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New Refit to Celebrate Centre of Excellence Standard

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To celebrate the achievement of Centre of Excellence from Maxxis, The tyre shop has been through a re-brand and re-fit.  Come and visit us to see for yourself.

Praise for the Premitra HP5 Maxxis

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In the last On Track newsletter, it was announced that the Premitra HP5 was awarded ‘recommended’ status by Professional Driver Magazine. Since then, the tyre has been put through more extreme, independent testing; this time by Auto Bild.

The test was carried out in a bid to weed out and identify the best summer tyre, and so 52 candidates – including tyres from Pirelli, Dunlop and Michelin – were pitted against each other in an evaluation of a range of disciplines including aquaplaning, rolling resistance, mileage, and noise. Of the 52 brands put forward for review, 20 were shortlisted. Maxxis’ Premitra HP5 faced stiff competition with Euro Premium brands, but was placed 14 th, demonstrating, yet again, its position as a value-based alternative that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance.

Commenting on this award, Maxxis’ managing director, Derek McMartin, said: “We’re extremely pleased that the Premitra HP5 is being recognised as the great tyre that it is. The tyre was first introduced to fill a gap in the market for a high-performance tyre that could tick all the right boxes without costing the earth. To be recognised for this, on the back of stringent testing against other popular brands, is fantastic.”

Auto Express Puts Maxxis AP2 in Top Four for All Weather Performance

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The Maxxis AP2 all-season passenger car tyre has finished fourth in performance tests recently carried out by Auto Express. Maxxis scored an average of 95.4% over a total of 14 disciplines, surpassing the score of comparative tyres from the likes of global giants Pirelli and Bridgestone.

The Auto Express test assessed tyres performance in the snow, as well as wet and dry surfaces, with each of these then split into a number of sub tests covering traction, braking distance, handling, aquaplaning, noise, rolling resistance and price.

Commenting on the results, Maxxis UK managing director Derek McMartin said: “With the all-season tyre market gaining momentum in the UK, competition in this segment is tough. So to finish fourth overall is a great achievement for us.

“Our research and development team is dedicated to providing and delivering exactly what a driver needs, whatever weather conditions they find themselves in. We invest heavily in R&D and use advanced manufacturing techniques to ensure that we are producing the best products possible for our customers. We are devoted to delivering excellence across our brand, and ensuring that we provide drivers with the highest quality, safest all-season tyres possible.”

The addition of Maxxis’s AP2 all-season tyre is obviously something that Stapleton’s is looking forward to as commercial director Stephen Childs confirms: “Being able to offer our dealers the Maxxis AP2 all-season passenger car tyre is very exciting for us. Not only does it come with a pleasing price tag, but results from Auto Express’ all-season tyre test just go to show how good it is. Dealers interested in stocking Maxxis’ latest all-season tyre should contact their Stapleton’s representative in the first instance.”

Commenting on Maxxis’ AP2’s performance, Auto Express said: “Maxxis’ all-season AP2 is a good performer from a brand best known for its motorbike tyres. Just as Pirelli chose to focus on wet and dry running, Maxxis focused on snow and dry and achieved its best score on the snow circle, leaving the struggling Bridgestone A001 and Pirelli Cinturato tyres trailing.”

The all-season Maxxis AP2 tyre offers drivers improved wet traction and better rolling resistance performance due to its advanced tread compound, with V-shaped directional grooves provide extra traction under wet and snowy conditions. High-density 3D sipe technology provides additional stiffness and ensures grooves remain open during contact to reduce the risk of hydroplaning in wet, snowy and icy weather conditions. Its steel belt construction and double-layer high strength streel belts improve impact resistance and optimises drivers contact patch for better handling in all-weather conditions.

Cold Weather Tips

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1. Fit Cold Weather tyres on all four wheels

For maximum safety and control over your vehicle in cold weather conditions, fit Cold Weather tyres on all four wheels. To improve traction while pulling away, some people only fit Cold Weather tyres on the drive axle. While this is tempting, it will not provide optimum performance or safety.

  • Fitting Cold Weather tyres to the front axle can mean that the rear axle slides more easily. You risk spinning the vehicle under acceleration (rear wheel drive cars) or when negotiating bends (front or rear wheel drive).
  • Fitting only two Cold Weather tyres on the rear axle increases the risk of driving straight on when you try to take a bend.

2. Inflating tyres in winter

When it gets colder, your tyre pressure drops. If a tyre is inflated to 2 bar (29psi) at 20°C, for example, the pressure may only read 1.8 bar (26psi) at 0°C. If your tyre pressures are low when you check them in cold weather, re-inflate them to the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendations.

Our advice:

  • When setting your pressures with cold tyres (tyre temperature at the outside ambient temperature), set them to the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended pressures.
  • If you set your pressures in a warm garage or workshop, add 0.2 bar (3psi) to the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended pressures. This will ensure that you compensate for the cold temperature and run at the correct pressures.

3. Car maintenance in winter

The best time to prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead is when winter is around the corner. If you’ve ever driven when there’s snow, ice, loose gravel and salt on the road, you know what they can do to your vehicle. Small scratches turn to rust, your heater gets a working out that it’s probably not prepared for, and your windshield must deal with the thermal shock of a freezing exterior and the extreme opposite stress of a very warm interior. If possible, cover your windscreen overnight during in the winter months (a good tip is to use newspaper).

Windshield safety

A small ‘ding’ in your windscreen can, in extreme weather, turn into a major crack. So repair your windshield whenever possible before winter sets in. Or you might have to go through the expense of replacing it. Driving conditions are already poor in winter, so make sure you prevent poor visibility by checking your windscreen wiper blades.


Winter screenwash

If you’ve ever driven soon after a gritter has come though to melt the ice and snow, then you’ll know how important it is to have winter screenwash. Make sure your windscreen washer bottle is kept full and in good working order.  Windscreens can whiten very quickly by salt being thrown up onto them. A good tip here is not to dilute the screenwash fluid with water: it can freeze during harsh winter temperatures.

  • Check the state of your battery frequently; low temperatures can cause it to discharge.
  • Check that the oil in your engine is suited to your car and the conditions.
  • Wash your car regularly to protect the bodywork and tyres from corrosion due to the salt on the roads.
  • Check your brakes. It’s dangerous to drive with poorly maintained brakes.
  • Check your lights. There are a lot of long nights ahead.

Ten Tyre Care Tips

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It’s easy to forget that tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. That is why it’s extremely important to preserve the quality and performance of your tyres to ensure both your safety and your mobility. To do so, we advise that you comply with the following recommendations.

1. Contact Patch


The part of your tyre that’s actually in contact with the road is only about the size of your hand. Your safety, comfort and fuel economy depends on that very small area. Make sure you not only select the right tyres, but also regularly maintain them to ensure they perform at their best. It’s important because your tyres:

  • Are the only link between your vehicle and the road
  • Carry the entire weight of your car, a load of up to 50 times their own weight
  • Respond to driving inputs such as steering, acceleration and braking from the car to the road surface
  • Absorb every obstacle on the road

2. Tyre Wear and Depth


Make sure to regularly check the tread depth of your tyres and replace them when they are worn. This will guarantee maximum traction and grip, helping you avoid any unpleasant surprises. Change your tyres before your tread depth is worn to 1.6mm. To make life easier, Michelin tyres are equipped with tread wear indicators situated in the base of the main tread grooves at the height of 1.6mm. Your safety and mobility depend on a good level of tread depth because:

  • The tread grooves disperse water from underneath your tyre, helping maintain control
  • The more tread depth you have remaining on your tyres the more water they can disperse, reducing the risk of aquaplaning.
  • Correct air pressure, as well as regular vehicle maintenance, will ensure your tyres perform at their best for the longest possible time.

3. Tyre Pressure


Correct tyre pressure reduces the risk of losing control of your vehicle. It also protects your tyres from premature wear and irreversible damage to the internal construction. Tyre pressure can drop due to small perforations, the natural escape of air through the tyre’s components, or even from a decrease in ambient temperatures. Check the pressure of your tyres, including your spare, monthly and before any long journey, preferably when your tyres are cold (not having run for at least 2 hours or having run for less than 2 miles at low speed). If they are not checked in this cold condition, add 4 to 5 PSI (0.3 bar) to the recommended pressure, but never deflate a hot tyre.  It’s important to check the pressure once a month, because:

  • Under or over inflation can reduce the life of your tyres, affect their performance and increase the risk of damage.
  • Correct tyre pressure will even save fuel

The recommended tyre pressure can be found:

  • in the user manual of your vehicle
  • or on a label on the door or door frame of the vehicle
  • or on the inside of the fuel flap

The recommended tyre pressure is NOT located on the tyre. The inflation pressure shown on the tyre sidewall is the maximum tyre inflation pressure.

4. Balancing


Balancing helps prevent premature wear of your tyres and eliminates vibration. It also protects the suspension, steering system and bearings of your vehicle. Have your wheels balanced when a tyre is replaced, a balance weight is moved or removed, or you purchase new tyres. You’ll know a wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest. This will cause:

  • Uneven and rapid tread wear
  • Vibration
  • More stress on front-end parts
  • Front-end parts to wear prematurely

5. Wheel Alignment

It’s difficult to tell if your wheels and axles are correctly aligned while driving. But if your vehicle’s suspension geometry is incorrect, its handling may be altered and your safety compromised. If your tyre has come into contact with a solid object, such as a kerb or pothole, or you have noticed uneven wear on your tyres, please go to a tyre specialist to have it thoroughly inspected. It’s important to ensure correct alignment to:

  • Get the best road handling
  • Protect your tyres from irregular and/or rapid wear
  • Save fuel

6. Rear Tyres


Rear wheels are not connected to your steering wheel, which makes it extremely difficult to judge their grip while driving. We recommend that new tyres or the least worn tyres are fitted to the rear wheels to ensure:

  • Better control in emergency braking or tight corners when the roads are slippery.
  • Less risk of losing control of your vehicle, especially on wet surfaces
  • Better road holding, particularly in difficult situations, whether your car is front or rear wheel drive

7.Tyre Valves


Valves and their components are ordinarily made of rubber, so they are subject to deterioration over time. Replacing them when you buy new tyres is an inexpensive way to protect your tyres, vehicle and yourself. At high speeds, a cracked, deteriorated rubber valve stem can bend from centrifugal force and allow air loss. The valve cap is also important. It’s the primary air seal and helps to keep out dust and dirt particles. You should check that your valves and valve caps are in good condition to:

  • Maintain an airtight seal
  • Maintain the correct tyre pressure
  • Ensure longer tyre life

8. Handling and Storage


Even when they’re not being used, tyres can find themselves in hazardous terrain. Unless they are assembled and inflated, tyres should never be stored in stacks for long periods of time and you should avoid crushing the tyres under objects. It’s extremely important to keep stored tyres away from  any flame, any other heat source or any substance capable of causing sparks and/or electrical discharges (i.e. battery generators). When handling tyres, it’s also recommended that you wear protective gloves. Tyres should be stored:

  • In a ventilated, dry and temperate area, protected from direct sunlight and precipitation
  • Away from any chemicals, solvents or hydrocarbons
  • Away from any object capable of penetrating the rubber (pointed metal, wood, etc.)

9. Tyre Repairs


When a tyre needs repairing, it’s essential to have a tyre specialist remove the tyre from the wheel and inspect it from the inside. This is necessary because internal damage is not visible while the tyre is mounted to the wheel. A tyre specialist will:

  • Ensure compliance with procedures for assembly, disassembly, balancing and inflation of the tyre, and the replacement of the valve.
  • Verify the internal condition of the tyre, detecting any damage not visible on the surface.
  • Ensure the tyre is refitted correctly, optimising handling and comfort.
  • Ensure compliance with manufacturer’s and legal rules in the choice of tyres: structure, size, speed code, load capacity rating.
  • Ensure compliance with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressures.
  • Take account of the instructions and warnings on the tyre sidewalls (rotation direction or assembly direction).
  • Take account of the characteristics of specific tyres  (low section height, run-flat, self – sealing tyres, etc.).

10. Service Life


Accurately predicting the serviceable life of any specific tyre in advance is not possible. A tyre is composed of various materials and rubber compounds that affect its performance. Its performance also depends upon many other factors such as weather, storage conditions, and conditions of use. That’s why we strongly encourage drivers to regularly inspect their tyres to identify anything which means that the tyre needs to be removed from service.

As well as regular tyre inspections and maintenance, drivers should:

  • Have tyres that have been in use for five years or more inspected by a specialist at least annually.
  • Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tyre replacement recommendation.
  • Replace tyres still in service ten years or more from the date of manufacture with new tyres, even if they appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.

Tyre Shop Now Supply Motorcycle Tyres

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The Tyre Shop is committed to inclusive service and working toward this aim we are pleased to announce that we can now supply and fit motorcycle tyres. It is important to note that we provide this only on a free wheel, one that is not attached to a bike, due to the potential complications of removing a motorbike wheel in comparison to that of removing a car wheel. We continue to invest in technology and our staff and look forward to offering the same service for bikes that we do for cars in the near future.

Tyre Shop Recommend Maxxis Tyres

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Maxxis International is committed to delivering high performance tyres to the world. Their products are unequalled in quality and performance.

With over forty-five years of manufacturing experience and the ingenuity of their people, they have created new technologies to develop our diversified tyre products.

Their products are thoroughly tested in their own facilities and at the world’s leading tyre test centres. They utilise the most advanced manufacturing equipment and engineering facilities in the industry. Only after extensive professional evaluation does a product go into production.

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