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Car Jargon Buster

Posted on 20th July 2020 by Tyres Northampton

As of 2018, it was estimated that there were around 1.4 billion cars on the road around the world, with that number only set to increase. Despite the huge number of drivers on the planet, car terminology is baffling to lots of people, which is why Tyres Northampton have created this car jargon buster. Read through the list and get to know your BHP from your torque.  A Airbags – a safety device stored in the steering wheel or dashboard which releases on impact, protecting people from hitting their heads if they lurch forward. ABS/Anti-Lock Braking System – this stops the…

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How to Travel Safely with Dogs

Posted on 30th June 2020 by Tyres Northampton

dog with had out of window

Travelling long distances with dogs in your car requires extra planning and management for your safety and the safety of the dogs. In this article, Tyres Northampton are going to explain how you can travel safely with dogs in your car. Restraints There are a number of reasons that you should use pet-friendly restraints when travelling in a car with dogs. Firstly, restraints will help to keep the dog safe should you be involved in a collision, and secondly, they will stop your dog from jumping around and distracting you as you drive.  Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that…

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How to Ensure Your Car is Roadworthy Following Lockdown

Posted on 27th May 2020 by Tyres Northampton

Tyres Northampton technician checking tyre pressure on a van

If you, like so many of us, haven’t been out in your car in a long while, it’s time to start thinking about how you can get your vehicle ready for the post-lockdown world. Cars like to be running and can run into issues when they’re off the road for long periods of time, so it’s important for your checks to be thorough. Check the Battery Your car will still be running down the battery even when it’s not in use thanks to passive mechanisms like security cameras, so the first thing you will want to do is try and stop…

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The Dangers of Driving on Bald Tyres

Posted on 4th May 2020 by Tyres Northampton

driving on bald tyres

Over time, even the most durable tyres will succumb to wear and tear. If worn down severely enough, tyres can become ‘bald’, whereby the tyre tread will become either completely worn away, or very close to it. However, some motorists may be unaware of their deteriorated tyres and their dangers, or simply may not know what signs to look for. In this article, we explore the consequences of driving on bald tyres, and how you can avoid making this dangerous mistake.  Why Do People Drive on Bald Tyres? For many people, regularly checking their tyres may not be on their to-do list,…

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Why Are Local Garages Better Than Dealerships For Vehicle Servicing?

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

Chances are, your car is one of your most valuable assets. Ensuring it receives the best possible care and maintenance should be a top priority. For some people, that equates to making a potentially long trip to the dealership for, what most people assume to be, a superior service. But is it really? In this article, we explore the question of local garages vs dealerships, and why visiting your local autocentre can give you a better and more personalised service to benefit you and your vehicle alike.    Why Should You Visit a Local Garage over a Dealership? Personal service Operating on…

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How Clean is Your Car?

Posted on 19th March 2020 by Tyres Northampton

Car cleaning to prevent Coronavirus

In the current climate, with the Covid-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, it’s important that we are as clean as possible in every aspect of our lives, including our cars. Tyres Northampton will talk you through how to keep your car as clean as can be.   There are roughly 700 different types of bacteria living in our vehicles They can be split into two categories; staphylococcus and propionibacterium The former type is responsible for skin infections, food poisoning and MRSA, while the other breeds inflammations and infections Overall, our cars contain over 200 units of bacteria per square…

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New MOT Rules for 2020

Posted on 26th February 2020 by Tyres Northampton

mechanics carrying out MOTS

New year, new rules! In 2020, new MOT regulations will come into effect, and it’s important that drivers are aware of what they need to do and how the rule changes will affect them. In this article, Tyres Northampton are going to run through the new rules and explain what they mean for you. New MOT Rules The MOT is being updated for 2020, with new categories and checks in place that motorists must be aware of. The categories are: Dangerous – a direct risk to road safety or the environment. These faults result in a fail. Major – Could affect…

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Do You Need Tyre Socks and Snow Chains?

Posted on 31st January 2020 by Tyres Northampton

Snow chain being put on a tyre

On average, the UK gets around 23.7 days of snowfall and sleet a year, with Scotland receiving a much higher average of 38.1 days of snowfall. At the other end of the scale, Cornwall gets just 7.4 days of snowfall. Interestingly, a lot of this snowfall doesn’t settle; there’s 15.6 days of snow on the ground in the UK and 26.2 days in Scotland. For those days when snow is on the ground, vehicles on normal tyres may struggle, but fear not: there are some ways to give your car a little extra grip.       What Are Tyre Socks?…

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How to Replace MOT Certificate

Posted on 24th December 2019 by Tyres Northampton

If your car is over three years old, the law dictates it must undergo an MOT test every year to ensure optimum safety when driving on the road. An MOT certificate is crucial if you plan to sell your car, as any prospective buyer will want to see the certificate before purchase – as proof your car is roadworthy. An MOT certificate is also useful if you’ve been in a car accident, as any insurance claim you make will need proof your car was suitable for the road and without one you may miss out on a large payout.     …

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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. Stopping distance is the thinking distance and braking distance combined…

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