Be ready for winter weather

A One Tyres - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Despite the fact we are enjoying unseasonably warm weather for October, rumours abound that there is a cold snap looming.  Some say “bring it on”, others are not so keen.  Like it or not, icy conditions on the roads are a hazard and in Northern Ireland we always seem to be surprised by it. 

So let’s give some thought to how to be prepared.  With regards to your car, having your tyres in the best condition possible is a good place to start so you are less likely to be grounded in freezing conditions.  Here are a few top tips to ensure you are prepared for cold weather:

  • If your winter tyres have been in our ‘tyre hotel’ during the summer it is high time you got them back on your vehicle and give your warm weather tyres a rest.
  • Top up your screen wash, if you only have water in there it is more likely to freeze
  • Carry windscreen de-icer in your car for those chilly nights you’ve been out and want to get home quickly and safely.  You need maximum visibility from your car windows.
  • Check your tyre tread and pressure.  Think about winter tyres, they give you extra braking distance and improved grip on the road.
  • Make sure your car lights are all clean and working, replace any bulbs and get headlights aligned if required
  • Check your brakes
  • If you get stuck in bad weather and can’t get traction on the road, a good tip is to use foot mats behind the tyres to help get you out of a tight spot. 
  • In extreme freezing conditions carry a spade, some sand and emergency supplies in the boot of your car.  Make wise decisions about whether your journey is really necessary.

If you need vehicle tyres checked or your car serviced in preparation for winter, just contact A One Tyres to get your car booked in to our Garage Services Department.   For further advice or information call A One Tyres on 028 9269 9107.

Tyres should never be the reason for your car failing the MOT

A One Tyres - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

According to a recent article in the Telegraph, “over 2.2 million cars failed their MOT test with tyre-related problems last year”.  The figures were obtained from Tyresafe.  Tyresafe’s Chairman said “It beggars belief that so many motorists can fail their MoT because of unsafe or illegal tyres.”  

And right enough, it is an unbelievable statistic that so many drivers have let their tyres deteriorate to such a state that the cars fail an MOT!   As the article points out, tyres are so vital to safety on the roads, particularly at this time of year when road conditions can be treacherous.  Why do so many motorists send their cars to be tested without checking the state of their tyres themselves or calling in to a tyre depot to get it done for them by the experts?

The A One Tyres’s loyalty scheme encourages customers to come in regularly for a free tyre check.  So, even if your car is not going for MoT just yet, you can be confident the tyres are safe and fully legal.  For more details just ask at reception.

Each car that comes in for an MOT check with A One Tyres gets their tyres checked as a routine part of the service.  If the car needs new tyres we will ensure that the customer knows what their options are.  This way our customers are guaranteed that their car will not fail its MoT on tyre-related issues.

In summary, there are a number of simple reasons to ensure your tyres are checked regularly:

  • safety on the road all year round, but particularly over the winter months
  • it keeps your tyres legal, avoiding penalty points
  • your car will not fail the MoT for tyre-related issues incurring extra cost

So next time you are passing our Dromore, Co Down depot, call in and ask at reception to have your car tyres checked, it is an absolutely free service.  Should you require replacement tyres our experts will talk through this purchase with you to ensure you get the best tyres for your car taking into account your driving habits.

If you need your car serviced, or prepared for MoT, call Jean in our Garage Services Department to book an appointment.  For further advice or information call A One Tyres on 028 9269 9107

Tyres - the basics - questions about tyres you never thought to ask

A One Tyres - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Most of the time we simply take tyres for granted, we don’t think much about them, we just need tyres to keep turning so our vehicles can get from A to B without hassle.  To get the best from your tyres it often pays to know a little bit more.  However, some things we don’t need to know, but they are just interesting questions that you might ponder round your dinner table, like:

why are tyres black?

why do tyre treads look like they do? 

how long does it take to create a new type of tyre?

why has no one invented the puncture-proof tyre?

Continental Tyres has lots of technical staff who are able to answer these tyre related questions.  Check out some of the answers to these and other questions from Steve Howat of Continental Tyres – Technical Services.  Click here

Tyre Safety October 2014 - Safe Tyres Saves Lives

A One Tyres - Friday, October 10, 2014

Ageing tyres can affect the safety of your tyres, safe tyres saves lives

This week there has been a particular focus on tyre safety in the Province.  The Northern Ireland Tyre Safety Association (NITSA) in partnership with the PSNI and the National Tyre Distributors' Association (NTDA) have held Tyre Safety Week 6 - 12 October 2014.  This year's Tyre Safety Week campaign is focusing on educating the public of the potential dangers of old tyres and urging people to check their tyres.  

Politicians, law enforcers and experts in the tyre industry have been highlighting the dangers of part worn tyres.  Purchasing older tyres can be a false economy as they can increase fuel consumption, while reducing tyre performance and safety.  Just 8% of part-worn tyres tested by local authorities in Northern Ireland fully complied with safety regulations while a staggering 35% (13 out of 37 tested) had serious faults that would potentially affect the safety of the tyre.

No matter what type of vehicle you are driving, it is vital to check your tyres regularly.  Coming into the winter months when driving conditions may be tricky it is even more important to keep your tyres in good condition.

A One Tyres has a customer loyalty scheme which makes checking your tyres easy, it is all done for you, just call into our Dromore depot and request a tyre check.  It is completely free, and you can enjoy a cup of coffee in our comfortable reception area while you are waiting.   Joining the loyalty scheme means you will benefit from various offers and giveaways as well as having peace of mind that your tyres are roadworthy.  Ask in our reception, or telephone us on 028 9269 9107 for details.  

A One Tyres achieves Michelin Certified Centre 2014 status

A One Tyres - Thursday, July 10, 2014

For a number of consecutive years now A One Tyres has achieved Michelin Certified Centre status.  And 2014 is no exception.   A One Tyres is one of only three tyre dealerships in Northern Ireland to achieve this status for 2014.  This means that A One Tyres has been audited and accredited with providing a service to a standard approved by Michelin Europe-wide.

This status was confirmed at a Michelin Certified Centre seminar held in Mullingar recently, attended by Jean Chambers, at which best practice, business trends and issues facing the tyre industry were discussed.

Michelin StandardIn meeting the standard approved by Michelin,  A One Tyres had to pass a stringent independent audit of operations covering aspects such as quality of the workshop and buildings, levels of customer service and personnel requirements including staff skills and training.  Key assessment areas include ensuring the building and premises are suitable to provide the quality of service required; ensuring the customer waiting facilities are up to standard; certifying the quality and method of workmanship; ensuring all required equipment is up to specification; and ensuring that staff have the technical knowledge to carry out a first class job.  There are also checks to ensure that the level of customer care is at the very top level.

A One Tyres Depot manager Aaron Clydesdale said “We welcome this Michelin audit each year as it recognises how we do things in A One Tyres.  Our aim is to give the customer a first class service and keep our staff trained to the highest standards.  We are pleased that Michelin recognises this in this way.”

Michelin say of this standard,  "Centres that achieve this status signify a centre of excellence within the industry giving consumers confidence that a high level of quality and service will be provided at all times."

This assurance is something we hope will give A One Tyres customers confident of an excellent all round experience as they use the depot, from the moment they enter reception until they leave the premises with business done.

For further information contact us on 028 9269 9107.

Change to warm weather tyres

A One Tyres - Thursday, April 10, 2014

If you have made use of A One Tyres “Tyre Hotel” for your warm weather tyres and you haven’t already done so, in order to maximise your winter tyre use, you should probably think about calling in to our Dromore Depot and getting your winter tyres off and your summer tyres back on. 

While you can drive on winter tyres all year round, they perform better in conditions under 7 degrees Celsius and so to save their wear for the chilly winter months get your change-over to summer tyres done in the next few weeks.

The forecasters are predicting a warm summer.  We are looking forward to the 6 week heat wave forecast for the not too distant future.  But even if a heat wave doesn’t materialise, we are hopeful that temperatures will be rising in the next few weeks.  So it is time for those tyre changeovers. 

While you are in reception why don’t you enquire about our Customer Loyalty Scheme to make the most of your visits to our Depot.

For further information feel free to give us a call on 028 9269 9107, or simply call into our Dromore depot.

Spring is in the air, time for a vehicle check?

A One Tyres - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beautiful bright spring days forecast, but still a chill in the air.  This may turn our thoughts to tidying, cleaning up and clearing out - the great spring clean.  Our homes get a lick of paint, our gardens are dug out but sometimes our vehicles get forgotten.  There are few things we should consider in relation to our vehicle checks: 

Tyre check

Well, obviously, being a tyre company, we are going to recommend regular tyre checks.  Not just once a year, but every couple of weeks.  There are several good reasons for doing this, which include maximising tyre tread, minimising fuel use and keeping your vehicle firmly in touch with the road.  

We can do all this for you, for further information on our customer loyalty scheme click here.

Vehicle service

We recommend that your vehicle is serviced regularly.  A full service is probably only required every other service.  But a basic oil change should be done according to the manufacturer recommendations for your car.  This may be every 5,000, 10,000 or even 15,000 miles.  Our car service department will take care of this for you.  Call Jean on 028 9269 9107 to book an appointment or set up a regular vehicle service reminder.

Other vehicle checks

Here are some things you should regularly check on your vehicle.  There may be other checks not included here.

  • Oil levels
  • Brake check & brake fluid levels
  • Battery check
  • Engine coolant levels: stops freezing in cold weather, prevents overheating in warm weather
  • Windscreen washer refill
  • Indicators, brake, rear and head lights
  • Exhaust check
  • Steering and suspension check

MOT inspections

The necessity for preparing your car for MOT may cover some of the basics in keeping your vehicle right for the road.  Our car service department will take care of MOT preparation and bringing your car to be tested. 

However, nothing beats a regular service outside of the MOT preparation, to help catch things before they cause damage to your car and to reduce the possibility of roadside breakdown.  More of us are keeping our cars on the road for longer so keeping your car service history up to date is becoming more important.

We offer a courtesy car service to minimise disruption for you while your own car is being serviced with us.

For further information feel free to give us a call on 028 9269 9107, or simply call into our Dromore depot.

Tyre Checks - take the pressure off your pockets and put it into your tyres

A One Tyres - Thursday, February 06, 2014

A little time spent now and again on simple checks, can save money on your tyres in the long run.  In our busy lives, why should you spend precious time checking your tyres every month?

Customer Loyalty

Here are a few reasons why you should, which will also put money back in your pocket:

Improved fuel consumption

Low tyre pressures in one or more tyre can increase ‘drag’ on your vehicle.  For the most economical effect on your fuel consumption you need your tyres to be the correct pressure.  We can advise on what that pressure should be for your vehicle.

Less wear and tear

Low or high tyre pressure will cause uneven wear on your tyres.  This will reduce the tyre’s performance both in grip on the road and wear to the tyre.  If you rarely or never check your tyres, you are likely to end up having to change your tyres more often.

Detection of tyre irregularities

Regular tyre inspections will help detect any irregular wear, damage, slow punctures or wheel swaps needed.  Taking action sooner rather than later will increase the life of the tyre, maximise grip, comfort and safety.

Load safety

Not many people think of the importance of having the correct pressure for different loads.  If you are used to travelling alone on your daily commute the recommended tyre pressure will be different than when you set off on your annual driving holiday to France with your whole family, the suitcases and the dog.  If you don’t adjust the tyre pressure to suit the load, stopping distances and grip on the road will be affected.

A One Tyres – pressure checks

We want our customers to get the very best performance from their tyres.  Regular tyre checks are an important part of achieving this.  We want A One customers to know when they come to spend money on their tyres that they have maximised the use of their tyres.

A One Tyres – customer loyalty scheme

There are obvious advantages of regular tyre checks that we have outlined here.  But at A One we have gone a step further by launching a customer loyalty scheme that promotes regular tyre checks and is absolutely free.   Simply call in every 4 weeks or so and get your tyres checked.  The checks and tyre advice come free, and on every third visit to A One you will be entitled to a free car wash.  What is there to lose?  Sign up today.  You can even get complimentary cup of coffee in our comfortable reception while your tyres are being checked.  What you do with the advice is entirely up to you.

Of course you can check your tyre pressures yourself and if you feel your tyres need some TLC we are here to help.

For further information feel free to give us a call on 028 9269 9107, or simply call into our Dromore depot.

Car tyre repair kits may end up costing you more

A One Tyres - Friday, January 17, 2014

Recently my dad bought a new car, well a second hand car, but new to him.  My dad is old school and he was quite upset to discover that the car did not have a spare tyre.  Where the tyre should be was a mould of Styrofoam.  He was not impressed.

Why do some manufacturers no longer put spare tyres in some models?

There is a constant drive among manufacturers to make their cars fuel efficient and eco-friendly.  Almost 30% of all new cars manufactured now do not have spare wheels.  The lighter the car is, the more miles per gallon it will do.  Clearly this sells cars when fuel is so expensive.  However, you should stop and think.  How much are you saving by not carrying a spare tyre compared to the hassle and expense of what happens when you get a puncture and have no spare wheel?

What do you do when you get a puncture?

Most people have never repaired a car tyre puncture themselves, but more people will have to learn how to use a car tyre repair kit.  Up to now, (the good old days, my dad would say) when you get a puncture, you change the tyre and take it to a tyre depot to see if it can be repaired.  That’s if you have a spare tyre.

What happens when you have no spare tyre?

Using manufacturer supplied car repair kit

Some cars are equipped with a sealant-based tyre repair kit.  You inject the sealant through the valve and use the portable compressor unit to reinflate the tyre.  If the tyre cannot be re-inflated the puncture will not be repairable and you will need to call for roadside assistance.  If you have been able to temporarily repair the puncture then you will need to drive to the nearest tyre depot for a permanent repair.   You should keep your speed under 30 mph for the first 3 miles, then check the tyre again.  After that you should drive no faster than 50 mph to the nearest puncture repair centre. 

At this point you may be able to have the puncture repaired, or you may need to purchase a new tyre.  But you will definitely have to replace the sealant canister at a cost of anything from £28 to £50 to be ready for your next puncture experience!

Run-flat tyres

Some vehicles have run-flat tyres which allow you to keep driving for a distance after getting a puncture.  You should drive no further than 50 miles on most run-flat tyres and keep your speed down.  We will put up more information on run-flat tyres in a future blog post.

Are tyre repair kits cost efficient? Well, not necessarily …

Research by Which magazine in May 2013 showed that when you get a puncture, replacing the sealant canister and the tyre can prove more expensive than the fuel you saved by not having a spare tyre on board.   Of course, you might be lucky and never have a puncture, but given the pot holes and debris on our roads, the odds are not good.

So next time you change your car, don’t forget to check if it has a spare tyre.  If it doesn’t, consider asking the dealer to provide you with a spare to stash in your shed or garage (included in the purchase price of course).  If you find your vehicle has a puncture outside your front door, it will be less hassle (and more cost effective) to change the tyre and get the puncture repaired in the normal way.   Of course, if you are out and about without a spare tyre, you are back to square one.

If you are interested in buying a spare tyre, please call us on 028 9269 9107 and we will happy to help, or complete one of our contact forms and we will get back to you.

The important thing to remember is, always get your puncture repaired by experts who will tell you if it is not repairable so that your car is safe and insured on the road.

Hurry! Fuel voucher offer ending soon!

A One Tyres - Thursday, November 14, 2013

Make the most of your Michelin tyre purchase by claiming your fuel voucher, offer ends 30 November 2013, call us for more details, or click here