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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Universal Tyres’ Branches Become Certified Michelin Centres

Here at Universal Tyres, we constantly strive to improve our services in order to provide you, our valued customers, with the best service imaginable. That’s why we’re extremely proud to announce that a number of our branches are now Michelin Certified Centres. But what exactly does that mean for our customers? And how did some of our branches become Michelin Certified Centres? What Being a Michelin Certified Centre Means Michelin are known worldwide not only for their iconic Michelin Man mascot – they’re perhaps even more famous for their durable, high performance, high quality tyres. But to get the most…

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Faulty TPMS’ Result in MOT Failures Trebling

In the past year, the rate at which faulty Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) were responsible for MOT failures has trebled. Unfortunately, this doesn’t just mean that a lot of people have had to fork out for another MOT test and any repairs; it has also had serious implications for the road safety of all, too. TPMS: What Is It? Your vehicle’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is responsible for, as its name suggests, monitoring the pressure of all of your tyres. When the pressure drops below acceptable levels in even only one of your tyres, a warning light alerts…

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TyreSafe Launches New Home Safe Campaign

In March 2017, the UK tyre safety charity TyreSafe launched a brand new awareness campaign aimed at promoting tyre safety among those driving with children. Their drive was borne out of worrying figures relating to poorly maintained tyres – a recent TyreSafe survey found that more than one in four carers could be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres. A Grave Risk for Children While ill-maintained tyres put any road user at risk, children are even more at risk than the rest of us for obvious reasons. If tyre tread depth is below standard or the tyre pressure is…

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How Will the New Car Tax Changes in April Affect You?

This coming April, vehicle excise duty (VED), better known as road or car tax, is changing. If you weren’t aware of these impending amendments to this basic tax, not to worry! In our second article of the month we’ll be addressing what changes are coming so you can hit the ground running. Tax Bands Under the current system, a great many vehicles don’t have to pay any vehicle tax at all. Diesel and low-emission petrol engines incur no charges, but once the changes come into force on April 1st only electric and zero-emission engines will enjoy this privilege. Overall, the…

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Why Choose Michelin Cross Climate Tyres?

We all know how temperamental the weather is in the British Isles. Just this month, we’ve seen everything from torrential rain to snow and even gorgeous sunny spells, with temperatures varying wildly from -6℃ in some areas up to a comparatively balmy 12℃ but a week later. In the UK, therefore, your vehicle is under constant strain to perform both well and safely. As an essential part of your vehicle, ensuring that you have the best tyres for the weather-related challenges the British climate poses is pivotal. Here, we’ll be showing you why Michelin Cross Climate tyres are the best…

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