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26th April 2021

Punctures can happen at the most inconvenient times – when you’re on the school run, on the way to a social event or in the middle of a long distance journey. That’s why many people are opting for run flat tyres. But if your run flat tyres are punctured, can you get them repaired? Read our blog post to find out more. What are run flat tyres? Run flat tyres are different to standard issue tyres –...

6th August 2018

Understanding the importance of tyre tread depth, and how to check yours, will help keep you safer Minimum tyre tread depth UK Take a look at these numbers. In 2016 there were 37.1 million vehicles licensed for use on UK roads, with 1.87 billion car miles driven. During this period there were just under 180,000 road casualties, and of these 1,792 were fatalities – representing the highest leve...

28th August 2020

What does XL mean on tyres? A reinforced or XL (extra load) tyre is a specially reinforced tyre which carries heavier loads than tyres of the same size. These types of tyres are stronger and more hardwearing than standard tyres, and are often used for large vehicles that carry heavy loads or large family cars, such as 4x4s. The internal structure of XL tyres is much stronger, designed to help ma...

23rd July 2020

It's common for alloy wheels to experience some damage over time due to natural wear and tear, which can be caused by kerb damage, scuff or light scratches. However, with a bit of DIY know-how, you can clean up your alloy wheel damage yourself rather than having to take your vehicle into a professional. Save yourself some money and learn how to repair alloy wheels at home with our helpful guide....

13th May 2020

What is a tyre pressure monitoring system? A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system that is fitted to your vehicle. This monitors the air pressure in your tyres and alerts you if your tyre pressure is under the legal requirement. Having received this alert, you will then need to take action in order to rectify your tyres’ air pressure. How do tyre pressure sensors work?...

21st January 2020

Choosing to replace your motorcycle tyres can be brought on by your bike's tyres showing uneven wearing, the age of the motorcycle, or if you've experienced a puncture. But how should you know which motorcycle tyre size to choose for your bike? What size tyres for my motorbike? Motorbike tyres have markings, numbers and symbols which indicate the tyre's size, the manufacturer and more elements....

19th December 2019

Changes are coming to the EU tyre label in 2021 Introduced in November 2012, the EU tyre label has been helping South East motorists make an educated, informed tyre purchasing decision for eight years. It’s helped a lot, making things easier in some respects, but could be improved further. In eighteen months time, this improvement will come, with the label being updated. While this may seem a l...

11th December 2019

Generally, when a car tyre reaches a certain age or is experiencing tyre wear, it's likely the tyre will need to be replaced. So, how do you know when to replace motorcycle tyres? From the age of the tyre to cupping or scalping, learn whether you're in need of motorbike tyre replacement now from our detailed guide. Do I need new motorcycle tyres? Motorcycle tyre wear Just like other vehicles, m...

27th November 2019

The simple answer is no – studded tyres are illegal in the UK, as they can cause damage to the road surface. However, there are some instances in the UK where you can use studded tyres. Learn more from our ultimate guide on winter studded tyres in the UK now. When can you use studded tyres? There are some UK tyre companies that provide a studding tyre service. However, if you ever want to use st...

20th November 2019

It’s a popular notion that the UK road network is in a terrible condition, particularly in the south-east of England. Years off local authority budget cuts are blamed for the current state of our roads. This situation is reflected in the large number of drivers suffering damage caused by the road network. The latest Merityre tyre safety article provides you with a guide on how to claim for damag...