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19th June 2019
4 stars awarded to Air-Seal Products at Plantworx Peterborough
4 stars awarded to Air-Seal Products at Plantworx Peterborough

 

 

East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough was the new venue for Plantworx 2019.


 

Despite the biblical weather we had a busy and productive few days at the show with a good mix of new and existing customers visiting the stand.

 

Our wheel spike demonstration as usual was a huge hit showing visitors how simple and effective our sealant is.

 

Air-Seal Products was awarded a ‘4 Star Exhibitor’ certificate as a valued supportive exhibitor at all Plantworx shows from 2013 to 2019.

 

Thank you to the organisers for putting together a well managed show and to everyone who stopped by the stand for chat. We look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

 

4th June 2019
Shocking pictures show motorway miracle as driver escapes flying tyre smash

An unsuspecting driver narrowly avoided disaster after a flying tyre crashed into his windscreen on a motorway.

The unnamed man was traveling on the M6 near Leyland in Lancashire when a tyre from an oncoming HGV came loose and bounced terrifyingly across the central reservation.

The wheel then careered into the windscreen of the driver’s Peugeot at high speed, shattering the glass and tearing off the roof.

Thankfully, he somehow avoided serious injury, managing to pull into the hard shoulder and escape in one piece.

Lancashire Roads Police posted pictures of the smash on Twitter, showing the windscreen and roof completely caved in by the tyre:

The force called the driver “the luckiest person in the world right now” after the tyre lodged itself in the back seat and he managed to guide the vehicle to the hard shoulder.

They added: “This tyre detached from an HGV on the M6 at jct28, crossed the central barrier & struck an oncoming vehicle. Thankfully (only) minor injuries.”

One tweet mentioned the crash could have been a lot worse had the driver’s young son been in the car as the tyre crushed the child’s car seat in the back of the vehicle.

“Thankfully he was unable to take [his son], but it doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened had his son been in this car seat.”

Unsafe tyres such as those on the HGV can cause significant danger on the road, leaving drivers unable to accelerate, steer or brake properly.

Department for Transport figures for 2017 show 17 people were killed on the road and a further 147 seriously injured in collisions where tyre defect was a contributing factor.

Drivers should carry out regular checks on their tyres, checking tread and pressure at least once a fortnight and before any longer journeys to avoid the risks of unsafe tyres.

12th May 2019
Once again a successful CV Show

We have exhibited at the CV show since 2004, and this was once again a successful and busy show for us. As regular exhibitors, we always see many existing customers, who are happy to stop for a chat and a drink. During which, recommendations are often made to new potential visiting customers.

Footfall was busy, particularly on the second day. We had plenty of interest in our demonstration, with visitors keen to find out how the product works. This expo was manned by a record crew of 7, including the first showcase for our sister company Air-Seal Installations.

Our fleet savings calculator software was well received, by answering a few questions visitors received an instant illustration detailing what savings our tyre sealants can provide. The show has already generated some new customers keen to save money and downtime on their fleet as a result. Please call us to find out more.

Thanks to all those who attended, we hope to reduce your tyre related problems!

Looking forward to another 15 years of exhibiting.

9th May 2019
Air-Seal Chile returns to Exponor '19 in Antofagasta
Air-Seal Chile returns to Exponor '19 in Antofagasta

 

Air-Seal Chile are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in Exponor Chile 2019.

This International exhibition for the Latin Mining Industry is an exhibition of global technology and innovation that takes place every two years in Antofagasta, Chile. It is a comprehensive showcase of the products, services, innovations and advance improvements offered by mining and industrial suppliers to the global market.

The event will be held over four days from 27th May to 30th May 2019. 

Stand 580 A

7th May 2019
Air-Seal Products award-winning mission to Mongolia
Air-Seal Products award-winning mission to Mongolia

 

 

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.”

18th October 2018
Recent survey finds nearly four in 10 LCVs running on dangerously inflated tyres!

Recent fleet inspections carried out across the UK have found that 39 per cent of the light commercial vehicles (LCVs) it checked were operating on at least one tyre inflated to dangerous levels, posing potential safety risks and driving up operating costs.

A sample of 100 LCVs across multiple fleets – including vans, minibuses and ambulances, plus some operating with light trailers – inspected more than 400 individual tyres. It red-flagged 17 per cent of tyres for being under or over-inflated by at least 25 per cent – which can cause a tyre to have less grip, reduced stability under braking and cornering, plus an increased risk of tyre failure.

A further 21 per cent of tyres were flagged amber, meaning their pressures could negatively affect vehicle handling and fuel consumption, as well as speed up tread wear.

The inspection team calculated the average potential saving per vehicle it inspected to be approximately £150 per year – when considering the enhanced fuel consumption and longer tyre life from an LCV operating on correctly inflated tyres.

Other long-term savings will be made through a reduction in tyre-related breakdowns and downtime, tyre damage, accidents, related legal and insurance costs and reputational loss.

A fleet inspector said: “20 of the vans we checked were brand new, yet more than half of the tyres were under-inflated; a quarter of them seriously so. This is particularly concerning given they’d just arrived on a customer’s fleet, fresh from the supplying dealer’s pre-delivery inspection process.”

The inspections revealed one vehicle with a 69 per cent difference in tyre pressure between the offside front and offside rear tyres, another vehicle with two tyres over-inflated by 61 per cent and a vehicle with one rear tyre 54 per cent under-inflated – meaning it was running with less than half the advised pressure.

Commenting on the issue, he adds: “The lack of focus on tyre pressures continues to be a major problem for LCV fleets. It can cause a vehicle to burn more fuel, as well as increasing CO2 emissions, tyre wear and stopping distances. In contrast, taking steps to keep on top of pressures can be a win-win situation, bringing significant advantages from a duty of care point of view under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), as well as from an environmental and financial standpoint.” 

Fact panel: How tyres can affect safety & cost

·         A tyre which is 20 per cent under-inflated will typically return 20 per cent less mileage before needing to be replaced.

·         Tyres under-inflated by 15 psi lead to around 6% greater fuel consumption.

·         Driving on under-inflated tyres reduces longevity, leading to deterioration that can result in a rapid deflation. 7 psi or more is classed as dangerous under-inflation.

·         With under-inflated tyres, steering is less precise. If a bend can be taken at 62 mph at a tyre pressure of 29 psi, this drops to 54 mph at 15 psi.

·         If tyre pressures are 30 per cent below the recommended pressures, there is a sharp increase in the risk of aquaplaning.

·         Typical braking distances from 56 mph to 43 mph are 40m at 29 psi, and 5m longer at 15 psi.

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