they know that protecting their staff’s vehicles is important. People want to go into work feeling that they can safely leave the vehicles in the car parks or surrounding areas, and they want the reassurance that the company they work for is on board with this. Commercial carports are one of the way businesses can provide that little added extra for their employees, giving them ultimate peace of mind that cars will be well looked after in the office car park, and making them happy to go back to them at the end of the day.

What are the reasons behind investing in a commercial carport for your company?

If you are a business owner thinking about buying some added extras for your business, a carport is a good investment. These are some of the reasons why:

·     It makes cars a more comfortable temperature. It will help to keep ice off cars in winter and will help keep the sun off cars in summer. All in all, a carport can make vehicles a more consistent temperature all year round.

·     It can be used for a variety of vehicles, as well as for bikes. Use the carport however you like.

·     Protection for company cars. If you have a fleet of vehicles that are used for business, a carport can provide additional protection for them, especially if you keep them in the car park overnight due to a lack of storage space.

·     They’re very good value. Commercial carports can be significantly cheaper than garages or covered parking. They can be erected after a car park or parking area has been built, giving you the flexibility to choose how and when you use them.

All of these reasons put together add up to make happier members of staff, who will be pleased to have that additional protection for the vehicles when at work.

Some important features of commercial carports

Commercial carports have some clever inbuilt features to benefit all vehicles. These include:

·     The option of toughened safety glass to deal with harsh weather conditions

·     Freestanding design, or attached to a building for extra support

·     No sides for good ventilation

·     A variety of sizes to choose from, including different widths to accommodate different vehicles

·     Guttering to direct water away from the carport and prevent flooding

There are various other features that you will be able to specify. You can also choose from various sizes to make sure you find measurements that will suit your business and premises. If you have questions about commercial carports, ask a supplier and see if they can come and measure up for you. If they consult with you at your premises and see it for themselves, they can get a better understanding of what will work well for you. Trust the experts in the industry when it comes to commercial carports, their safety and the features they employ.

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How do you Know if your Car Needs Maintenance?

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Cars need a certain degree of maintenance in order to make them safe to drive. They will need to be kept in good general condition, meeting the standards set out by law. But cars don’t need a service by law, and a service can help you identify any issues with your car and ensure that you don’t have any advisories before your MOT.

You should perform regular general safety checks on your car to make sure all is performing as expected. You can also be aware as a driver – listen out for differences in the engine and different noises when driving. A scraping or grating sound the is coming from below the car is probably related to the tyres and could signal quite a big problem. You may need to change the tyres or, if not this, then you might need a new bearing or may need to pump up your tyres.

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How to Drive in Snow and Ice

Posted on December 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

At this time of year, the roads can be dangerous places. With so much cold weather, there is a lot of snow and ice around that can prove hazardous for vehicles. If you are worried about driving in snowy and icy conditions, here are some tips for you:

  • Put winter tyres on your car. This will give you a better grip on the roads. You should have at least 3mm of tread in cold weather.
  • Pull off in second gear and ease your foot up off the clutch gradually. This will help you to avoid wheel spin.
  • Carry a sack or piece of material with you. It can be used if you do get stuck – clear snow from under the wheels and put this down to give your tyres some traction.
  • Use a low gear when possible, especially going downhill. Avoid braking hard or suddenly – if you do need to brake, put your foot down gradually.

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Cold Winter Tyres (Part Two)

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm

When researching for the tyres to buy, know the actual size that will go well with your vehicle. It will not wok well when you buy the cold season tyres that are not compatible with the size of your vehicle. One should carefully look at manuals and the car size recommendations. By buying the size which is not recommended for your vehicle, the ability to handle will be reduced. Its steering efficiency will also be limited. There are some shops which will even try to sell you the big or small sized tyre for your vehicle that are not fitting.

There are many brands of cold weather tyres available on stock. However there are those that have been in the market for a long time thus they are trusted to be efficient. A good company will offer clients a good warranty for the tyre if they do not work well as recommended. While getting reputable companies, one should know that the best brands in the market are more expensive.

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Cold Winter Tyres (Part One)

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

The winter season is one of the dreaded for car owners and it’s that time of year where you need to start thinking about your daily drive and whether it’s safe enough. This is because they will face many problems with their tyres making them have less efficiency. It is thus recommended that one get the correct type of cold weather tyres to get efficiency. With effective tyres that works best in cold season, almost half of the accidents will be prevented as the car will be stable and sliding will be prevented.

There are many manufacturers that have come up with models of cold weather tyres in the UK. Before a car owner pays money to get the exchange services, they have to get the following correct.

Just like any other products that are bought, car owners should do their best research concerning the winter tyres that are available in the market. The online sources will provide the best information about retailers in your locations.


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Car AC With Weak Airflow?

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Cars with AC (Air Conditioning) are great, but the last thing you want on a hot summers day is turning on your AC and finding weak airflow coming through your vents. There could be one of many reasons for weak airflow coming from your AC, below we list three of the top causes.

  1. One of the most common reasons is blower house which supplies air coming loose.
  2. Mold accumulating in the evaporator core from moisture happens during the cooling process. Too much mold accumulating means that air will have trouble reaching your air vents.
  3. Air also doesn’t flow well if the fan isn’t blowing. A ventilation fan being worn out is usually another reason for weak airflow.

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Tyres for Vans

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Vans and LCV’s are subject to the same tyre law as cars so they must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Tyres must also be well maintained in order to keep the vehicle stable as it travels around corners; to help it accelerate and brake effectively; and to work in harmony with the vehicle’s main suspension system to carry loads safely.

Basic checks such as making sure tyres are correctly inflated can make all the difference, as the pressurised air inside the tyre helps to support the weight of the vehicle and its load. Tyre tread depths are vital for ensuring vehicle safety and vans are particularly vulnerable as they can be heavier than normal cars, and often carry loads. The extra weight carried by a van also increases its stopping distance, making it even more important that tread depths meet safe and legal standards.

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