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Which European Countries Require Winter Tyres?

Posted on 13th November 2018 by Tyres Northampton

which European countries require winter tyres

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

tyre delamination explained

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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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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The Perils of Part-Worn Tyres

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The sale of part-worn tyres, although often considered a purse-friendly alternative to new tyres, has been found to sometimes be a potentially dangerous cost-cutting option. According to the National Tyre Distributors Association, around 4.5 million part-worn tyres are sold in the UK every year. So, why do so many motorists choose used tyres? And why have so many questions been raised over their safety? An opportunity to save a bit of money and choose a more cost-effective option is an incredibly alluring choice. However, when it comes to road safety, the actual cost of purchasing second-hand tyres could be a lot…

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Types of Tyre Wear Patterns and Causes

Posted on 1st February 2018 by Tyres Northampton

As they cover miles and miles of tarmac, gravel and dirt, the tyres on our vehicles will become worn and will eventually need to be replaced. However, there is no uniform way for our tyres to wear down – tyre wear takes on many patterns, and certain patterns can be symptoms of further problems, so it is important to be able to spot it in order to avoid exacerbating the issue. Select a type of tyre wear to learn more:   Camber wear Considerable wear on the inside and outside edges of the tyre that can be caused by suspension misalignment, a…

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Road tyres vs. Slick tyres

Posted on 16th December 2016 by Tyres Northampton

The design and style of a tyre can be hugely influential on how it performs and in what conditions. Road tyres, while fantastic for everyday usage, are not as suitable for competitive racing situations. Instead, special racing tyres, or ‘slick’ tyres, are more appropriate as they boast special features that make them excellent for high-speed track situations. But what are the key differences between road tyres and slick tyres that make them suited to their respective uses? Use and design   Slick tyres, also called ‘track’ and ‘race’ tyres, are used for purely competitive purposes and are prohibited from being driven…

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