Autumn Driving Advice

The leaves are turning, the days are getting shorter and Halloween lurks around the corner – Autumn has arrived! Here are some of Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury’s top Autumn driving tips!

Visibility

Low sun in the sky can cause temporary blindness when driving in the early morning and evening. Make sure to keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car, give your windscreen a good clean inside and out to remove any glare from the dirt and check and replace your wiper blades if they’re worn.

Use Antifreeze

Antifreeze is important all year round but now is the time to make sure yours is at a good level. Your cars manual will provide details of which antifreeze to use but if you’re unsure contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!

Wet Leaves

We’ve talked about the hazards of driving across wet leaves on our blog many times 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. Make sure your tyres have a good tread depth and replace them if required.

Pedestrians and Other Hazards

With the evenings getting darker earlier it’s easy to forget that there will still be many people out and about including children after school. Be extra vigilant, especially in urban 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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Summer driving tips are here again!

Summer has returned again! Between road trips, late evening drives and even afternoons in the local pub garden, here our some of our top tips for enjoying a safe drive this summer!

General car inspection and top off fluids

If you haven’t in a while now is the perfect time to spend a few minutes looking over the general condition of your car and looking out for any potential problems including checking your tyres and making sure your brakes are working correctly.

In this hot weather your fluid levels may deplete quicker than usual so ensure your coolant, oil and wiper fluids are all topped up!

Avoid getting into a baking hot car!

We’ve all been there. First you burn your hand on the car door and as soon as it opens you can hardly breath from the hot air inside – don’t even get us started on trying to safely hold onto a piping hot steering wheel!

You can avoid most of these issues by parking in the shade if possible. If your car is in a safe place you can see then keep a window slightly open will help air circulate and if you know in advance you’re going for a drive it may be worth putting the air-con on for a few minutes before setting off.

Finally, purchasing a sunshade for your car should make your steering wheel cool enough to handle when you get in!

Keep the sun out of your eyes!

We always recommend keeping a spare pair of sunglasses in your glove box, you don’t want to be squinting your eyes while trying to drive and the late evening sun in the summer can completely blind you while driving.

Always be prepared for anything

In the summer months it’s not just usual road traffic you have to account for. There will be significantly more pedestrians on the street, kids chasing stray footballs into the road, horse riders down country lanes and much more wildlife bolting out from the side of the road. Keep your wits about you and be prepared for anything!

Enjoy a well deserved drink!

Nothing beats spending the afternoon in a pub garden with a frosty beer or glass of wine. Don’t ruin it by driving under the influence, get a friend to pick you up or take public transport.

 

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful! During the above car inspections if you do find something that concerns you don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01296 432552 or click here to contact us and our expert team will be glad to help you with all of your Tyres, Exhausts and MOTs Aylesbury needs!

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How to get the best out of your tyres?

Your tyres are the most important safety feature of your car. They are the only part of your car in constant contact with the road and many accidents are caused by faults in tyres.

If you follow these simple tips you can lower the risk of your tyres causing you any problems and possibly increase the time between needing to change your tyres.  Don’t forget to check the spare tyre in your vehicle too if you have one.

Check the tyres air pressure

Keeping your tyres at the correct air pressure can help reduce wearing and improve your cars fuel efficiency, handling, turning and braking.  On top of that, a tyre at the wrong pressure is much more susceptible to a more serious blow out which can have a devastating effect if it happens at anything more than a crawling pace.  Your tyre will constantly lose pressure so it is important to keep checking the pressure in your tyres even if they are ok now.  If you don’t know the recommended pressure for your car, you can find it in the owner’s manual.

To check your tyre pressure you can purchase a pressure gauge from your local auto part retailer or for a simpler approach nearly every petrol station has a tyre pump that includes a pressure gauge.  It is important to make sure you don’t lose the dust cap as they offer great protection against the dust and dirt thrown up by the road.

Check the tyres’ tread depth

Having the correct tread on your tyres is an essential safety check.  Without it, the car will not have a decent grip on the road, will not break correctly or accelerate as expected and you will likely not be as fuel efficient as normal. Ensure the tread depth on your tyres is above the legal minimum of 1.6mm, remember this will cause your car to fail its MOT test as well as making your car much more dangerous to drive.

Look out for any unusual wear or damage

If you spot any bulges, cuts or tears on your tyres it is essential you get these checked by a professional immediately.  Sometimes the tyres can be repaired but often they may need to be replaced altogether.  Driving around with tyres like this can often lead to further complications such as a blowout.

Have your wheels aligned

If your wheels are out of alignment, you will very likely get uneven wear on your tyres which can weaken them and make them more prone to damage.  It can also reduce your control of the car and increase your fuel consumption. When you are having any tyres checked or replaced make sure that the alignment is checked.

Contact Tyred & Exhausted if you need to get your tyres checked, repaired or replaced.

 

 

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Keep your vehicle running safely with an oil change

A vehicle owner that wants to keep their car running at peak performance in addition to saving on fuel mileage, costly repair and replacement services should get a regular oil change during their next car service. Book now for your next car service in Aylesbury

Regular oil changes protect your vehicle’s engine

The engine in a vehicle is its most vital part, which is why a regular oil change is so important. Oil changes promote good overall health for your vehicle’s engine by properly lubricating and cleaning the internal parts. Since the engine is one of the most expensive areas of a vehicle, it can be quite costly when parts are compromised. You can avoid costly car repair or replacement services by adopting regular vehicle maintenance services.

An oil change in addition to other maintenance services such as a car service in Aylesbury, tyre rotation, and brake check will help it continue to run properly. Through a sound and thorough inspection, you can learn about all the maintenance, repair, or replacement services you need for your vehicle that will help it run at peak performance. The best indicator of the maintenance, replacement, or repair services your vehicle may need will be through a thorough inspection of your vehicle by a well-trained car technician.

If you are unsure of the importance of an oil change for your vehicle, you should note that this maintenance service is essential for keeping the engine components protected, cool, and lubricated from harsh weather conditions. This service is even more vital for the performance of your vehicle as it ages because the parts tend to break down over time due to the friction of the moving parts of the engine. If you make sure the parts of the engine are protected by getting regularly scheduled oil changes, the vehicle will most likely last longer.

Ignoring oil changes could be an expensive decision

If you feel that you will save money by skipping an oil change for your vehicle, you should consider how much it will cost if one or more internal parts of the engine are damaged. As mentioned earlier, the engine is one of the most expensive parts of a car and repair or replacement services can become very costly. Getting regular oil changes will not only save on costly repairs but will save on the time and inconvenience that can result when parts of your vehicle’s’ engine become compromised and your vehicle is no longer operational.

Book your car service in Aylesbury

Here at Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury our experts will be happy to help you with your oil change and any other vehicle issues you may have. Call us today on 01296 432552 to speak to our friendly staff and see what we can do to help!

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Preparing to drive on ice, snow and wet leaves…

Winter road conditions can be really challenging, especially when snow and ice strike. Here’s how to stay safe…

Batteries and electrics

Car batteries rarely last longer than five years.  The extra demands on them in the winter, thanks to lights, heating and wipers can highlight a failing battery.

Tips

  • Ensure loads like lights, heated rear window and wipers are switched off before trying to start the engine.
  • Don’t hold the starter for more than short five-second bursts.
  • If the engine doesn’t start quickly, wait 30 seconds before trying again.
  • If you don’t use your car often, give it a regular overnight trickle charge.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze in your enginer radiator only costs a few pounds, but a frozen and cracked engine costs hundreds to repair. You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water for the winter – this protects your engine down to -34C. Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze. Make sure you use the right type. Some types of antifreeze need changing after only two years. Check your service schedule.

Antifreeze is also part of your screenwash.  Your summer screenwash is unlikely to have enough so empty your screen wash and refill it with a winter mix.

Troubleshooting

A continuous squealing noise when you start up probably means the water pump’s frozen – it’s the fan belt slipping on the pulley. Stop the engine straight away and let it thaw out. This could take days unless you can move it into a heated garage.

If your car overheats a few miles from home, it’s likely that the radiator has frozen. Stop straight away so you don’t cause more serious damage.

Vision

Clean your windscreen inside and out.
Keep the windscreen and other windows clear of dirt, snow and stickers, to avoid a fine.
Clear snow from the roof – it can fall onto the windscreen and block your view.
Air-con demists the screen faster and reduces condensation.
Replace worn or damaged wiper blades.
Don’t leave your wipers on auto when you park up if there’s a risk of frost. If the blades freeze to the screen, you could damage the blades or wiper motor when you turn the ignition on.
Use a suitable additive in your screenwash to reduce the chance of it freezing.

Visibility

Make sure all lights are working and lenses clean.
If the roads are really mucky you might have to clean your lights after every trip.
Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines.
If you have to clear snow, don’t forget the lights – front and back.
You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

Tyres

We recommend at least 3mm of tread for the winter.
Don’t let air out of your tyres to get more grip – it doesn’t work, and it’s unsafe.
Only use snow chains if there’s enough snow to prevent damage to the road.
Think about getting winter tyres or all-season tyres – these are made from a special rubber that gives better grip in cold, wet conditions.
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Snow and ice

Take it slow – with stopping distances 10 times longer, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.

Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.
Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
Uphill – leave plenty of room or wait until it’s clear so you don’t have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid having to change gear on the hill.
Downhill – slow down before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can to the car in front.
If you have to use your brakes, apply them gently.
If you drive an Automatic, check the handbook – some have a winter mode or recommend selecting ‘2’ in slippery conditions.
If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip.

Before you set off

Allow extra time for winter journeys.
Try to get up at least 10 minutes early, to give you time to de-ice the car.
Check fuel levels – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
Don’t drive off like a tank-commander, with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen.
Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer.
Use a cigarette lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock.
Plan routes to favour major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted.

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Do Front or Rear Car Tyres wear out first?

Regularly checking the wear of your tyres is important for both safety and legal reasons. Driving with worn tyres will decrease the amount of grip they provide and if the tyre treads are below a certain depth from wearing out then it’s illegal to drive on them altogether!

A question we’ve been asked before is do all tyres wear out at the same rate or do the front or back tyres wear faster? This is a great question and should be taken into consideration when checking your tyres for wear.

Generally the front pair of tyres will wear out faster, this is due to several reasons:

1) The front wheels perform the steering of the vehicle and therefore move much more than the rear tyres, every time you turn the steering wheel the front tyres will generate more friction as they rotate against the road.

2) The front wheels generally take more impacts than the rear tyres. Hazards such as potholes, debris on the road and hitting kerbs will again cause them to degrade faster and make them more susceptible to punctures if they’re not in a good condition.

3) The front wheels also carry the majority of the load of the vehicle. There is a lot of weight from the engine, braking force load etc. which will cause more wear on these front tyres than the rears.

How can I prolong the life of my tyres?

The best way to reduce uneven wear between the front and rear pairs of tyres is to rotate your tyres every 6 months or 6,000 miles. By swapping the front and rear tyres you help to keep the wear on all of them even and should also help get the most life from your tyres as possible!

There are several methods for deciding how tyres should be rotated so if you’re like to learn more or book a tyre rotation call Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury today on 01296 432552 and our expert and friendly team will be happy to assist you!

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Common Problems with your Brakes

Ensuring that your vehicle comes to a safe, controlled stop is extremely important. There are several components that make up your brakes and they all work together to quickly and safely slow your vehicle down, this means that if even one of them is failing it can put you and others in danger.

We hear many problems when it comes to customers brakes and we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common here so you know what to look out for.

Long Brake Travel

If you find you have to push your brake pedal down further than you should then this is usually a sign that your brake pads are starting to wear out. You should get this seen to as soon as possible as the brake pads may need replacing.

Soft Brake Pedal

A “spongy” feeling when applying your brakes is usually caused by air getting into the brake lines which prevents fluid from flowing properly. Usually bleeding the brakes will fix this issue.

Screeching or Grinding Noises

Hearing screeching, grinding or rubbing noises is a common problem we hear. Again this usually means that the brake pads or shoes are getting worn out and should be inspected immediately and replaced if necessary.

Brake Pedal or Steering Wheel Vibration

This unpleasant feeling is caused by warped brake rotors which means that they have uneven wear on them. Your brake rotors can be resurfaced to even out the surface or replaced completely if required.

Brake Warning Light on Dashboard

If your brake warning light appears this indicates that you have a fluid leak or have lost hydraulic pressure on one side. If you are having to pump the brake pedal to bring the vehicle to a halt then you should bring your vehicle to a garage immediately to diagnose and fix the problem, it’s suggested at this point to not drive your vehicle and instead have it towed to the garage.

Tyred and Exhausted can Diagnose these issues and fix your Brakes

If you are experiencing any of the problems listed here or any other issues with your brakes don’t ignore them! Our friendly experts are here to help you ensure your vehicle is safe and smooth to drive, call Tyred on Exhausted today on 01296 432552 to speak with the best team to service your brakes Aylesbury!

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Wet Weather Tyre Safety – Tread Depth

Wet Weather Safety for Tyres Aylesbury

October is here and with it comes bad weather. For the next few months we’ll surely spend a lot of time driving in the rain, but have you checked to make sure your tyres are safe and prepared for these conditions?

Tread depth is one of the most important checks to make, it’s what allows your tyres to clear the water between the outer tyre surface (contact patch) and the road. If the tread depth is too low you run the risk of aquaplaning, an extremely dangerous situation where your tyres are no longer making contact with the road due to the water.

During an aquaplane you will lose all ability to turn, brake and accelerate – it’s like you are sliding on ice. If this happens while cornering you will likely spin the vehicle and slide off the road.

How can I prevent this?

You should check the tread depth of your tyres at least once a month. Not only is running a low depth dangerous, it’s also illegal! The UK minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, if you are caught with a depth lower than this you could end up with a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your license for each illegal tyre!


Video explaining the cause and effects of aquaplaning, courtesy of TyreSafe

How can I check my tread depth?

A simple check to perform is the 20p test. Slide a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre, if the outer band of the coin is obscured then your tread is above the legal limit. If however, you can see the outer band of the coin when it’s placed in the groove then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe to drive on and should be checked immediately by a qualified professional. You should perform this test on all the grooves around each tyre to make sure they are legal all the way around.

While checking the tread depth also take this time to inspect each tyre for bulges and cuts, and remove any foreign objects such as stones.

If you are concerned that your tyres do not meet the legal tread depth limit, call Tyred and Exhausted today on 01296 432552 and we will be happy to help with your tyres Aylesbury!

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Understanding Dashboard Warning Lights

Have you ever been driving along and suddenly a warning light pops up on your dashboard and you’re not entirely sure what it means?

Here are 5 of the most common warning lights, and what to do if they appear.

Check Engine Light

If your engine warning light is constantly on it is signalling that there is a problem with the engine management system. It does not mean you’re about to break down but you should have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

If the engine light is blinking this indicates a severe engine malfunction. Reduce your speed and if the light stops flashing and instead illuminates constantly follow the advice above. If the light continues to flash you should stop your vehicle and have it checked immediately.

Battery Light

If the battery light doesn’t light up when switching on the ignition, or illuminates while driving, there is a fault which is stopping the battery from being charged. You should safely stop the vehicle get help from a professional immediately.

Oil Pressure Light

If the oil pressure light comes on you should stop the vehicle, turn off the engine and make sure the engine oil level is topped up. If the oil level is correct and the light is still on you should seek assistance immediately.

Brake System Light

If this light illuminates when your handbrake is not engaged your brake fluid levels are probably too low. Top up your brake fluid and the light should turn off, if it doesn’t there may be a sensor failure and you should visit a garage to get it checked.

ABS Light

If the ABS light illuminates while you are driving your vehicle it means that the ABS has malfunctioned. Your brakes should still be working fine but remember to be careful when slowing down your vehicle to avoid locking up your brakes until you can get the problem fixed.

 

You should never ignore these warning lights, if these or any other warning lights appear on your dashboard give us a call on 01296 432552 and our experts will be happy to help you resolve the problem!

Remember that the best defence against these failures is regular servicing of your vehicle, we pride ourselves on an incredible attention to detail and with our specialist tooling and diagnostic equipment we can meet all your servicing needs!

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Preparing your Vehicle for Spring

Winter is quickly disappearing and we’re all now looking forward to the Spring. Warmer weather and longer days are on their way and now is a great time to give your vehicle a Spring clean and make sure it’s in great condition for the months ahead.

After all the dashing around at Christmas, to getting into the swing of the New Year, it can be easy to forget to give your car a thorough check and ensure that your lights all function correctly, your tyres and brake pads aren’t worn and all the other checks are made to ensure your vehicle is reliable and safe.

Here at Tyred and Exhausted Aylesbury we’re here to help you get your Spring off to a great start and we’ve compiled a check list of some of the essential things to get you started on preparing your vehicle for spring. Please note that if in any doubt always consult a professional before attempting any maintenance.

Tyres

Make sure that your air pressure is correct for all tyres and thoroughly inspect each tyre for any wear or damage. You should also check the tread depth and if it’s getting shallow consider replacing your tyres.

Brakes

Your brake pads are an essential safety component and should be inspected to see if they are worn and require replacing.

Wipers

The harsh winter weather can take its toll on your wiper blades so make sure to check for any damage.

Lights

Make sure all of your interior and exterior lights are working. It can help to ask someone to stand outside the vehicle to watch while you alternate between indicators, fog, hazards etc.

Windscreen

Grit and small stones kicked up during the winter can cause chips in your windscreen and if they aren’t fixed the cracks can get worse.

Fluid Levels

Make sure to top up all of your fluid levels if required.

 Need Some Advice?

These are just a few items to look out for, if you’d like help servicing your vehicle or have any other enquiry make sure to contact Tyred and Exhausted today on 01296 432552 so we can help!

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