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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

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.independent.ie
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.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.independent.ie


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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New Michelin CrossClimate-An article from the Irish Examiner | Irish Examiner

New Michelin CrossClimate

New Michelin CrossClimateTimely news for Irish motorists is the announcement by Michelin of its plans to expand its range of summer tyres with winter capabilities with the introduction of CrossClimate+ fitments, built to offer improved traction on snow-covered roads.

New Michelin CrossClimate

This new CrossClimate tyre from Michelin has indeed become very popular with the public. Hence, this is the reason that Michelin have decided to increase the range of tyres.

Michelin have also let it known that they intend to make the tyre more “snow friendly”. I do find this strange. Because, I wonder if Michelin have had problems with the early version of these tyres.

The new tyre will be known as the CrossClimate +. Thus, this tyre is expected to give better traction in snowy weather. Of course, I am not sure if the lack of snow traction was found in test conditions, or reported to them by their customers.

However as long as Michelin have corrected any discretion, then it must be a good thing.

Eric Roberts

Source: Irish Examiner | Irish Examiner

Oil Changes-90-Second Oil Changes Could Be The Death Of DIY Mechanics By 2020 – Car Throttle

Oil Changes

Castrol’s new Nexcel tech promises 90-second drop oil changes and dry sumps for all. But could this revolutionary new process spell the end for DIY home mechanic?

Wow this is out of the blue?

All the energy in the recent auto scene has been dedicated to the engine emissions and cutting back on greenhouse gasses, but i never saw this one coming. Changing oil is pretty easy and i would not have thought that engineers were or would be looking for ways of making it easier.

I can see where they are coming from, but i feel that the prediction of most cars having this technology fitted by 2020 a little far fetched, but you never know. it is nice to see some stuff coming out about the regular cars and not the electric side of the jog, for a change.

Little has changed when carrying out Oil Changes, over the past fifty years and more. Just about everybody could change the oil in their car, but things are about to change.

The old oil in the engine will enter the box. The box will then be unplugged and then removed. A new cartridge will be inserted containing the correct amount of oil for the particular model of car.

The box will be electronically connected to the cars engine management system and it is claimed that this will give better engine CO2 emission results. The old oil in the box will then be recycled responsibly.

in my opinion car designs will have to change to fit the Oil Changes box under the car bonnet, although it is battery sized and if the battery was removed to another part of the car, then it could work.

Also there is nothing said about topping your oil level up, or when Oil Changes, will take place? Only time will tell whether or not this is a good idea or not?

Eric Roberts


Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.carthrottle.com

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