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20th March 2019
Timber & Turnout days with Mole Valley Farmers
Timber & Turnout days with Mole Valley Farmers

 

Air-Seal Products will once again be taking part in Mole Valley Farmers Timber & Turnout events across the South West starting with Penzance on Thursday 21st March, South Molton (28th), Cullompton (29th), Frome (3rd April) and finally Bridgwater (5th April). Come along and see us if you're in the area.


 


11th March 2019
First trip to Mongolia for Air-Seal Products

 

Between the 6th & 13th April Air-Seal Products will be taking part in a mining trade mission to Mongolia, organised by the Department for International Trade. During which we will be exhibiting at http://mongolia-mining.com/ where we will meet existing customers and contacts.

 

We will also be visiting Mongolia’s largest coking coal mine Ukhaa Khudag run by Mongolian Mining Corporation and the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine.

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.

26th September 2018
Raising money for Macmillan - The World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Raising money for Macmillan - The World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Air-Seal Products are having a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. We all know how important funding new research and supporting people with cancer is and we would like to do our bit.

Feel free to pop along on Friday the 28th September between 11am and 1pm for some lovely homemade cake, tea, coffee and a chat. All donations and money raised will be going straight to MacMillan. Everyone welcome!

3rd September 2018
Lucky for some? Just 13 of 152 part worn dealers retailing legal tyres

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Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. That leaves just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres from inspections spanning from Scotland to London.

Tyres are an essential factor in road safety as the only part of a vehicle in touch with the road. Tyres provide the grip which both braking and steering systems depend upon to be effective. Driving with defective tyres will mean a vehicle takes longer to stop and be more difficult to control when cornering. 

However, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations have highlighted part worn retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities when selling tyres or do not have the required skill to serve motorists properly. During test purchases, some have fitted tyres with water in them to wheels, others have provided the wrong size of tyre, and the supply of examples with nails and other objects embedded in them is all too common.

A recent case has resulted in part worn retailer Hemel Tyres in Bury Road, Hemel Hempstead being ordered to pay over £7,000 in fines and costs, following prosecution by Hertfordshire Trading Standards. In reaching their verdict the magistrates said they were shocked at the case and had considered the potential implications of selling unsafe tyres. In determining the penalties they said that they had considered a custodial sentence and if there were further offences it was highly likely to result in prison for the retailer.   

Terry Hone, Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “We hope that this sends a message to the part-worn tyre market in Hertfordshire that we take these matters very seriously. Our consumers should be able to expect that any tyre they buy for road use complies with safety standards.”

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “TyreSafe applauds the magistrates’ comments and penalties in this latest conviction but it must be acknowledged that the retail of dangerous and defective tyres by part worn dealers is unacceptably commonplace nationwide. 

“While the shocking findings of joint investigations may reveal some part worn dealers are compliant, even if it is fewer than one-in-ten, motorists have a 90 per cent chance of visiting an outlet selling illegal tyres. As far as TyreSafe is aware, there is no other retail sector with such an atrocious track record. Let’s remember these dealers are selling safety critical components - when tyres are driven in an unroadworthy condition, a vehicle’s braking and steering are compromised, and road users are put at significant risk of a catastrophic tyre failure.

“TyreSafe pledges to continue its potentially life-saving work with Trading Standards and partners with an ambition to drive compliance and competence among part worn retailers.”

TyreSafe is campaigning to drive compliance of part worn retailers with the governing legislation (Consumer Protection Act 1987, referencing the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994) and raising their competence to a level comparable to new tyre retail technicians. 

 

3rd September 2018
Continued success for one of our customers!!

An updated testimonial letter from John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance who have been using our product for over 11 years now!  "100% success rate, savings on puncture repairs and downtime, finally a product that works" are just a few of the quotes that highlight how happy John O'Conner are using our product.

Click here to see original letter

22nd August 2018
Air-Seal Products launches new Fleet Calculator

Air-Seal Products is proud to announce the recent development of its new Fleet Calculator.

Spending just five minutes of your time to complete our savings calculator will illustrate just how much time and money you can save with the use of our tyre sealants.

Please contact us directly for more information on how we can save you on downtime, extend tyre life and increase your fuel economy.

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