No matter how well built the car or how good the manufacturers are, like any other man-made machine, the older it gets and the more it is used, the more often it will experience break-downs and eventually deteriorate. This is why a clocks milage and the year a car was created has an impact on the price you pay for any vehicle. However, the way we treat our cars and the care we take when using our cars can make a difference to the lifespan of the vehicle.
I'm sure that everyone would agree about the importance of tyres on our cars. The car is responsible for getting us to places, much in the same way a horse and cart, wagons and trains can get us to where we are going. Whereas a horse and train are useful in moving an obstacle with wheels forwards, specifically in the direction you want to go, what governs a car is traction.
Tyre traction is the amount of resistance that exists between the surface of the tyre and the ground you are traveling on. This traction stops a car from sliding and drifting in the wrong direction, as well as helping the car to move forwards by creating grip. The balance between the two must be right, so that you can effectively navigate over a surface without loosing control of your steering.
Everyone knows that tyres are made from rubber (more specifically, they are made from a mix of synthetic rubber of polymer plastic, and natural rubber from rubber producing plants), and almost everyone understands that rubber is not considered eco-friendly.
As it decomposes it causes harm, and the very process of manufacturing rubber can also release pollutants into our atmosphere. As we are a long way off from obtaining cars, even brand-new bought vehicles, without the use of rubber, it is still clear that this is the best material for the job.
The average driver will have car tyres replaced many times. For most of us, this is something that happens with the MOT. The mechanic tells you that the tread has worn down on one of the tyres and it needs replacing. This is a fairly common occurrence.
Tyres will, on average, last about 20,000 miles, though the back tyres are likely to last a bit longer than this. This can vary dependent on the quality of the tyre, the roads you drive on, how you drive, and if the wheels are balanced. Many drivers wonder ‘how to rate my car tyres’?
But if you were to look closer, you would see writing on the side of your tyre. Next time you leave the house, take a look. This writing is a series of letters and numbers that you probably never thought about, but it can tell you a lot about a car.
One of the most common questions our technicians are asked here at MT Car & Commercial is, “Can you mix car tyres, or do all four have to be the same?”
These customers may reason that they mix brands of fuel from different filling stations, or perhaps they have seen vehicles with mismatched panels after accident repair. Why should tyres be any different?
The facts are that mixing car tyres can be something of a minefield, so let’s explore why drivers might want to use mismatched tyres on their vehicle, when it’s ok to do so, and when it isn’t.
Car safety is always of paramount concern when having a car serviced, and the primary reason for MOT’s to be carried out yearly. However, we all know that a car does not graciously wait until the MOT is due, or we get a service done, before it starts acting up, and the faults that come up can pose a hazard if not seen to as soon as they appear.
Brake problems must be seen to as soon as they are detected. So, what are the signs that your brakes are failing?
Does Parking on a Curb Damage My Car?
Unfortunately, no matter what kind of car you have, how new it is, or how much money you spent on it, it will not last forever. Not unless you are willing to spend a lot of money replacing parts. This is perhaps a worthwhile effort when you have an old classic in your possession, but for general day to day use, the best way to ensure you get the most out of your motor is to take good care of it.
This can be done in a number of ways. Regular servicing, keeping up with oil checks, your water levels, tyre pressure, and just being a careful driver can make all of the difference. However, some may wonder ‘does it matter where and how I park my car?’
Reasons Why Your Car May Not Lock
At MT & Commercial, we specialise in providing our customers with MOT testing for a range of vehicles, including those in the last 4, 5 and 7, for all makes and models of cars, whether running on petrol or diesel. We perform this work from our vehicle servicing centre at your convenience. Due to our experience, we can also share our knowledge and advice when it comes to reasons why your car may not be locking.
Having your car is a great relief from having to partake in the hustle and bustle of public commuting. There is nothing as reassuring as knowing that you can easily hop into your own four wheels and get to wherever you want to go. However, owning a car comes with its rigours but a more dignified one at that.
MOT tests can, at times weigh heavily on the mind of most motorists. This is because we all know that if anything fails the checklists that specialists run through yearly on each of their customer’s cars, it will no longer be considered roadworthy, meaning that in order to get your precious car back on the road, standards must be met, and the problem areas corrected.