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HiQ Handy Guides

Handy Guides, they're exactly that! Simple to follow guides on driving, car maintenance, your car and its tyres, helping to keep you in the know and motoring safely.

All our Handy Guides are available as downloadable PDFs so you can print them off for reference.


Tyres. The Basics. What you need to know

Your tyres connect you to the road, so making sure you have the right tyre for your needs is essential to ensuring you can enjoy safe and happy motoring.Understanding Your Tyre Size.Every tyre has markings on its sidewall to help you to identify, purchase and correctly maintain your vehicle's tyres. These markings are enforced by Government legislation so you can be sure you are getting a legal tyre.Are Your Tyres Legal?How to Ensure You're Not Breaking the Law.Over time your tyres will wear down and if you're not careful they could become illegal. But with regular tyre checks you can…

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Tyre Safety. It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3

If you're driving on illegal tyres, then there are three key reasons why you should stop and take immediate action:One worn or defective tyre could cost you £2,500*Each tyre with a tread depth less than 1.6mm could add 3 penalty points to your licence**Worn tyres add two car lengths to your stopping distance at 50mph in wet conditionsHow to Check Your Tyres.We'd recommend you check your tyres every two weeks - its easy and only takes a few minutes. And don't forget to check your spare too!Tyre Wear.Look for signs of wear, cuts in the tread or sidewall, bulges in…

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Tyres. The Facts. Know more about your tyres.

Tyres. They're just circular, made of rubber with groves in them, aren't they? Well think again. Tyre manufacturing is an extremely technical and forward-thinking process and is becoming even more so as manufacturers look to push the boundaries of what can be achieved through new technologies, whether its improvements in fuel economy, handling, performance or safety.Tyres are a complex piece of engineering, and the range of tyre brands and types available today can be bewildering, as can the terminology used around tyres. By understanding more about the terms and technology, hand in hand with talking to your local HiQ tyre expert,…

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Part-Worn Tyres Might Be Cheap, but at What Cost?

As your local tyre experts we understand tyres inside and out. It's why we feel it necessary to bring you up to speed about the possible hazards of fitting second hand tyres (more commonly known as part- worn tyres) from an unreliable source.The first misconception is that they're simply 'worn' and that everything else is OK. The truth is that for a lot of part-worn tyres you never really know their past. Some are from scrapped cars. Some have come from accident cars. Some are just from other countries where the legal tread depth is higher than ours. It's why…

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Winter Tyres. What You Need to Know

Your tyres connect you to the road, so making sure you have the right tyre for your needs is essential to ensure you can enjoy safe and happy motoring. But as the colder months approach, you also need to consider whether your tyres are appropriate for the changing road conditions the Winter weather throws at you.Just think back to previous Winters - you can be sure there is always a good mix of snow, ice, rain, sleet and fog. To cope with this mix of different road conditions you need a tyre which is designed to tackle them all.Why Switch…

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TPMS - Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS system is designed to monitor the air pressure inside your tyres. It's real-time tyre pressure information to the driver either via a gauge, a pictogram display or a warning light depending on the system fitted.TPMS can be divided into two different types - direct and indirect. Direct TPMS uses pressure sensors on the tyre to physically measure the tyre pressure, whilst indirect TPMS uses other vehicle sensers such as ABS to compare wheel speeds.From November 2012 new EU legislation requires that all car manufacturers are required to fit the TPMS system as standard…

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Car and 4X4 Tyres. Always Check the Label

Never underestimate the importance of reading labels. Not only are they there to help prevent unfortunate laundry mishaps, culinary catastrophes and fashion faux pas, labels are an invaluable tool in helping you make an informed decision. Hardly surprising then, that a new EU tyre label is being introduced in 2012 to help you make an informed decision when buying tyres.When Does Tyre Labelling Come Into Effect?The legislation comes into force 1st November 2012, however many tyre manufacturers will implement the labels earlier.How Are They Rated?The new tyre label bears more than a passing resemblance to the ‘energy labels’ on white…

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