Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes That Drivers Make

You may have the best intentions in the world to save money and be proactive with your car maintenance, but if you’re making basic mistakes – or worse, ignoring maintenance altogether – you could be causing untold damage to your vehicle. Thankfully, Universal Tyres is here to point you in the right direction of the top 10 car maintenance mistakes that you should avoid. Ignoring the Engine Warning Light If the timing is inconvenient or you are mid journey, it’s tempting to ignore the engine warning light. ‘It will go away’ is common parlance when it comes to all warning…

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Preparing Your Car for Winter: Maintenance Tips

Tis the season to pack your winter emergency kit and place it in the boot, ready for any long delays during the winter weather. Along with your emergency winter kit, here at Universal Tyres we recommend you thoroughly prepare your car for the harsh winter ahead. Here’s a few suggestions from our experienced mechanics. Have your car serviced A professional mechanic is qualified to inspect every major component of your car and check it for damage and wear. Not only that, they can monitor every fluid level and replace or top up fluids as required. A professional service is therefore…

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Young drivers and tyre safety: What you need to know

Ditching learner plates is a proud moment for every teen driver. The freedom of the road beckons, and with it – though they don’t realise it – are all the problems that come with car ownership. Turns out, tyres are a subject that young drivers don’t find all that gripping. How much do young drivers know about tyre safety? Let’s start with some statistics. One survey found that of the UK’s young drivers: 85% underestimated the fine for each illegal tyre 62% underestimated the legal tyre tread depth 57% didn’t know that the driver is responsible for road legal tyres…

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Tyresafe: New air pressure campaign

October marks the launch of a new campaign from TyreSafe, who are asking: are you having a good or bad air day? It’s an odd question, but here’s why they are asking it. Research conducted by TyreSafe in 2016 revealed that 57% of vehicles on UK roads are travelling with tyres inflated below recommended pressures. This equates to motorists spending up to £600 million on wasted fuel every year. A more pressing issue is that all these underinflated tyres increase the risk of skidding, blowouts and many other automotive hazards. October is the tyre safety charity’s official Tyre Safety Month…

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Servicing for Spring

As the weather starts to get warmer and summer fast-approaches, there’s no better time than now to start planning a trip away! Whether you are visiting friends or going on a road trip with your family, you must make sure your vehicle can withstand the long journey without breaking down. Identifying and fixing any problems now will stop the problem from escalating, saving you a great deal of money and stress later on. Here, we will list the main things you should be aware of as a driver to prevent you from encountering any issues whilst travelling. Overheating From leaks…

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Why TPMS on a New Car could Mean you Fail your MOT

If your car was made after November 2014 it will have a TPMS fitted. TPMS are Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems which is a safety measure that monitors the temperature and pressure of your tyres. It sounds like a good idea as it lets you know of any abnormalities, but it may actually cause you trouble as well as doing you good. You might be wondering what a TPMS is and how it tracks the pressure of your tyres in more detail, and this is a very good thing to have a grasp of. A small sensor will be added into…

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