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MOT and Driving Law Changes of 2018 You Need to Know

Posted on 11th December 2018 by Tyres Northampton

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Brush up on your knowledge of the driving laws in the UK as of 2018. There have been lots of changes made, from relaxing certain MOT rules to tightening up emissions laws, tax increases and all sorts. Are you ready to take on the highways of the UK in 2019? Read on to find out what you missed first time round. Contents: MOT changes Learner drivers on the motorway Hazard perception test improvements Car tax in 2018 New UK Driving Laws in 2019   MOT changes: stricter emissions and no test for historic vehicles Here are our top picks from the…

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Which European Countries Require Winter Tyres?

Posted on 13th November 2018 by Tyres Northampton

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If you’re looking to travel across Europe this winter, you’d be smart to know which countries require you to fit winter tyres. Many Eastern European nations and northern territories have mandatory safety requirements when it comes to tyre specifications. Read on to find out where and why you need specialist rubber to travel free and safe across this beautiful part of the world. See the map above for a quick guide as to where you’ll need winter tyres to travel. Click the map to maximise. France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland The Alps, Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges in these…

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Tyre Delamination Explained

Posted on 27th September 2018 by Tyres Northampton

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Delamination is an unfortunate process where a tyre separates into its various component parts. There are many causes of delamination which we will touch upon here but the key ones are overloading and underinflation. Modern radial and bias ply tyres rarely fail or cause crashes. However, when failure of a tyre has occurred the most common cause is tyre belt separation, which is another name for tyre delamination. What Causes Tyre Delamination? A variety of root causes are attributable to the tyre delamination process. The more common causes are: Improper inflation Excessive tyre wear High speed High temperature Bad driving habits…

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Different Types of Tyres Explained

Posted on 10th September 2018 by Tyres Northampton

Our cars are versatile. They run year-round, whatever the weather and, depending on the model, they go just about anywhere. If you’d like to further improve the performance, efficiency, reliability or economy of your car, the first place to look is your tyres. That’s because tyres aren’t just made to fit a certain size of wheel. Many tyres are made to offer specific characteristics and perform specific tasks to a high standard. This includes driving in freezing or snowy weather, tackling off-road courses and grassy fields or even running perfectly despite a puncture. Here, we’ll give you the definitive guide to…

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How to Check Tyre Tread with 20p

Posted on 13th August 2018 by Tyres Northampton

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The simplest way to check the tread of your tyres is to use a 20p piece. In a matter of seconds, you’ll know whether a tyre is safely within the legal limit or whether it will cause MOT failure, in which case your vehicle can’t return to the road until it has a new tyre or tyres. Checking tyre tread depth using 20p Take a normal 20 pence piece Insert it into the three main treads that go around each tyre. If you cannot see the outer band of the 20 pence piece, your tyres are perfectly legal and have many…

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Top 10 Features That Drivers Want in Their Cars

Posted on 10th August 2018 by Tyres Northampton

Research by Hyundai Motor UK in June 2018 shows Britons are united when it comes to the latest technologies they look for when buying a new car. Other interesting facts include the 71% of drivers who believe price is the most important factor, followed by reliability, type of fuel, comfort and fuel economy tailgating closely behind. The creature comforts of car buyers are also comparable across the board, with the following 10 being top on the list. 1. Air Conditioning No modern car is complete without climate control at your fingertips. The current unpredictability of the seasons means cranking up the…

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MOT test changes 20 May 2018 – Will your car pass MOT?

Posted on 18th May 2018 by Tyres Northampton

May 2018 sees the biggest shakeup to MOT testing rules since the test’s inception in 1960. Back then, cars didn’t need testing until they were 10 years old! As strange as that may seem, the government is introducing new rules for classic cars over 40 years old which would mean no MOT test necessary to drive on the public highway. On top of that, the date of a new cars first MOT will be increasing to 4 years since purchase and diesel vehicle owners can expect stringent new safety rules concerning emissions and particulates. Let’s dig a little deeper into the…

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How to Choose the Right Tyres for your Car: Tyre Markings Explained

Posted on 11th April 2018 by Tyres Northampton

When it comes to buying tyres for your car, finding the correct type to buy can be confusing to say the least. There are a number of factors that you need to consider when buying tyres to ensure that you get the best possible choice for your vehicle. By choosing the wrong tyres, you could be wasting a considerable amount of money, not to mention you can be putting yourself and other road users in danger. This article will look at the key points to consider when buying tyres for your car, to give you a better understanding and help you…

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15 most common driving mistakes you’re probably guilty of

Posted on 5th April 2018 by Tyres Northampton

Every driver is guilty of common driving mistakes and all of the below faux pas impact either your wallet, driving licence or someone’s safety. Have a read through the top 15 driving mistakes. If you recognise any in your own driving style, think about why it’s a bad idea and correct the mistake next time you’re behind the wheel.   Stopping without warning In a busy city it’s surprisingly common to come across drivers who stop in all sorts of strange places. On one way streets, pedestrian crossings, taxi ranks – you name it, drivers will stop there without warning. Often…

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Tyre Safety Checks that Could Save Your Life

Posted on 9th February 2018 by Tyres Northampton

Tyres are a major component of your vehicle no matter what car, van or motorcycle you drive. It’s no surprise then, that poorly maintained tyres are the number one cause of road traffic accidents in the UK. This is a great shame because, as we will show you, simple tyre checks and maintenance take no time at all and increase your safety on the road tenfold. 23,350 people were seriously injured on UK roads in 2016. For your free tyre safety check, call into Tyres Northampton To give you confidence in basic tyre maintenance procedures, Tyres Northampton have compiled a list…

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