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Caravan Tyres Ageing- Second –hand caravan owners should check their tyres before a journey.

Caravan Tyres Ageing

Caravan Tyres Ageing

Caravan Tyres Ageing

This advice also stretches to people who buy second-hand motorhomes. When you buy your shiny caravan or motorhome. One of the first things to do before you set off from the dealers is to check your tyres.

The dealers will have made the vehicle look like it is sparkling.  Make sure the tyres will have been painted nice and shiny with special tyre paint. But in my opinion, you should take a closer at the tyres. Before you drive your new prize position off the dealers car park.

All tyres are made to give thousands of miles of good service. They should also be well looked after by the owner. And this is the problem? Unless you know who the last owner was, then you will not know if the tyre were well looked after or not.

I know that this is probably the last thing on your mind but take a good look at the tyres, to see if they have the correct specifications, for your vehicle. If it is bought from a dealer then you can ask them if the tyres are correct for your particular caravan or motorhome.

You would be surprised how many people come to a cropper with this. Because we are in close proximity to the M62 motorway, we get many flat and damaged tyres brought into us by the motoring organisations. A large part of these people tell us that they have, “just bought the caravan” and did not know that the thing was fitted with the wrong ply tyres.

Caravan Tyres Ageing

Some are fitted with car tyres and not with a higher load rating to carry the correct weight. The worse scenario is the tyres that have caravan tyres ageing. The best sign for this is cracking like crazy paving around the bead and tread area. A good check when purchasing your caravan will detect this cracking. It can be very dangerous and the cracks will only get worse and eventually result in tyre failure.

Eric Roberts

Here is a quote from the excellent

“There is no known technical data that supports a specific age for a tyres removal from service. However, in the interests of safety a number of vehicle and tyre manufacturers recommend that tyres (including spares) that were manufactured more than a certain number of years previously be replaced with new tyres, even if they appear to be usable from their external appearance and the tread may not have reached the minimum legal limit. It is recommended that any such manufacturer instructions should be followed. The age of your tyres can be found by examining the DOT (or date of manufacture) code found on the tyres sidewall markings. To understand more about tyre sidewall markings and how to check the age of your tyres download our handy guide to Caravan tyre safety

download our handy guide to Caravan tyre safety

Tyre Safety-Millions of drivers ignore it?it is all our Responsibilities?

Tyre safety should involve checking your tyre pressures, perhaps every week.

As a tyre dealer for 40 years, the “tyre changing” trends of the British public have never really changed. It appears to me that we have always had the two camps of drivers to deal with. The first group of drivers just could not care less about their car and safety. The second group of drivers are the opposite and they do cars for their cars and the improved road safety that goes with it.

It is not just about “tyre safety”, but drivers should be more proactive with regular checks on other things such as keeping a regular check on the cars lights and the windscreen and windscreen wipers. Tyre safety should involve checking your tyre pressures, perhaps every week. You should also look out for any cuts or lumps as well as the tread depth.

The first group just want to keep their cars on the road without spending as little money as possible. As a garage owner they sometimes make me cringe?

tyre safe

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 hoot about the drivers safety.

They are driving about sometimes in death traps, with little regard to other road users. This group of motorists are the ones who are most likely to spend as little as possible on cheap part worn tyres. The last thing on their minds will be tyre safety as long as it does not cost them much.

Tyre Safety

Fortunately for me, we do not see these drivers and cars very often. The only time we see these people is if we have a special offer on say MOT testing. These are the people who only spend the minimum on repairs or if their car fails the MOT test. The good guys will book their cars in for a service and a test?

We at Pellon Autocentre prefer to service our customer’s car first. This ensures that any possible MOT failure problems will be picked up before the car is tested. We believe that this is the best customer service, as we notify them about any problem that may cause the car to fail the test.

I am not sure on how we can educate the first group, who just can’t cars less about their cars safety. These are the motorists that are letting us all down. They should take better care of their cars, with more routine checks and servicing.

Tyre safety is paramount in all this, but you should see some of the tyres that we remove from our customers cars? Most of the cars are very nice cars, such as BMW’s and Mercedes, but the owners shun tyre safety and hang to their money as long as they can.

In some respects the law is to blame; drivers now get away with murder? With winter approaching just watch out for the number of cars with lights out. I call them “one eyed monsters ”driving with defective lights (even just a blown light bulb) is illegal, but the law is stretched due to government cut backs ,and so the law has better things to do and the bad guys get away with it.

Tyre safety is paramount with  attacking the problem

Tyresafe, the non for profit making safety group, recon that as many as 98% may be illegal when sold. In recent times Tyresafe have gone along to part worn tyre shops and purchased 50 part worn tyres. Out of the 50 tyres bought 98% of them were illegal and many were highly dangerous.

Tyre safety

With winter approaching it is a good time to check your tyres lights and wipers or better still have a service.

A recent tyre safety  tread depth survey. Thereby, carried out by the Tyresafe organisation. Revealed that Across Britain: 27.1% of replaced tyres were illegal (below1.6mm legal limit) ,66.1% of replaced tyres were illegal or borderline (2mm and under) This amounts to a staggering 10 million tyres that are dangerous and illegal.For that reason, will be putting British motorists at risk. Or one in four cars will have an illegal tyre on their vehicle, during the year.

Many of our customers are amongst what I call the good guys. They are tyre safety conscious and have regular car servicing carried out at least once a year. This ensures good brakes and lighting and usually results in a pass on the MOT test. I do however think that tyres should now be removed at 2mm. Not the legal 1.6mm, but this will only come with tyre safety education.

Tyresafe are constantly making a great effort. So, by educating the tyre retailers and the car owners in all aspects of car safety and good luck to them in the future, we need dedicated professionals like them to drill home the message.

Eric Roberts

Useful Links TyreSafe –


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Tyre Safety Child Care – Tyre Care | TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

Tyre Safety Child Care

Tyre Safety Child Care

 Tyre Safety Child Care

Children can clock up around three hours a week in the car with their parents** and around 96 hours per year with grandparents at the wheel***. Friends, childminders and guardians may also be regularly transporting kids of all ages to nursery, school, clubs, parties and other activities.

Worryingly, more than one in four carers may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres*.

The Home Safely on Safe Tyres campaign highlights the importance of tyres in keeping drivers and their young passengers safe while on the roads. It also emphasises to all drivers entrusted with child care that it is their responsibility to check the condition of their car’s tyres.

With the message ‘Child care –

Tyre care’ the posters, leaflets and animation advise how drivers can carry out general tyre maintenance themselves. Alternatively, drivers can ask a tyre professional to ensure their tyres’ air pressure, condition and tread depth are safe and legal.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “With child care responsibilities spread among different people, many of whom will be driving their young charges to and fro, it’s important that everyone in that care network regularly makes sure their car’s tyres are safe.

“Car tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the road, which makes their maintenance essential for road safety. Whether you are a parent, grandparent or guardian, checking your tyres once a month is crucial for keeping yourself and your passengers safe on the road. Let’s make sure we get them home safely on safe tyres.

Source: Child Care – Tyre Care | TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

Check Your Tyres – do not wait till 1.6mmis left before changing your tyres ?

Check Your Tyres

Check Your Tyres? before the police do

check your tyres

hi ! newbie here on PH, my first post of many – so here goes – after reading the thread on ‘do you wait till 1.6mm before changing your tyres’ i decided to check my treads on my 2010 997.2 turbo cab, they are…


eric roberts‘s insight:

This is always good advice” check your tyres”


Here in the UK and most of Europe it is Bank Holiday season coming up and time to Check Your Tyres . The legal limit is 1.6 mm across 3/4 of the tread from the centre outwards, if you are above that then

Check Your Tyres

The new Michelin premier Sx showing tyre sipes

legally you are OK.

The important thing to remember is that most cars today have cars fitted with  tyres that do not have any sipes,up to 3 mm of remaining rubber on the tread area. The sipes are the very small slits that you can see all over the tyres. These sipes help get rid of the water between the tread area and the road surface are are one of the most important thing in  safety design, so Check Your Tyres . Without them you are running on “slick tyres”, the type of rubbers that you see on F1 racing cars that are “bald”. This gives the cars excellent grip in very dry weather but render them useless in wet weather, so the moral of this story is to remove your tyres at 3 mm, for safeties sake. Sipes are the tiny splits that are purposely designed in the design, to help dissipate the water, between the tyre and the road surface in wet or snowy weather. their are thousands of them in a typical tyre design, but they only go down to the 3 mm limit on most modern tyres especially on the new type of SUV and High Performance Car Tyres.

There are many differing types of sipes used in the design when making tyres. Some designed to lock with each other when the tread block moves. This locking together of the sipes enables  the tread block to remain solid  (helping to improve the road holding capabilities of the tyre) whilst still helping the tyre retain its grip in wet conditions. Other types of sipe are known as  keyhole sipes. This sipe,  is shaped so that the bottom of the sipe is wider than the top similar to a keyhole design. This comes from the fact that as the tyre wears and

Check Your Tyres

Check Your Tyres;A Dunlop tyre showing sipes coloured in yellow

the depth of the grooves and sipes are reduced, and the sipe width is increased retaining the overall volume.

Tyre safety Check Your Tyres  information can be found at…

Post compiled by 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 SUV Tyres online from our website 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.


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