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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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