Archive for the ‘Tyre cleaners’ Category

Winter tyres an option to look at?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Those who take pride in caring for their vehicle, by using items such as tyre cleaners to keep their motor in top shape, may wish to consider taking the step of fitting winter tyres.

As the colder weather approaches people might find there are a number of measures that are worth taking in order to make sure they see it through the coming months unscathed.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) chief executive Paul Everitt suggested that in challenging conditions winter tyres can have a "major effect" on the performance of a car.

"With temperatures starting to drop and the wetter seasons approaching, motorists should make sure they have the best tyres for the road and climate conditions," he said.

Mr Everitt added: "Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice."

This may prove particularly useful if the UK is subject to the kind of cold snaps it has faced over the past couple of years, which have seen heavy snowfall occurring around the country.

People might find they feel safer are more confident as the SMMT, citing the British Tyre Manufacturers's Association, pointed out that a car fitted with winter tyres braking on an icy road at 30mph is likely to stop 11 metres before one without.

While using microfibre cloths and other materials to keep their motor looking at its best consumers might also find it is worth taking a look at the condition of their rubber.

Recent research conducted by HiQ indicated that dangerously worn tyres are being used to make journeys by 42 per cent of people behind the wheel.

The firm's retail development manager Farrell Dolan stated that despite recent campaigns to raise awareness of having defective tyres, many are still not getting the message.

Posted by James Robson

Research highlights ‘shocking’ state of tyres

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

When using tyre cleaners, Brits should check the state of their rubber, as new research has revealed that many motorists are driving on unsafe tyres.

A study by HiQ found that 42 per cent of car users are making journeys on rubber that is dangerously worn, with Birmingham residents, people from the north-east and Cheshire the most likely to do this.

Farrell Dolan, retail development manager at HiQ, said the results show that motorists are still not getting the message when it comes to tyre maintenance, despite several campaigns over the years pointing out the need to be vigilant.

"To say we were shocked by our audit results is an understatement. We were staggered that thousands of motorists are sitting on an automotive time bomb," he added.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists recently encouraged drivers to take steps to prepare their vehicles for winter, with special tyres adapted for use in the snow one of the options on the table.

Posted by Simone Williams

Drivers might be wise to check their tyres while cleaning

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

When drivers next make use of tyre cleaners they may wish to consider taking a look a closer look at them and start thinking ahead to the winter months.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), people might be wise to take steps now to ensure their vehicle is fully prepared for the colder weather, which could potentially see British roads proving more tricky than usual to contend with.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at IAM, noted that although the weather in the UK rarely becomes as extreme as in some other nations, a number of motorists may wish to think about applying winter tyres.

He pointed out that people in areas that are particularly hit by challenging weather conditions could find these make sure they are able to get around.

Mr Rodger suggested: "Most importantly, if conditions are really treacherous you should just consider postponing the journey and staying at home."

The IAM stated that winter tyres are better at keeping grip when temperatures drop below zero and could make sense for those living in remote areas.

They can be identified as the sidewall has a symbol of a snowflake on a mountain on it and should be replaced with normal tyres once the colder period is over.

Of course, it is also important to ensure that tyres are safe in general regardless of whether or not they are fitted just for winter, so next time alloy wheel cleaners are being used it could be worth taking a look at whether the pressure and tread depth is as it should be.

It might also be important to ensure that action is taken to keep a vehicle in its best possible shape before winter arrives.

Andy Eaton, from AE Auto Plus, recently suggested that safety, appearance and performance should all be considered.

Posted by Anne Simpson 

Drivers urged to maintain tyres

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The next time drivers use tyre cleaners they may want to give their rubber a thorough inspection after one expert claimed that many motorists are travelling around on tyres that are dangerous.

Waynne Smith, senior partner at, said that he recently walked around a car park and noted the condition of the tyres.

He stated that he was shocked at the state of some of them, claiming many were below the legal minimum with regards to tread length.

"Handling and braking efficiency is noticeably reduced at two millimetres depth in dry conditions and in the wet I recommend a minimum of three millimetres," Mr Smith said.

The expert went on to add that sidewall damage and cracking were common features on many of the tyres he inspected, stating that motorists are "just asking for a blowout".

A recent article recommended drivers invest in tyre cleaners to make the rubber look like new.

Posted by James Robson

Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing the answer to grubby tyres?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Drivers cannot underestimate the importance of nice, shiny wheels to the overall look of their vehicles.

Having gleaming bodywork is only part of an attractive-looking motor, as a grubby set of rims and tyres will distract away from all the time and effort dedicated to the paint job.

That means alloy wheel cleaners and tyre cleaners are two items which should feature in every detailing fan's arsenal.

In terms of the latter product, the Autoglym Instant Tyre Dressing is a good choice, according to Todd Green from the Calgary Herald.

He recently tried it and was pleased with how his rubber looked afterwards.

"The Autoglym went on slightly white but dried to a matte, non-dust attracting finish. I applied the product to dry tyres and was impressed with the results," Mr Green added.

According to a recent post on the Powersheen blog, tyre cleaners are one of the most important car detailing products.

Posted by James Robson

Brits ‘neglecting car maintenance’

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

When drivers are applying tyre cleaners to their rubber, they must also check that the wheels are road legal.

That is according to Swinton, which found that general car maintenance is something that a lot of British motorists are neglecting.

Just under a quarter have no idea whether their tyre tread meets the 1.6 mm required by law, while less than a third check their tyre pressure.

A further 27 per cent ignore warning signals on the dashboard.

Steve Chelton, insurance development manager at Swinton, said that the need to carry out regular maintenance is something that should not be underestimated.

"Looking after your car has so many benefits in terms of safety, fuel efficiency and car value that it is in the car owner's best interests to do so," he added.

Recent research from Hycote found that half of motorists fail do any checks before they set off on long journeys.

Posted by James Robson

Brits endangering lives with low tyre tread depths

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The next time drivers use alloy wheel cleaners and tyre cleaners they may wish to check the tread on their rubber, as new research has shown many are putting their lives at risk.

According to a study by, more than half of motorists allow their tread to fall below regulation levels before changing them.

When questioned as to what would encourage them to take action, 54 per cent said low tread depths, while 62 per cent stated it would take bulges and cracks before they did anything.

A spokesman for Delticom AG, which operates in the UK as, said that the results are cause for alarm.

"Tyres are without a doubt one of the most important safety components on a vehicle, so it is worrying that such a large number of car drivers could be on the roads with illegal tyres," the representative added.

According to a piece in the Abbotsford Times, wheel cleaners should be used to help get a car looking good for the spring.

Posted by James Robson

Motorists given advice on coping with potholes

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Drivers have been advised of ways in which they can address the problems caused by potholes.

Writing for the Ohio News-Herald, columnist Betsy Scott noted the damage which disruptions in the road's surface can inflict on vehicles.

She consulted US organisation the AAA, which provided some top tips to help motorists tackle this issue.

It claimed that tyre inspection is a vital maintenance task as the rubber provides "the most important cushion" between a car and a pothole.

Therefore, the next time drivers break out the tyre cleaners, they may wish to pay extra attention to this area.

The AAA also noted that speed can effect the severity of damage caused by a pothole collision and recommended safely slowing down to protect suspension.

Earlier in the month, a survey conducted by found that maintenance is lax among Britons, with more than one-third of UK drivers have not cleaned their car in the past month.

Motorists offered tips on reducing fuel expenditure

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Drivers have been handed guidance on how to ensure they are getting the most out of their fuel.

Writing for the South Kingstown Patch, columnist Tracey O'Neil claimed that the owner's manual for a vehicle can often be a source of good tips.

She explained that improper tyre pressure is a common problem that can encourage excessive fuel consumption and also warned motorists to ensure they are using the correct grade of oil for their engine.

The columnist went on to examine the inefficiencies that drag can cause and her prime advice on the topic was to reduce speed.

"Driving at reduced speeds is more fuel efficient and safer for all," Ms O'Neil said, adding: "If you are not using it, remove it. Cargo and bike racks, rooftop storage and attachments reduce drag on the automobile."

Similarly, she advised removing all items from the boot of a car, as this will remove unneeded wait and improve fuel consumption.

Another way in which motorists can save cash is the use of pressure washers, which What Car? recently put forward as a great cost-reducing tool.

Drivers offered tips on spring cleaning

Friday, March 11th, 2011

With spring fast approaching, drivers have been offered some tips on how to prepare their motor ready for the changing season.

According to a post on the Powersheen blog, tyre cleaners and car brushes should be used to breathe some new life into the rubber so that it does not let down the rest of the car's look.

First of all, motorists should use a high-pressure hose to get rid of any salt and grit from the alloys to ensure they look the part as well.

The blog then recommended applying tyre dressings to enhance the shine of the rubber.

On the inside, drivers should use air fresheners and car leather care products to lift any stains from the seats and generally spruce up the cabin, the source added.

Nick Vacco, writing for Professional Carwashing and Detailing, said recently that interior detailing is best carried out from the top to the bottom of the car.

Posted by Matt Casson