Tyre Buying Guide: How Do I Know Which Tyres Are Best For My Car?

Every driver will need to buy tyres for their car at some time or other. However, not many drivers know what size or type will suit their needs best. You can always gain the help of a trusted tyre specialist, and of course we recommend this route. However, background reading on the subject won’t hurt when it comes to explaining to the technician what you need. Before reading this tyre buying guide, think about how often you drive, where you drive and the number miles per year you complete on your journeys. The Best Tyre Manufacturers Since the dawn of…

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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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How Potholes Can Damage Your Car

Now that spring is around the corner, every driver should be actively avoiding potholes forming in the roads across Britain. As the ice and snow melt away, the base layer of a road is disturbed and the surface in certain areas is weakened. Because of this, potholes are abundant and you can only avoid them for so long. If you drive over a particularly bad pothole, you should check the tyres and wheels of your car and be aware of any changes in the car’s handling characteristics. This is the safest way to ensure your car hasn’t been excessively damaged…

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Tyre puncture repairs: Are they safe?

As Britain is ravaged by the harsh winds of February and tree debris becomes more common, there’s just one question on motorists’ lips – are tyre repairs safe? The demand for tyre repairs increases every winter and it’s often a tyre technician’s job to explain why a tyre repair can mend a tyre to make it good as new. Here, Universal Tyres will go into more detail about our industry leading tyre repairs service. Regulation Regulation is a large part of why you should trust a tyre repair. If a tyre technician has recommended a repair over a replacement, this…

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Pets in cars are costing owners £1000s in fines

The cat’s out of the bag with this one. It’s been a long time coming but drivers are finally feeling the full force of the law where travelling with their pet is concerned. Those who forgo properly securing their dog or cat in their vehicle are being slapped with fines of up to £5000, thanks to a new drive to enforce Rule 57 of the highway code. The Law Rule 57 of the Highway Code specifically states: ‘When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or…

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Treading carefully: Staying safe on wet roads

It’s November, you’re stuck in traffic and the driving rain is driving harder than your car, which is going nowhere. A gap in the traffic suddenly opens. To make up for lost time, you floor the accelerator. Then, as you make a bid for freedom from the droves of standing vehicles you feel your own steering go light and the car is out of control. Aquaplaning This scary situation happens all too often in winter, when there is likely to be far more hazards on the roads. Ice, sleet and standing water are all problems caused by plummeting temperatures and…

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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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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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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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