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All Neutral Tyres Stuff

All Neutral Tyres Stuff

An old customer recently came into our tyre depot in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Fred as we will call him. Bought a second hand car from a lady whos husband had recently passed away. The car had been stood in a garage for a few years. Consequently, the car was in good condition. The mileage was 47000 and the car was a Vauxhall Vectra.
The vectra was in immaculate condition. However, Fred only wanted the tyres checking. The car had two makes of tyres fitted. Accordingly, two were Michelin zx and the other two were both BF Goodrich. The tyres had tell tale “cracking”. Hence, on the bead and shoulder area of the tyres. Cracking is a tell tale sign of aging tyres?

AGING TYRES: Are you driving on tyres that could kill you? – News3LV



There were 500 deaths and 19,000 injuries in 2014 from aging tyres-related accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Cracks, like the ones in this tyre are probably caused by  aging tyres .Hence, that are too old to be driving about when fitted to your cars.

There has been an increase of tyre related accidents. Naturally, due to the  increase of drivers buying part worn aging tyres. Many of these aging tyres are from breakers yards. For that reason, are well past there sell by date and not fit for the road.

Compounds containing anti-oxidising chemicals. Are used to slow down the natural aging process of rubber. Thus,  in new tyres. The problem arises. because, the tyre becomes older than five years old. On the other hand Michelin and Continental. As expected,say that, under the right conditions a tyre could last up to ten years.


Like anything else you should check out your tyres for any cracking and bulges or bubbles appearing on the sidewall area or the tread area. The tyre in the image could have been running under pressure, but it could also be over age?

The date when the tyre was manufactured is embedded onto a tyres

aging tyres
This tyre .was bought as a part worn tyre and only lasted two week after it was fitted

sidewall. It tells you the week and year that the tyre was manufactured. In the past few years, cash strapped motorists have been buying part worn tyres.


What people do not realise is that many of these part worn tyres have been sold illegally. In the 1990’s we had a similar economic downturn and laws were passed to curb the number of part worn tyres that were sold.

These laws allowed the sale of part worn tyres, providing they were inspected and tested in a correct manor. This resulted in an improved situation, until recent times. All sorts of rubbish part worn tyres are now been sold to the public.

In recent times we have seen tyres with cuts, nails, bubbles, screws and worse of all aging tyres that are passed their best and full of cracks.

Irish Tyre Tax? Alan Kelly under fire for ‘stealth tax’ adding €12 to set of tyres – Irish Independent

Irish Tyre Tax

The Government has been accused of introducing a new Irish Tyre Tax with plans to impose a levy on the purchase of tyres for cars, tractors and trucks.

Irish tyre tax

This has come as a huge surprise to me.Hence, as the owner of UK tyre business?

The Irish government are to place a Tyre Tax. Of 2.8 euros on all new car and truck tyres that are sold in the Irish republic. This will mean almost 12 Euros on a set of four tyres.

In my opinion.This is just another tax. To try fill the massive shortfall in the Irish government’s coffers.Therefore to reduce their massive debt.

I understood that here in the UK where i own a tyre business, the waste tyre problem has almost been eradicated.

Tyre retailers near the border with Northern Ireland will be losing out as drivers head over the border to buy the cheaper tyres.

margins are already low in the tyre market due to cheap imports from China, but in my opinion this Irish Tyre Tax is just a stab in the back for the  tyre industry

Irish Tyre Tax

One of the spokesmen for the Irish government a certain Mr Kelly said that the claims of massive job losses, due to tyres being cheaper, in Northern Ireland, was untrue. I am not sure if this is on top of the waste tyre removal fee or not? I suspect it is though. This will make the tyres in the Provence a few pounds cheaper than the Irish

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Sights like this are not so common now in the UK

republic due to the Irish Tyre Tax.

This does give them a price advantage, and the Irish tyre companies near the border will suffer, due to this Irish Tyre Tax. This happened a while ago with the price of petrol. For some reason petrol was cheaper in Northern Ireland, than in the Irish republic. Drivers were travelling in their hoards because of cheaper prices across the border.

Irish Tyre Tax-Waste tyres are the excuse to put up taxes?

As I say I always thought that the waste tyre problem had sorted itself out? We in the UK pay about £1 per scrap tyre for disposal. The tyres are sent to facilities and dealt with in different ways. The final outcome is a recycled tyre. We do still see tyres dumped from time to time, but in general we appear to have solved the waste tyre problem.

Ireland is a similar trading country and therefor the same should apply to them. An extra Irish Tyre Tax on tyre disposal is ludicrous in my opinion. It is just a tax on the good guys. The bad guys who often sell part worn tyres at the same time will carry on disposing of the waste tyre illegally.

The tax will be 2.8 Euros per tyre, making it just under 12 Euros for a set of four tyres. This cost will be passed onto the customer and in my opinion is just a cheap way of getting more tax out of the Irish public.

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Tyre tread legal limit-when to replace tyres and stop you breaking the law

Tyre tread legal limit

Tyre tread legal limit


checking and maintaining good Tyre tread legal limit conditions.

This is a good video.Therefore and shows an easy way for the tyre buying consumer.To check their remaining Tyre tread legal limit.

Tyre tread legal limit
The Tyre tread legal limit indicator can be clearly seen on this tyre. The rubber bar from tread to tread is sat at 1.6 mm in depth and is the UK legal tread depth limit

I remember this law coming into the UK. The minimum Tyre tread legal limit was set at 1.6 mm.Hence, across two thirds of the tread from the centre of the tread outwards.

This has now lasted for a few years. It is thought though. That the trade think the Tyre tread legal limit.Thus, should be raised to 2 mm.

This is primarily because car designs and speeds.Consequently, have changed significantly in the past ten years. As expected, tyre companies have had to keep up with these changes. Naturally, the introduction of the SUV and Crossover vehicles.Thus, has meant much larger tyre sizes.

The relevance of this is.That tyre companies such as Continental tyres. Have now stopped putting sipes,(the tiny slits in a tyre that dispel water from the tyre) at 2 mm.

Tyre tread legal limit

This means that the Tyre tread legal limit at 2 mm, certain tyres are bald apart from the drainage grooves that run down the circumference of the tyres.

Tyre manufacturers were quick to use technology into their tyre design and included the addition of a bar of thin rubber that runs from one side of the tread edge to the other.

This bar of rubber is exactly 1.6 mm in depth. It was put there so that the public(and the police) could see if the tyre was illegal or not. When the tyre tread had worn down to these bars, then the tyre was at the end of its life and should be replaced. it is at the Tyre tread legal limit and bellow this makes the tyre illegal.

So watch this space, the tyre guys are campaigning for a 2 mm tread limit. 

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Yokohama Rubber of Japan makes new advances in tyre aerodynamic

yokohama rubber

Yokohama Rubber is testing new radial tires complete with spoilers on their sidewalls, which it says improve air flow underneath the car.

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Yokohama Rubber of Japan makes new advances in tyre aerodynamics

Yokohama Rubber has come up with a clever way of making their future tyre more efficient by creating a better air-flow around the tyres when the car is in motion.

Yokohama Rubber who make car tyres from their factory in Japan, have also been successful in recent years by developing a greener tyre that has less rolling resistance and are now developing the idea of an aerodynamic tyre that will help reduce air drag. This will work similar to fitting relevant spoilers to cars.

This development work has been going on since 2010 and first started with the introduction of built on fins to the tyre inner sidewall. This had the effect of reducing drag inside the cars wheel wells. This was followed by the addition of these spoke like fins to both sidewalls of the tyre. This had the effect of reducing drag on the whole car.

The work has been carried out for Yokohama Rubber by a team of engineers lead by Professor Obayashi at the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University.

The study was carried out by using a super-computer which can run simulations of different effects that adding fins to a tyre may have on a cars drag, the less drag the more fuel efficient that the car will have.

Yokohama Rubber has built this new design into a new tyre that will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October 2015. Like other Yokohama Rubber tyre designs, I can’t wait to see what the tyre will look like, has a tyre freak I am loving the times that we are in at the moment with all the new developments that are coming out of the top tyre companies, including this tyre from Yokohama Rubber.

Eric Roberts

Toyo Tyres USA-Extends its Run as Official Tire of NASA – Modern Tire Dealer

Toyo Tyres USA


Toyo Tyres USA- Corp. is continuing its long-time support of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), signing a five-year renewal covering the 2016-2020 racing seasons. Toyo has been the Official Tire of NASA since 2003.

Toyo tyres USA like so many tyre companies these days. So, look to motorsport for consumer recognition for their tyre products.

I have always had a sweet spot for Toyo tyres here in the UK. They were always a great tyre company to deal with. Toyo were always helpful when it came to credit terms and product awareness campaigns.

In fact we very often bought their tyre in containers, such was there popularity her in Halifax Yorkshire UK. Although all this was over ten years ago we still get some of our customers asking for the Toyo tyres products. Things came to an end though when Toyo decided to do what so many other tyre manufactures do and distribute their tyres through the wholesaling companies.

Toyo Tyre USA has been the long-time tyre supplier and supporter of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and is now signing a new contract from 2016 to the 2020 race season. Toyo Tyre USA is also supporting the prestigious 25-Hours of Thunder hill, the longest endurance road race in North America.

Research and development

Like many other tyre makers Toyo Tyre USA, use these races for the research and development of the tyre products that will eventually end up on normal standard road cars. The name Proxes was developed from a broad range of racing tyres.

NASA races are split into many car types and categories. Toyo use the Toyo Proxes RR two-groove DOT competition tyre, in many of these classes. These include the Honda Challenge, Spec E30 cars, Spec E46 cars and many more. Toyo also has also recently added the Spec Z class for Nissan 350Zs to the list of spec classes.

To learn more about the Proxes line competition and UHP tyres, go to

Eric Roberts