With a bank holiday weekend coming up, many Brits are going to be preparing for a road trip. When it comes to going on a road trip, though, we need to be sure our cars are as prepared as we are as the last thing you want is a breakdown – let alone one that is potentially hundreds of miles from home.
Although there is no ‘set in rubber’ tyre manufacturing process, we can begin 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.
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.
When we think of British motoring events, we often cast our minds to the Goodwood Festival of Speed – or perhaps the Formula One British Grand Prix – but the West Midlands has some fantastic offerings in this field.
Here at Longbridge Tyres, we are motoring enthusiasts that just happen provide new and performance tyres for customers throughout Birmingham and Solihull, so we have put together a few of the best motoring events within an hour of Solihull for your perusal.
With the weather taking an extreme turn recently, car maintenance is all the more important to ensuring safety on the roads this winter. Our last blog detailed some advice for driving safely in the snow, but this time we will be helping you ensure your car is running properly with the excess stress of the cold weather.
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The British winter weather is pretty unpredictable and you can never really be prepared for driving in snow, as the weather can never make its mind up. However, when it does snow, it’s important you know how to drive appropriately for the weather, as icy and wet roads can cause disruption to the roads and dramatically affects your driving ability. If the weather is exceptionally bad and the snow is heavy, then avoid leaving the house at all if possible. Adverse weather is not only dangerous but can also be frightening for new and less experienced drivers.
With all the important information that is on the wall of a tyre, it can be easy to lose track of what you’re looking at. However, it’s imperative to understand the limits of your tyres and what they have been designed to handle. You can find an insight into tyre speed rating below.
Living in the UK, we understand the weather can – oftentimes – be less favourable for those less-inclined to rain. This wet weather can be especially treacherous when driving, as the water can lead to a multitude of factors that hinder safety. In light of this, we decided to put together a few key points that will help you drive safely when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Rubber was once such a commodity, that it was almost equal to silver in value per pound. At that time, which was around the 1940s, tyre recycling was essential purely due to the expense of the material. Today, recycling tyres is essential due to the environmental implications of dumping them on landfill sites, the amount of tyres we use, and the potential uses for ‘end-of-life’ tyres. Here at Longbridge Tyres, as our name suggests, we are experts on all things tyres – that’s why we thought we’d run you through a few facts about recycling tyres.
It’s the time of year we all dread, especially if you have an older car, the unpleasant MOT test. It’s estimated that roughly 1.5 million drivers will fail their MOT test per year, so it’s vital you know how your car works and know if it’s running smoothly, as it should. We’ve put together a little MOT checklist to help you improve your MOT results and make the bill a bit smaller.