Category Archives: Driving Advice

How to maximise your tyre’s life

John Cadogan from discusses how you can boost your car tyre life by 30 per cent or more with a simple method that will just cost you five minutes each fortnight.

One of the unfortunate consequences of the increased reliability of modern cars is that some car owners erroneously form the view that no maintenance whatsoever is required.

Drawing this conclusion can be a costly mistake.

A set of premium tyres on an average family car is a £330-£450 investment, which is a serious outlay in the context of a family’s weekly budget. It’s a significant bill that puts a dent in the family’s buying power that month.

Get what you pay for

Premium tyres are actually great value for money, and offer a range of advanced engineering benefits to consumers – mainly in terms of safety, but also in terms of low rolling resistance, which boosts fuel economy.

Unfortunately, though, those benefits car easily be negated without the proper maintenance.

The wear rate of modern tyres is related directly to operating pressure. For any particular tyre on any particular car there is a pressure that optimizes grip and also minimizes the wear rate.

And here, under-inflation by even a small amount accelerates that wear rate dramatically. Under-inflation is a much bigger problem than over-inflation.

What this means is that many car owners contribute disproportionately to the profits of tyre companies, and hurt their own bank balances, simply by driving unwittingly on under-inflated tyres.

This causes those tyres to wear out much more quickly than if they had been used at the right pressure. Because of the amount of time they spend under-inflated, some tyres wear out in half the time, compared to the same tyres operating at the optimal pressure.

Numerous studies by tyre manufacturers point to roughly 25 per cent of cars on the road today operating with at least one seriously under-inflated tyre.

Sound tyres save lives

There are obvious safety implications when tyres are under-inflated. Under-inflated tyres simply don’t grip the road as well as those operating at the correct pressure, leading to instability in evasive maneuvers, and extended stopping distances in emergencies.

Thankfully, however, most drivers aren’t confronted all that often with driving emergencies. What is certain, instead, is that whenever a tyre is under-inflated and turning, it is wearing out too fast.

The solution is simple, and free. In fact, all it will cost you is five minutes every fortnight (or every second time you re-fuel) at the gas station. Simply take advantage of the (thankfully free) compressed air.

If you’re unsure of the correct pressure, consult the owner’s manual or the tyre placard (a sticker detailing recommended operating pressures inside the driver’s door frame). This details the manufacturer’s recommended operating pressure.

Taking a little interest in your tyres once a fortnight might save your neck one day – but even if it doesn’t, it will certainly save you money by slashing wear and extending the useful service life of your tyres.

Only 1 in 3 drivers feels confident behind the wheel

Did you know that only one in three of Brits are confident behind the wheel according to some new research.

The study asked men and women whether they felt they were better drivers than average – and found two in three did not feel they were.
In numbers, 43% of men believe they are better than the average motorist whilst 28% of women think they’re better.
Interesting. Would you agree? Are you a confident driver?

Where is it cheapest in Europe to fill up? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ever wondered how we fare versus the rest of Europe when we fill up at the pumps?

London-based alloy wheel repair and refurbishment specialists, FA Wheels, have provided us with a stunning graphic that depicts just that.

At €1.53 per litre for unleaded petrol and €1.62 for diesel, the UK isn’t the cheapest — but were not the worst off either.

The Netherlands, Italy and Scandinavia all pay a little more per litre at the pumps.

Whilst reassuring to read we’re not that worse off as far as the EU is concerned, the graphic also offers handy tips on how to save time and money on your fuel.

Tips include filling up at the supermarket rather than a motorway service station, and noting petrol stations on the continent tend to be closed on Sundays, bank holidays and early evenings.

Go further: get the most out of your fuel today.

When is the best time to sell your car?

When it comes to saying goodbye to your old car, you have to make sure you’re doing so for the right decisions.

That’s why we’ve compiled a checklist to help you decide when to say: ‘Enough’s enough. I have to sell my car now.’

It’s not an easy decision to have to make, like parting with anything. Your car is like a friend, who has share many good and sometimes (hopefully, not too many) bad memories.

You’ve laughed, you’ve cried, you’ve road-tripped with them. If you’ve named your vehicle, you’ve been warned: it doesn’t make the process any easier.

According to one CAP used car price guide forecaster:

“There isn’t a particular age where the depreciation and value curves combine at their most beneficial.

“Cars do most of their depreciating in the first nine months. But if you’re looking to sell a car to trade up, you want to sell it when it’s relatively new because the younger a car is, the more it’s worth.”

Read tips from the Telegraph on how to sell your car for a little more:

As you’ll read, there are no hard and fast rules it seems. Sell too early and you could get hit by mammoth deprecation. Leave it too late, and your vehicle’s reliability and the market could be a huge factor.

As a general rule, if you don’t have the luxury of timing and monitoring market changes. At Interesting Car Facts, we suggest just before the cost of repairing your car grows to greater than 50 per cent of the car’s value.

If you’re wondering how you can let your car give you the perfect send-off, it’s worth finding out if and how it’s possible to get the best price for your vehicle.