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Your Easter Tyre Check

As thousands of UK residents start the traditional Easter holiday getaway – one of the busiest times of the year on the roads – it seems like a good time to remind them about the need to check their tyres before setting off.

Those black circles are all that connect the car to the road and failure to make sure they are in tip-top condition could result in a number of tyre related problems which could leave the family stranded by the roadside or even involved in an otherwise completely avoidable accident.

No doubt after the soaking wet winter we’ve just had many families will be looking forward to some time away over the Easter break. But the weather doesn’t turn benign overnight and we can traditionally expect some of those April showers which could leave road surfaces greasy and treacherous.

20p Your Easter Tyre CheckThere will be more cars on the road and more heavily laden commercial vehicles so it really is important to give your tyres a thorough inspection before setting off. The checks are quick and easy to perform but essential as they could make the difference between an enjoyable Easter break or not.

Figures from the AA showed that in 2013, their patrols attended 350,000 tyre-related call-outs, their second most common breakdown cause after batteries. That’s a bit of an amazing figure which clearly demonstrates just how complacent we can get.

These are the things to remember: Pressures should be checked to ensure they are in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for the load being carried – remember, this can vary and the correct details will be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.

Correct pressure is important as it helps to reduce the amount of fuel being used, ensures even wear across the tread leading to longer tyre life, and reduces tyre overheating which can cause rapid failures.

It is also worth reminding everybody – and yes we do it every year but with good reason – to ensure their tread depth is above the legal minimum of 1.6mm which can be checked by simply using the knurled edge of a 20p coin. Drivers with insufficient tread depth not only risk fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre, but safety will be reduced on wet roads as the tyre will lose grip with the road surface more easily.

When checking pressures and tread depth, drivers are also being advised to give the rest of the tyre a thorough visual inspection for other signs of damage such as cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. If any of these are present then off you go to see the professionals.
You know that tyre safety makes sense so why risk it?

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Buying Tyres Online

One thing, as a motorist, you will have noticed by now is the cost of those four circles of rubber on your car that will insist on wearing out from time to time. Here’s a couple of examples: Bridgestone Potenza 205/50R17 89W Run-flat tyre for a BMW – best price found in an admittedly quick search was £375! That’s for one tyre! Or, at the other end of the scale, for the tiny wheels of a Citroen C1 expect to pay around £50 for a brand you’ve actually heard of. That’s two hundred pounds to shoe a city car.

In olden times motorists would have gone to their local tyre fitter – either an independent or a chain – and get the job done. Now the prices are such that some significant searching is required because deals on any vehicle vary enormously, and when you combine that with the sheer number of options and brands available, its easy to see why so many people are choosing to at least start their tyre search on the Internet.

In an ideal world drivers would have an ample budget for this onerous but most essential expense and be able to afford the big name brands with a guarantee of service and quality, but in the real world it doesn’t work like that and many people have to choose at a price and the best thing about the online companies is that they often provide in-depth reports on the many products available.

Online tyre companies can deliver your black hoops to you or arrange to have them fitted at one of their concessions local to you. This means that with one online transaction and without getting of your chair you can check prices, order products and arrange fitting, valves and balancing at a stroke. Additionally, all properly-licensed tyre retailers will also participate in a scheme under which the waste tyres are promptly and safely disposed of.

But as with many other products which are critical to your safety, you should take extra care to ensure that the tyres you buy are genuine, fit for purpose and are as they are described in the sales information.

An honest vendor – and you will have checked out the history of the company – should be confident in his products and offer some form of warranty on the tyres to cover worst-case scenarios.

So shopping online for tyres is safe and can often save money. The only caveat, as with any online purchase, is to ensure that your internet connection is secure and that all the usual safeguards are in place.

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Know Where You Stand With Car Costs

Car manufacturers are always coming up with new and better ways to attract customers to their brand. Special offers, obviously, and cut price accessories are pretty much the norm these day so more inventive ideas are coming to the fore.

Auto companies have realised that the average driver is struggling to keep car costs under control. Fixed price routine servicing is one more recent phenomenon. Now, and expect to see it spread like a bushfire, SEAT have stolen a march on the other brands with an online tyre ordering service designed to make the process as simple as possible.

The company say it is a quick and easy service with a wide variety of rubber on offer. The work will be done on their premises and the company are quoted as saying that tyres will cost from forty pounds per unit and that the final cost will be inclusive of fitting, balancing and disposal of the old tyres.

Browsers on the main SEAT website will have the use of an online web tool. This will make recommendations based on the car and the other usual parameters and in a regularly updated database will score those recommendations on the basis of price, fuel economy, wet grip, stopping distance and noise. Buyers can refine the choice until the right tyre stands out and can be ordered. The buyer can then turn up at their dealer at the appointed time knowing in total how much it is going to cost.seatyre1 Know Where You Stand With Car Costs

Now, sceptical readers will be pointing out under their breath that buying anything from main dealer is normally the most expensive way of doing it. This of course is often the case but think of the alternative. There will be the usual tiresome trawl around the independent tyre market, scratching around for savings. Once this is achieved it may well be that the savings are not as big as first thought, possibly because of the sundry extras that seem to be added on at the end.

Buying from your dealer gives you control. You know where, when and how much and who from and all from one visit to a website. That has just got to be worth money and, of course, you know who to go back to if not satisfied. A dealer will want your return business.

SEAT already offer their ‘It’s Fixed!’ pricing policy on servicing. How convenient would it be for your tyres to be changed at the regular service interval if ordered at the same time as booking? A one-stop shop. Now that is convenient. Expect other manufacturers to follow suit in short order.

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