How to Prepare for Autumn and Winter

Be Ready for Autumn and Winter

The colder seasons present new hazards for motorists due to harsh weather conditions and reduced hours of daylight. Be prepared with TS Garage Services and our guide for how to prepare for autumn and winter.

TS Garage autumn and winter guide

Emergency Supplies

Nobody wants to break down, especially in the winter, but unfortunately it can happen. Be prepared and keep a care package in your boot filled with blankets, coats, a first aid kit, a torch, (with batteries), and even something to eat. Should the worse happen, at least you know you are prepared. Continue Reading →

How Poor Tyres and Brakes are Increasing Pollution

Environmental Damage

A new study has found that poor quality tyres and brakes are not only a danger to motorists, but also to the environment. The problem is surprisingly common, with one in six vehicles failing an MOT with a preventable tyre or brake fault.

The alarming data comes from Kings College London, where air pollution has only increased as a direct result of poor tyres and brakes. This is because of an increased strain on tyres and brakes, which is not only damaging them, but also roads. This damage results in small debris being produced, which can add to air pollution and even become inhaled.

The rate of debris causing pollution is over ruling the recent decrease in air pollution as a result of diesel exhaust improvements. This sets British air quality at an extremely low level and can endanger both motorists and pedestrians.

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Danger to Drivers

In addition to increasing air pollution, poor quality tyres and brakes can pose as a hazard to motorists. Damaged tyres and brakes can cause poor stopping distances and decrease car control. This can increase the chance of an accident on the roads.

These common faults can be extremely dangerous, yet easily preventable through regular and accurate vehicle maintenance.

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Whilst tyres and brakes are strong and sturdy, it is essential that they are well looked after and maintained. This can be done by regularly checking the tread of your tyres along with the strength of your brakes as frequently as weekly, or even daily!

To safely check your tyres and brakes, Direct Gov recommend,

‘You can use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre tread. The minimum tread for a car is 1.6mm.’

‘You can test your brakes every day as you set off. If you hear any strange noises, or if your car pulls to one side, contact your local garage immediately. You can also check your brake fluid levels. Look for the high/low markings on the reservoir and make sure that your brake fluid is topped up.’

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Alongside carrying out regular and thorough checks at home, be sure to visit you local garage frequently for expert advice. At TS Garage Services, we make it our top priority to ensure all motorists are safe and efficient. For further advice on your tyres and brakes, speak to one of our experts and get in touch.

 

 

AA REVIEW OF TYRES IN THE UK

DRIVEN TO THE EDGE: MORE THAN A THIRD OF CALL OUTS TO THE AA INVOLVE ILLEGAL OR DANGEROUS TYRES 

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London, 25 July 2016 — Thousands of motorists in the UK are potentially putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk by driving with dangerously low tyre tread, according to the latest data from the AA.

More than a third (37.2%) of drivers who called out the AA to fit new tyres were either driving with tread depths below the 1.6mm legal minimum (9.6%) – or were on the limit (27.6%).

The AA analysed thousands of call outs in 2016 to its team of specialist tyre fitters – providing a snapshot of the state of tyres on Britain’s roads.

The findings support new data from TyreSafe and Highways England* showing that of 340,000 tyres measured across the industry, 66% were below 2mm while 27% were illegal suggesting that up to 1 in 4 cars on Britain’s roads have at least one tyre that is illegal or barely legal.

Driving a vehicle with an illegal or defective tyre could lead to a police officer issuing a fixed penalty notice (£100 and three penalty points).  In serious cases an officer may report the case for prosecution.

A court can impose a fine of up to £2,500 plus three penalty points for each defective tyre – so in an extreme case a driver could be facing a £10,000 fine with 12 points which may lead to disqualification.

The law states that vehicle tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread throughout a continuous band in the centre three quarters of the tyre and around the entire circumference.

The AA and TyreSafe advise that new tyres should be replaced when tread depth reaches 2mm (3mm in winter).  Tyre pressures should be checked at least fortnightly, as well the general condition of the tyres, looking for cuts or bulges.

AA Tyres Review

Mark Shankland, co-founder of the AA’s mobile tyre fitting service, AA Tyres, comments:

“Our findings point to an alarming lack of concern about tyres by British drivers.

“With summer upon us, now is a good time to should check your tyres before heading off on a long trip and replace them if there is 2mm of tread or less remaining.”

“Take a look at your car’s handbook – or look for a label in the door shut or perhaps under the fuel filler flap or in the glovebox – which will tell you what your tyre pressures should be.  If you are taking all the family and luggage too, you may need to inflate your tyres to a higher pressure.”

“Remember that you have just four small patches of rubber that separate your car from the road.”

“If your tyres are worn or damaged, you’re putting your family at risk,” Mark Shankland points out.  “That’s quite apart from the risk of getting caught and facing a hefty fine.”

“The dangers of driving on bald or balding tyres are clear. Not only is the risk of a blow-out greater but stopping distances are significantly increased too, especially on a wet road.  If there’s a sudden summer downpour there’s a high chance of aquaplaning on worn tyres which means you lose control of your car with perhaps unthinkable consequences.”

Travel Safe – Tyre Checks and Fitting New Ones

To travel safely this summer, it is essential that your tyres are efficient and legal. This will ensure that both yourself, your family and other motorists are safe on the roads. It is important to carry out the following measures outlined by the AA:

  • “replace tyres when the tread depth reaches 2mm (3mm for winter tyres) – stopping distances are greater as tread depth reduces, especially in wet weather”
  • “an information panel in the drivers’ door frame or fuel filler flap gives tyre pressure information – check your handbook for pressure details”
  • “check pressures at least fortnightly when the tyres are cold – learn more about checking tyre pressures 
  • “have the same size and type of tyre supplied with the car – they must also be in good condition as a legal requirement”
  • “have the same brand and pattern of tyre on the same axle – different tyres may affect performance or road noise”
  • “the least worn tyres should be on the rear axle – newer tyres are less likely to puncture, and it’s harder to control a car with a deflated rear tyre”
  • “not carrying a serviceable spare might affect breakdown cover, so keep one handy”
  • “travelling to Europe? Some countries have different legal requirements – see AA’s European driving advice

It is also important to ensure you regularly visit your local garage for additional advice, tyre fittings and further services to ensure your car is running safely including MOTs and services. To book an appointment or speak to a vehicle maintenance professional, click here.

 

Ride to Work

With the ever-increasing congestion on the roads it is becoming more and more popular to take to two wheels for the commute to work. This can take the form of pedal cycles for the short commutes, but small motorcycles and scooters are becoming much more popular for the longer journeys. This is evidenced by the fact that there has been a significant increase in the sale of 101cc to 125cc motorcycles and scooters.

Many of you will have taken to two wheels as part of the Ride to Work Week (20 – 26 June), and
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British Car Repairs Among Best in the World

British cars among world’s best kept with £21.1 billion spent on service and repair every year.

British motorists spend £695 each every year looking after their cars – 12% more than the global average.

UK most competitive sector in Europe, with greatest share for independent service outlets.

Aftermarket sector generates £12.2 billion for the economy and supports 345,000 jobs repairing and maintaining Britain’s 30 million-plus cars. Continue Reading →

Driving in Europe this summer?

Whether you plan to take your own car over land and sea or opt for a fly-drive package with a hire car, here is our essential guide to safe driving in Europe once you reach your destination country.

Be prepared

Your sat-nav is your best friend. Just make sure your software is fully updated for the regions in which you will be driving. Also be aware of special compliance requirements, for example, in some countries it is illegal to use sat-nav equipment which uses radar to detect fixed location speed cameras. It is also a good idea not to completely rely on technology and carry a good old fashioned road map as a backup.

Keep yourself right

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North West 200 Week

This week sees one of the most exciting events on the motorcycle racing calendar and Ireland’s biggest outdoor sporting event- the North West 200.
Held annually against the spectacular backdrop of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, the festival attracts the finest road racers in the business, including the likes of Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness.

Northern Ireland is famous for its closed road racing and every year, thousands of petrol-heads are drawn to the 8.9 mile street circuit known as “the Triangle”, which links the towns of Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine. It is one of the fastest public road races in the world, with speeds regularly exceeding 200 mph.
The event was originally intended to be held the North West of Ireland, but never actually took place there. The stage was changed to the North-Antrim coast, but the name stuck. the “200” refers to the 200 mile distance over which the race was originally run.

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Towing Tips for Caravan Newbies

Touring caravans have been around since the 1800s, when well-to-do Victorian holidaymakers, inspired by the romantic idea of nomadic Romany life, first used kitted out horse-drawn trailers to satisfy their seasonal wanderlust. The idea caught on and to this day us Brits continue to love our touring vans, with an estimated 550,000 of them currently in the UK. If you are new to the game this summer, we have put together some towing tips for caravanning newbies:

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