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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. 1. 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

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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 (ONE-SIDED WEAR) What does camber wear look like? If one of the shoulders of your tyres has worn down…

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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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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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A Brief History of the Tyre

Posted on 13th December 2016 by Tyres Northampton

Rubber tyres are arguably the most crucial part of any vehicle and are now used globally as key features of all vehicles. Their use is so widespread that it’s difficult to imagine a world without them, and yet their development has been a long time in the making, undergoing many changes and adaptations over the years. So how did we create the rubber tyre that we know today, and when did it achieve its huge popularity? To answer these questions, read on to view our brief history of the tyre. Pre-1800s: Wheels have been used by humanity for centuries, usually fixed…

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Electric Cars: What are the effects on tyres?

Posted on 14th October 2016 by Tyres Northampton

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As the world becomes more and more preoccupied with climate change, consumers are looking towards alternative, and greener technologies to keep the planet healthy. It’s no secret that motor cars produce harmful emissions that contribute to the enhanced greenhouse effect. To combat this, electric cars have been developed which are a fresh, new concept and that run on rechargeable batteries located inside the car. However, although electric vehicles are mainly good news, they do have a negative effect on one key component; the tyres. In this article we will examine what the effects of electric vehicles on their tyres, and how…

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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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