Tyres in the Winter

While it hasn’t been the coldest winter in recent years it appears that we could be in for a very cold and snowy February. When driving in these winter months how often do you think about your tyres? Are they able to withstand the slippery conditions which are fast approaching? If you’re not sure – carry out our quick and easy checklist to discover if your tyres are safe enough.

Regular Tyre Checks

Every month check your tyres for any wear or damage, and ensure the tread depth is within safe and legal ranges to make sure your tyres give you the best control and safety while driving in the rain, ice and snow.

When inspecting your tyres be on the lookout for:

– A low tread depth
– Irregular wear and tear
– Air pressure – don’t let air out of your tyres to get more grip – it doesn’t work, and it’s unsafe
– Any damage to the wheel and sidewalls
– Any punctures or foreign objects stuck in the wheel
– Ageing Tyres
– Chains – Only use snow chains if there’s enough snow to prevent damage to the road

Our top tip for anyone who wants their tyres to last longer is to check them regularly for the above and make sure they have the correct tyres fitted and that they have the correct amount of air in them. Tyre pressure will affect performance and could make your tyres last longer. If you have any questions on tyre safety or would like our friendly and knowledgeable team to  help you carry out your tyre checks contact Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today!

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Wet Weather Driving Tips

We’re well into Autumn now and as we well know cold, dark and wet days are coming in. Stay safe on the road with Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury’s top wet weather driving tips!

Avoid Puddles and Floods

Driving across large puddles can cause aquaplaning which causes a loss of control of your vehicle. We’ve spoken about this before in detail so make sure to read our article on aquaplaning here.

If there’s room to safely navigate past a puddle at the side of the road then try to drive close to the center of the road, be extra slow and cautious for oncoming traffic who may be avoiding another puddle on their side. After driving through a large body of water remember to give your brakes a quick dab to release some of the water on the pads and ensure they’re functioning correctly.

If you come across a flooded road the best option is to find another route if available. If you have to cross the flood then select a low gear and drive slowly across the shallowest part you can. Remember your brake checks after leaving the water.

Tyre Tread Depth

Your car tyres must always have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the tyre with no cuts or bulges anywhere. Not only is a tread depth lower than this illegal, it will severely impact the grip of your tyres and could lead to a dangerous situation. If you have any questions or concerns about your tyres you can read more about our tyres Aylesbury services here.

Lights

Dark morning and early evenings means your lights will be on for a considerable amount of time each day. Make sure to turn all of your lights including indicators and fog lights and confirm they are all working correctly.

 

If you have any questions about your car tyres Aylesbury or any other vehicle enquiries, get in touch with Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today and our friendly and knowledgeable team will be glad to help you!

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Eco Driving – Save fuel, save money, save the environment

As fuel prices are soaring we’re all becoming more and more aware of how much it’s costing us to fill up our tank. Many people aren’t aware though that altering the way that you drive can drastically cut down on the fuel you use which can save you hundreds of pounds a year!

Follow these simple tips and you’ll make you fuel go much further.

Prechecks:

Get your car serviced regularly! Time and use wears down your vehicles components and by getting a service any issues can be spotted and fixed, many of which can lead to a more fuel efficient drive. Also make sure your tyre pressures are correct as under inflated tyres will cause you to use more fuel.

Additionally you should try to reduce weight and drag by not loading your car with unnecessary weight such as roof racks and unneeded items in the boot.

Avoid short trips

Cold starts will use more fuel, the easiest way to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption is not to drive at all! If you can, walk, cycle or take public transport. If that isn’t an option try to combine short trips. Need to grab some milk, post a letter and pick your kids up from school in the afternoon? Try and do it all in one trip rather than 3!

Select higher gears

If you can, try to drive in the highest suitable gear. Changing gear up early will cause the engine to work less therefore saving fuel.

Keep on rolling!

Avoiding constant stop-starts is a great way to save fuel. Slow down early for traffic lights and hazards on the road and let the car roll slowly, you’ll find many times you will be able to pick speed up again once it’s clear without having to stop the car!

Drive smoothly

Drive smoothly and accelerate gently. Always look as far down the road as you can so you have plenty of time to react to the situation ahead, this will allow you plenty of time to accelerate and brake smoothly.

Book a service (again!)

We’ve already mentioned this but there are so many parts of the car that can cause reduced fuel efficiency that a car service will identify and resolve.

For car servicing in Aylesbury make sure to call us at Tyred & Exhausted on 01296 432 552 today!

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Driving in the snow, beast from the east returns!

It looks like the beast from the east is coming back this month!

After over a week of snow and icy conditions early this month there’s reports that more may be coming in the next couple of weeks! Hopefully you tried to avoid any unnecessary trips last time around but in case the winter weather does come back here are some tips on how to deal with the treacherous conditions.

Journey Plans

Make sure to plan your journey carefully before leaving the house, taking care to consider areas that are going to be exposed to snow and icy conditions such as back lanes and hills.

Leave in plenty of time

As well as having time to defrost your windows, heat up the car and remove the snow from your roof it’s important that you’re not in a rush while driving, especially in dangerous conditions where being impatient brings many dangers.

Make sure that you fully wipe the inside of your windows so you can see the road well and pack some snacks, drinks and a blanket just in case you do happen to get stuck.

Check you screenwash

Use a good quality screenwash that protects against freezing.

Check your Tyres

Check your tyres for sufficient tread. Bald tyres will not give you any grip when driving on snow and ice.

Consider changing to snow tyres if you live in an area where snow is common.

 

If you have any concerns about driving in the snow and ice such as tyres with little to no tread call Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today on 01296 432552 and we’d be happy to help!

 

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Summer Driving Tips

The Summer weather seems to have taken a long time to turn up this year but we’re finally seeing blue skies and dry weather! We’ve compiled a list of summer driving tips to make sure your summer driving goes as smoothly as possible!

Summer Car Maintenance

These days cars are much more reliable in the hot summer weather but you should still make sure to maintain your vehicle.

  • Ensure the condition of your tyres are good and that your tyre pressure is correct, high temperatures can cause more damage to under inflated tyres. Also, make sure to check the tyres on any towed trailers or caravans!
  • Keep a clean pair of sunglasses in the car at all times to make sure you can safely see the road ahead when the sun is in front of you.
  • Check and top up your oils, coolants and windscreen wiper fluid.

Plan Ahead

The roads get extremely busy this time of year with everyone off on their holidays, make sure to plan your journey ahead of time and pack food and water. If you are going on long journeys make sure you’re well rested as the summer heat can tire you making driving more hazardous. If you begin to feel tired pull over somewhere safe for a 15-minute nap and a strong coffee.

Road Conditions

The hot temperatures can cause road surfaces to product loose chippings which can damage your headlights, windows and paintwork. Make sure to stick to all speed limits and keep an eye out for temporary speed limits where roads may have become damaged.

Tractors and Horses

You’re bound to see many tractors and horses on country lanes in the summer. Make sure to keep your distance at a safe speed and only overtake if you’re sure you have plenty of room to pass.

 

We hope these tips help you driving this summer! If you have any questions about the condition of your vehicle call our experts today on 01296 432552!

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What checks are involved during an MOT test in Aylesbury and what can you do to avoid failing?

If you need an MOT test in Aylesbury, we have a great experience and know-how of the easy checks that can help you avoid a first-time failure. There are many items checked during an MOT and we, unfortunately, see many faults that fail the test that could be avoided with routine maintenance.

We’ve compiled this list of just some of the checks that must be carried out during an MOT and simple ways you can avoid failing the test with just a little maintenance.

Tyres

The tread depth of your tyres must be above the legal limit of 1.6mm in a continuous band around each tyre. Tyres will also be examined for any cuts, tears, bulges and any other type of damage or deformity.

Occasionally check the tread depth of your tyres and look for any damage and replace them as necessary to avoid failing an MOT when the time comes.

Brakes

The condition of your brakes and pedals are checked as well as a brake performance test. Additionally, any warning lights related to your brakes will also be inspected to ensure they are working correctly.

You can read more about looking after and inspecting the state of your brakes in our post here.

Electrics and Lamps

All indicators and reflectors on the vehicle must be securely positioned, easily visible and not affected by any other light on the vehicle and function with a single switch operation. Headlight dim levels will be tested to ensure they do not temporarily blind other drivers and light colours are also checked to ensure they are mainly white and any pairs of lights are both the same colour.

The horn on the vehicle will be tested to ensure it is loud and continuous, all electrical sockets are checked that they correctly operate and the battery is inspected to confirm it is secure and not showing any signs of leakage.

If you notice any lights not working correctly or emitting the wrong colour make sure to get them fixed or replaced as soon as possible.

Steering and Suspension

Steering oil levels will be checked and all aspects of the steering will be tested to ensure everything works correctly. The steering lock mechanism must work correctly and all dashboard warning lights related to steering will be checked.

You can read more about dashboard warning lights in our post here.

Is your MOT certificate expiring soon? Book your MOT test in Aylesbury now.

These are just a small selection of the items that are checked during an MOT. Here at Tyred and Exhausted we provide full MOT testing in Aylesbury, contact us now to book an MOT test in Aylesbury!

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Spring Driving Advice

We’re finally getting out of the cold, wet winter and Spring is just around the corner. The days are beginning to get longer and with such a busy time ahead now is the perfect time to get ready for a Spring Clean! There are many driving challenges coming in the next couple of months so here is our list of Spring driving advice.

Spring clean your car

The morning sun is out earlier every day and at the end of March the clocks go forward to British Summer Time. While this is great to see the sun will still be low in the early mornings so make sure your windscreen is clean as a dirty windscreen will dramatically impair your vision. It’s also a good idea to store a pair of sunglasses in your car in case the sun begins to blind you.

Give your car a good clean, both in and out as your interior may have become damp and dirty over the winter due to boots and wet clothing.

Give your car a check up

After cleaning your vehicle this is a great time to check all of your oil levels, windscreen wiper fluid etc. and top them all up. Don’t forget to inspect your tyres to ensure they are the correct depth (you can read more about this in our article on tyre tread depth by clicking here). Inspect each tyre for any cuts or damage and replace them if neccesary – don’t forget the spare!

Prepare for changeable weather

We all know how quickly the weather can change during Spring, one minute it can be dry and sunny and then suddenly you’re in a hail storm. Always be prepared for the weather to change, remember to give yourself plenty of room to brake in the rain and drive at a safe speed.

More hazards on the road

Expect to see many more hazards on the road, particularly people and animals! The improving weather will bring out more pedestrians, hikers and horse riders and soon there will be much more wildlife out and about. Always be on the lookout for potential hazards, especially in bad weather.

Do you require help setting your car up for Spring?

If you require any assistance checking and replacing your tyres, or have any other issues with your vehicle, call Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today on 01296 432552 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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Driving Safe in the Autumn

As we wave goodbye to the summer for another year we can already see Autumn setting in and with it comes a new set of driving risks you should be aware of.

Wet Leaves

We’ve talked about the hazards of driving across wet leaves on our blog before but it really is a situation where you must take care as you can quickly lose tyre traction even at lower speeds which increase the risk of losing control of your vehicle. A deep tyre tread will give you the best road traction so make sure your tyres are in great condition and replace them if they show signs of wear.

Sunlight

In the autumn the sun is blindingly bright especially at lower angles during sunrise and sunset. Accidents due to sun blindness are highest during the Autumn so we recommend keeping a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle and using the sun visor when appropriate. If you do get blinded by the sun you should slow down immediately until your vision is back to normal.

You should also always make sure your windscreen is clean both inside and out and free of any chips or scratches as these can intensify the glare from the sun.

Pedestrians

Of course we always need to look out for pedestrians but with the evenings closing in there will be more people outside when it gets dark than during the summer, including children. You should be extra vigilant of any pedestrians crossing roads and make sure to keep a safe speed when driving through residential areas.

General Vehicle Maintenance for Driving Safe in the Autumn

As well as being aware of the dangers above it’s also important to keep your vehicle regularly maintained and now is a great time to give it a once over. The hot summer weather can put a lot of wear on your battery so make sure to test it and replace it if required. Ensure your windscreen wipers are functioning correctly and you keep your wiper fluid bottle topped up. With more darkness in a day coming it’s extremely important you ensure that all of your lights are bright and working.

We hope these tips have helped prepare you for the Autumn! If you need help with any of the maintenance steps mentioned above including fixing chipped windscreens, replacing your battery or fitting new tyres call Tyred on Exhausted Aylesbury today on 01296 432552!

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Are your Windscreen Wipers working correctly?

Windscreen Wipers Aylesbury

windscreen-wipers

When thinking of vehicle safety Windscreen Wipers aren’t usually high on the list and as such are one of the most neglected items on vehicles, especially during the dry summer months. Many Windscreen Wiper blades are not replaced regularly enough and are cracked, worn and dried out causing them to not perform correctly and presenting a potentially dangerous situation when it starts to rain.

Windshield Wiper Blades are made from rubber and this rubber deteriorates over time. As they get older they become less flexible which stops them cleaning your windscreen correctly. They also go through extreme temperature changes, from the freezing winter ice and snow to the hot summer and this also causes damage to the blades. The sun actually bakes and dries out the rubber which hardens and deforms the blades while icy conditions harden the blades making them brittle and more likely to crack or even split.

Signs of a damaged windscreen wiper

There are many signs that a windscreen wiper and / or wiper blade is damaged, both visually and audibly.

wiper-signs

Streaking

Streaking can occur when the rubber on the wiper blade has hardened or cracked to sun exposure, or from dirt and grime such as oil, grease and road grit.

Chattering

Chattering is when the wiper blades jump and vibrate over the windscreen which cause them to miss areas of the glass where they are not in contact.

Smearing

When the wiper creates smears across the windshield this can mean the wiping edge of the blade has been rounded from use and is no longer sharp enough to effectively clear the water.

Split Rubber

Unwiped areas on the windscreen are a telltale sign of split rubber and you should inspect the blades for any signs of damage and replace them immediately.

Squeaking

Hearing an annoying squeaking sounds when the wipers are running is a sign that the blade rubber has become worn due to age.

Wiper Arms

While not as common as damage to the blades, a malfunction or damage to the wiper arms can also cause the blades to not keep correct contact with the windscreen which can also show some of the signs above. If you’ve inspected the blades and they appear to be in good condition then call us today on 01296 432552 and we will help you to diagnose if this is a wiper arm issue.

How often should I change my Windscreen Wiper Blades?

Wiper blades will age differently based on how often they are used and the temperature they are used in but we recommend changing them every 6 to 12 months. Impaired visibility due to damaged windscreen wipers is an extremely dangerous situation and it’s also against the law for them not to give you clear sight out of the windscreen.

We stock a variety of Windscreen Wiper Blades and can also assist you if you suspect your Wiper Arm has become damaged, stop by our garage in Aylesbury today or call 01296 432552 to speak to our helpful and friendly team!

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4 Wheel Alignment Aylesbury

4 Wheel Alignment Aylesbury

Have you recently noticed your car pulling to one side? Are you experiencing irregular tyre wear? Have you recently had a hard shock by hitting a kerb or driving into a pothole?

These are all common indicators of incorrect wheel alignment. Here at Tyred and Exhausted we provide 4 wheel alignment Aylesbury, ensuring that all of your wheels are correctly aligned based on the manufacturer’s specifications. Driving with misaligned tyres can result in increased tyre wear and fuel consumption.

What Does 4 Wheel Alignment Aylesbury Involve?

The process of correctly aligning tyres involves making sure all wheels are at the optimum angle to ensure the car drives straight and handles well.

The main three things to check:

Toe:

car-toe-in-toe-out

The toe of a tyre is how far the tyres point inwards or outwards. A positive toe (or toe in) means the tyre points inwards towards the centreline of the vehicle. A negative toe (or toe out) is the opposite and determines how far outwards the tyre points away from the vehicle.

Camber:

Camber

The camber angle is how much a tyre leans vertically towards or away from the vehicle when viewed from the front or back of the vehicle. Negative camber means the top of the tyre is leaning towards the car. Too much negative camber will cause increased wear on the inside edge of the tyre. Positive camber means the top of the tyre is leaning away from the car. Too much positive camber will cause increased wear on the outside edge of the tyre. Not all road vehicles are able to have their camber adjusted.

Caster:

caster

Caster is how far forward or behind the steering axis is to the vertical axis when viewed from the side. Positive caster is when the steering axis is in front of the vertical axis and improves the stability of the car when driving in a straight line. Negative caster is when the steering axis is behind the vertical axis and is usually only on older vehicles, modern cars use positive caster.

Benefits of 4 Wheel Alignment Aylesbury

Correct alignment of your tyres have many benefits including better handling and safety, increased tyre life and reduced fuel consumption. Tyres can last thousands of miles longer when correctly aligned so it’s important to check your alignment periodically and after any hard hits on kerbs, potholes or speed bumps.

To make sure your wheels are correctly aligned call Tyred and Exhausted today on 01296 432552 for the best 4 wheel alignment Aylesbury!

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