ETS Advice

  • September 1st is officially the first day of Autumn! Although the weather seems fine right now, autumn brings with it many changes for motorists and so it's a crucial time of the year to check that your car is going to be fit for the unpredictable weather ahead.
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  • We're in the middle of summer and all we've seen for the last few days in the East Midlands is rain!Summer roads can be treacherous, especially after a spell of fine, dry weather. Rubber, oil and diesel builds up on the road surface during prolonged dry weather causing slippery conditions as soon as it rains.
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  • Summer DrivingMany motorists associate checking their tyres frequently with the winter months, and it's true that icy, wet conditions can be dangerous. However, summer can often give motorists a false sense of security which can cause them to neglect to keep up with monthly tyre tread and pressure checks.
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  • Part Worn, Part Used, Second hand, discarded tyres...would you buy them?
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  • Once any car is 3 years old it is a legal requirement that it has a yearly MOT, and of course that it passes! The MOT was introduced in 1960 by the then Ministry of Transport to check that vehicles were safe and roadworthy. Today, they also have to meet emission standards.
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  • Fog and mist cause some of the most dangerous and difficult driving conditions. But by following these tips, you stand the best chance of staying safe During the autumn months and into winter, the prospect of fog on Britain’s roads becomes increasingly likely.
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  • Winter driving in the UK has it's fair share of challenges. We often hear advice about driving in snow and ice, but what about the cold temperatures and wet roads that we'll be facing in the next few months? Aquaplaning or hydroplaning as it is also known is extremely dangerous as a vehicle is unable to be controlled.
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  • Why Winter Tyres aren't just for Snow & Ice We all hear the advice that we should be fitting Winter tyres as the weather gets worse and the temperatures get colder. However, many of our customers are still unclear as to what the benefits of winter tyres are, especially if we don't get snow this winter?
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  • Now the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in very quickly. This means that many of us will soon be driving to and from work on dark roads, but are you and your vehicle prepared?Driving in the dark has it's hazards, in fact 3 x more road fatalities occur at night than in the day.
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  • How much tread you have on your tyres is absolutely crucial when it comes to tyre safety. New tyres start out with approximately 8mm of tread. Tyres are legal until the tread wears down to 1.6mm although for ultimate safety, we recommend changing tyres when they wear down to 2-3mm.
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  • Why checking your tyre pressures is vital for road safety Correct tyre pressures are an important aspect of keeping you safe on the road. In fact, it has been reported that around 40% of car-fault accidents can be attributed to under-inflated tyres. By keeping your tyres at their optimum pressure, your running costs are also reduced.
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  • If your Tyre tread isn’t too low why not keep using it? Regardless of the tread depth every tyre will reach the end of its life after 8 to 10 years.
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  • What causes uneven, premature tyre wear? It's a question we're asked a lot! Make sure you get the most out of your tyres by reading our expert guide to tyre wear and save yourself £££'s with our top tips.
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  • In August 2015 we put 10 of our Air-Con technicians through a training programme in order that they became fully qualified F-Gas trained technicians. Since then we've continued to invest in F-Gas training and now 22 ETS Air-Con technicians are F-Gas certified. Here's why that's so important to you and to us!
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  • The weather's getting warmer & Summer is just around the corner! As families take to the road this weekend checking the condition of tyres has never been more important.
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  • Running in your new tyres Find out why the way you drive makes a huge difference. We’ll provide you with tyres that suit your vehicle and your driving style. However, there are some things you need to bear in mind when driving on brand new tyres.
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  • Not sure of the difference between our Full & Interim Service?
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  • Are you a motorist that's interested in a smoother running engine with reduced emissions and an increase in fuel economy? If the answer to that question is yes then we would definitely recommend an ECO upgrade with your vehicle service.
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  • Driving in strong winds can be hazardous, especially if you're travelling on open stretches of road where gusts can be strong. If the winds are exceptionally strong it's worth considering whether you really do have to travel.
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  • ETS WINTER TYRE FACTS Typically during winter, driving conditions may vary between dry, wet and snow.The vehicle and the tyres must be able to cope safely in all these conditions. Vehicle design and technology has advanced. Tyre design has had to do the same.
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  • Wind and Rain are set to hit the UK, are you prepared?Here's our top tips for staying safe on the roads in these conditions: Check your tyres - if you haven't got enough tyre tread or your tyres have incorrect pressures, this will drastically effect how well your car handles on the road and ultimately how safe you are.
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  • How to keep your tyres the right side of the law. Here are the legal standards every tyre must meet. Cars, light vans and light trailers need a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre width and around the entire outer circumference.
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  • A small piece of advice that could be a big help. It’s a piece of advice that’s been around for years, but we think it’s still valid. We recommend that new tyres are fitted at the rear of your car while the more worn tyres are fitted at the front.
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  • Discover how incorrect balance can affect your ride and your car Correctly balanced wheels can make a significant difference to how your car feels on the road. In fact, some vehicles are extremely sensitive to an out-of-balance tyre. It can affect ride quality as well as shortening the life of your tyres, bearings, shock absorbers and other suspension components.
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  • TyreSafe, the non-profit tyre safety organisation has issued a warning to motorists in light of a recent increase in the number of premature tyre removals as a result of either kerbing damage or uneven tread wear due to wheel or axle misalignment. Motorists mounting or hitting a kerb usually occurs during a parking manoeuvre.
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  • Every tyre has its place. Here's our guide. Every tyre works at its best when correctly positioned. Here are the three general categories of tyre, along with where they need to be placed. Directional tyres These have arrows on the sidewall, which, when mounted, should point in the direction the tyre will rotate when the vehicle is moving forward.
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  • Find out about this major safety innovation. Here’s an important safety innovation. More car manufacturers are introducing vehicles which use Run Flat Tyres. RFTs are designed to support the vehicle on the road, even when there is zero air pressure. This makes a big difference to the driver.
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