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Drivers want to bring back the spare wheel

Drivers want to bring back the spare wheel

News, Tyres
Smiling man and mechanic changing tyres, using jack and wheel wrench Motorists have given a ‘thumbs down’ to space saver spare wheels and puncture repair kits, new research by independent car buying guide Carbuyer.co.uk has revealed. Introduced to save space and weight, the 'space saver' spare - or no spare wheel at all - tops the chart of drivers' irritations about many features of the latest cars. More than a thousand motorists were asked which modern car features annoy them most, with two out of three listing no full-size spare as their biggest gripe. Ranking second in the list of annoyances was another feature aimed at improving fuel efficiency - the engine stop-start system. Some features introduced for driver convenience also turn out to annoy a significant n
Brakes and tyres will be largest cause of future particle pollution

Brakes and tyres will be largest cause of future particle pollution

Brakes, News, SMMT, Tyres
Dust from car brakes and tyres will be the biggest pollution factor in the UK when the country’s vehicle fleet has gone all electric, a new study has found. Fragments of microplastics from tyres, road surfaces and brakes will also flow into rivers, and ultimately the sea, government advisors have suggested.  Ministers have now said that based on the report, they will look to introduce new standards to improve tyres and brakes, and is calling for industry support, to prevent the potential pollution levels they may cause. The government’s Air Quality Expert Group said particles from brake wear, tyre wear and road surface wear directly contribute to well over half of particle pollution from road transport. "No legislation is currently in place specifically to limit or re
Tyre developed specifically for flying cars

Tyre developed specifically for flying cars

News, Tyres
Goodyear has launched a new tyre concept designed specifically for flying cars. The Goodyear AERO is a two-in-one tyre designed for autonomous flying cars. The concept works as both a road-going everyday tyre and a propeller for flying through the sky. The company hopes to steel a march on other manufacturers and be prepared for future vehicles. The AERO features spokes which would support the weight of a vehicle and act as fan blades to provide lift when the wheel is tilted. airless tyre uses a non-pneumatic structure that is flexible enough to dampen shocks when driving on the road, and strong enough to rotate at the high speeds necessary for the rotors to create vertical lift. The concept would use magnetic force to provide frictionless propulsion. This would enable t...
Convictions should highlight dangers of part worn tyres

Convictions should highlight dangers of part worn tyres

Charity, News, Tyres
Recent convictions of retailers across the country have once again highlighted the potential risks unsuspecting motorists take when buying part worn tyres, states TyreSafe. Cases in Scotland and London revealed how dangerous and illegal tyres were being sold to the public following investigations by Trading Standards and the safety charity. In each instance, the retailers faced stiff penalties and fines totalling thousands of pounds. In December 2018, the owner of Springside Tyre and Valet Centre in Irvine, Scotland was handed a 120-hour Community Payback Order for breaches in product safety and consumer protection regulations following prosecution by Trading Standards officers from North Ayshire. At the hearing, it was revealed tyres had been offered for sale with an 80mm nail ...
Tyres responsible for plastic pollution state Friends of the Earth

Tyres responsible for plastic pollution state Friends of the Earth

News, Tyres
Car tyres responsible for thousands of tonnes of UK plastic pollution according to a Friends of the Earth report Up to 19,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution could be entering UK waterways every year from vehicle tyres, says a new report for Friends of the Earth published today. The environmental campaign group is calling on the government’s resources and waste strategy - expected later this month - to include measures for tackling microplastics as part of a comprehensive action plan. Vehicle tyres shed tiny bits of plastic (a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber, and well as various additives) during driving, and are believed to be responsible for the greatest proportion of microplastic pollution entering EU surface waters. Microplastics can also absorb and concentrate
Investigation finds just 13 tyre dealers selling roadworthy part worns

Investigation finds just 13 tyre dealers selling roadworthy part worns

News, Tyres
Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. That leaves just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres from inspections spanning from Scotland to London. Tyres are an essential factor in road safety as the only part of a vehicle in touch with the road. Tyres provide the grip which both braking and steering systems depend upon to be effective. Driving with defective tyres will mean a vehicle takes longer to stop and be more difficult to control when cornering. However, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations have highlighted part worn retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities when selling tyres...
TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

TyreSafe launches October’s Tyre Safety campaign

News, Tyres
At its annual Tyre Safety Month briefing, TyreSafe has launched its new summer campaign, in addition to making its materials for October’s Tyre Safety Month available. TyreSafe’s latest campaign will come as a surprise to some, as the organisation reveals it’s actually the summer months when Britain’s motorists are more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident. Despite the cold and changeable weather, and difficult road conditions, from October through to March, according to the Department for Transport’s data, it’s actually July when tyre-related incidents are at their most frequent, with August and June close behind. The UK’s tyre safety charity believes this is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, as we all are too aware, summer in Britain doesn’t necessarily m
Avon launches new summer tyre

Avon launches new summer tyre

Products, Tyres
Avon Tyres has introduced a new premium summer tyre to its range, the ZT7, suitable for small and mid-sized cars. Replacing the ZT5 passenger car tyre, the all-new ZT7 has been developed to provide both a quieter and more economical driving experience whilst retaining sporty handling characteristics. Avon’s noise damping ‘fins’, located in the tyre’s tread, are responsible for reducing airborne noise from contact with the road and make this Avon’s quietest tyre yet with a 69dB rating. The ZT7 offers drivers improved fuel economy thanks to an optimised tread gauge which distributes load evenly, lowering the tyre’s rolling resistance. Improved tread wear is an added benefit, as the tyre has been designed with a more uniform footprint. For enhanced traction, as well as improve
Autoparts extends ORIUM Tyres range

Autoparts extends ORIUM Tyres range

Products, Tyres
Autoparts UK has introduced two new passenger car tyres into its exclusive range of ORIUM tyres including ORIUM HP, a high performance tyre, and an ultra-high performance tyre, ORIUM UHP, with both tyres featuring a new tread pattern and wet grip rating. Firstly, ORIUM HP features a range of advanced wear performances making the tyres easy to control at any speed with its asymmetrical tread pattern design and rigid ribs. Its new Silica compound based tread pattern also optimises fuel consumption and delivers strong performances on wet and dry road surfaces. ORIUM HP offers excellent vehicle coverage and sizes 15-inch to 16-inch are available for series 45 to 65. Meanwhile, ORIUM UHP’s asymmetrical tread pattern design also offers improved performance on both wet roads due to