How to Drive Safely in the Rain

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.

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Facts About Recycling Tyres

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.

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MOT Checklist: What You Need to Look Out For

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.

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Increased Fines for Using a Mobile Phone While Driving

Back on March 1st, driving fines for using a mobile phone while driving hiked as the government cracked down on careless driving with drivers facing even tougher penalties than before. And first-time offenders will not be able to take a remedial training course, similar to how speeding offences are currently working for first-time speeders.

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How to Tell If Your Tyre Tread Is Legal

Checking that your tyre tread meets the legal requirements is by far the most important check you make on your car. Driving on a tyre below the legal minimum requirement is not only a danger to yourself but a danger to all other drivers on the road. Your car needs to be fitted with the correct type and size of tyre for the purpose of your type of car and driving.

Current UK Law

UK law requires all tyre tread must be above 1.6mm deep across ¾ of the tread around the circumference of the entire tyre, however it is highly advised by vehicle manufacturers that tyres are changed once the tyre tread is below 3mm deep. If you’re caught driving on a bald tyre or a tyre with a tread below 1.6mm, you could be faced with a £2,500 fine and receive three points on your license – and that’s per tyre. If all four tyres do not meet legal requirements then you could be facing a £10,000 fine and will lose your license. Continue reading “How to Tell If Your Tyre Tread Is Legal”

Car DIY Tricks: How to Repair a Flat Tyre

Finding a flat tyre is the last thing you want, but is almost inevitable if you spend a lot of time in your car. Either your tyre tread will wear away and be deemed illegal to drive or you will suffer from a flat tyre. Of course, the quickest and simplest solution would be to replace the tyre for a new one. We have a number of branded performance tyres to replace your punctured tyre, so you can get your car back on the road as soon as possible. But for those on a budget, a new tyre simply isn’t an option.

As set out by the British Standard BS AU159, all tyres must be removed in order to judge internal damage. They detail the rules that must be adhered to when checking damage, deciding how to repair a tyre, and with what material.

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How To Increase the Life of Your Performance Tyres

With 45.5 million people driving on the roads in Britain, driving conditions are becoming harder, more congested, and the life of tyres aren’t lasting like they used to. Making the life of your performance tyres last longer isn’t as easy as it seems and paying out for a decent set of wheels is a pretty expensive purchase. Making your original tyres last as long as possible before they pack in is a task, but we’ve compiled some useful tips and tricks to squeeze as much life into your tyres before they need replacing.

No matter how much money you spend on expensive performance tyres, how long your tyres last comes down to how you treat them and your driving habits. Once you’ve forked out for them, it’s up to you to make them last as long as possible and get the most from their potential.

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