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29th June 2017
Tyre Wars - When is the best time to change tyres on your vehicles?

New research is splitting the tyre industry on when is best time for fleets to change rubber, after Michelin claimed that premature switches could hit businesses both in the wallet and environmentally.
The French manufacturer found that changing tyres with 3mm of tread left - almost double the current UK legal minimum of 1.6mm - could cost European drivers an extra £6.9bn a year in additional tyre purchases and extra fuel consumption through increased friction on the road surface.
Michelin also claimed that changing tyres too early would result in an extra 128 million tyres a year being used, causing an additional nine million tonnes of CO2 emissions through increased friction on the road and extra tyres being manufactured.
The firm likened changing tyres early to throwing away shoes because they needed to be cleaned, or putting a half full tube of toothpaste in the bin. In addition, Michelin said it could not see a correlation between a decreased tread depth, down to minimum of 1.6mm, and increasing accident rates
However, Continental - a company that has long campaigned for the tread depth limit of tyres to be upped - disagreed with Michelin's views on the grounds of road safety.
"A number of tests over decades proves without a doubt that the wet braking characteristics of summer tyres and the snow grip of winter tyres reduces disproportionately with tread depth of les than 3mm and 4mm respectively," a spokesman for Continental told BusinessCar. "Therefore, for safety reasons, we have been recommending for years to change summer tyres with tread depth of 3mm and winter tyres with tread depth of 4mm."
The spokesman added: "Continental continues to recommend a tyre change before reaching the legally mandated minimum residual tread depth of 1.6mm because the influence of physics on numerous safety-relevant tyre characteristics cannot be denied."
However, the idea of changing tyres at 3mm was branded as "ridiculous" by one fleet manager, with Andy Hyatt, transport and fleet manager at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation, telling BusinessCar he asks the leasing company responsible for his vehicles to swap rubber when 2mm of depth is left "as by the time they've got their stuff together it's down to 1.6mm anyway."
He added that if he were to change tyres at 3mm, 2,000 - 3,000 miles worth of usable read would be wasted and suggested that the legal limit should be upped to 2mm. "At 2mm, people will push their luck and change at 1.6mm. At present people, people chance a change at 1mm and that's dangerous," he added.
Michelin's advice of replacing tyres early goes against that of fast fitter Kwik-Fit too, which earlier this year urged fleets to follow the lead of UK emergency services by changing tyres well before the 1.6mm threshold.
According to results of a Freedom of Information request made by Kwik-Fit, 73% of the UK's police, fire and ambulance services change tyres when between 2.6mm and 3mm worth of tread is left. Of the 95 units that responded to the Fol request, 73% have a formal tyre change policy in place, while the remaining third have an accepted practice on when to switch rubber.
Falken Tyre also advises changes at 3mm. However, Matt Smith, UK director of the company, told BusinessCar tread depth isn't the only thing to take into account when choosing the right time to switch and urged fleets with concerns to visit a tyre centre for a safety inspection. "Tyre safety is not merely about tread depth and consumers need to consider other factors to maintain their safety. These include tyre age, how they are stored and using the appropriate tyres for the vehicle and conditions," he said.
A number of factors need to be considered when deciding to replace tyres, a spokeswoman for Goodyear told BusinessCar, although the company recommended that tyres should be changed when the law dictates.
Michelin conceded, however, that factors other than tread depth play their part and called for an overhaul of the way new tyres are tested in light of its findings.
At present, tyre safety is ranked when the rubber is brand new, but the company called on the industry to conduct tests with worn tyres as well: "There is no consideration given to how their levels of performance will change over time. Michelin is now raising this issue - the fact that the only factor for safety is tyre performance not tread depth. Michelin is calling on industry test bodies and consumer organisations to start comparing and testing tyres when they are worn to the legal limit."

Business Car - June 2017

Issue 271

27th June 2017
Air-Seal Products set to become even more Eco Friendly in 2017

In January 2017, Air-Seal Products launch their new environmentally friendly Tyre Sealant. It will be the same great product that has been helping companies save money on puncture costs and downtime over the past 17 years, but will be even better for the environment.
Air-Seal has always been a well known eco friendly product as it makes tyres last for longer meaning that fewer tyres end up in landfill and because it helps maintain the correct tyre pressure it helps save on fuel costs too. Tyres treated with our products can still be retreaded as well as being able to recycle the sealant to reuse it when you change your tyres, a key advantage over inferior products.
New for 2017, the Heavy Duty range will become environmentally friendly by using Propylene instead of Ethylene Glycol. Apart from this and our new label nothing else changes, the product still works exactly the same, it just becomes even more environmentally friendly!
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, choose Air-Seal Products Heavy Duty Tyre Sealant - It just works!

 

14th June 2017
Motorists prioritise safety over vanity, says Goodyear

 

Motorists prioritise safety over vanity, says Goodyear

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Drivers chose safety (36 per cent) as the most important reason to have an innovative feature on a car, rather than whether the feature looks good (2 per cent) according to a survey from Goodyear Tyres.

Practicality ranked second highest (34 per cent), whilst vanity dropped to the bottom of the priority list, with just 2 per cent of drivers admitting that having a feature in their car is important to them because it looks good.

1 in 10 (10 per cent) of drivers claim having the latest technology in their car is of most importance to them and when asked to rank features in order of importance, 13 per cent chose their SatNav, 4 per cent opted for cruise control and autonomous capability and 9 per cent admitted they couldn’t live without their Bluetooth device.

With so much hype around new technologies in the motoring world, Goodyear Tyres decided to find out what technological advances are most important to motorists in the UK.

The tyre manufacturer asked drivers to suggest one feature they would invent for their dream car and has combined the suggestions into a full concept vehicle. The result, a fully autonomous concept car, including:

1.     Steering wheel sensors. Monitor driver’s vital health signs and detect any serious decline in health. Car’s autonomous mode takes over and drives to a place of safety when it detects an emergency.

2.     Bio-car. An engine that runs solely on household waste.

3.     Remotely control the entire car from your phone. Features: auto de-frosting windscreen, pre-heated steering wheel, pre-set SatNav.

4.     A car that transforms in to a sleep pod and working space.

5.     Connected car. HUD Wi-Fi connected to the car’s engine management.

6.     Braking related stop lamps. Dimmable to coincide with the pressure applied when stopping.

7.     Eagle-360 tyre. A tyre that has sensors embedded within the rubber to communicate information about the road and weather conditions to the car. In turn, the connected autonomous car could share that info to the cloud and onto other self-driving cars.

Speaking about the concept car, Kate Rock, spokesperson at Goodyear Tyres, comments: “It seems the dreams and wishes of British drivers are not that far away from the realities we are seeing emerge in the automotive world. Perhaps unlike past tastes that focused on how the car looked, todays driver preference appears to focus more on practical and safety features. As cars become increasingly tailored towards the needs of everyday drivers incorporating new technologies, maybe this concept car won’t be that far away from those we will drive in the not too distant future.”

 

 

10th April 2017
An interesting read - Top reasons for MOT failure

Scott Hamilton, Managing Director of MyCarNeedsA.com comments: "Our data shows that the main failure categories are lighting and signalling, including faults such as failed bulbs and misaligned headlights; brakes; tyre damage, as well as tyre wear; drivers view of the road, including windscreen damage, windscreen wiper faults, windscreen washer not working and missing, or faulty mirrors.
"The good news is that our research shows the majority of MOT failures can be fixed quickly and cheaply by motorists, before they book their vehicle in for an MOT. Many of these faults can be picked up by regular maintenance and can be detected by the owner, by a very simple walk-around inspection of the car.
"If motorists take some time to check their vehicle over before undergoing an MOT, they can save money and improve the chance of their vehicle passing first time. However, many of our service providers offer a Vehicle Health Check free of charge. If they tick this option on our site, we can get local service providers to check the vehicle and help increase the chances of passing."
MyCarNeedsA.com now works with 4,000 dealers, garage and workshop partners nationwide. Only Authorised Repairers provide quotes for work, after a thorough vetting process and only genuine parts are used on all customer vehicles. Service books are stamped and a 12 month guarantee on all parts and labour is provided.
Top Reasons for MOT Failure
MyCarNeedsA.com, the UK's leading price comparison site where service providers quote for MOT, has analysed a total of 29,640,484 MOT records from the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA - 2015) to identify the reasons for failure for the vehicles undergoing their first MOT.


Reason for Rejection Quantity Percentage
Lamps, Reflectors & Electrical Equipment 80,026 19%
Brakes 59,133 14%
Suspension 53,322 12%
Driver's view of the road 47,662 11%
Tyres 42,193 10%
Exhaust, Fuel & Emissions 32,893 8%
Steering 29,101 7%
Seatbelts & Restraint Systems 22,824 5%
Body Structure & General Items 22,566 5%
Reg Plates & VINs 17,655 4%
Road Wheels 10,520 2%
Items not tested 8,812 2%
Towbars 2,827 1%
Driving Control and Speed Limiters 206 0%

27th March 2017
Tyresafe launch a new campaign to remind drivers to be tyre safe when driving with children

TyreSafe, the UK's tyre safety charity, is launching a new awareness campaign aimed at all those who drive with children on board; Child Care - Tyre Care.

Children can clock up around three hours a week in the car with their parents and around 96 hours per year with grandparents at the wheel. Friends, childminders and guardians may also be regularly transporting kids of all ages to nursery, school, clubs, parties and other activities.

Worryingly, more than one in four carers may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.

With the message ‘Child care - Tyre care' the posters, leaflets and animation advise how drivers can carry out general tyre maintenance themselves. Alternatively, drivers can ask a tyre professional to ensure their tyres' air pressure, condition and tread depth are safe and legal.

The Home Safely on Safe Tyres campaign highlights the importance of tyres in keeping drivers and their young passengers safe while on the roads. It also emphasises to all drivers entrusted with child care that it is their responsibility to check the condition of their car's tyres.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: "With child care responsibilities spread among different people, many of whom will be driving their young charges to and fro, it's important that everyone in that care network regularly makes sure their car's tyres are safe.

"Car tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the road, which makes their maintenance essential for road safety. Whether you are a parent, grandparent or guardian, checking your tyres once a month is crucial for keeping yourself and your passengers safe on the road. Let's make sure we get them home safely on safe tyres."

Check out the full article on the TyreSafe website www.tyresafe.org.

1st March 2017
Air-Seal Products keeps Rosie puncture free!

In March 2015 we posted news of Mike DeNoma's 352 mile trek in the 6633 Ultra race, using a bespoke buggy designed and built by SJH Projects. A few months earlier a Pembrokeshire grandmother Rosie Swale Pope began a solo run across the United States of America globe to raise awareness of cancer with a similar buggy, also installed with Air-Seal Products tyre sealant.

Now aged 70, Rosie Swale Pope has completed the solo run, which took the former yachtswoman from Tenby over two years to complete. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38867215

27th February 2017
Air-Seal Products wins again!

Paul Severn races in the SXS championship, these are Polaris type buggies on steroids.
As you can imagine with the type of ground these buggies are raced over they are prone to picking up punctures.
Paul approached us looking for a solution to stop any punctures and to keep him on track to win the championship in the 1000cc class.
Having successfully installed our sealant Paul finished the last race of the season puncture free and indeed won his class and the overall championship.

Paul is now looking to this season to install further product in at least 18 wheels now he has advanced to the next class of racing.
We at Air-Seal products wish Paul all the best for this year and the season ahead.

 

21st February 2017
Air-Seal Bolivia take part in Fiacruz
Air-Seal Bolivia take part in Fiacruz

This five day event held last week at the Feria Exposicion de Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz (de la Sierra), Bolivia showcases the latest trends and developments taking place in the automotive field. Fiacruz provides exhibitors a platform to share viewpoints with each visitors, and exhibit products in; Automotive, Forest, Wood and Technology, Agriculture, Vehicles, Motorcycles, Parts, Accessories, Tyres, Batteries, Machine Tools, Lubricants and Fuels, Technical, Security Systems, Journals, Associations and Training Institutions.

 

 

 

10th February 2017
Air-Seal Chile help fire fighting effort.

Air-Seal Chile donate 120 litres of sealant for the Portezuelo and San Nicolas fire services, for all emergency vehicles. Services battle the worst fires in recent history with more than 90 blazes scorching 180,000 hectares.

 

1st February 2017
Michelin and Bridgestone raising tyre prices by up to 8%

Raw material costs for tyre makers are going up, and Michelin is the latest manufacturer to respond by announcing price increases for the European market. Prices will rise by up to eight per cent, depending on product, and will be applied to Michelin's car, light commercial, truck, earthmover, agricultural and two-wheel segments. The new pricing will be implemented by the end of April.
Today's announcement of price rises for Europe follows the decision to implement similar increases for Michelin products in North America. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations intends to raise prices for car, light truck, truck/bus, OTR and agricultural tyres, as well as retread products and tubes. The new pricing for North America will take effect 1 January and will see products become up to eight per cent more expensive.
Michelin adds that, depending upon the development of raw material costs, its products' future price positioning may be reviewed and adjusted.

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