Driving on Bad Tyres-Motorists are Still Risking Their Lives,

Do our foreign visitors know about Driving on Bad Tyres, and our tyre laws?

This is a question that I often ask myself as the owner of a tyre company. Have we as an industry educated the public enough about the dangers and safety aspects of having bald or other

Driving on Bad Tyres

Driving on Bad Tyres likt the two out of the four tyres presented for the MOT test

dangerous thing wrong with the tyres on their cars.

Just as in every other walks of life in this world we have different types of people, we have rich and poor, people of different races and colours who all drive cars on our roads and are supposed to uphold the laws of our country, including motoring laws, to make it a safer place for us all to drive about.

We find that different cultures, who come to our countries from different back grounds and cultures, are able to drive a car as soon as the arrive here in the UK. According to the VOSA web site” You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident” …https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence/y/a-resident-of-great-britain 

This is a good thing in my opinion as it enables a person from another country to drive about, to look for say a job or accommodation. We have all seen the cars driving about from all over the world and in general I think that this is a good thing. I love to visit other countries in my car, it is one of the pleasures in life that I have always enjoyed, but I always check the driving laws of the country that I am visiting before I embark on my journey.

The point that I am making is do we educate drivers enough about the facts about better road safety and the general upkeep of our cars. It seems to me, that as a nation we should be hammering home the safety aspects of driving and looking after your car so that it is also safe to other road users. This also includes immigrants and other foreign visitors including foreign students.

We should perhaps give them a copy of our highway code in their own language, whether or not they will look at it is up to them, but it would be a step forward. In a student website it recommends that if you are going to drive here in the UK then you should buy a copy of the Highway Code available from most bookstores at £2.50. More reading…http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Study-work–more/Other-useful-information/Driving/#Road-traffic-offences-and-immigration-applications

Mixture of foreign visitors that have good knowledge about their tyres

Here in Halifax UK. We have a large mixture of people from other countries and continents. All of them are welcome as our customers. It is an interesting subject to study the different

Driving on Bad Tyres

Closer look at the sidewall cracking, how they drove Driving on Bad Tyres on this car i will never know?

attitude that people have towards road safety. This includes ALL of our customers, and not just visitors. I think that we should make everybody more aware of the laws and rules that we have to stick to make the UK a better place to drive in.

I have been lucky enough to visit many countries in my life and like most tyre guys I always end up looking at the tyres on the cars, usually in some car park. It is no surprise to me that

Driving on Bad Tyres

The third tyre had a massive crack running all round the sidewall, Driving on Bad Tyres can be very dangerous

the poor countries, such as Egypt that I recently visited, all run on worn out bald tyres, Driving on Bad Tyres  is simply a matter of economics. The richer countries that I have visited, in Europe or the USA all have high standards, because they are richer and can usually afford  to have better tyres fitted to their vehicles. I think that the problem that we in the richer countries are having is the crossover of backgrounds and we should all re-educate the public to keep the high standards that we now enjoy, by some sort of campaign to remind the car driving public about the safety aspects of driving around in cars with tyres that are within the law.

One of the best moves that the British government have made was the introduction of the MOT test, and this model has also now been adapted in many other countries. The MOT test is carried out on the car a does not take into account where the drivers are from or the ethics of the drivers when it comes to road safety. The cars are tested and the failures must be rectified before the car can be driven on the road again.

Many of the worse tyres that we see have been picked up on the MOT Test Requirements and thank goodness for that? We are now finding many more cars that are coming to us with bald or faulty tyres fitted to them, and the tyres have to be changed before the car is road worthy or not.

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax we also fit tyres from other garages that carry out MOT tests. One of these garages rang up the other day to ask us to collect four wheels and tyres from an MOT that he had just failed. Jim the other garage owner had asked me to take a look at the condition of these tyres, as he was both amazed and amused at the state of three of the tyres.

Adam one of my drivers picked up the wheels and asked me to take a look. I could not believe that this car had been driving on our roads with his tyres in such bad condition; you can see the state of them in the pictures that we took. Many of the tyre problems that we are coming up with, are stemming from the rise in the sale of part worn tyres and I believe that this covers my whole article, I believe that our standards are being eroded by a lack of education across the whole of the driving public and this should be tackled before the situation gets any worse.

One of the organisations that are supporting the battle against Driving on Bad Tyres are www.tyresafe.org and you can see some of their excellent work by visiting their website.

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 New 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.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS for short)

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Bluetooth”TPMS” tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

I must admit that I was not convinced about the eventual effectiveness of TPMS systems fitted to the earlier car models. So, as a busy tyre business! the first time that we had come across one of these systems was when a member of my staff broke a TPMS sensor. Thus, when removing a tyre from the rim?

In the past prior to the TPMS valves being fitted, we just used to rip the old tubeless valve out and then fit a new one. Consequently, we did this with every tubeless. So, a new valve was fitted to every new tyre or puncture repair.

The first time we came across a TPMS valve was when one of my fitters ripped out the valve. Consequently, a complete new sensor had to be fitted. So, in the early days then we had to buy a replacement from the main dealers. In this case it cost me £130 for a new valve? wow !

Sensors are now made by specialist companies and the price has halved! Of course this was all part of the service and price here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

Then came the dreaded TPMS systems.

This all started with car manufacturers drive to produce cars with lower emissions. Tyres were an important factor in this. As a result, tyre companies looked for materials to make tyres lighter in weight. Also it is well known that if tyres loose the recommended tyre pressures, then this increase fuel consumption.

Less air in your tyres means that the cars engine has to work harder to drive the car along. SO using more fuel and causing more emissions. This is the subsequent reason that tyre retailers like myself, are always ranting on about having the correct tyre pressure.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Along came Tyre pressure monitoring systems.

This concern about the lack of tyre care by the general public, lead to the invention of the TPMS systems on our cars. Of course, cars are all now fitted with computers. Making it possible to control the data that the magic sensor in the wheel of your car. So, this sensor is able to read your tyre pressure? any fall in pressure will alert the computer and illuminate the TPMS warning light that is situated on the cabs dashboard.

Most drivers have by now seen this happen. Judging by the amount of cars that we see in any given week. Then this is becoming a common thing!

Each wheel sensor is fitted with an attach rubber or metal valve. These look no different to the old style tubeless valves that were so easy to replace. These new style valves still need replacing, but not as often as the old style valve.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-More care is now needed when fitting a new tyre?

So, to bring the whole thing up to scratch. Then we have to take much more care when removing the old tyres. Of course ,this is so that we dont damage the TPMS sensor fitted to the inside of the wheel. Although we are now finding that the first models of cars that were fitted with these sensors, Then we have to replace them because they sensors are failing due to corrosion.

Although I was not convinced in the first place, then I now realise how important the TPMS system is on a modern car. Customers do not like to see the illuminated light in the cab. Consequently, if the light comes on then they have the problem attended to straight away. In the past our customers were driving about with half flat tyre for ages?

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

The latest thing to come out now is this Gear Up Bluetooth app which lets you take complete control of you tyre pressures.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension  PERODUA has introduced the Gear Up Smart Bluetooth TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), an innovative product that allows users to keep track of their

Source: Bluetooth tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

Illegal tread tyres- in car crash that killed two young girls – Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Illegal tread tyres

BBC News Illegal tread tyres in car crash that killed two young girls Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Norwich Crown Court heard that two tyres on the car had illegal tread and all four tyres had been wrongly pressurised which a police accident…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Illegal tread tyres do cause accidents  

if not checked at regular intervals.

This fatal accident is just part of the reality that sometimes strikes home when we find out the horror that can result in motorists operating on Illegal tread tyres and not checking their tyres at regular intervals. We

Illegal tread tyres

Checking your air pressure could get you out of a sticky situation

only have to be in the wrong time and the wrong place, for an accident to happen. When our cars are in good condition and serviced at regular intervals we have a better chance of getting out of a sticky situation when driving.

AT first I did not want to blog this accident because of the fatalities, but I think it important to point out that these things happen and it could be that if this car had good tyres at the correct Air Pressure, then the outcome could have been different. We in the tyre trade are always preaching to motorists about checking their tyres and tyre pressure, but accidents like this are proof that bad things can happen if you do not service your car and check the tyres at regular intervals .

I would like to pass on my condolences to these girls family.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre

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Tyre Safety-Your Tyres are a critical element in your car’s safety – Hamilton Spectator

Tyre Safety – a critical element in your car’s safety
Hamilton Spectator
They can also help you maintain your tyres in peak condition with precision wheel balancing and alignment services.

Be responsible when it comes to your tyres

The word responsible is a good word to use because your tyres are the only thing to come between your car and the road, and along with braking is the most important part

of driving and looking after your car. One of the best web sites for checking about your One of the best web sites for checking about your tyres is www.tyresafe.org  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety is www.tyresafe.org  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety.

You should always check the condition of your tyres by just having a look for cuts or bumps “eggs” as some people call them, I have put a good

Tyre Safety.

This tyre was sold as a part worn and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

example in the picture, but they are usually smaller than this. The next thing is to check the tread depth, the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm across ¾ of the tread from the centre outwards, but to be truthful the safest tread depth to use will be 3mm, this is because some companies allow the grooves and sipes, (which are the tiny slits in a tyre, that help it to dissipate the water) to run out at 3mm, making the tyre virtually bald but still legal in the eyes of the law.

The next thing is to make sure that your tyres have the correct pressure in them. Tyres with the wrong pressure will de-stabilise the handling of your car, I am sure that we have all experienced this sometimes in our driving life, a car with a tyre say half flat will give the car a drifting feeling especially say on a motorway at speed. Also the correct  pressures will give your car the best fuel efficiency if they are inflated correctly.

Finally if you cannot check the tyres by yourself or do not know of  good Local Tyre Centres to do the job for you, then look online for www. Point-s.co.uk tyres and you will be able to check their nearest tyre centre in your area.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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CAR TYRE SAFETY-www.tyresafe.org – Meet The McIntyre’s tyre promotional cartoon characters

CAR TYRE SAFETY

CAR TYRE SAFETY;Tyresafe are number one for promoting car tyre safety

CAR TYRE SAFETY

CAR TYRE SAFETY; TyreSafe UK logo

Consequently, Pellon tyres are very proud to be members of “Tyresafe. org”. A huge part of the UK Tyre Industry . Therefore, in my opinion they are the number one organisation. Especially, here in the UK. As a result, for the promotion of CAR TYRE SAFETY. Together with, all the safety aspects concerning the Tyre Safety Regulations.Hence, that can possibly be ascertained from tyres and safety on our roads.

A visit to their web-site is a must for all motorists. Undoubtedly, for great advice about everything to do with tyres here in the UK. Even more, all the website content is constantly refreshed. Therefore, to give constant updates about trucks, vans  and car tyres. Furthermore, the latest video about a family of crash test dummies. Called the “McIntyre’s”. Explains about what motorists should do. Thus, to check their tyres at regular intervals. Also, how to check the pressures correctly, this is clear and precise CAR TYRE SAFETY advice to all motorists and is a must to watch.

More reading from Tyresafe …

“Correct pressure, adequate tread depth and tyres which are in a good condition are vital to your CAR TYRE SAFETY on the road. Taking just a few minutes to regularly check these items can ensure you arrive at your destination safely. What’s more, these checks are essential to ensure you stay on the right side of the law and avoid fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre” http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/meet-the-mcintyres  

This article was compiled by Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

National Tyre Safety Month

National Tyre Safety Month – October-PSNI shows you how to check your tyres are safe for the road

National Tyre Safety Month

I find it very scary to see the condition of the old tyres that we now take off for replacement.As expected, during recent tyre checks we have noticed more vehicles with tyres that are in a dangerous condition. Car drivers live a busy life.Because of this, we  are aware that sometimes this is due to a lack of knowledge on the driver’s behalf. With this in

Education has always been the answer. Therefore, with this in mind, Traffic Police have made a short video.Consequently, this is to assist motorists when checking their tyres.To be able to understand more about the condition and how to correct them, please take a few minutes out. Thus we want you to watch the National Tyre Safety Monthvideo.

For this reason, this video not only delivers an important safety message. But also shows you what to look out for when checking the tyres on your car.For this reason, you should feel free to share the video with your friends and loved ones. We here at Pellon Tyres hope that it will help us make this Winter a safer one.

Remember October is National Tyre Safety Month! Thank you.

www.tyresafe.org

Potholes

Tyre Safety Guide – Tyre Damage due to impacts causing “bubble” damage

Tyre Safety Guide

This is the kind of damage that we often see here at Pellon Tyres. Consequently, some of the “eggs” that appear on the sidewall of the tyre are very minor. Never the less, they do worry people. Drivers are always calling in to see us with small bubbles on the side of their tyre.

Most of the damage is caused by the tyre catching the curbside. This often happens when manoeuvring the car. The car may catch the kerb and due to the motor vehicle weight and stresses, the tyre breaks a sidewall cord. Sidewall cords are unyielding and do a lot of work, taking much of the tyres weight.

When the cord breaks, then it allows the rubber surrounding it to form a small lump. This is the air pressure pushing the rubber out, where the cord has broken. The general rule is that the more sidewall cords that break, then the bigger the bulge. Some so-called “eggs” can be huge.Tyre Safety Guide

So, I would recommend that is you notice a bump or any other sidewall damage. Then you should get some expert advice and call into your local independent tyre dealer for a second opinion. Whatever you do do not try to prick the bulge. The damage is more like an external “Hernia” and cannot be repaired. Neither should you be unduly worried. If you spot a bulge on your tyre on say, that your holidays. Then put your spare on or drive home carefully. Of course, it is very rare for the tyre to disintegrate completely?.

In the early days of radial tyres. Tyre manufacturers would have; that would cause a similar effect to the side-wall.As a result, the industry now manufactures tyres in immaculate and hygienic factories. This has now eliminated the fault.

In this video we take a look at some of the more common ways a tyre can be damaged, what impact this can have and some simple guidelines on how to check your tyres and what to look out for.

Bridgestone Tyre Safety

Bridgestone Tyre Safety – How to take care of your tyres-The importance of Tread Depth

Bridgestone Tyre Safety

Bridgestone Tyre Safety is one of those self-explanatory videos. Of course, the video demonstrates the different actions and reactions.Naturally, when tyre are being driven with differing tread depths. For this reason, tyres will act completely different. Mainly, the stopping distances are severely affected.

Of course, most drivers do know this. However, they do not realise just how far a car will travel when braking occurs with little or no tread. This Bridgestone tyres video will show the drivers just how a lack of tread affects their cars performance. Sit back and watch.

Introduced by Tony Jardine, learn more about the impact tread depth can have on your vehicles performance safety as well as how to monitor tyre tread depth and take care of your tyres.

Bridgestone’s Tyre Safety videos show not only what can happen when tyres are not properly maintained but also just how easy it is to keep tyres in proper working order.

More information at www.tyresafety.eu

Winter Tyre Safety Check

Winter Tyre Safety Check-For tyre advice before the approaching winter comes.

Winter Tyre Safety Check

This time of year is when the Summer holidays are coming to an end. For this reason, tyres will be the last thing on motorists mind. Because here in the UK, in a couple of days summer will be officially over. For this reason, we should be looking forward to autumn and winter.Of course, many drivers do not like winter. However some drivers do like winter, This includes me.

I must admit, that the autumn and winter period, can be a busy time for my business. Accordingly, we sort of pray for cold weather to start early. Of course, we sell tyres and batteries. Cold weather brings us sales, and we all watch out for the first snowfall.

It is a good time of year to think about the safety of your family. You could do this by checking your tyres at regular intervals, and as winter approaches. Unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes make the winter driving highly dangerous period on our Uk roads. Although the weather has been fairly dry and sunny. Naturally, it will not be far off more rainy weather. This brings standing water, with rapidly changing weather conditions.

  Winter Tyre Safety Check

High speeds, driver fatigue and frantic traffic on those winter days, can make winter driving a dangerous proposition. This is also a time of year, when the days are much shorter and darker. Remember, your tyres are what is in contact with the road. They connect driver and destination. A simple tyre safety check can dramatically reduce risks, save drivers money and potentially be the difference between a pleasant journey and a dangerous accident.

Checking your tyres takes just five minutes, and can be done at home or while filling up at the petrol station before heading away.

Follow these easy steps.

1. Check tread wear making sure to turn the steering wheel to view the inside edge and check the tread wear indicator.

2. Do a visual inspection of each tyre for damage to the sidewall or tread. Look for bulges or punctures.

3. Check inflation pressure of each tyre – including the spare – matches figures in the service manual.