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9th April 2019
Drivers donít know the dangers of part-worn tyres, says AA

One in five British drivers have bought part-worn tyres, despite more than 98 percent being sold in an illegal state. That’s according to analysis by AA Cars suggesting our knowledge of tyres is a bit, well, rubbery.

Among that one in five, one in 10 said they would never buy part-worn tyres again. But 13 percent plan to in the future.

Even though a third (33 percent) of people see part-worn tyres as cost-effective, 62 percent were wrong when asked what the legal minimum tread depth was. This is 1.6mm, although many part-worn tyres are sold with around 2mm of tread remaining. Doesn’t sound like value for money to us…

The kicker, though, is that more than 20 percent of drivers reckon most used tyres sold in the UK are perfectly legal. The reality, by comparison, is frightening.

 

Besides the safety concerns, there is also potential cost involved. Never mind having to replace your newly-bought used tyres sooner than you’d hoped, you could also face a fine if caught with illegal rubber. This can be up to £2,500, with three points on your licence thrown in for good measure.

“Secondhand tyres might boast cheaper price points than new ones, but the tread left on these tyres is typically materially less, meaning you’ll be looking for yet more replacements in no time at all,” said James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars.

“It’s also worth considering that a large proportion of the secondhand stock in the UK actually fails to meet the minimum legal safety standards."

https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/drivers-dangers-part-worn-tyres/

 

 

6th March 2019
The World's Largest Tyres and why they are getting bigger!

 

20th November 2018
Don't let your tyres run Black Friday off the road

 

Over the last few years, Black Friday has become one of the most important dates in the retail calendar. In 2017 alone, £1.4bn of online sales were recorded over this period in the UK; an impressive figure, but one that was itself an increase of 11.7% on 2016’s result.

With the sales just a few days away, retailers will be bracing themselves for the incoming barrage of orders, but they aren’t the only ones. It’s sure to be one of the busiest periods of the year for delivery drivers, too.

While fleet managers will be scrambling to ensure that they have enough drivers and vehicles available to meet the demand for deliveries, they must also make sure that those vehicles are adequately prepared to put in the time and mileage to ensure a successful Black Friday for both businesses and their customers.

An area which may be overlooked by many, but which has the potential to seriously impact a delivery driver’s job, is tyre maintenance. The last thing fleet managers would want is for a driver to be broken down at the side of the road with a tyre issue and a full days’ worth of deliveries in the back.

Here are our top tips to ensure your tyres will keep your vehicles (and cargo) moving this Black Friday.

Under pressure

Make sure your drivers regularly check their tyre pressures and tread depths. Not only is it a legal requirement for a tyre’s tread depth to be above 1.6mm, but regular maintenance has the potential to improve a vehicles’ fuel economy. With multiple drivers each making in excess of a hundred deliveries per day, any fuel efficiencies have the potential to noticeably impact the fleet’s expenditure.

Wrap up warm

Temperatures are dropping rapidly, noticeably impacting the conditions of the road. Once temperatures start to drop below 7 degrees, fleet manager should consider fitting their vehicles with winter or all-season tyres. Made with a rubber compound that doesn’t harden in colder temperatures, they’ll provide your drivers with the grip that they need on snowy, ice and wet roads

Look for anything out of the ordinary

Instruct your drivers to do a quick check of their car before setting off, looking specifically for anything out of the ordinary. Bulges on your tyres or items lodged in the tread have the potential to cause problems further down the line, make sure to remedy any issues before setting out for a full day of driving. If in doubt, consider having a garage look over the tyre.

An event as large as Black Friday requires a huge amount of organisation, but with the right preparation, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a resounding success. Make sure your drivers spend just a few minutes checking their tyres before setting off, and it’s one less thing to worry about.

If you need help working out what to look for, the following chart from our Donut Ignore The Signs campaign will hopefully offer some guidance:

 

30th October 2018
Defective tyres cause 1,075 accidents each year

 

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Online automotive marketplace ClickMechanic has revealed the impact tyre care has on motorists, with 1,075 accidents per year on average in the UK resulting from tyre neglect. With awareness being raised by this year’s Tyre Safety Month, the need to check tyres – even at a basic level – is so important. 

According to TyreSafe.org, tyre issues have significantly contributed to road accidents in the last five years in the UK, especially when compared to the statistics of other accidents, such as those caused by mobile phone use (651) and braking (1,052). ADVERTISING There’s no doubt that defective tyres are a common cause of road accidents. The number of tyre-related casualties in the last five years is 5,375. In the last five years, over 10 million tyres have been found to be illegal, with a whopping 70.4 per cent of tyres showing a tread depth of 2mm or below – which qualifies as borderline or illegal. ClickMechanic co-founder Andrew Jervis said: “Tyre management is a key component of driver safety, and all drivers should strive to make the necessary checks. This is a case of a simple inspection.”

23rd October 2017
Our Chilean distributor working hard at The Seguridad Show in Santiago, Chile

Here is Said Gidi, our Chilean distributor from Airseal-Chile, exhibiting at The Seguridad Show in Santiago, Chile. The show runs from 23rd - 25th October. You can find Said demonstrating our premier tyre sealants on Stand Number 643 ES.

 

9th January 2006
Increase in tyre prices - we can decrease your tyre cost

Several leading tyre manufacturers have just increased their prices by up to 10% and also limited production of larger tyre sizes are resulting in a delayed delivery.

Use our tyre sealants and we can increase the tyre life by up to 20% and save you from replacement costs for your existing and new tyres.

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