4 DIY Car Maintenance Jobs You Can Do At Home

Cars need regular maintenance to help improve the overall performance and to safeguard its longevity. While taking your car to the professionals for servicing and an annual MOT is crucial, there are a few car maintenance jobs that you can do yourself at home. Let’s take a look at them.

Here are 4 basic car maintenance jobs that you can do yourself at home.

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Stopping Distance: What Is It and Does the Condition of Your Tyres Affect It?

Tailgating is one of the top pet peeves of drivers. We all hate it if it happens to us, but may ourselves be guilty of getting a little too close to other cars when, for example, in a rush or behind someone going perhaps a little too slow for our liking. It’s bad, it’s annoying, it’s dangerous, and we really shouldn’t do it. 

The biggest reason why tailgating is bad is that it doesn’t give you enough stopping distance. To be a safe driver, it’s important to understand stopping distances. In this blog, we’re going to outline what stopping distance is, as well as provide an overview of what things can affect stopping or braking distance.

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What Are the Most Common Tyre Problems?

One of the most common tyre problems below will be experienced by all motorists at some point; it’s inevitable. This could range from being a puncture to worn tyres or misalignment. Here at Longbridge Tyres, we have put together a helpful guide detailing the most common tyre problems that you will encounter at some point in your motoring life. 

This list also helps you spot the signs of deterioration quicker, meaning you can reduce the dangerous impact that decreases the life of your tyres. It also means that you can get your tyres repaired or replaced when a problem has been identified; this ensures that your vehicle is safe to drive at all times.

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Differences Between Summer and Winter Tyres

If you live in a place or country that experiences extreme weather, then it is often mandatory to have two sets of tyres for your vehicle – that means one set for the summer, and the other for the winter. But, what makes these seasonal tyres different from each other? 

When it comes to the difference between summer and winter tyres, there are three fundamental differences: structure, rubber compound and tread pattern.

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How Are Tyres Made?

Tyres are not the most glamorous element of a car’s construction, however, they have a massive influence and impact on the safety, performance, handling and fuel economy of your vehicle.

When driving around, running errands, we don’t usually think too much into the construction of a tyre. So what is there to know about the construction of one of the most vital car components? Here is everything you need to know about the manufacturing and construction of modern tyres.

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Tyre Buying Guide

Tyres may just look black, round and rubbery, but there are various different aspects that need to be taken into consideration when buying a new tyre. Tyres can have a huge impact on your vehicle’s performance, from stopping distance to grip and handling on wet roads. 

Longbridge Tyres have put together a handy tyre buying guide on the various different factors you need to consider when purchasing new tyres.

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Car Tyre Labels Explained

Tyre Labels Explained: What Are They, and What Do They Mean?

When looking at buying car tyres online, you may have come across various different tyre labels and ratings. With so many different letters, colours and choices out there, it can be difficult to know what all the different tyre labels mean, and which tyre you should pick based on their different ratings. To help you pick out the best tyre for your needs and vehicle, we have provided a quick overview of car tyre labels.

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6 Tips For Driving Safely in Strong Wind and Rain

With the arrival of Storm Ciara over the weekend, we’ve all experienced high wind speed, and bad rainfall. At times like this when severe weather is upon us it is important to take care when driving. Severe weather demands all our concentration and attention when driving. High wind and rain can significantly increase the risk of dangerous situations occurring for everyone. 

Before setting off on your car journey, it is worth considering whether it is really necessary. Sometimes the best decision is to avoid driving and stay off the road completely until the weather clears. If there is no other option and you need to make the journey, then be sure to reduce distractions and keep your attention on the road at all times.

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Are Part Worn Tyres Worth the Gamble?

Part worn tyres may seem like an initial bargain and money saver for car owners, but they come with some real risks. For those that are unaware, part worn tyres are second hand tyres that have been removed from cars and then resold. Generally speaking, buying part worn tyres is considered a risky business and false economy.

In a previous blog we explored whether part worn tyres are safe to use, today we’d like to focus upon why some people may decide to purchase part worn tyres over new tyres. Drivers should be extra cautious when considering buying used or part worn tyres, making sure that the tyres are tested and compliant with legal tyre regulations for driving in the UK. Without further ado, let’s explore whether part worn tyres are a great money saver or just a risky gamble.

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