Wheels, Tyres and Brakes

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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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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