Wheel alignment - why bother?

A One Tyres - Thursday, February 07, 2019

We are all keen to spend as little as possible on our new tyres, but skimping on the “extras” can be a false economy.  So is wheel alignment an extra that can maximise the value of your spend?  

Without a doubt the answer is yes!   

There are at least four great reasons to avail of this little extra:

  • It helps ensure even tyre tread so prolonging the life of your tyre
  • It reduces uneven wear on car parts so helping to reduce expensive repairs
  • It improves vehicle handling
  • (Best of all) it maximises fuel consumption

What is wheel alignment?

It is an adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension parts to be fully aligned as per the manufacturer’s specification.  In A One Tyres we do this using a computer system to ensure the alignment is an accurate as possible.

When should I get wheels aligned?

You know you need your wheels aligned when the car pulls to one side or the other when travelling in a straight road.  Hitting a pot-hole or kerb can knock out your wheel alignment.  And you should always get your wheels aligned when you make a new tyre purchase.  In A One Tyres we recommend you get your wheels aligned at least once a year, whether you have made a new tyre purchase or not.

Does this not come as standard when purchasing tyres?

Wheel alignment is not standard with your tyre purchase.  Once you have the information on why you should take the time and expense with wheel alignment, you decide if you want to make this purchase.  Our reception staff will be glad to help with any further information.

However, balancing your tyres does come as standard.   Wheel balancing is a different operation which ensures smooth running of your tyres without vibration.

How long will wheel alignment take?

It usually takes about 30 minutes to carry out wheel alignment.  You can enjoy a free cup of coffee while you wait.  In the long run it is well worth the extra expense.

For further information feel free to give us a call on 028 9269 9107, or simply call into our Dromore or Lisburn depot (tel 028 9266 7551).  


Winter tyres anyone?

A One Tyres - Friday, January 04, 2019

As the weather turns a little more chilly in the mornings and the days get noticeably shorter, our minds turn to those sharp frosts, icy rain showers and possible snow showers in the coming months.


You may have all weather tyres on your vehicle which will undoubtedly see you through those cold commutes, but in the event of icy roads or snowy conditions winter tyres may mean the difference between an accident or not.  When compared with the stopping distance of a summer or all-weather tyre, the braking

winter drivingdistance of a winter tyre (dependent on the speed of the car and the condition of the road) is up to 10% shorter - that is around two vehicle lengths.


In the early years of winter tyre development winter tyres tended to be more expensive than the equivalent summer or all-season tyres.   This is no longer the case.  The cost of winter tyres is comparable to other tyres, and with the added grip in cold and icy conditions, they may well save you more than the cost of the tyres themselves.


For a 'no obligation' winter tyre quote please contact us on 028 9269 9107.   Hurry while stocks last.


Tyres for colder weather

A One Tyres - Monday, September 17, 2018

The sun is getting lower in the sky and we have noticed signs of frost on the grass in the early mornings.  If you want to make use of our "tyre hotel, where your summer tyres can rest up while your winter tyres take the strain, just contact us on 028 9269 9107 for more details.



The ‘gen’ on nitrogen versus oxygen in your tyres

A One Tyres - Thursday, June 15, 2017

We are sometimes not too good at letting our customers know about the ‘new and cool’ in the tyre industry. A lot of people in Northern Ireland have never heard of inflating their tyres with nitrogen so I thought I’d give you the “gen” and you can make up your own mind.

How is your tyre inflated?

Currently most tyres are inflated using ordinary air which is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% other gases. So is there any benefit in using pure nitrogen to inflate your tyres? The aircraft and motorsport industry have been doing this for years as the preferred gas in their tyres, so why? Well, mainly this is because it improves fire safety when flying at high altitudes with tyres stored in wings or in the fuselage. Of course fire safety is also paramount at high speeds in motor sports. But in reality the reason Formula One uses nitrogen is because it is easier and more reliable than using an air compressor.

Does nitrogen inflation make any difference? 

But what about the gas that inflates your car tyres on your daily commute, or your trip to the shops, or the school run? Some experts say that filling your car tyres with nitrogen mainly does two things:

It eliminates moisture

this can reduce rust on wheels, which isn’t a huge issue on cars in normal use, but may be an advantage on work vehicles exposed to high levels of moisture. Moisture in any tyre will eventually cause rust on steel rims or corrosion on alloy rims which can lead to a leak. This leads to poor handling, increased fuel consumption, and uneven wear.

It keeps tyres inflated for longer

it replaces smaller oxygen molecules with larger nitrogen molecules reducing the rate at which compressed gas is lost through tyre walls. In theory that means that a tyre filled with nitrogen retains optimal pressure longer, leading to more uniform tyre wear and improved fuel consumption.

What should you do?

Clearly these sound like good arguments, but to be honest, keeping a regular eye on your tyre pressure, no matter what’s in the tyre may be all you need to do. In A One Tyres we have calibrated air-line gauges for measuring tyre pressure accurately. If you do your own checks, make sure you use a gauge that will give you correct pressure readings.

What can we do for you?

A One Tyres offers a nitrogen tyre inflation service. But no matter what floats your boat, or rather what inflates your tyres, we recommend you check your tyre pressure regularly (about every two weeks) to help maximise tyre wear, ensure passenger safety and improve fuel consumption.
Feel free to drop in on your way passed our Dromore depot and we will check your tyre pressures free of charge. If you like the idea of nitrogen inflation just ask, whatever your preferred -gen for tyre inflation we are here to help.

If you need help with anything in this blog please contact me at our Dromore depot or leave your comment below.

Motorbike Season 2017

A One Tyres - Thursday, April 13, 2017

A One Tyres Dromore and Lisburn depots have been working flat out with our motorbike customers who have been getting tyres checked, new tyres fitted and preparing their bikes for the 2017ride out season.  Aaron Clydesdale is our resident motorbike tyre expert and he has been stocking up our stores so we have everything our customers need when they call with us.


If your motorbike has been in storage over the winter and you haven't had a chance to dust it down and check those tyres, the Easter weekend is the perfect time to do that.  We are open Good Friday 8 - 6, Easter Saturday 9 - 5 to get you ready for your Easter Sunday or Monday ride-out.  We are open again on Easter Tuesday 8 - 6.


If you want any advice please call us on 028 9269 9107 and our staff will be pleased to chat through your tyre needs and give you a quote.


Michelin moto tyres offer

A One Tyres - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Throughout February and March 2016 we are pleased to offer a great discount on Michelin motorbike tyres*.  We will give you discount of £25 per pair or £10 per single tyre purchased and fitted at our Dromore depot. 


*This offer applies to the following motorbike tyres:

  • Michelin Pilot Road 4
  • Michelin Power SuperSport Evo
  • Michelin Anakee III
  • Michelin PilotPower 3
  • Michelin Commander II


For further information please contact Aaron Clydesdale on 028 9269 9107


Check your tyre tread depths, worth the hassle

A One Tyres - Monday, April 27, 2015

We are always recommending our customers check their tyres regularly.  This Continental Tyres video shows why this is important.   The presenter is both a mother and a racing driver.  Check out the stopping distances in wet conditions.  That could be the difference in stopping without incident and having a serious accident.  Worth a watch.

If you don't want to check your own tyres, we are happy to do it for you, just call into our Dromore depot and our experts will carry out a check and advise you, no pressure, no stress.  You can even get a free coffee while you wait.


Motorbike season begins

A One Tyres - Thursday, March 26, 2015

This is a blog I first posted this time last year, not much changes ... another season about to start ... call in and get your tyres checked, or post a comment on our Facebook page (A-One Tyres) about anything you have planned for the motorbike season ... we love to hear your stories.

As I write this the sky is a deep blue, the wind is light and the road is inviting.  It is still on the cold side, but keen bikers will already be out, some have braved the winter storms and have been out in all weathers.  The more ‘seasonal’ motorbike enthusiasts will be dusting down helmets, getting out the old leathers to check they still fit after the indulgence of winter eating and doing the new season annual checks on motorbikes. Motorcycle Tyre fitting

And your motorcycle tyres should definitely be on that checklist.  What should you be looking for?

Motorcycle tyre pressures

Checking tyre pressures is the most important regular check.  This should be done very regularly, ideally before each ride, but definitely not more than every two or three weeks.  Always check pressures when the tyre is cold and if using a tyre gauge, ensure it is accurate and reliable.  Inflation should be to the correct pressure. Over-inflation reduces ride comfort and will give less road grip.  Under-inflation will result in poor handling, and in extreme cases may cause the bike to ‘wander’.  Like Goldilocks said “this one is just right”, get the tyre pressures right and this will maximise fuel consumption, comfort and safety.

Certainly after the bike has been in winter storage the tyre pressures should be checked before you take it on its first new season trip.  Bring your motorbike into our Dromore depot and we will happily carry out the tyre checks for you.

Tyre fittingMotorcycle tyre tread

Check the tyre tread depth, it should be a minimum of 1mm but much better to change the tyres before they get to 2mm tread depth.  Check for any cuts or bulges which might indicate tyre damage and need further expert investigation.

Motorcycle wheel balance

Always check the wheel balance after a tyre has been removed or replaced and after a long period of non-use.  Unbalanced wheels will cause vibration at higher speeds and will increase tyre wear.

General maintenance

Keeping your bike properly maintained will primarily improve safety on the road and give a better overall motorcycle riding experience.  But it also serves to get best wear from your tyres.  A poorly running machine will demand more from its tyres.

New tyres – choosing the right tyre

You may find you need new tyres.  On a motorbike getting the right tyre for your needs is very important and can be a minefield.  Whether you use your bike for touring on long road trips, for road racing or for your daily commute, we have experts at A One who can talk you through what is best suited for your motorcycle. 

We supply and fit motorcycle tyres while you wait in the comfort of our warm reception with a cup of tea or coffee.  Just ask for Aaron Clydesdale.

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

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