Wheels, Tyres and Brakes

How to maintain the correct pressures on long journeys


  1. Posted on September 2nd, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. During the summer holidays, you may have found yourself embarking on long car journeys and carrying heavier loads than usual. It is likely that you, and your tyres, will have felt the pressure. Unfortunately, this is not an advice blog about how not to lose your rag with parents/grandparents/children during long road trips but, rather, […]

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Get the basics right before you drive with GEM’s new ‘how to’ videos


  1. Posted on July 15th, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. There’s now no excuse to avoid these quick, basic tasks that will help keep you safe and save you money! Simple car maintenance tips will help you steer clear of trouble on the road   GEM Motoring Assist has published a brand new series of short ‘how to’ videos that set out the basics of […]

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Dangers of used tyres highlighted… again


  1. Posted on June 17th, 2019 by Rob Marshall
  2. The Local Government Association (LGA) warns that motorists could be putting their lives at risk by buying dangerous second-hand tyres, because nearly half of them in certain UK regions were sold illegally. Serious safety defects were found in the study, including unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling. Interestingly, some tyres on sale were nearly 30 years-old. […]

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Salt and your wheels


  1. Posted on December 27th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2.   While our minds may be distracted from our cars over the Christmas and New Year holidays, spend a little time considering the damage that salt does to your car and, in particular, its road wheels. Road salt accelerates corrosion. While modern car bodywork protection has improved significantly since the early 1980s, corrosion can still […]

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Brakes become top killer defect


  1. Posted on November 30th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. According to the Department of Transport, mechanical defects caused 1,539 road traffic incidents last year, leading to 359 serious injuries and 32 deaths.   Faulty brakes accounted for 570 accidents last year, 129 serious injuries and nine deaths, eclipsing defective/ill maintained tyres as the second highest mechanical defect.   Lack of Access The main problem […]

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Is the handbrake almost obsolete?


  1. Posted on October 26th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. According to CarGurus, the traditional handbrake is ‘reaching the end of the road’, where ‘just’ 37% of new cars are fitted with the traditional manual handle. I am surprised that the percentage is that high… Going electric – the EPB The Electronic Park Brake (EPB) replaced the traditional handle, with a simple switch, or button. […]

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Dangers of (under) inflation


  1. Posted on July 10th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. While many road safety bodies, including GEM, emphasise the importance of correct tyre pressures, it is worth making additional pressure adjustments during the holiday period, particularly if you are planning long-distance trips.   Relating tyre pressures to weight If your car spends much of its time lightly-loaded, it is likely that your tyre pressures will […]

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Motorway tyre debris analysed – but is the conclusion misleading?


  1. Posted on May 29th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2.   In what was, probably, the first study of its kind, Highways England staff provided over 1,035 piece of tyre debris from the M1, M6, M40, M5 and M42 motorways to technical experts at Bridgestone Tyres for analysis. A video on the survey can be viewed here. Working together, their conclusion was: ‘Almost three quarters of motorway […]

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Tyre ageing to be researched


  1. Posted on March 28th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is a popular question among GEM members – when does a tyre become too old? Sadly, we cannot provide a definitive answer, because it depends on so many variables, including storage and usage conditions. Whenever we have queried premium tyre manufactures about age limits, the answers are, understandably, vague. Research commissioned Yet, the first […]

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Spare tyre confusion


  1. Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many people are willing to pay extra for a spare tyre. Yet, even if they invest in one, many of our members have queried if they are still safe to use. Is something better than nothing? Air compressors and tyre sealant aerosols have limited use. While they may be able to plug a small leak, […]

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