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Category: Tyres

Stopping Distances in Winter

Posted on 14th October 2019 by Tyres Northampton

car stopping in winter on the snow

It’s common knowledge that winter weather affects the stopping distance of cars, but just how much can it affect it?  One of the biggest causes of road traffic accidents is tailgating, as driving too close to the rear of the car in front doesn’t give you ample stopping time. When driving, it’s important to consider all the potential dangers and hazards you could encounter. In this article, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about stopping distances and what you can do to shorten your car’s stopping distance. What is a stopping distance? Stopping distance is the thinking…

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How to Reuse Old Tyres: 8 Ideas

Posted on 10th September 2019 by Tyres Northampton

tyre planter from old tyres

Although all tyres will eventually become inadequate for road use, many of them will end up in landfills, destined to pollute the earth for millions of years. Instead of letting the tyres go to waste, you could try getting creative and reusing them for other purposes.  Many of these suggestions could be done as an activity with the kids, creating some quality family time and producing some practical and useful features, to use in your home or garden.  Tyre planter Probably one of the easiest ways to upcycle your tyre, as you can simply place the tyre in a visible area…

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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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Why Tyres Go Flat: 10 Causes of Tyre Deflation

Posted on 29th April 2019 by Tyres Northampton

flat deflated tyre

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

formula 1 tyres

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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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. Causes & Early Warning Signs

Posted on 27th September 2018 by Tyres Northampton

tyre delamination

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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Which Tyres Should You Buy? 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

how to check your tyre tread with 20p illustration

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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