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Worn Tyres Dangerous-One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on worn tyres – Irish Independent

Worn Tyres Dangerous

Removed from a very nice Mercedes ? Worn Tyres Dangerous

One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on Worn Tyres Dangerous?

Irish Independent

PENNY-PINCHING Irish motorists are throwing caution to the winds when it comes to their tyres.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Worn tyres problem not just Irish motorists.

 

This article in the Irish Independent highlights the problem in the UK as well as Ireland. In a recent survey carried out by Micheldever Tyres here in the UK

Worn Tyres Dangerous

This worn tyre was on a TAXI ? how bad was that?

 

they checked the tyres in a primary school. The cars were inspected in a school in the South of England, by showing the children how to check the tread depth of tyres.

The kids then checked their parents and teachers car tyres as they came and left school, it was found that most of the cars had at least one illegal tyre and in my opinion this is reflected all over Britain and Ireland. This is a terrible state of affairs regarding road safety , let alone the fact that kids are been driven around in cars with Worn Tyres Dangerous.

We  retailers see this type of thing all day long, and I started to take pictures of the worst examples of Worn Tyres Dangerous , but they were so many that i had to stop. The tyres in the picture are just a small example of what I am referring to including the one fitted to a taxi.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Check about tyre safety…www.tyresafe.org

See on www.independent.ie

Europe’s Tyre Waste-Recycling three million tonnes of TYRE WASTE

Europe's Tyre Waste

Europe’s Tyre Waste

Cordis News

Recycling Europe’s tyre waste

Cordis News

Waste tyres are potentially fully recyclable. The recovered materials can be put to other uses, in turn reducing the environmental impact of this priority waste stream.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Europe’s Tyre Waste mountains are receding

From what i hear the Europe’s Tyre Waste problem is slowly getting better and we are re-cycling more and more of these tyres.

We can still see piles of Europe’s Tyre Waste that have been dumped all over the place , but i think that in general  dealers are responsible people and dispose of their old tyres according to the law. The law regarding

Europe's Tyre Waste

Europe’s Tyre Waste problem, just dumped outside this French garage

Europe’s Tyre Waste is a European directive, but i have noticed that when traveling in France that almost all of the  retailers and garages have their old casings stacked at the side of the building in a massive heap, we in the UK  have had to go to the expense of a container to keep our scrap tyres in before final disposal. hey ho,we always have to play the game by the rules ?

There are now some improvements in the recycling of used tyres including mixing the tyre pellets (that are created from the waste tyre) into the tarmac that we use to make new roads with and apparently this will you a much resilient road surface.

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell car tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

See on cordis.europa.eu

REMOULD CAR TYRES- Are a Smart Choice for Savvy Shoppers Instead of Illegal Part Worn Tyres?

REMOULD CAR TYRES

REMOULD CAR TYRES

REMOULD CAR TYRES

Are a Smart Choice for Savvy Shoppers Newswire (press release) Thanks to the increasing use of recycled materials in the production of tires, individuals can now buy tires for their car at much lower prices than those that are made…

 

NOT ONE of my customers wanted remould car tyres? Click To Tweet
eric roberts‘s insight:

Remould tyres

This article reminds me about my own thoughts regarding the place that remould tyres may have in todays motoring world.

Last year i put a lot of thoughts into whether or not to sell  remould car tyres in my  depot here in Halifax UK. After much thought i decided to have a sort of survey amongst my tyre customers and told them a white lie, by offering them remould car tyres, (although i did not have any stock), the response i received was overwhelming, NOT ONE of my customers wanted remould car tyres. The older guys thought that  remoulds had a bad reputation for tread coming off and the under thirties had never heard of them, but would have bought part worn tyres instead, so i decided not to stock them, but to continue selling Cheap Car Tyres Online.

Perhaps the remould industry should be shouting out about their product and getting the point across that the King Pin remould car tyres would not be a bad thing and could save drivers some money ?

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Hence, for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com. Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. Leaving their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

See on www.newswire.net

Servicing tips -How to beat the sexist mechanics: Simple tips for women to avoid being ripped

Servicing tips

ladies know how to look after the car and the purse strings

How to beat the sexist mechanics: Servicing tips for women to avoid being ripped …

Daily Mail

Women who know little about car repairs can make sure they aren’t being ripped off by their mechanic by simply suggesting a price for the work.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Most women customers are very confident when buying anything including having their car repaired.We now even have more female

Servicing tips

Female customers are just as confident as men now when dealing with their garage of choice and Servicing tips

mechanics

Servicing tips

female mechanics are getting more common these days

I think that the garage who tries to rip female customers off, will also try to pull the wool over the eyes of all their customers ? men and women. “THESE GARAGES ARE A FOOL TO THEMSELVES”. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres, and have regular Servicing tips meetings and contacts with other garages. It is common knowledge that our lady customers make up 60% of our total number of customers, and have to be treat in the correct manner, believe me the ladies know what they are on about and would not go to a garage with their car that they did not trust, if they thought that they had been ripped off, they would not go back there a second time. Another addition to this story is that we now have an increasing number of female mechanics, with many Motor Mechanic Jobs going to females, who are just as competent as male mechanics and are probably more sensible. A strange thing happened the other day? a lady customer who was in for an MOT test asked us the price of a service to go with the MOT test. The lady agreed to the price and we duly did the work;The lady was happy with the job and the price paid and went home, satisfied. About an hour later the ladies husband rang us up and told us in no uncertain words that we had RIPPED his wife off. WOW.

Eric Roberts …www.pellonautocentre.com

HERE IS A SECOND OPINION…

“You don’t ‘suggest’ a price to the garage looking to do the work, whether you know a bit or not. There is a price for the part/s and a price for the labour. The part/s you can research, but they may be privy to discounts etc you aren’t due to trade links, and the labour charge you either agree to or don’t – you could dispute the number of hours charged, but if you think it would take a shorter time, do it yourself. What a daft, American study from three probably biased and slightly bitter women who have fell foul, in their opinion of the motor trade”…

See on www.dailymail.co.uk

Second Hand Tyres Causing Problems-Don’t Forget £575 fine and penalty points for defective tyres.

Second Hand Tyres

Second Hand Tyres

Old tyres like these are ending up as £20 Second Hand Tyres[/caption]

£575 fine and penalty points for Second Hand Tyres

Impartial Reporter

District Judge Liam McNally said it was a bad case as Kalis “knew quite well” that his tyres were defective.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Bald Tyres

This article in the “Impartial Report”.thus, proves that motorists do indeed get caught by the police . As a result, are prosecuted for having illegal Second Hand Tyres on their cars.

Second Hand Tyres

British Police checking for defective Second Hand Tyres at the roadside

Although the police are not as abundant as they used to be. Then, it is no use risking a hefty fine. Such as  the fine that this guy received. He would also of course have to buy another set of tyres . Hence, in some cases he could have also received a ban from driving . As each tyre is three points on your license.

As in the picture of the British Police. Often have roadside checks. Consequently, stopping motorists to check the cars documents . Also other important things. As a result we have often have drivers coming to us with what we call a ” Pink slip”. The slip has to be taken to any MOT station . Once the defect has been corrected. Then the car is deemed as OK.

Therefore, if say the car requires two tyres. Then we will check the car again. Once the tyres have been fitted . We then sign the slip to say that the work has been carried out. Moreover, the driver then returns to the police station .Showing the police that the defection has been rectified.Without any further prosecution.

Second Hand Tyres-Another very important problem that we are coming across

Consequently, there is the number of our regular customers that are getting caught out. hence by buying illegal Second Hand Tyres . These tyres are deemed as legal. Especially, if they are checked out and tested with a certified suppliers stamp . But this is not usually the case.

Only the other day (late October 2014). Then,we had two customers call into us . Thus, had recently bought Second Hand Tyres. Because they had some tyre problems in a  near by town (Huddersfield). Both cases were in very similar circumstances. as a result, the first customer had come into us complaining . Because, his car was making banging noises. As a result, he thought it might be his brake discs and pads. When we removed the wheels . So to check out the brakes . Then we could not find anything wrong with the cars brakes. However , with the wheels removed from the car. We noticed a large egg shape . This  went all round the tyres tread and sidewall area.

When we told him he said that this could not be so because he had just paid £40 at a tyre dealer in Huddersfield. He then went on to say that according to the guy who sold him the tyre, then the tyre was brand new. This had only been two weeks earlier?.

Second Hand Tyres

So the guy had paid £40 for a tyre that lasted only two weeks?crazy. We recommended that he took the tyre back to them for a refund, but as in many of these cases the guy felt

Second Hand Tyres

Picture showing Second Hand Tyres side wall splitting all round the inside of the tyre. This was sold to a guy only two weeks previously for £40 a brand new one was only £59.90.

stupid for buying it in the first place and instead bought a proper new tyre from us for £59.90, he could not believe it for only just short of £20 he could buy a brand new tyre, wow.

For full information about your tyre safety and legal requirements  take a look at the following web-site,,,www.tyresafe.org.

Thanks Eric Roberts…

 

 

How Old Are Your Tyres? Check the Made By Date They May Be Older Than You Think ?

How Old Are Your Tyres

How Old Are Your Tyres

How Old Are Your Tyres;This tyre was bought as a part worn and is 19 years old (twenty now)

 

Popular Mechanics (blog)

How Old Are Your Tyres? Check the Born-On Date

Popular Mechanics (blog)

Tyres are just about the most important part of your car.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Great tyres advice

This is a great piece of advice. Hence, from the popular web site popular mechanics blog. Old ones should be replaced even though they may not be worn out. many tyres. Especially on

How Old Are Your Tyres

How Old Are Your Tyres;This caravans tyres were well out of date before they exploded

caravans have good tread but suffer cracking on the bead area . Hence, this is due to aging. Of course, the age is located on the side wall of every tyre. Hence, you should know just how Old Are Your Tyres are . Of course, by a tyre date indicator,the one in the picture says 3011.

This tyre in the picture was made on the 30th week and 11 means the year of manufacture 2011 so it was made in the 30th week of 2011 and so was 2 years old at the end of February 2013, well in date. The bead cracking on Touring Caravans tyres is due to the rays of the sun, which break down the carbon black that is part of the tyre  compound mix.

This is more of  a problem when the caravan or motor-home has been stood on a site for a long time. When i was younger my wife and i lived on a mobile home whilst our house was being built. The tyres were the small trailer type  400×8 was the size. Everything was fine until we started to move the caravan, when we sold it on. Then both of them shredded into pieces. On close examination we found that the tyres had deep cracking round the bead area, due to the effects of the sun.

How Old Are Your Tyres

There is also another problem that is starting to raise its ugly head and that is that the part worn tyre dealers are not interested in How Old Are Your Tyres are that they sell to you, this is just another part of their scam.

They want you to believe that the old worthless tyres that they  are selling you are every bit as good as a brand new tyre, but please do not believe them politely move on to a reputable tyre dealer and buy a safe new tyre, you will be surprised how little difference that there is in the price, and you and your family will be safe, driving on a brand new tyre. The Michelin tyre in the image was 19 years old and had just been bought before the MOT test. The guy changed it with us for a new tyre and we damaged the tyre before scrapping it, just to make sure that it did not make its way onto the chain again.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling cheap car tyres  from our website. www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector. Choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

See on www.popularmechanics.com

Check Your Levels-Top 5 simple maintenance tips everyone should know- Unipart car care centres

 

Look after your car Check Your Levels in this HEAT WAVE

This is very good and important advice to every motorist to get your car through this heat wave without causing any damage to the engine, brakes or indeed anything else.

Check Your Levels

avoid a blowout like this CHECK your tyres and Check Your Levels

Make sure you Check Your Levels, water levels, your engine oil (Make sure that you top it up using the correct grade), if you are not sure do not just use any old engine oil, ask your local service centre to sell you the correct grade for your car, you will most probably have Synthetic Engine Oil in your car ,but if you are not so sure what to use then refer to your Engine Oil Guide,they have computer systems that tell them the grades for all the cars and will advise you accordingly.

Watch out for the traditional traffic hot-spots, such as the roads to the coast and set off early if you must travel in the heat, it will not do your car any good held up in slow traffic for hours on end and the kids and the dog in the back wont thank you for it neither, try and go for a quieter route and avoid all the traffic. Make sure that your Air-Con is working and do not be tempted to lower your windows the temperature in the UK is expected to be in the 30s C this weekend, so the air coming into the car will be very hot and uncomfortable, keep the windows closed and let the Air-Con cool you down.

Make sure that you check your tyres as well as Check Your Levels before setting off. Your tyres are made by a heat process and the hotter the air and the roads, the more likely that a tyre could blow out , we have all seen the large strips of tyre tread on the side of a motorway,(mainly from lorries) but this can happen to cheap car tyres that have been badly repaired as in some part worn tyres, so do not get caught out and buy good quality new tyres, this is a good investment in safety for your family, believe me this will happen, we get many customers that will turn up to my depot on a Monday morning with a blown out tyre, that could have been prevented before hand. The biggest cause is that the tyres were run under pressure, or under inflated . This only makes things worse when the weather is going to hot, so please check your tyres and your tyre pressure, and please

Check Your Levels,engine oil

Very important to Check Your Levels especially the oil level

remember that cheap new car tyres are far better than part worn tyres, you just do not know where part worn tyres have been before you bought them.

More safety information to read about your car in the heat

“Make sure you Check Your Levels and the  washer fluid is topped up. If you are going on a long journey the last thing you want is to run out of washer fluid, especially if the weather is bad. You don’t want to be stopping off for bottles of water to clean away the dirt from your windscreen. Check out our great video” Topping Up A Windscreen Washer Bottle’.

W e can’t re-iterate how important it is to check your tyre pressure. If your tyres are incorrectly inflated it has an impact on fuel economy and tyre wear. Add or remove air as needed to keep your tyres performing at their safest. View our great video” ‘How To Check Your Tyres’.

Hope you have a great time in this sunny weather, now in the past.

Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

VW Camper Van Tyres-Make Sure To Fit The Right Tyres On Your Cherished Camper Van.

VW Camper Van Tyres

VW Camper Van Tyres and a free battery check

VW Camper Van Tyres

VW Camper Van Tyres on 13 inch wheels

This is the time of year. When many VW camper van owners head out to the open spaces. Including visits to many thousands of rallies. Hence, that are common place here in the UK.

Many of these classic vans are renovated to very high standards. Including complete interior refits. Also working on things like complete modified suspension. Including, wheel and tyre upgrades.

We can all see them on weekends. Proudly driving along a motorway. As a result, sometimes in twos and threes, going to some show or other. Therefore,It is worth a mention though to these proud owners to always check your VW Camper Van Tyres. Including, having your Camper van batteries checked out before you commence on your journey. Camper Van owners, do not not want to look a fool at the side of the M 1 motorway with a tyre blow out, with your beautifully renovated VW camper van ?.

The batteries are also very important, normally the van will also have car battery (019) and a Numax leisure battery to run the lighting or perhaps a TV. Perhaps an 85 amp leisure battery, so it is important that these are checked before you start to venture out after the winter months. It is also worth a mention that your batteries should be charged over the winter period. You can now buy intelligent chargers that will charge your batteries over the winter period, they will switch on and off automatically when the battery is fully charged, this gives you a perfectly charged VW battery when the camper van is not in use and saves you buying a new battery every year. A good charger is made by a company by the name of Numax chargers. These chargers are probably the best you can buy.

Have your Camper van batteries checked out before you commence on your journey Click To Tweet

VW Camper Van Tyres

Beautiful interior

If you have recently bought your camper van already renovated then it may be wise to take note of the tyres size.

These vehicles come out on many different tyre sizes and to keep up the appearance and specifications you do not want to look for “cheap tyres”, you want to be looking for a good mid-range tyre such as Apollo VW Camper Van Tyres  Please though check out the tyre size and just as important your LOAD rating. The load rating determines how much your VW Camper Van Tyres can carry, your local Unipart centre will give you free advice.

And finally please carry on giving us pleasure when we see you on the motorways of Britain.VW Camper Van Tyres

Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Therefore, giving a nationwide guarantee. Naturally, for all our work and parts. Selling General Tyres Online in Yorkshire from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Hence, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Thus,needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Wheel Alignment Problems-When and Why Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

Wheel Alignment Problems

Wheel Alignment Problems

Wheel Alignment Problems, is your car pulling to the left or right?

Are you ready for a summer trip? Is your car driving straight? http://t.co/2HICRjNSjg

The words wheel alignment

will be heard thousands of times a year by any member of the motoring fraternity. One of the most common first signs that your wheel alignment is out, will be that your steering wheel will be out of line and not feel to in a straight line, hence when you are cruising along your car feels to be pulling to one side or the other.

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If you should happen notice that your vehicle pulls significantly . Either, to the left or right . Especially, when you are driving along in your car . On  a straight, flat road. hence with not much wind about. Then you will probably having  Alignment Problems. Another bad sign is when you notice that your  tyres are wearing off. Especially at the edges of the tread area. Then this means that your alignment will need adjusting . Thus, to correct your  Alignment Problems . As a result, you should take your car to a local tyre dealer or a good  garage. Especially, in your local area to have its wheel alignment checked. of course, this is an easy job for your tyre guy to perform. Especially. if your vehicle’s wheels are not properly aligned. Therefore, it will cause abnormal and premature wearing of your tyres.

When this happens it is best to take to your car  it into the local  Service centre or Tyre shop, to have your (wheel alignment or sometimes known as tracking) adjusted.

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This can usually be done while you wait or when you have new tyres fitted. Some companies have huge expensive  Alignment Problems adjusting machines and will charge from £50 to £100 for the job doing  but having your alignment carried out on a medium sized machine that operates by laser beams should only be charged between £30 and £40 for the job doing, the more expensive machines will give you a fancy print out to keep after the work is done ,but in my opinion the final alignment will be just as good.

Wheel Alignment Problems

  Some cars require a 4 wheel alignment, but you will find this out by asking you Auto centre to check this out in the cars manual or their Autodata computer data-base…

Eric Roberts… https://www.pellonautocentre.com/wheelalignment.htm

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres .Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also selling Budget Tyres Online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. As a result, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists. Who need to go to work and leave their car. Hence,with us for work doing. Of course, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes.Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test-Carried out at the Snowdome with Louise Thompson a Volvo Driver

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

One of my customers is a Volvo owner. Hence, one of my business objects is to talk as much as I can to my customers. I was recommending to him about the benefits fitting winter tyres to his Volvo. he referred to the fact that he had purchased a set of Nokian winter tyres. In addition he explained how he bought the tyres to combat a snow storm in January. However, by the time that he had fitted the winter tyres a bit too late to try them out as the snow had cleared quickly.

He went onto tell me the following- As a result, the bad January snow had all gone . Hence, by the time I got my Nokians fitted to steel wheels. However, there was a light dusting of snow a few weeks later.

Of course, that allowed me to experiment briefly on our very steep driveway. Consequently, our Polo, which had behaved much better than the S60 in the heavy snow. Naturally, would get stuck almost immediately it hit the slope.
As a result, I bought winter tyres for the first time last January. Soon after discovering that the S60 was worse than useless in the snow. Fitted out with regular Michelin summer tyres on 17 inch wheels.

Moreover, as soon as it hit the slightest slope it just spun the drive wheels and refused to move. Regardless of driving style and regardless of traction-control settings.

I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed Click To Tweet

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

There was another incident in February when I hit sheet black-ice on a country road, which had already caused three recent vehicles (one a police car) to be stranded in the ditch and another embedded in a telegraph pole.

Safely for me, I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed . My Volvo had no trouble at all slowing down. Luckily, keeping my car on the road, and driving around the crashed cars.
It is true that in  Europe they are recommended to fit  purely winter tyres.

Although we are now looking to fit more all-weather tyres. I think that the truth is that if you live in hilly district, then proper winter tyres should be used. In countries that are flat then all-weather tyres should be fitted. Therefore ,any upgrade of your tyre in winter will benefit us all with much safer roads.

After my conversation with the guy, I felt better about the public perception. Hence, about the knowledge that more and more drivers are more savvy about winter tyres.

Eric Roberts