Truck tyre ... hula hooping ...

A One Tyres - Friday, March 27, 2015

We loved this link showing a grown man hula hooping with a truck tyre.  We threw out the challenge on our Facebook page yesterday to see if any of our Tyrefitters (or Admin staff!?) can do better.  We'll post any responses to this challenge here. Training might be required ...

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

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.

First Class Customer Experience

A One Tyres - Thursday, November 14, 2013

If you have recently bought tyres from us or called in for a tyre check, please let us know how we have done. We are always keen to know how we could improve our service delivery, we want your experience to be first class.  Help us make it so by sending us a message with your feedback and suggestions.  Click here

Tyre size and does it matter?

A One Tyres - Monday, September 02, 2013

Tyre sizing can be a confusing array of numbers and letters, with jargon phrases like “low profile”, “load index”, “speed ratings”. What difference does tyre size make? Well, let me break it down a bit.

How do I find out what size my tyre is?

Looking for the easiest way, call in at our depot and our staff will do the number crunching for you. But if you prefer to let your fingers do the walking, lift the phone and I, or some of the staff here can help you with what might suit your vehicle. However, if you are the more independent type and want to do it for yourself, you should look on the sidewall of your tyre, you will see a series of letters and numbers. They will be broken down into a series like 185/60 R 15 84H.


What do these numbers mean?

185 indicates the width of the tyre in millimetres

60 is the tyre’s height (ie measurement of bottom of tread to the rim) expressed as a percentage of its width.

R means the tyre has radial ply construction which is almost always found on car tyres

15 is the diameter of the rim in inches

84 is the load index and indicates the maximum load capacity for your vehicle

H indicates the speed for safe driving (H is rated for speeds up to 130mph)

What does low profile mean?

Low profile tyres are often used for high performance vehicles. Low profile simply means the size of the edge of the tyre. Narrower sidewalls can deliver better cornering, and some people think they look cool. If your vehicle doesn’t come with low profile tyres as standard, it may be possible to get low profile tyres fitted, but if you make that change you need to be careful. If you are changing your tyre size or profile, this can have an effect on your comfort, speedo, fuel consumption and can be harder on your vehicle’s suspension as well. Please phone us for more advice.

What is important?

It is important to keep the diameter of your tyre, if not exactly the same, as close to the original as possible, so that the drive shaft remains stable. If you want to make any change to your tyre size you should take advice on what is safe.

If your car is a people carrier, it is likely to have an “extra load” index. So ensuring your tyre suits the right load capacity is key to getting that right.
Matching tyre sizes is important. What you have on your front driver side, you should also have on your front passenger side. This just makes sense when you think of the tyres being part of your car’s suspension. What if my tyre is a runflat?

The size of the tyre does not change if your tyre is a runflat, although you should always seek to put the same type of tyre matching each side of your vehicle.

Still confused?

I must admit, this is a befuddling mix of millimetres, inches, percentages and other confusing indexes, but you don’t need a degree in maths to get it right. We can do it for you. Whether you have no idea of what tyre size you require, or whether you want to discuss what is possible on your car, for low profiles or other differences, we can help. Just give us a call at our Dromore depot.

So what’s in a tyre label?

A One Tyres - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Those of you who have visited our Dromore depot will have noticed a tiny screen on the reception counter as you have ordered your tyres or paid your bill. This isn’t just a cute addition to our reception furniture. This has been installed as part of our changes to meet the requirements of the EU tyre labelling legislation that came into force in November 2012.

Why has tyre labelling been introduced?

Tyre labels are required on all new tyres and were introduced by the EU to help customers understand how to compare new tyres. The focus is on their environmental impact, in what can be a baffling array of availability. Legislators hope that consumers have a more informed idea of the performance of the tyres and will be guided to make an energy efficient tyre purchase. The system does not claim to cover all aspects of the tyre purchase, but don’t worry, we are here to help.

So who decides how the tyres score?

The scale scores on the tyre labels are based on the tyre manufacturers own declarations. The EU requires member states to regulate the market to ensure compliance.

Understanding a tyre label

The 3 categories compared on the labels are fuel efficiency, wet grip and road noise.

Fuel efficiency

Choosing a tyre with a higher rated fuel efficiency will give you more miles per gallon.

Fuel efficiency is rated from A to G on a colour-coded scale:

A (green) = highest fuel efficiency rating
G (red) = lowest fuel efficiency rating

The difference between an A rating and a G rating could mean a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 7.5%.

Wet Grip

The scale focuses on the wet braking performance of the tyre. The patterns cut into a tyre’s surface (tread) are designed to help water dispersal, and this is another key research area for tyre manufacturers.

Wet grip is rated from A to F:

A = highest rating (that is the shortest wet braking distance)
F = lowest rating (that is the longest wet braking distance).

The ratings are measured with braking distances when cars travelling at 50mph. The difference in the wet braking distance between a car fitted with tyres classed as ‘A’ compared to ‘F’ is over 10 metres. That’s equivalent to 2 car lengths!


The EU labels shows the measurement of external noise emissions of the tyre in decibels.

For consumers unfamiliar with measurement by decibels the black waves show a pictorial idea of where the tyre fits into the scale of noise emission:

1 black wave: Quiet
2 black waves: Moderate
3 black waves: Noisy

What’s not in a tyre label?

While the EU label addresses some important criteria in tyre performance, there are other factors that may influence your tyre purchase. These factors are measured by tyre manufacturers during testing, but are not recorded on the EU label. These include tyre wear, dry handling, wet cornering and winter performance. So how you drive and what conditions you drive in will determine how your tyre wears over time, and how it performs in an emergency. Whether you prefer to buy top brand or basic budget you should consider these factors along with how much you want to pay.

How we can help

The more information you as customers have in making your tyre purchase the more confidence you have in making the purchase. The reception staff in our Dromore depot are experienced in walking you through this purchase decision and are constantly updating their knowledge of tyres available. Our tyre stock covers the whole spectrum from budget to brand. And what we don’t have in stock we will get for you or advise you on a suitable alternative.

I hope you have found this simple guide to tyre labelling helpful. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the options for your car.

A One Tyres – the One to keep you moving

A One Tyres - Friday, March 29, 2013

My name is Aaron Clydesdale, Depot Manager at A One Tyres in Dromore, Co Down. I’ve been working in tyres for over 25 years. With that number of years under my belt, I’ve soaked in plenty of tyre knowledge and have a wealth of hints and tips for the discerning customer, as well as sound advice for the customer who simply sees their tyres as ‘round and black’ and necessary to keep them on the move.

Over the next months I plan to post some articles to share some of this experience. I’ll offer some tips on how to get the most from your tyre to enhance fuel economy and performance. I’ll even give an insider’s view on what’s best in tyre brands in the Northern Ireland market. I’ll share insights into topics, like tyre inflation (the air or nitrogen debate), to re-groove or not to re-groove, I’ll be discussing if winter tyres are worth it and sharing my thoughts on how the right tyre can help with your household or business budgeting.

But my specialist subject is “motorbike tyres”. And no, I’m not auditioning for Mastermind, I have a keen interest in motorbikes and specialise in getting the right tyre for any kind of biker, from the tourist to the sportsman. The motorbike season is almost upon us. Hopefully I can keep you up to speed on biking events. I’d love to hear from anyone in Northern Ireland running a motorbike show, organising charity runs or random motorbike get togethers. The biker fraternity are a unique bunch. I love my job!

Watch out for my series on “Top Tyre Tips”. To mark the start of the motorbike season my next post (published soon) will be looking at Top Tyre Tips for Motorbikes. To keep up to date, add this blog to your blog list.