Dangerous Tyres-One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

Dangerous Tyres

Dangerous Tyres

These figures do not surprise me one little bit ?

So, next time you are one of the “sardines” driving up and down British motorways, think about the one in five cars that are passing you.

I know that it does not work out quit like that but I think you have got the gist of what I mean.

As a tyre guy all my life. So, I am sad enough to look at almost every car tyre that I pass. Even on a morning when I walk my dogs, then I look at the state of the tyres on the cars parked up.

I wish I could spray them bright red or yellow so to catch the eye of the drivers?

Drivers just seam oblivious to  the condition of their cars tyres. Organisations like Tyresafe.org are trying to make drivers aware of the state of their tyres and bloggers in the tyre trade keep on harping on about it. But I fear that it is all dropping on deaf ears.

 

Eric Roberts

Comparison site Confused.com said it conducted 1,000 vehicle spot checks up and down the country and found that 21 per cent had at least one tyre that need to be replaced.

Source: One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

Second Hand Tyres

‘Dangerous’ part-worn tyres being sold – BBC News

Dangerous’ part-worn tyres

Dangerous' part-worn tyres

Dangerous’ part-worn tyres

Fortunately most motorists are very conscious about road safety.  Following TyreSafe’s recent multi-agency participation in the raid of a part worn retailer in Scotland, we are pleased to inform you BBC Scotland coverage will be available today. BBC Radio Scotland will be airing the story from 0600 hrs.

Tyresafe has become the front line against the unscrupulous people who deal in part worn tyres. This video is well worth watching if you are thinking about or indeed have bought some of these dangerous part worn tyres.

Whilst all the tyres we purchased passed the tread depth test. So, only one was stamped as ‘part-worn’ and two failed because of tread separation or slow pressure loss. Neither of which would be obvious to a consumer straight away. Our advice is that it’s always safest to buy brand new tyres. But if you are buying part-worn, make sure the tyre has been tested. Especially check the tread depth, look out for lumps and bumps and keep an eye on the tyre pressure.

 

A BBC Scotland investigation finds unsafe second-hand car tyres are being sold illegally at garages.

Source: ‘Dangerous’ part-worn tyres being sold – BBC News

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Automotive Blog Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Every Car Needs Winter tyres in the Winter. This is something that I have been ranting on about for years. Of course this includes young drivers?

The problem is when you are young is what your priorities are. Most people in the young age bracket have other things to spend their money on than their cars.

Admittedly though their are some young drivers who spend thousands of well earned cash, on their cars. Upgrading the suspension and tyres and doing as much as their knowledge will allow to make them go faster.

We have all seen them flying about town or overtaking in silly places?

As a garage business owner, then I see all driver types. As far as tyres are concerned, then I think that it is the younger drivers that are supporting the part worn tyre industry.

In the area of the UK where I live and have my garage then hundreds of these small bucket shops have opened selling part worn tyres. As a result I have to pass some of these places on a daily basis. It has not escaped my attention that many of the customers buying these tyres are in the younger driver bracket.

Over the past years I have gone out of my way to ask young people about this trend. Normally it is at a family gathering where my children’s friends are attending. Of course my kids are adults now and so I ask their friends about buying part worn tyres. To my horror many of them do not know anything about them? In fact they thought that these tyres were a legitimate choice.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Do not buy part worn tyres

One girl recently told me that she had bought two part worn tyres for £20. So she could now afford to buy some more expensive perfume. Another frightening fact is that many of the younger drivers did not know anything about tyre pressures. Including any affects that low and high tyre pressure may have on their driving skills.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Scenes like this are lovely to look at but young drivers should take extra care and slow down.

To my surprise the one area of expertise concerning knowledge about their cars, was in fact insurance. They know all about the little black boxes that insurance companies fit in young drivers cars. Hence, to help reduce their insurance premium if they drive more carefully.

In general they should take notice of older more experienced drivers. When winter arrives take things steady when driving in bad weather. Carry extra clothing and a plastic snow shovel, just in case. however the best safety advice that I could give would be to fit winter tyres at the beginning of winter. Winter tyres will give the driver a safer journey and indeed more confidence when negotiating driving on snow and ice covered roads.

Make sure that you have the correct tyre pressures. This boosts ride comfort along with performance and durability of your tyres. Winter tyres are best for drivers that may have to face snowy and water drenched roads. Of course during the winter months.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Winter challenges all ages but careful driving will prevail

Consequently, winter driving is challenging for most motorists. Whether you live in the hills and mountains that sees a lot of snow and ice every winter. Or you live further south where you may only have a few weeks of nasty weather. Winter driving can be hazardous.

Whether you are young or old (like me) then weather conditions can be unpredictable. Subsequently, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. To ensure your driving safety this winter season, you must be prepared. As in so many circumstances in life a little preparation before hand can make all the difference later on.

Eric Roberts

 Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads – Automotive Blog

Source: Automotive Blog Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads – Automotive Blog

Part Worn Tyre Dangers-Statistics – TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

Part Worn Tyre Dangers

Part Worn Tyre Dangers

Part Worn Tyre Dangers

This report from tyresafe.org is one of the few that we ever see. Of course, we all know in the tyre industry that part worn tyres do cause accidents.Hence, the results are really never issued. Because, our police go into minute detail, then it is usually months after the accident that the cause of the crash is not published.

As a tyre dealer in Halifax UK, we see many horror stories. Thus caused by tyre problems. Therefore this graphic shows exactly what tyre problems have caused the problem. For this reason, I am publishing this report. The staggering thing to look at is the fact that 97% of part worn tyres sold are illegal?

Eric Roberts

 

TyreSafe tread depth survey Part worn tyres     Driving in the rain Case FOR ACTION

Source: Statistics – TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness