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Motorists Risk Driving with Bad Eyesight

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Motorists who need glasses or contact lenses but don’t wear them whilst driving are four times more likely to be involved in an accident, new research by Direct Line Car Insurance has revealed. According to the study, 16% of drivers have had an accident in the past two years but this increases to 67% for those who need glasses or contacts but don’t always wear them. In addition, the study found that 13.3 million motorists are risking their lives and the lives of other road users by driving with poor eyesight as a result of not wearing their glasses or contact lenses, with 21% of respondents saying they always drive without them. More than a third (37%) of motorists claim they haven’t had a vision test in the past two years or more, despite good eyesight being a basic requirement of safe driving. Men are apparently more likely to not wear...
Continental Tyres Euro
This April, until the middle of May, with every purchase of 2 Continental tyres through Strathclyde Tyres, customers can claim two FREE Toffs retro football shirts. If you purchase a set of 4 Continental tyres then you can claim up to FOUR shirts! Customers will have the option to select from 12 nations and can have their name and preferred number added to the back. In addition to the football shirts, customers can be in with a chance to win tickets to the Euro 2016. The tickets up for grabs include: 4 x round 16 tickets to a Euro 2016 game £500 worth of spending money for the group There will be a guaranteed winner going to a Euro 2016 game and it could be you! Purchase your Continental Tyres with Strathclyde Tyres today and win big! ...

Should your car have winter tyres?

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While in many parts of Europe it is the law to have winter tyres installed, it is not compulsory to have them in the UK. Despite this, a number of people opt to install winter tyres in the UK, especially if they are living in remote parts of the country. Such tyres use a tread rubber compound and tread pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility at low temperatures, preferably below 7 degrees. The winter tyres give good braking/traction performance on snow/ice as well as on wet roads in cold conditions and can allow drivers to commute safely in winter weather or frosty temperature. Winter tyres or alternatively, all weather tyres will be beneficial if you live in a remote area. If you opt to fit winter tyres, there is no need to tell your insurance company as such tyres will not affect your insurance rate. Whatever tyres you fit they must...

Time to Switch to Winter Tyres

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Putting back the clocks on 25th October was a timely reminder to also put back your winter tyres, according to tyre manufacturer Bridgestone. High ground in Europe has already had its first blanket of snow and recent years have shown that European winters are anything but predictable. Winter tyres are safer in colder conditions because rubber goes hard and loses flexibility in lower temperatures, and normal summer tyres don’t grip as well in the cold. Less grip means drivers have less control and can’t stop as quickly, creating a bigger risk of accidents. Winter tyres grip better than summer tyres in all colder conditions, says Bridgestone, including rain and slush. The company also highlights that buying a second set of tyres doesn’t double the cost: summer tyres will last much longer because they’re resting quietly and not wearing down while the winter tyres are fitted to the car. Bridgestone has invested...

Worn Tyres Pose an Ongoing Risk to Drivers

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Too many drivers are putting their own lives, and the lives of other road users, at risk by driving on worn tyres, according to recent research from the AA. The research found that as many as 65% of female drivers and 36% of male drivers are guilty of driving vehicles with worn tyres. The research also revealed that many motorists do not regularly carry out basic safety checks such as tyre pressure checks and tread depth checks. “Tyres aren’t ‘optional extras’ – the four small patches of rubber, each the size of your hand, are the only parts of the car that touch the road,” explained AA Tyres’ director David Bruce. “If they’re worn, poorly inflated, or damaged, then you really are dicing with death.” Drivers face a maximum fine of £2,500 and three penalty points for each defective tyre on a vehicle. To help drivers avoid these unnecessary penalties, the...
Tyre manufacturer Goodyear has recently highlighted how important it is for coach and truck operators to ensure they have the correct tyres fitted to their vehicles over winter. Having the right tyre for the road conditions is not only important for safety reasons but can also avoid breaking local laws. “All operators are aware of the problems that a sudden snowfall can cause and generally equip their vehicles as necessary,” explained Benjamin Willot, Director Marketing Commercial Tyres Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa. “However, there are an increasing number of European countries that demand the use of commercial vehicle winter tyres, not only when conditions dictate but also at set times of the year.” “A big challenge for operators is the lack of harmonisation of EU commercial vehicle winter tyre legislation,” he added. “Failure to comply may result in a fine or the vehicle may not be allowed to continue its...

Goodyear Comes Top in Winter Tyre Test

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The New Goodyear UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 has claimed top place in the 2015 Auto Express Winter Tyre test. Eight tyre brands were put through their paces as part of the test, which took into account handling on snow, wet and dry, and also looked at noise and rolling resistance. Goodyear’s new UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 was rated number one, and apparently performed particularly well in Snow Tracton, Circle and Handlng as well as Curved Aquaplaning. Commenting on the overall performance of the tyre, Kim Adams from Auto Express said that it was an “Impressive debut in our Winter Tyre Test from a great all-round performer.” “We are thrilled to have taken the top place in this important tyre test,” said Kate Rock, PR Manager for Goodyear Dunlop UK. “Market research tells us that tyre test wins are an important and influential factor in the decision making process for tyres.” “We are pleased...

Bridgestone Reports on Sustainability Measures

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Passenger tyres with 100% of their natural rubber-containing components derived from guayule have been successfully built by Bridgestone. Guayule is a shrub native to the dry regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Natural rubber is contained in the plant’s barks and roots. Bridgestone’s tyres are particularly unique because they were constructed using the company’s guayule natural rubber cultivated by Bridgestone at its Biorubber Process Research Centre (BPRC) in Mesa, Arizona. Tyre demand is expected to increase in conjunction with global population growth and the advancement of motorisation in developing nations, says Bridgestone. Today, approximately 90% of all natural rubber is harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree, which is primarily grown in tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Bridgestone is continuing to invest in and advance major research and development in search of new and more sustainable sources of natural rubber to alleviate the overconcentration of natural rubber production...
With winter rapidly approaching, Continental is advising the transport industry to start thinking about equipping its fleets with suitable winter tyres. For driving safely with optimal traction even on damp or icy roads, Continental recommends fitting trucks and buses with winter tyres on all axles for the cold winter season. Continental’s portfolio of tailor-made winter tyres for trucks are specially developed for every axle position, featuring optimum steering and directional control for the front axle, maximum traction and brake force on the driving axle, as well as significantly better grip when cornering and braking for the trailer axles. Continental’s winter tyres, identified by the snowflake symbol on the tyre wall, easily outperform M+S (mud and snow) tyres and also significantly exceed the requirements of the "Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake" symbol (3PMSF). For winter tyres to be labelled with the 3PMSF symbol, they have to pass a standard practical test defined in the...

Bridgestone Supplies Top Car Manufacturers

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Bridgestone tyres have been fitted to a number of high-profile vehicles in the past year, which the company says confirms the brand’s will to maintain and consolidate its position as one of the top tyre and rubber company in the world and a trusted partner for top car manufacturers. One such car, the new Ferrari California T, leaves the Maranello production line with Bridgestone Potenza S007 RFT (Run-Flat Technology) sport tyres. Bridgestone engineers developed Potenza S007 based on construction and materials technologies developed during Bridgestone’s 14 seasons as official FIA Formula One tyre supplier. Bridgestone has developed tyres for Ferrari and supplied original equipment to Maranello production cars since the Ferrari 348 in 1990. Fiat has chosen tyres from Bridgestone for the new Fiat 500X crossover. Delivery of Turanza T001 tyres in size 225/45 R18 91V to the Fiat factory in Melfi, Italy has already started. 500X is the latest member...

The MICHELIN CargoXBib Heavy Duty Tyre

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A new, heavy duty tyre for farmers that offers reliability and stability when using heavily loaded agricultural trailers on road and in the fields has been developed by Michelin. The MICHELIN CargoXBib Heavy Duty tyre apparently gives farmers professional efficiency and comfort and is an extension to the MICHELIN CargoXBib range. When compared with the previous generation of trailer tyres, the MICHELIN CargoXBib Heavy Duty tyre stands out thanks to its versatility, which makes it the perfect implement for on road and in the fields work. The tyre carcass and profile have been especially designed to optimise longevity and driver comfort on roads. In fields, the MICHELIN CargoXBib Heavy Duty tyre stands out thanks to its excellent slope handling and its high load capacity. Finally, the tyre clearing system has been improved and can be three times faster than for the previous generation of MICHELIN CargoXBib tyres. According to Michelin, the...

New Developments at Bridgestone

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Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has recently announced that it has been chosen to work with Volkswagen under the new "Future Automotive Supply Tracks" initiative (called FAST). Bridgestone is apparently the only tyre supplier that features in the list of 44 FAST companies, all of which represent what Volkswagen considers to be the outstanding partners in their respective sectors. "Bridgestone has to set up a new global structure that frees up our capacity to innovate and brings developments to market faster,” commented Mr. Franco Annunziato, President and CEO of Bridgestone Europe. “We are immensely proud to be selected as a Volkswagen Group privileged partner; we look forward to working ever closer within the FAST programme to help provide solutions for the vehicles of tomorrow." The FAST initiative was launched in February 2015, and involves the Volkswagen Group working together with selected suppliers to respond to current challenges and the digital transformation taking place...

The New Continental SportContact 6

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Continental has launched its latest ultra high-performance summer tyre, the new SportContact 6. The new tyre is initially available in a range of forty-one dimensions, produced for rims with diameters of between 19 and 23 inches. The SportContact 6 is ideally partnered with pure sports cars such as the Audi R8 or Porsche 911, as well as vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes AMG. The SportContact 6 apparently owes its enhanced performance to the “Black Chili” tread compound, developed by chemists at Continental, which provides optimum adhesion in two ways. The rubber compound is designed to mesh with the roughness of the road and, at the same time, temporary atomic connections between the tyre compound and the road surface ensure high adhesion, acting like small suction pads at nanoscopic level. Both factors make for the greatest possible adhesion in all directions – during braking, cornering, and acceleration on...
An ongoing study on the social psychology of road safety conducted jointly by social psychologists from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and tyre manufacturer Goodyear, has identified different ways that people respond when they interact with other drivers on the road. The researchers found there were seven personalities that frequently manifest themselves: The Teacher: needs to make sure other drivers know what they have done wrong and expects recognition of his/her efforts to teach others. The Know-it-all: thinks he/she is surrounded by incompetent fools and contents themselves with shouting condescendingly at other drivers while being protected in their own car. The Competitor: needs to get ahead of all other drivers and is annoyed when someone gets in the way of that. He/she might accelerate when someone tries to overtake them or close a gap to prevent anyone from getting in front of them. The Punisher: wants to...

Continental Wins Summer Tyre Test

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The ContiSportContact 5 from Continental has taken first place in this year’s summer tyre test from the UK's monthly title evo. The test pitted the Continental ContiSportContact 5 against nine competitor summer tyres in size 225/40R18. The awards recognised the ContiSportContact 5 across a broad spectrum, taking top spot for the wet lap, wet handling, dry braking and straight aquaplaning. The evo summer tyre test celebrates the best of the best in the summer tyre market, revealing the most inspirational products. The awards highlight exceptional performance, quality, safety, desirability and value. According to Continental, they are seen within the motoring industry as a stamp of approval offering motoring enthusiasts confidence when looking for their next summer tyre purchase. “We are delighted to have been commended by evo yet again,” said Scott Benbow, Product Marketing Manager at Continental. “The ContiSportContact 5 has taken the summer market by storm, with several tyre test...

The Importance of Tyre Safety when Towing

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Although the school holidays may be drawing to an end, many people are still planning trips away in their cars before the onset of autumn and winter. Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has advised drivers who are planning on travelling with a caravan, camper or boat trailer to carry out a number of essential safety checks before setting off on their trip. Many of these checks focus on the tyres of both the towing vehicle and the caravan or trailer. As website uktow.com highlights, the tyres are the only part of a caravan or trailer that are in contact with the road surface, and therefore their condition will have a direct impact on how the trailer handles on the road. All aspects of towing, including acceleration, cornering and braking, will be carried out much more safely on tyres that are in good condition. The first of Bridgestone’s recommended checks is to make sure...

Hankook Wins Awards for Concept Tyres

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Concept tyres created by Hankook Tyre, in collaboration with Pforzheim University, have been honoured at the 2015 Red Dot Design Award and 2015 IDEA (International Design Excellence Award). Hankook’s Boostrac concept tyre was designated as the ‘Best of the Best’ at the 2015 Red Dot Award. According to Hankook, it is the first tyre company in the world to win the category of Mobility, and this achievement demonstrates its leading design capabilities as well as its world-class technological prowess. In addition, all three of the company’s concept tyres, Boostrac, Alpike, and hyBlade, received awards at IDEA 2015. They were produced as part of a project to develop future-oriented concept tyres that were capable of performing in extreme driving conditions, the kind of environments that can be caused by climate change due to the global warming. Boostrac has a variable tread block structure that can expand when required, leading to improved traction....

Bridgestone Tyres Fitted to New Mercedes SUV

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Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has recently announced that its tyres have been selected by Daimler for the 2015 worldwide launch of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. The luxury mid-sized SUV will be leaving the factory fitted with Dueler H/P Sport tyres in four sizes across the model range. Bridgestone reports that this new fitment follows on from other recent successes the company has had with Daimler. In 2014 the Dueler H/P Sport tyre was chosen for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV, while the C-Class was equipped with Bridgestone Turanza T001 touring tyres, Bridgestone Potenza S001 sport tyres and Bridgestone Blizzak winter tyres. For the new Mercedes-Benz GLC, Bridgestone is producing sizes 235/65 R17, 235/60 R18, 235/55 R19 and 255/45 R20. According to Bridgestone, the Dueler H/P Sport tyre was developed specifically for latest-generation SUVs, and provides these vehicles with responsive handling combined with high levels of ride comfort, safety and durability....

18 Million Brits on Roads with Illegal Tyres

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A worrying survey has revealed that more than 18 million Brits could be on the roads with illegal tyres. Following a survey of 100,000 tyres the report from Micheldever show that there was a continuing rise in the number of tyres breaching the 1.6mm tread limit with the number of tyres exceeding the 1.6mm tread limit trebling in just seven years. Alarmingly, the same survey also found that 40% of all drivers did not know what the legal limit for tread was, with 13% believing that it was the responsibility of the garage to ensure their tyres were correct and not the driver. Perhaps most worryingly about this survey was the fact that more than 65% of those asked had been driving for more than ten years. Importance of the Correct Tyres Tread and other aspects of tyres are vitally important and the number of illegal tyres on the road could...

Bridgestone Tyres Selected for New Fiat

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Fiat has chosen Bridgestone tyres to be fitted to its new Fiat 500X crossover. Delivery of Turanza T001 tyres in size 225/45 R18 91V to the Fiat factory in Melfi, Italy has apparently already started. 500X is the latest member of the Fiat 500 family and follows the 500, 500 Cabrio and 500L, which is also factory-fitted with Bridgestone Turanza tyres. With the 500X, Fiat has developed an urban vehicle available as a 2-wheel drive called City Look and a more powerful 4-wheel drive version, named Off-Road Look. Criteria for tyre development were oriented towards excellent rolling resistance, noise and handling performance. “Bridgestone is proud to have been selected for Fiat 500X, the first urban vehicle developed for the city offering the option of 4-wheel drive performance,” commented Christophe de Valroger, VP Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe. “The premium Turanza T001 tyre was able to meet Fiat’s demanding performance requirements, which include...