How to check tyre age

Recent fatalities have highlighted the need to check the age of tyres as well as tread depth. This is particularly true for caravans, motorhomes and low-mileage cars, and in fleets where spare tyres may be unused. There’s no specific date beyond which tyres become unsafe, as it depends on conditions of use and storage, but any tyre more than six years old is getting towards the end of its life even if there’s plenty of tread left. After this time, the rubber compounds are starting break down and become brittle, so it’s well worth looking for any sign of cracks … Continue reading

Insurance discount with TyrePal

  Discount on insurance is available for caravans and motorhomes fitted with TyrePal systems. Recognising that tyre problems are one of the biggest causes of claims, several insurers have evaluated the benefits of TyrePal systems and are offering discounts for vehicles fitted with them. TyrePal earns you 5% discount on your insurance premium from Caravan Guard Club Care Crusader Shield Lifesure … Continue reading

TyrePal at Burghley

TyrePal will be exhibiting in the Horse Village at the Burghley Horse Trials 1st to 4th September and showing the TyrePal TA22 system which can be used to monitor the tyres on all kinds of horse boxes. Tyre problems are a big issue for horse box owners. Specialist horse transport breakdown provider, Jon Phillips of PHP rescue, says that 30% of horse box and trailer breakdowns are due to tyre problems, and the Horse and Hound forums contain many frightening references to tyre blow outs. The TyrePal system continuously monitors the tyres, even while driving, and sounds an alert for … Continue reading

Impact of tyre pressure on dual wheels

Mismatched tyre pressures are a real problem for dual wheels. The mismatch results in a change in diameter that makes the larger wheel drag the smaller one and the smaller wheel hold the larger one back. A difference of just 5 psi can change the diameter by as much as 8mm, resulting in the smaller tyre being dragged 1Km for every 130Km travelled. This leads to rapid and irregular wear for both tyres of the pair, as well as increased fuel consumption in overcoming the resistance. Bigger pressure differences put additional load on the larger wheel, increasing the wear rate … Continue reading