Tyres

What can I do to improve the performance of my BMW in the bad weather?

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

It’s a well-known issue with BMWs that they do not perform well in snow and ice this is mainly due to the car being a rear wheel drive and losing grip on slippery surfaces. There is however some simple tips to help improve the winter driving experience.

When driving in the snow and ice you’ll need to ensure that your vehicle is winter ready so investing in good winter tyres will certainly help in a rear wheel drive BMW.

As with all cars ensure that all the windows and mirrors are frost free and not misted up before starting your journey.

Consider adding extra weight in the boot such as sandbags as this will improve the cars traction, however too much added weight in the boot can compromise the steering so be cautious not to add to much.

Don’t over inflate your tyres! This can cause problems with the cars handling, its ability to grip and increase the cars stopping distance.

And most importantly drive smoothly and carefully to suit the weather conditions to avoid accidents.

 

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Car Tyres – A Quick Explanation

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Car tyres remain the sole contact between the vehicle and the road. So, picking the right car tyre is vital to safe and secure driving. Moreover, fitting your car with the right tyre increases overall vehicle efficiency and performance, improving comfort as well.

Tyres explained in brief

Made of vulcanized rubber, and inflated with pressurized air, tyres support the weight of the car. Vulcanized rubber is a process by which rubber is made incredibly durable and able to withstand extreme conditions of heat and cold.

Friction or grip formed between the patch of rubber tyre in contact with the road and the vehicle makes certain the driver is in complete control of the car. About 85 percent of the weight of a car is supported by air, with the remaining 15 percent held up by the tyres. A car that is fitted with tyres inflated to the right pressure is a car that is highly responsive to the changes in direction and speed made by the driver. (more…)

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Buying part worn tyres for your car

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Replacing tyres on your car can be very expensive, especially if you need all four doing at the same time. Have you ever considered buying part work tyres? This can save you hundreds of pounds and often they are in nearly new condition. Part worn tyres are tyres that have been removed of cars that are no longer on the road or from vehicles where tyres have been replaced prior to the reaching their legal limit. Many garages now offer these tyres and they often come in cheaper than the budget brands. You can get some really good makes for less than the cheapest new ones they sell.

You may have to shop around for part worn tyres, as they do not always have specific sizes in stock. If you find a garage that does do them and they seem to be reasonable price and quality then make sure that you take advantage of the stock they have, perhaps even buying ones you do not require yet so you have them to swap when you need to.

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Looking After and checking your tyres

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Tyres that are well maintained and chosen around your specific driving needs are one of the best ways to ensure your safety, increase the fuel efficiency and reduce the overall cost involved in periodic maintenance and repair works. There are thousands of tyre brands available these days. Each of the tyre types tend to vary on the basis of style, composition as well as price. You should be aware of the choices you have when it comes to purchasing your next set of tyres.

Whether you are looking for a premium brand or a budget tyre, the options are considerable.  There are eco-friendly tyres, others that assist with fuel efficiency and those manufactured with performance vehicles in mind.  Talk to your local tyre fitter for guidance on the best options for your individual needs.

Let us have a look at some of the factors that you need consider regarding your tyres.

  • Visually inspect your current tyres and look for tread wear, bulges coming out and cracked sidewalls. If you find any of these issues with your existing tyres, it’s time that you get them replaced.
  • As the rubber tends to deteriorate with time, it is extremely important that you  replace any tyres which are more than 10 years old.  UV rays and varying weather temperatures can have a huge impact on the quality of the tyre over a long period of time.
  • There are other signs of dilapidated tyres that you should look into, these can arise due to suspension issues, alignment issues as well as uneven wear. Ensure that you carefully inspect the inner as well as the outer surfaces of the tyres. Proper firment of the tyres is a must.
  • If in doubt of your required tyre size, check your vehicles owners manual, they will recommend the tyre size fitted to your vehicle to offer maximum safety and a comfortable driving experience.

These are some of the simple aspect that you should implement when considering the best time to replace your tyres.

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