LCV Tyres and the Law

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Light Commercial Vehicles are subject to the same tyre law as cars so they must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Tyres must also be well maintained in order to keep the vehicle stable as it travels around corners; to help it accelerate and brake effectively; and to work in harmony with the vehicle’s main suspension system to carry loads safely.Basic checks such as making sure tyres are correctly inflated can make all the difference, as the pressurised air inside the tyre helps to support the weight of the vehicle and its load. Tyre tread depths are vital for ensuring vehicle safety and vans are particularly vulnerable as they can be heavier than normal cars, and often carry loads. The extra weight carried by a van also increases its stopping distance, making it even more important that tread depths meet safe and legal standards.

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Continental Sport Contact 5 Tyres

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

The Sport Contact 5 by Continental is a very comfortable tyre and it aims to offer maximum cornering grip, but this products doesn’t come cheap. You’re going to have to spend more than £100 per tyre, but it’s definitely worth it, especially when you take into account the reduced fuel consumption.

These tyres are designed to last and they’re designed to work well in the wet and in the dry, so they’re perfect for British weather. The tyres also include ultra-precise steering response and handling yet they should be fitted and aligned by a professional.

The Continental Sport Contact 5 will perform exceptionally well and you’ll never have to worry about losing control of your car with these effective and fuel efficient tyres.

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Signs of Wheel Misalignment

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

It’s not easy to detect if your car’s wheels are misaligned, especially as this can occur gradually over a prolonged period of time. However, some of the key signs that the wheels are not correctly aligned are as follows:

  •  Uneven tyre wear on the fronts or the rears – tyres suffering from misalignment often show signs of excessive wear on either the inside or outside edges. It is not always easy to visibly see the tyre wear. However, by carefully running your hands over the tyre it is possible to detect if the rubber has worn unevenly or excessively. This should be done with extreme caution as fine wires from the tyre carcass may protrude from the rubber.
  • The car pulls to one side – When driving a misaligned car along a straight flat road, you may find that you need to compensate through the steering wheel to keep the car driving straight as the car drifts to one side, especially under braking.
  •  A crooked steering wheel – Even when the car is driving straight ahead the steering wheel is not straight or level.

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How Tyres are Made

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Tyres are a key component of the vehicles we drive around and the lorries that ship our goods across the country every day. Having a good set of tyres on a vehicle can impact how well the car handles, how safe it is to drive and how responsive it will be to your control. But how does a set of tyres get manufactured before you purchase one at tyre fitters like Just Tyres? Here’s some help with demystifying the process.


Every tyre has a rubber base, steel cord, textiles and fibers. The tyre manufacturing process involves selecting and readying the rubber compound, mixing batches of the rubber compound, preparing the steel or fabric cords, calendering, preparing the bead component, extrusion, building and curing.


During the mixing, temperatures can go upto 170°C but the final phase is kept under 100°C on an average to prevent any burning. After the compound is made into ‘slap’ or sheets it can be subjected to assembly preparation, inner liner and steel/fabric belt cord calendering, tyre sidewall and extrusion (more…)

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