Month: June 2017

Tyres are part and parcel of our daily lives and every city in the world has thousands of cars on the roads. This means that every day, thousands of tyres are being disposed of and it is important to ensure proper disposal of tyres to conserve the environment.

How to dispose of tyres

There are specialised companies that deal with tyres. They do not charge for collection and disposal of tyres, however, they are not that many and can only be found in certain locations. Be sure to check that the company has a valid waste carrier’s license since only registered waste carriers are allowed to legally dispose of them.

Some tyre fitting companies and garages can take old tyres at a fee. You can pass by your local garage to find out whether they accept old tyres.

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Recycling

Tyres are made of rubber, steel and textile and this makes them difficult to recycle. The EU landfill directive stated that tyres are no longer accepted in landfills site and this means that most tyres need to be recycled or reused. They can make a tyre swings, can be used as garden planters and as boat buggers.

Fires can happen in the storage areas. New laws will propose bigger gaps between stacks and stacking them lower to prevent a disaster. These fires put a strain on local fire stations, emit harmful fumes and are bad for the environment. It is important to make sure you dispose your waste responsibly.

When tyres are recycled, they are shredded into flakes called rubber crumb which can be used to create carpet underlay, running tracks, rubberised asphalt for roads and swings for children play areas so they will be put to good use and used for many years to come.

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As a car owner, you’d be surprised to note that one of the most important components in the car isn’t the engine or how powerful it is; rather, it is the tyres! A faulty engine will require the tyres to carry it to a mechanic. But damaged or worn out tyres often means a halt to all mobility! That’s why a single car puncture can inconvenience even the most expensive car, and render it immobile on a busy road. Never wait for emergencies to strike, always think ahead. The below tyre buying guide will go a long way in helping you stay prepared at all times.

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  • First and foremost, never wait until the last minute or when you have a puncture, before looking for the best car tyre dealers. To avoid this, always carry out constant checks on your tyres to ascertain their fitness and condition. If you notice that a tyre is worn out, start thinking of a solution there and then. It’s always better to have new spare tyres at home, than rushing to buy one at the last minute.
  • Secondly, you’ll need to know what you want in a tyre. Do you want to buy a regular, ordinary tyre? Or a specially modified one, for instance for wet and windy driving? Or one for off-road driving
    ? Knowing these things will help you narrow down your search when looking to buy the tyres. Besides, your regular tyre dealer may not stock these specially modified types.
  • Do a bit of research and see which car tyre dealers are around you In a major city like London, you’ll find that all the major car tyre brands are available in various outlets. Check these out on the internet if you can, most of these outlets have websites where you’ll see what brands they have, prices, and so on so forth.
  • Nowadays, it is also possible to purchase car tyres online. However, the internet is full of cons and scammers. You’ll need to be careful and ensure that you’re dealing with a reputable dealer whose integrity is beyond question. Usually, most tyre dealers will require you to pay a small amount as a commitment fee, and the rest when the tyres are delivered to you. This is meant to help protect you, the buyer, and the seller as well from jokers.

Car tyre buying is simple and straightforward.  Use the above tips in order to ensure that you get the best tyres, and value for your money. Give TyreServ a call today for some friendly helpful advice.

When choosing tyres, it’s a good idea to select the correct ones for your car. This involves choosing tyres which can also function well in different weather conditions.

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Here are some factors to consider when choosing the correct tyres for weather conditions;

When considering weather conditions, keep in mind what weather or conditions you normally drive in. Are you looking for tyres that can handle lots of snow, heavy traffic, winding roads or extensive long distant driving?

For areas with lots of snow, snow tyres are best. If you might experience heavy traffic, you might need more responsive tyres. For winding roads or mountain areas, you need a tyre which handles well while you might need a tyre which offers a smooth and quiet ride for motorways.

If you experience many different driving conditions such as lots of motorway driving in summer and lots of snow in winter, you should  consider investing in two sets of tyres. This will ensure they last longer and give you better performance in each weather condition.

The number of tyres – It’s important that your tyres match to ensure you can handle your car better which makes it easier to control. If you are replacing one damaged or worn out tyre, be sure to replace it with another tyre from the same company. It should be the same type, size and have the same speed rating. If you are replacing two, look for a set which match your current tyres tread depth as closely as possible. This will provide better results than a set of new tyres. If replacing all four tyres, you can try a new category of tyres which can possible last longer, give better traction or give a smoother ride. You can also look out for tyres which give better mileage.

Size of the tyres – Tyres bear the weight of your car so make sure you buy the right size since smaller tyres affect the way your car responds which could put you in harm’s way. To know the best size, check your owner’s manual to find the tire recommended for your car or consult with a tyre replacement company for best advice. You can get in touch with us today via our contact page for some helpful friendly advice.

Conclusion

Be sure to choose the correct tyres for the weather conditions you will be driving in most of the time.

Tyres are an important part of your car. They keep you on the road, ensure a smooth and stable ride as well as helping you brake when you need to stop. One way to check the state of your tyres is through the tread. It can show you the state of your tyres and guide you on whether they are in good condition or whether you might need to replace them. Complete monthly tyre tread checks as well as before and after long journeys to see if you need a tyre repair or replacement

Here are some factors to consider when checking your tyre tread

Look out for signs of visible wear. When the tyre tread is worn out, it shows. This means they need to be replaced. Look out for a mark on the sidewall which shows you where to check for comparison purposes.

Any tread that is less than 1.6mm around the tyres circumference could be a sign that you might need to replace your tyres. This can be done with a trend depth gauge to confirm the depth of your tyre trend and be sure to check both the inside and outside of the treads. For snow tires, the minimum depth is 4mm.

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Sometimes objects get stuck in the tread so it’s a good idea to remove it if you can. However, if it’s a sharp object which can puncture the tyre, the best option would be to head to a garage to remove it and seal the puncture to avoid getting a flat tyre.

If you have uneven wear across one tyre, this might mean your shocks are worn especially if you see bald spots. It could also mean your wheels need balancing or alignment. Since the front part of your car bears more weight and does more steering your front tires might wear our faster. If they wear out faster than usual, check your suspension. If the wear is on one side of your car, then you might need to go for alignment.

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Should you change your car tyres for winter? Well, the answer is both a Yes, and a No. Yes because driving in winter is so different, you’ll need specially designed tyres to help you negotiate over wet or snowy surfaces. And No, because there are some alternatives like adding chains to the tyres to give them more traction. But the larger picture is this; if you can afford it, it’s much better when you’re driving on specially designed winter tyres. Adding chains to the tyres is good; but it has its limitations. In fact, most EU countries have strict rules that all cars driving in winter conditions must have winter tyres. As such, you may have no alternative but to get some winter tyres in order to avoid fines when driving in the EU.

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Why is it so important to have winter tyres?

Driving in winter conditions can be tricky at best; at worse, it can be dangerous. The surface is usually wet and extremely slippery. Couple this with the poor visibility and you realize just why driving in such conditions can be dangerous. Even driving on the recommended low speed, the car could slip off the highway anytime and land into a ditch. You can find out about the UK speed laws
here. Winter tyres are made for this exact purpose; to help enhance the car’s stability. The tyres also got larger and deeper grooves; this lets them allow water to drain out easily while driving in the rain. The grooves also enable the tyre to have better grip on the slippery snow. Anyone who has driven on snow will confirm just how slippery it can be and with the ordinary standard tyres, you may skid of the road very easily.

Some car owners feel that buying winter tyres is an extra cost that they can dodge. However, winter tyres are all about your own safety and convenience. Winter and flowing are becoming worse by the years and you can’t afford to risk your safety by driving using ordinary tyres. Skidding off the road, or being trapped in a remote place due to the weather can be costly. Besides, there are some winter tyres that are ideal for driving in ordinary conditions; these are thus more cost friendly. With such, you wouldn’t have to buy new tyres each time winter came calling; the tyres can multi task.

Your local car tyre dealer should have some winter tyres in stock; consult them on the best ones for your particular type of car.

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