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15th October 2020
One In Three Parents Putting Their Kids At Risk By Driving On Dangerous Tyres
One In Three Parents Putting Their Kids At Risk By Driving On Dangerous Tyres

Almost one in three parents could be driving their kids around on dangerous tyres, according to new research from Protyre.

The alarming findings come from a new online YouGov survey commissioned by Protyre – the UK’s fastest growing tyre retailer– as part of this year’s nationwide Tyre Safety Month.

In the YouGov survey, Protyre found that just under a third of  British parents with children aged 18 and under who own a car admitted to only checking the safety of their tyres every three months or  less, with some not checking them at all.

Further survey findings showed that parents regularly check more visible child safety equipment, such as seat belts and car seats than they did their tyres.

The survey results also raised serious concerns about parents’ priorities when carrying out essential child safety checks on their car before setting off on a journey. While over three fifths of parents who own a car said checking their child had been to the toilet was important, only just over half (52%) considered checking tyres to be important.

The prioritising of toilet checks over tyre checks is an alarming finding but there was some positive encouragement, with over three in four (76%) of parents surveyed saying that they consider tyre safety to be very important.

However, stats on demounted tyres below the legal tread depth, recorded monthly by Protyre, suggest that motorists, including parents, may only be paying lip service to the notion of tyre safety.

From 2018 when the number of illegal tyres taken off at Protyre centres hit an all-time high of 58.9%, the figure has remained fairly constant around the 58% mark. It’s further compelling evidence that while the public may recognise the importance of tyre safety, they are not putting that awareness into practice by carrying out regular tyre checks.

Simon Hiorns, Protyre Retail Director, said: “These findings from our latest survey are very alarming and raise concerns about how much the public are taking on board the importance of tyre safety.

“As part of TyreSafe Tyre Safety month, Protyre wants to remind parents and motorists generally, that tyre safety is just as important as things like seat belts and child car seats.

“It’s extremely concerning, as our survey results show, that parents are failing to carry out frequent and adequate enough checks on their vehicle’s tyres and as a result are putting their children at risk by driving on potentially dangerous tyres.

“This year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign message to motorists is to ACT; a call to action to check tyres a least once a month for Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth. By using this easy to remember acronym motorists can act now to ensure their tyres are safe.

“If drivers need further advice and help with checking their tyres, Protyre will be carrying out free tyre checks across our 200 strong UK wide fast fit Autocentre network throughout Tyre Safety Month.”

Tyre Safety Month, which runs throughout October, is organised and promoted by national tyre safety charity, TyreSafe. For more details on Tyre Safety Month visit https://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month/

25th September 2020
End of furlough celebrations
End of furlough celebrations

The team managed to squeeze in a celebratory socially distanced bbq a few weeks ago to celebrate the end of furlough and also their 20th year in business. Not quite the challenge of trekking Mount Snowdon as planned but fingers crossed for next year.

18th August 2020
Export work continues in the Middle East
Export work continues in the Middle East

 

We are delighted the connection with our overseas customers in the Middle East still continues throughout the pandemic.

240 pails of Heavy Duty tyre sealant all wrapped and ready for shipping last week.

 

17th June 2020
We have a new distributor in South Africa
We have a new distributor in South Africa

 

 

Welcome Air-Seal SA

 

Air-Seal Products Ltd are pleased to announce our new South African distribution partnership with Air-Seal SA.

After many months of hard work, negotiations and dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic we are very excited to have the new South African team on board.

We look forward to further strengthening our position within the South African market.

Further information and updates can be found on their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/airsealafrica 

 

15th April 2020
Business as 'Un'Usual
Business as 'Un'Usual

We're settling into our new normal here at Air-Seal Products HQ and home offices.

Our Managing Director of many talents will continue his role over the next few week as Chief Dispatcher to ensure all our customers stay puncture free.

Thank you to all our loyal customers for your continued support.

Stay safe everyone.

 

 

31st March 2020
Cost of potholes rises to 1.25 billion

 

UK motorists spent a total of £1.25 billion repairing pothole damage to their vehicles over the last year, reveals research published today by Kwik Fit1, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company.  With more than 10.8 million drivers damaging their vehicle due to poor road conditions over the last 12 months, the cost over the last three years totals an astonishing £3.4 billion.


The average bill for each of those motorists affected over the last year was £115, covering repairs to components such as tyres, suspension and wheels.   Kwik Fit believes that the total cost identified by the research is likely to rise even further as 13% of drivers who suffered damage (some 1.4 million motorists) say they have not yet had the damage repaired. With the coronavirus causing financial uncertainty for many, it is likely that those repairs will be put off for a lot longer yet.


More than a quarter (26%) of motorists say they hit more than 30 potholes over the course of a month – an average of one a day.  A third (32%) of the drivers who have hit a pothole in the last year say it caused damage, with the most common items needing repair being tyres (5.8 million drivers), wheels (4.2 million), suspension and steering (3.8 million and 1.7 million respectively).


Almost the entire cost of those repairs has had to be borne by motorists or their insurers as a mere £8.1 million (0.7% of the total) has been refunded to drivers in compensation from local authorities (England and Wales figures).4 While responding to coronavirus is going to be a huge drain on public resources, it is interesting to note that in the longer term, many drivers say they would be prepared to pay higher council taxes if it guaranteed improved road conditions.

Kwik Fit found that a majority (55%) of drivers who have suffered damage would be prepared to pay more council tax, with the average driver willing to stump up 12.5% more.  Those who haven’t suffered pothole damage in the last year would be less willing, with only a third (34%) happy to pay more council tax to fund road repairs, with the average acceptable increase just 4.8% on top of their current bill.


Of all drivers, Londoners would be willing to pay the highest increase in council tax. This is likely to be a result of the capital’s drivers being hit with the largest bill for repairs.  Last year, London motorists had to cover a cost of £307,231,000 for pothole damage, a rise of 50% on the previous year.  Other regions which have seen rises are the South East, and South West, while the total cost to drivers in the North West, Eastern, East Midlands regions and Wales have remained relatively static year on year.


The Kwik Fit study has some comparatively good news for drivers in Scotland, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and the North East, where the total cost has decreased from last year, but even here, drivers were still faced with a collective bill of £360 million.

Source: Research for Kwik Fit 2019, 2020.


56% of people travelling on UK roads believe they are in worse condition now compared to a year ago, up from 51% of people who were asked the same question last year.  And the majority of road users in the country don’t feel that there will be significant improvement any time soon.  When asked about the Government’s recently announced £2.5bn five year pothole fund, 56% said that this would have a slight or no impact on the number of potholes.  The experience of drivers reflect the latest ALARM report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance, which highlights that a one-off spend in excess of £11 billion is needed to bring the network back up to scratch.

 

 

24th March 2020
Covid 19 - Update

 

We understand that the current times are uncertain and worrying due to the Coronavirus outbreak and so we wanted to let you know that our business is still open.  With immediate effect all staff will be working from home.  Daily despatch will continue from our secured unit whilst adhering to the UK Government advice on social distancing to minimise further spreading of the virus.

However, if we are obliged to change this due to updated advice from the Government, we will keep you all updated as soon as possible.

We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support during these unprecedented times.  Thank you for your patience whilst we adapt to this new situation.

Stay safe.

Air-Seal Products

 

12th March 2020
New Team Member for Sales Support
New Team Member for Sales Support

 

We are delighted to welcome our newest staff member Claire Lock to the Air-Seal Products team.

Claire has previous experience in retail management and will be working alongside Suzy in our Sales Support team.

We wish Claire all the best in her new role.  Welcome to the team!

 

4th March 2020
Air-Seal Products Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary
Air-Seal Products Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

 

Air-Seal Products Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Global tyre sealant distributor Air-Seal Products is celebrating its 20th year in business.

Somerset based company Air-Seal Products started two decades ago in the year 2000 and since that time has helped companies save money on puncture costs and downtime all over the world.

It has come a long way in contrast from its humble beginnings as a one-person operation to where it is now, the company currently employs ten staff members at its offices and warehouse on the Somerset/Devon border.

The business has flourished over the years by sticking to its clear business objectives and from the input of knowledgeable dynamic team members that are experts in their field, many of whom have worked for the company for over 14 years.

Company founder and Managing Director Alex Burnand said “Over the last twenty years our distribution has grown steadily by reputation and we are happy to now be operating on a global scale. We have built long term relationships with many companies such as the likes of the Royal Mail, the British Armed Services and other government departments. However, we also enjoy solving the tyre related problems for many different types of business and individuals whatever size and however quirky they maybe – ranging from the lawnmowers at Buckingham Palace to a Bugatti Veyron competing in the Gumball Rally!”

With visits to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Chile and Mongolia last year there can’t be many single product companies that can boast quite the same reach and have the unparalleled knowledge in this sector.

With elevated focus on the further expansion of their export business with visits to Australia, South Africa and Kazakhstan along with further trips overseas to support established distributors and continued growth in the UK. 

This looks like it could prove to be another exciting year for Air-Seal Products.

12th February 2020
Air-Seal Products take on Mount Snowdon!
Air-Seal Products take on Mount Snowdon!

 

Company has high hopes for St Margaret's Hospice.

Global Tyre Sealant distributor Air-Seal Products is celebrating its 20th year in business and to celebrate the team have decided to take on Mount Snowdon in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.  Last year Managing Director Alex sadly lost his mother to cancer and the team wanted to give something back to the hospice for all their support and compassion.

“During the last few weeks of my mum’s life we received tremendous support from the St Margaret’s Hospice team in Taunton and without their help the whole family would have found this difficult time even more challenging”

Please help us raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton, all donations will be gratefully received. Our aim is to raise £2020.00 as a team and Air-Seal Products will be matching staff’s fundraising efforts.

 

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