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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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Our essential MOT Checklist

Posted on 25th February 2017 by Tyres Northampton

You should view your approaching MOT as somewhat of an exam; if you don’t prepare, you might fail. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Just a few simple checks could make the difference between an MOT- ready vehicle and a car that’s sure to fail. That’s why we’ve put together this essential MOT checklist, giving you the tools to accurately assess your car’s health before the big day. Exterior Make sure that your tyres are at the correct pressure and that they possess a tread depth of no less than 1.6 mm across 75% of the tyre surface….

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Why Do I Need Wheel Alignment?

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by Tyres Northampton

wheel alignment illustration - wheel alignment being carried out at Tyres Northampton

Wheel alignment is very important to a vehicle, but for the uninitiated, it can be unclear as to why it’s so important. It can also be difficult to know when you need to have your tyres re-aligned, so we’re going to run through the important points to keep in mind when it comes to re-aligning your wheels. Firstly, you need to know what wheel alignment is. It is the adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension, which connects the vehicle to the wheels. The wheels themselves are not touched in this process, the only part they play is having the tyres angled correctly,…

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Top Driving Habits that Slowly Destroy Your Car

Posted on 14th September 2016 by Tyres Northampton

We all have different habits when driving, whether you consider yourself a good or bad driver. However, certain habits that you may have been doing for years may actually be harming your vehicle, and this article is going to look at what they are and why they are harmful to your car.   Delaying maintenance Sometimes, taking your car to the garage can be an inconvenience, and it can be very easy to ignore it to do something else. However, delaying or avoiding regular maintenance can be very damaging to your vehicle, as minor issues can go unchecked and develop into…

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How to Diagnose a Clutch Problem

Posted on 31st May 2016 by Tyres Northampton

  If your vehicle develops a fault, it can be difficult to recognise until it makes itself known, by which point it may be too late, and you could be faced with costly repairs, and lengthy periods off the road for your vehicle. If you are aware of the symptoms of a clutch problem, you will be able to identify it before it becomes worse. Clutch performance As your clutch is used more over time, its performance will diminish, and at a certain point, this will become easy to notice. There are several symptoms that you should look out for: Something…

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How Does Winter Affect Your Car?

Posted on 31st March 2016 by Tyres Northampton

Updated on November, 24 2017 Thankfully, the cold winter months are fading away as we enter Spring, but in the UK, even the ‘warmer’ seasons can be dotted with freezing days and nights, and these freezing temperatures can cause issues for your vehicle. But what are those issues and how can they be prevented? This article will look into some of the most common winter issues and provide you with some solutions. Dead Battery In the colder months, the low temperatures can severely affect the voltage of the battery, meaning that it can be slow to start, or it may not…

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How to Jump Start a Car

Posted on 23rd December 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  Getting into your car ready to start a journey, only to be greeted by a spluttering, lifeless engine can be infuriating, especially if you have somewhere important to be or you’re on a tight schedule. If you do find your car unable to start, then jump starting it may be the best method of getting going again, and this article will look at how to go about sparking your car back to life again. Jumper cables The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a set of jumper cables in your car in case the situation…

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Winter Motoring Checks

Posted on 5th December 2015 by Tyres Northampton

Updated on November, 24 2017 Winter is in full swing now, and that means your car or vehicle needs extra care in order to traverse the roads safely, as more breakdowns occur in winter than any other month. The 4th January 2010 was the AA’s busiest ever day, before being surpassed on 20th December in the same year, with 28,000 breakdowns occurring on that December day. This article will look at some of the extra checks to undertake before you set off on any journey this winter. Antifreeze It is important that you regularly check your coolant levels and top them…

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Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Posted on 14th August 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  Used cars are bought all over the world on a daily basis – from family saloons to first cars for new drivers and even supercars for the super rich, all kinds of cars are available to buy second hand, no matter what your budget and requirements happen to be. However, buying a used car isn’t as simple as turning up at the car dealership or owner’s home and exchanging cash for keys – there are a number of things you should remember and be wary of when buying your (sort of) new transport. MOT Check Ensuring that the vehicle you…

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Top Tips for Passing Your MOT Every Time

Posted on 31st July 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  When you hand your car over to the garage for your MOT, everything is then out of your hands – your car could look brand new and be working seemingly as normal, but you could still get a call from the mechanic, telling you that it has failed the test owing to a previously unseen issue. By checking your car for faults every so often, you can help avoid the nasty surprise of a failed MOT. Check your lights Faulty lights are one of the most common causes of MOT failure, which is particularly bad when you consider that it…

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