Staying Cool This Summer: Important Air Con Checks

Year on year the highest temperatures of summer increase and this can be frustrating for motorists who haven’t had their air conditioning properly maintained. Fortunately, ‘recharging’, ‘refilling’ or ‘regassing’ your auto’s air con is simple for a qualified mechanic to perform and is well worth it for summer and winter driving. Let’s take a look at why your air con is probably due for a tune up. Why Air Con Stops Working Air conditioning uses refrigerant, otherwise known as ‘gas’, to cool your car effectively. When in use, the gas shifts in state from gas to liquid and back to…

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London Rat Race & Ellenor charity update

At Universal Tyres, we’re no strangers to getting involved with charity events and raising money for some fantastic causes. Earlier this month, a team from Universal Tyres took part in the London Rat Race, supporting the Ellenor charity. On Saturday 12th of August, 2017, our team took on the 10km challenge which was filled with physically demanding, wet and wacky stages. Stages included crawling through foam-filled washing machines and quick rope climbs. We raised a whopping £3k for Ellenor, a charity which helps families who are facing terminal illness. This brilliant organisation helps people and their families to make the…

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Car Checks for Summer

When you’re motorway-bound and heading to the beach for the summer, the last thing you want is your car to breakdown. With higher temperatures, increased traffic and therefore congested roads, the chances of engine failure increase significantly during the summer holidays. That’s why this month we’re giving you a rundown of the basic car maintenance checks you can do quickly and easily to keep your car running smooth all the way to the seaside. Battery If you turn the ignition key and your car has a tough time starting, it may be time to have a professional mechanic look at…

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Dashboard warning lights: Do you know what they mean?

The cars of today are impressively kitted out with the latest engine management technology, including your vehicle’s warning lights. Every modern car uses these and they’re the most effective tool for keeping your motor running reliably all year round. It’s therefore important to get familiar with what a warning light means, should one illuminate on your dashboard. In all cases it’s recommended to pull over as soon as possible and take the necessary action to fix the problem. In this way, you’ll avoid a complete system failure or serious breakdown. Afterall, solving simple engine issues saves motorists hundreds of pounds…

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London Rat Race: Universal Tyres is raising money for local charity Ellenor

This year, Universal Tyres is proud to announce our support for Ellenor, a local charity that does incredible work in Kent to provide quality end-of-life care to patients and families. To do our bit, Universal Tyres is entering an 11-strong team in the 2017 London Rat Race – an intensive 10 kilometre dash across the capital, complete with obstacles and a dip in the Thames. About Ellenor Since 1985, Ellenor Lions Hospices has become the largest hospice service providers in Kent, and offer end-of-life care and support. Ellenor believe every person facing a terminal illness deserves the best care available…

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Which Common Driving Mistakes Cause the Most Damage to Your Vehicle?

Even without having to deal with the added cost of repairing damage, running your car is pretty expensive. Finance, insurance, fuel, road tax and MOTs all add up to take a heavy toll on your bank account, so having to fork out a little extra to fund repairs is the last thing you’ll need. Unfortunately, many drivers have bad habits that make damage likely to occur. Many of these damaging driving mistakes are avoidable, but too many drivers don’t know about the impact their driving behaviour can have. Here are just some of the most common bad driving habits to…

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The Dangers of Tyre-Related Breakdowns on New Smart Motorways

The fear of suffering a blowout is a very real and very worrying aspect of driving any vehicle, but there are particular times when the dangers are heightened. One such instance is when you’re driving on a new smart motorway. But what are smart motorways, and why are they so dangerous to have a tyre-related breakdown on? What are smart motorways? Smart motorways are the newest motorway design to hit British shores. They use technology to actively manage the flow of traffic by monitoring it and adjusting speed limits and signs accordingly. A crucial element of smart motorways, and the…

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Bald Tyres: The Main Reason for Most MOT Failures

Out of sight, out of mind simply doesn’t cut it when it comes to the tread depth on your tyres. That’s because failure to monitor the condition of your tyres is a danger to both yourself and other road users. Eventually, the tread depth on your tyres will wear away below the legal limit of 1.6mm, and as such your tyres will fail to deliver appropriate, safe traction. As the law states that your tyre tread depth should never fall below 1.6mm, negligence isn’t an excuse – and it won’t stop you from failing your MOT either. In fact, the…

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Government Crackdown on Speeding: New Rules & Fines

At the end of April, new rules and fines on speeding came into effect. These tough new measures may seem draconian to some, but they are absolutely essential to maintaining safe standards on our roads. In 2015, for instance, 244 people were killed in speeding-related incidents on British roads, with 23% of all fatal collisions involving speeding. So, what are the new penalties? Changes to Speeding Fine Bands The update to legislation splits the seriousness of speeding offences into three distinct bands: Band A – The lowest speeding level, this refers to anything over the limit, technically. That means, from…

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How Does the New ‘Toxin Tax’ Affect You?

Following further defeats for the Government in the High Court in November, plans to charge drivers of diesel vehicles entering major cities and towns across the UK are coming to the fore. Evidence indicates that 50,000 early deaths a year are caused by diesel pollutants in densely populated areas, and the ruling ensures that measures will now be taken to combat this issue. Unfortunately for diesel vehicle owners, legislators are now considering a so-called ‘Toxin Tax’ to help combat the exceedingly high levels of pollution in over 30 cities and towns across the UK. The ‘Toxin Tax’ Explained The high…

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