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All You Need to Know About Mixing Tyres

Posted on 1st August 2019 by Tyres Northampton

When your tyres come to the end of their life, you may be thinking about mixing tyres, either by using tyres of different tread patterns or brands on the same vehicle. Most manufacturers will recommend that you do not mix tyres if you can help it, as it may cause issues on the road. There are some rare exceptions, as you may need to replace just one of two tyres due to accidental damage or general wear and tear. In this article we’ll give you the lowdown on what you need to know before you mix your tyres. Mixing different tyre…

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8 Speed Camera Myths Uncovered

Posted on 1st July 2019 by Tyres Northampton

Speed cameras – the bane of all road users, or a life-saving deterrent? The answer: probably a bit of both. This might be why there are so many different attitudes towards them. While some motorists treat them with respect, slowing right down when they know one is in the vicinity, others treat them as an obstacle to be overcome, something to be evaded or tested. Whichever camp you fall into, you’re probably aware that there is plenty of misinformation regarding speed cameras in circulation.  Myths that we uncover in this article: Myth: Speed cameras are always on Myth: Speed cameras can’t…

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Worst UK Roads to Drive On

Posted on 17th May 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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While we probably all have our least favourite roads to drive on – be it because of potholes, potential for tailbacks or simply because they’re right in the city centre – you can always find solace in the thought that there are some much worse – and more dangerous – roads out there. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at exactly which roads these are, so you’ve got a bit of mental ammunition next time you’re stuck trying to negotiate your tarmac-based nemesis. The A1 (through Rutland) Surprisingly, sandwiched between counties with relatively few road traffic collisions, the stretch…

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Why Tyres Go Flat: 10 Causes of Tyre Deflation

Posted on 29th April 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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Whether it’s because you got a bit overzealous when inflating your tyres, or you experienced an untimely puncture on the motorway, tyres become deflated for all manner of reasons. Keep reading to find out the ten main causes of tyre deflation. 1. Wear Over time, your tyres are guaranteed to wear down. Once this wear and tear reaches a certain point, your tyres are in danger of ripping – something which will inevitably lead to deflation if the rip develops far enough. All you need to know about types of tyre wear and causes of wear 2. Delamination Tyre delamination is…

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Do F1 Tyres Have Anything in Common with Regular Tyres?

Posted on 20th March 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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With 2019’s Formula One World Championship now underway, marking the 70th overall, the team at Tyres Northampton felt it was time to answer a question that we get asked a lot: do F1 tyres have anything in common with regular tyres? In this article, we’ll create a brief overview of F1 racing and the current state of F1 tyres, before comparing them to the tyres which we use on a daily basis. F1: a brief overview First defined in 1946 by the Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI), Formula One is the premier single-seater, open-wheel racing category in international motorsport. For the past…

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How to Lower Your Carbon Footprint Whilst Driving

Posted on 18th January 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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Despite our best efforts, global carbon pollution still reached unprecedented levels in 2018, quickly dashing the hopes that the world had already reached peak emissions. With energy demands still growing and many nations still unwilling to give up coal and oil, it looks like the battle to lower carbon emissions isn’t getting any easier. If you haven’t joined the battle yet, why not start now? In this article, the Tyres Northampton team will be detailing some ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint whilst driving. Maybe this year will be the year we see change – who knows? Can…

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Quiz: Could You Survive Without a Car?

Posted on 3rd January 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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In this day and age, we rely on our cars so much that it would be almost impossible to imagine what we would do without them. Well, this quiz is going to challenge you to do just that. Do you know the bus routes like the back of your hand? Or would you be a hopeless wreck without your trusty vehicle? Let’s find out!

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MOT and Driving Law Changes of 2018 You Need to Know. New Driving Laws in 2019

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. Causes & Early Warning Signs

Posted on 27th September 2018 by Tyres Northampton

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Tyre delamination is an unfortunate process where a tyre separates into its various component parts. Tyre delamination can also be referred to as tyre belt separation. 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 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…

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