Wheels, Tyres and Brakes

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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National Tyre Distributors’ Conference 2017


  1. Posted on October 18th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Approximately 200 executives from all over the UK gathered in Milton Keynes last Thursday for the 2017 National Tyre Distributors’ Association (NTDA) Conference and GEM was there to report on the latest safety messages. Part Worn Tyres The most pertinent announcement was the NTDA’s ‘Manifesto For Change’. Aimed at improving safety within the UK tyre […]

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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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Tyre Safety Month 2017 : correct tyre inflation is vital for safer driving


  1. Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to ensure they carry out regular checks on their tyres. GEM is supporting Tyre Safety Month, which takes place in October, by reminding motorists that correct tyre pressure is not only vital for safety, but is also the best way to maximise fuel […]

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Trusting TPMS and garage inflators


  1. Posted on July 11th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. With all new and many older cars fitted with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), owners are alerted virtually instantly of deviating pressures, which are so critical for dynamic safety and longer tyre life. Yet, checking tyre pressures may also highlight issues with air dispensers. Allow me to explain. Recently, a journalist colleague swapped his cold […]

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Get your wheels aligned


  1. Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many people view long tyre life as a buying factor. Yet, a tyre selling friend told me that, in his experience, most tyres are discarded because of damage, long before they have worn-out their treads. The reason was, according to him, the worsening states of our roads. Now that spring is on its way, our […]

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My toolbox – Gunson Tools One Man Eezibleed kit


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While not trying to get too philosophical, everything has a finite life and one of the most useful items in my toolbox has just bitten-the-dust. My Gunson’s one man brake ‘Eezibleed’ kit has been dispatched to landfill after eight years of renewing the fluid from the brake and clutch systems of the ten cars that […]

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Guard against the risk of a high-speed blowout, urges GEM


  1. Posted on October 25th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is supporting Tyre Safety Month with the fourth in a series of simple safety reminders. This week GEM is warning of the dangers of a high-speed catastrophic tyre failure, or blowout. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented:  “A puncture or blowout while driving can be […]

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