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What Are the Dangers of Under Inflated Car Tyres?

Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can cause problems both in terms of vehicle performance and road safety.

Given that 60% of people do not know what the legal car tyre tread depth limit is, it comes as little surprise that most of us do not know what the correct tyre pressure is for our vehicles either. The vehicles manual is usually a good place to start to find the correct pressures although failing that any garage should also be able to provide you with this information. Ideally, all car tyres should be checked at least once a month and at the beginning of any long journey using a tyre pressure gauge. It is also worth remembering that there are usually 2 correct pressures; one for ‘normal’ driving and one for ‘loaded’ driving, which is usually when the vehicle is loaded with passengers or is carrying a particularly heavy load.

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Tyre Spot Ltd has been supplying and fitting car tyres in the Newcastle area for over 30 years. Today they have 9 branches across the Newcastle area and a website that allows users to purchase tyres online and book their vehicle in to their nearest Tyre Spot branch for fitment. Tyre Spot provide a wide range of tyres from premium brands to cheaper, budget brand car tyres as well as providing additional vehicle services such as exhausts, brakes, MOTs (which can also be booked online) and servicing.

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Every year the motorist is faced with the ordeal of the MOT test, unless their car is less than three years old. The purpose of an MOT is to ensure the vehicle complies with road safety and environmental standards. Without it car owners are unable to obtain a tax disc for driving on public roads.

But what does the MOT tester look out for? Is it car tyres or fuel emissions? It can become expensive when the vehicle fails and needs to be re-tested. To help achieve a first time pass, this 10 point checklist highlights the main components that are included in an MOT test:

1. Brakes

The car's brakes are tested on a 'roller brake tester' to assess their condition, performance and efficiency. Brakes that 'lock up' when applied will fail. Other areas to watch out for are loose brake pedals and signs of leaking brake fluid.

9. Steering, suspension and horn

All three need to be in good condition and work correctly. Make sure the horn is the right type for the vehicle. Ensure the wheels are correctly aligned and the car tyre pressures are correct, as these can affect the vehicle's steering.

10. Registration Plate and Vehicle Identification Number

The registration plate needs to be in the correct format, legible and in good condition. Every car used after the 1st August 1980 must have its vehicle identification number clearly displayed.

Lights, brakes, suspension and car tyres are the four most common reasons why a car will fail its MOT. This checklist is intended as a guide to improve your cars chance of passing. If in any doubt we recommend consulting your local garage before taking the MOT test.

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A wheel chock is a safety device that is intended to prevent a truck or other vehicle from accidental movement. If you're wondering what can happen to make a truck move, just ask the person who was run over by a runaway rolling auto or truck. It probably wasn't chocked. You can see a wheel chock in all sorts of environments including residential, construction, utility, industrial, mining and even aviation. We're just going to address the uses in residential/utility and industrial settings.Potential for an AccidentThere are all kinds of accidents that can make a truck move accidentally, some at the fault of human error and some because of the force of gravity. Some of the causes of accidental movement of a truck include:• Put truck or vehicle in Park. • Put on the Parking brake. • Place wheel chocks on each side of tire - and both tires if you're on a grade.That is the basics of remembering to put a wheel chock in place, so when you're in the business of delivery or maintenance and you must stop your truck frequently, put on the chocks!

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