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:

Why Buy Part Worn Tyres?

The main reason why car owners purchase part worn tyres is because they are a cheap alternative, and cost significantly less than new big brand names. As we all know with many things in life, cheap does not always equal quality, and in this case, it does not guarantee safety and comes with real risk. Buying part worn tyres, especially if your car is older and seen better days, has the potential to be an accident in the making. Is it worth the risk just to save some pennies? Also, it is worth remembering that if you buy a second hand car and don’t replace the tyres, you are effectively buying and using part worn tyres. 

Still Considering it? Here’s What to Look Out For:

If you are considering, and want to buy a part worn tyre, here are the things to look out for:

  • Cracking in the sidewalls or tread
  • Unsafe repairs
  • Look out for objects such as nails and screws in the tyre
  • Check for bulges or lumps in the tyre
  • Check the tread depth and look for uneven wear
  • Check the tyre carcass inside and out for any damage

It is always advisable to buy from a reputable tyre seller and find out about the history of the tyre. If you are set on buying part worn tyres, it is also recommended you buy them in pairs, as this will ensure the tyres on each axle of the car match. But, if you are in any doubt about the quality, condition, safety or history of the tyres, don’t buy them; it’s not worth the risk.

The Danger of Buying Part Worn Tyres

We have touched upon this already, but one of the biggest disadvantages and dangers of buying part worn tyres is safety. These tyres typically have less tread depth compared with a brand new tyre. Part worn tyres generate less grip, particularly when wet, which means your car will have less traction. This means less cornering and braking grip.

Also, part worn tyres will not last as long as brand new tyres. Often you’ll have to replace them more regularly, so although the savings seem less at first, in the long run you’ll be spending more on replacement tyres. Part worn tyres can threaten your road safety and negatively affect the vehicle’s performance. They can affect your energy-efficiency, road noise, and safety on the roads. All car tyres in the UK must meet certain standards of road safety, relating to the condition of the rubber and tread depth. It is important and a legal requirement to make sure tyres adhere to these regulations and laws.

Are They Worth the Risk?

When purchasing part worn tyres, there are no real assurances and guarantees that they are completely safe and compliant with road safety and vehicle regulations.

Contact Us

If you’re in need of new tyres, we have a wide range of new tyres and performance tyres. Longbridge Tyres are a local tyre dealer that caters to a large customer base in Birmingham and Solihull with varying vehicle and performance requirements. You can contact our expert team on 0121 457 7582 or fill out our online contact form.

Winter Driving & Tyre Safety

The temperature has plummeted, our hours of daylight are shorter and it’s nearly Christmas; but this means we need to be careful and safe when driving. Winter can be a magical time of year; however, this also means an increased chance of ice and/ or snow on our roads.

It is not just snow and ice that can bring hazardous driving conditions during the UK winter. With temperatures below 7 °C, this can affect your car’s performance. This may come as no surprise, but the majority of car accident claims are made during the winter months. Mainly due to longer periods of darkness, rain, damp and fog, all of which contribute in making winter driving less safe.

In this blog, we shall be outlining some key winter driving tips, as well as detail how you can make sure your tyres are safe to use this winter.

Winter Driving Tips:

The first tip for driving safely in the winter is to always be prepared. It is essential to keep some winter provisions in the car in case you get stranded such as a blanket, shovel, warm clothes (jacket and boots), ice scraper, deicer and bottled water. Also, it is advisable to keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.

The second tip on our list is to always remember to take extra care. When driving in wintry conditions, there are three key things to remember: slow down in icy or wet conditions; triple check that the road is clear around you when making any manoeuvres and drive slowly and smoothly; and, lastly, ensure your car is in good working order and that your brakes and tyres are not worn.

Tyre Safety Tips:

Driving this time of year can be dangerous, it is important to be aware of the risks and potential hazards you may encounter. To ensure safety on the road this winter, we have compiled a list of tyre safety tips you can follow.

  • Make sure your tyres have adequate tread depth. You can check you are safe and legal by taking the 20p test
  • Ensure your tyres are properly inflated. It is advisable to check these at least once a month, and particularly before any long journeys
  • Check the condition of your tyres. Are there any lumos, bulges, cracks or objects embedded in the tread that need removing?
  • Don’t forget your spare tyre
  • Consider fitting winter weather tyres during the winter period. Winter tyres provide much better safety and grip when the temperature falls below 7 °C
  • Visit your nearest tyre dealer for a tyre safety check

If you are based in Birmingham or Solihull, Longbridge Tyres make an ideal solution to ensure tyre safety during the winter months, particularly if you are looking for new tyres, replacement tyres or performance tyres

Contact Us

If your vehicle needs new tyres, contact Longbridge Tyres today. We cater to a large customer base with different requirements – whether that is for cars, vans, 4x4s, and even performance vehicles. You can contact our team by calling 0121 457 7582 or filling out our online contact form.

Safety Advice for Driving This Summer

Safety Advice for Driving This Summer

With each new season comes a new set of challenges to manoeuvre when driving. This is true for specific winter car maintenance and driving in the snow, and also driving in the rain, but it’s also true for summer because there are plenty of hazards to look out for and things to consider.

Here at Longbridge Tyres, we specialise in providing tyres for all kinds of vehicles – whatever the weather. We’ve used this experience to talk you through some summer driving advice in our latest blog post below.

Maintenance

To begin with, maintenance is as important as ever in the summer. You always want to keep your car on the road as much as you can, so here’s what will help when the weather gets warmer:

  • Check your tyres. The high temperatures, matched with low tyre pressure, can compromise weak spots and lead to more punctures.
  • Overheating, naturally, is a common issue for cars in the summer. To help try and prevent this, keep your coolant topped up and look for white/wet marks on the coolant hoses. You can also listen for a particularly noisy fan while idling (just make sure this isn’t because your air conditioning is turned up).
  • Fuel efficiency can be an issue in the summer because of increased air conditioning usage and potential road trips. Use a roof box and close the windows when possible for aerodynamics, and match your tyre pressure to the recommended reading for the number of passengers in the vehicle to help get around this.
  • Your windscreen is essential and can become hazardous in the summer if you don’t take care of it with washer fluid and even cleaning spray. Bugs, heat, and old windscreen wipers can cause this, so keep an eye out for smudging and keep your windscreen clean.

Hayfever

As unassuming as it might seem, hayfever can actually be extremely dangerous for road users. It’s estimated that 2 million drivers have either had an accident, near miss or lost control of their vehicle due to hayfever. The number of accident/near accidents caused by hayfever makes sense when you consider that, when travelling at 70mph, you can travel up to 100min the time it takes to sneeze. With that in mind, be sure to slow down and increase your distance to the vehicle in front if you feel you’re about to sneeze.

To help reduce the dangers hayfever has on driving, there are measures you can take. Stay prepared with sunglasses, by closing the vents in your car, getting your pollen filters changed, keeping tissues on hand, and regularly cleaning your car – especially the floor mats. You should also be careful of the effects of hayfever medication, which can cause drowsiness and blurred vision.

Road Trips

With millions of people going on their summer holidays, and many of these requiring long road trips, safety on long journeys in the summer is an important consideration. For example, the longer days can be deceiving and make it seem like you’ve been driving for less time than you have.

Firstly, you need to make adequate vehicle checks before setting off on a road trip.

You should then also make some preparations to ensure tiredness does not cloud your judgement when driving. Take breaks on journeys that are over three hours – for at least 20 minutes every third hour – and take breaks on long journeys shorter but more frequent.

Avoiding big meals, drinking, and hangovers – all three of which are very common summer holiday activities – when driving a long journey are also essential for beating tiredness and staying safe on the roads this summer.

Final Considerations

There are also some other things to beware of in order to stay safe while driving in the summer. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Loose chippings from road repairs
  • Throwing cigarettes into verges/grassy areas, because this can cause fires
  • Tractors, which are not required to use brake lights or signals unless it’s dark
  • Rain – after the sun comes the rain and all parts of this are dangerous, whether that is as the rain starts to fall, while it is heavy, or after it has finished

Longbridge Tyres

If you need new tyres this summer, contact Longbridge Tyres. We serve Birmingham, Solihull, and the local area with all of the highest quality tyres – including performance tyres.

To learn more, contact us by calling 0121 457 7582 or filling out our simple contact form.

A Guide to Buying Replacement Tyres

A Guide to Buying Replacement Tyres

Tyres are essential for car safety and also performance, so choosing the right replacement tyres when the time comes is imperative. There are a few key considerations to make when buying new tyres, and those include the different ratings, performance, and budget. Longbridge Tyres use our industry expertise to go into more detail about these important features in our latest blog post below.

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The Tyre Manufacturing Process

The Tyre Manufacturing Process

Although there is no ‘set in rubber’ tyre manufacturing process, we can begin to take a look at a crude rendition in order to better understand the intricacies of producing ‘shoes for cars’. What’s more, since tyres are partially responsible for the steering, braking, and handling of your car, it can make us feel a little more at ease to understand the complexity and exhaustive nature of the operation on the whole.

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The History of the Dunlop Tyres in Birmingham

While many of us may have driven past Fort Dunlop, just off the M6 at junction 5, not so many of us will be aware that this location is the original tyre factory and main office of Dunlop Rubber. In fact, it is not very widely known that Dunlop Rubber was founded in Birmingham with John Boyd Dunlop discovering and developing the first pneumatic tyre.

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