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Maintaining Quality Tyres, 4 Mistakes and How to Spot them

There are a few common causes of tyre wear, this article will discuss the reasons behind these common causes and the solutions to getting them fixed and preserving your quality tyres!

Over Inflation

If you have excessive wear on the centre of the tyres tread this is caused due to over inflating the tyres air pressure consistently. Think how the centre of the tyre will make more impact when it is over inflated and therefore causing the centre of the tyre to wear prematurely. Always check the tyre pressure according to the manufacturers guidelines on the tyre placard on your vehicle.

Tyre Under Inflation

Basically the exact opposite of what we just spoke about. Having an under inflated tyre will cause the inside and outside edge of the tyre to wear quicker than the centre of the tyre. Consistently having under inflated tyres will not only cost you more due to the need to replace the tyres quicker but are also extremely dangerous to drive on. Under inflated tyres cause lack of control, increased braking distances and poor handling. Again, always check the tyre pressures to the recommended pressure as per the manufacturers recommendation.

Wearing on one side only

If you have found that one side of your tyres is wearing faster than the rest of the tyre then your vehicle is need of a wheel alignment. When your wheel alignment is off it causes the wheel to lean too much on the one side and puts the majority of the weight/load on that part of the tyre causing it to wear down much quicker than the rest of the tyre. More than likely your vehicle will just need a simple wheel alignment but there could also be other factors that can affect the alignment and will need to be assessed by one of our team or a mechanic.

Cupping

Bent or damaged suspension can cause ‘cups’ or ‘scalloped dips’ appearing on your tyre. The will appear on one side of the tyre and it will look like someone has ground the edge of the tyre off. A wheel alignment can sometimes cure this, if this occurring to your tyres it is best to go straight to our workshop for proper inspection and to make sure the problem doesn’t lie deeper in the suspension parts or any other component that connects the wheel to the car.

To have your tyres and wheel alignment assessed by an industry expert come down to Darra Tyres in Station Avenue Darra. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience in the industry and we are here to help you! Call us now on (07) 3333 5510 and one of our team will contact you within one business day.

Cheers,

Kevin Wood

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The best tyre brands, Inspired by Australia’s Tree Frogs?

So it’s obvious to all of us that tyres are what keeps us stuck to the road, but how do they do this, you may be wondering?

What has a tree frog got to do with the Best Tyre Brands?

Well the traction on the foot of a tree frog works very similar to that of a car tyre. The tree frog has pads on the bottom of their feet which are divided into tiny flat sections that work just like the tread of a tyre.

Spaces between the tread on your tyres allow the tyre to be able to grip to the road just a like a tree frog will grip to a window, branch or plant.

Why your tyres and frogs feet aren’t smooth…

If the base of the tree frogs feet or the tyres on your car were smooth think about how that would work. Would the tree frog be able to grip to the slippery reeds by the lake? Would your car stay on the road in the rain? Try and think about your slipperiest pair of shoes, now go and look at the soles. Most likely they will be extremely smooth with little to no gaps in the rubber sole. And when it rains we usually choose not to wear those shoes because we will slip.

So if your tyres have insufficient or an illegal amount of tread then they are going to tend to slip out as you accelerate around the corner or need to brake quickly. The tread on your tyres is what’s keeping you stuck to the road and keeping you safe, same with the bottom of the tree frogs foot, without this grip both the tree frog and you are in serious trouble.

So don’t take the risk or brush off the importance of having safe tyres.

Look after your family and fleet with Darra Tyres.

Come down and see us at our Darra Tyres Workshop, call us on (07) 3333 5510 or contact us to book your car in for an inspection free of charge, and one of our team will contact you directly within one working day. We will give you an unbiased opinion from independent industry experts.

We’re here to look after you!

Cheers,

Kevin Wood

Would you trust these poor quality tyres for your family?

Hey guys,

I was in a supermarket in Alicante, Spain when I stumbled upon the most dangerous sight. Sure the Spaniards are known for beautiful weather, crystal clear beaches, relaxed outlook, great sangria and fabulous paella but this really took the cake of relaxed.

€27.00 tyres and the kicker is they call them family car tyres. I wouldn’t trust my pet dog let alone me family to travel on these.

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On closer inspection the tyres are extremely poor quality, the rubber feels like something you’d expect off the back of a pencil, this will cause them to wear quickly, if you wheels aren’t balanced then they will wear unevenly, try and stop in the wet and you’re likely to slide all the way along the street.

Now sure Spain has great weather, it doesn’t rain, well I hate to say but it does, it rains and it pours, Alicante is the garden belt of Spain, know for its good rainfall, very much the same climate as Queensland.

So why would you sell poor quality tyres like this…

The answer is profit. These tyres are made from the lowest quality, many times from the offcuts and leftovers from other tyres, they aren’t meant to keep you safe they are simply meant to maximise profits.

I cannot stress enough about using a professional team, a team that knows your vehicle, your usage and the environment the tyres will be used in.

That’s what the team at Darra Tyres is all about… Proper tyres for your vehicle not €27 euro ones that will be lucky to last 6 months and aren’t appropriate for the driving conditions in Queensland and Australia. Give Kevin Wood or one of the team a call on (07) 3333 5510 to find out what tyres will best suit your needs and your budget, or click here to enquire online.

Your tyre experts in keeping your family and fleet safely on the road.

Kevin and the team at Darra Tyres

Mining Tyres – Don’t be the Victim of a Tyre Blowout…

Queensland mines have had their fair share of mining tyres blowing out, some causing death and other causing serious injury and damage. According to an article in the Daily Mercury 25 tyre blowouts have occurred in Queensland mines in the past two years.

The outcomes of a mining tyres blowing out…

The Newlands mine in Queensland is said to have a sign in their workshop that says “an exploding tyre can send a bowling ball 9 kilometres”, now can you imagine what this would do to you if you were standing right next to it or working on the tyre when this happened?

Tyre bursts of any size can be extremely dangerous, driving down the road you can lose all control of the vehicle or you could be killed working on a mining tyre. The force of the air pressure being released from a large mining tyre can send nearby objects flying in al directions. It’s almost like a shrapnel bomb going off. A lot of the time when these tyres explode they tend to do so while in use so most of the time the driver is safe in the cabin, but people nearby can be in serious trouble.

The importance of fleet inspections…

All vehicles need to be checked on a regular basis for any signs of wear, slices, cuts, punctures or other signs of damage. Working in such harsh conditions such as the extreme heat and rugged terrain of Queensland mines. It is recommended that you have your vehicles tyres checked every 2 weeks for an damage to the sidewall or any signs of rapid tread wear.

To find out the best way to check and protect your tyres come down to our Darra workshop, call us on (07) 3333 5510 or you can even enquire online and Kevin Wood or one of the team will get back to you within one working day.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road for over 30 years.

Cheers,

Kevin Wood

Holiday season’s approaching… Visit your tyre centre and Drive Safe

As we are well and truly past the halfway mark of this year we are beginning to slowly decline into summer and the holiday season. Unfortunately for some this time of year can be a shocking reminder of just how dangerous the roads can be. Last year in Australia 65 people died over the 09/10 holiday period, which was a 10% increase on the previous years toll. Make sure you visit your tyre centre to ensure your tyres are ready for all the holiday trips.

Drive smarter, not faster.

There are so many things you can do on those long drives to decrease the chance of having an accident. You have the car packed, you have your two weeks of holidays completely planned out from start to finish, who wants to waste time driving right? No ones does. But no one wants to die driving either.

Are we there yet…

Say yes to this question more often with frequent stops for the kids. Don’t try and drive a big distance in one hit. It’s dangerous for you and your family and of course other road users. Plan your trip so you see things on the way to your destination. Multiple stops are a good time to stop get out, stretch, check the car over for oil, water, tyre pressure, condition of tyres so you’re not one of those unlucky 65 that don’t make it to their holiday.

To learn how to check the condition, pressure of your tyres and the correct inflation levels before and during your big holiday drive come down to Darra Tyres and one of our experts will give you a run down of what to do and what not to do on those long drives. Give the team a call on (07) 3333 5510 or enquire online and Kevin Wood or one of the team will contact you within one business day.

Your tyre experts in keeping your family and fleet safely on the road.

Kevin Wood at Darra Tyres

Price Vs Value… Which offers the best tyres for your vehicle?

Tyre Price and Value: The two key components most people assess first when they are looking for the best tyres for their vehicle.

We all want tyres that aren’t going to break the bank, but are going to be good quality tyres that will protect ourselves, our family or our drivers. Am I right? So what you need to know is how to determine what tyres are going to be best tyres for you, your budget, vehicle, application etc.

You get what you pay for…

Okay, granted we hear the guy in the used car dealership saying this one all the time, as do the majority of salespeople. But with tyres this has never been more truthful. You are paying for the level of quality you receive. In a car you may be paying for a brand or a better paint job or added features. But with tyres, if they are not good quality then they are not good quality.

So why are some more expensive than others you’re probably wondering?

It comes down to what you use your vehicle for, how often you drive, what kind of vehicle you drive and the amount of time spent driving. So yes if you are just using the car to take the kids to school or back and from work then a more affordable tyre could be the option for you. But, if you’re constantly on the road, taking trips on weekends then we beg you to please buy the correct tyres, not so we can sell you a more expensive tyre but so we know you will be in good hands on the road.

If you would like to know more on what tyres would be best suited to your vehicle then please don’t hesitate to call us on (07) 3333 5510 or come down and introduce yourself to the team at our Darra location and talk to tyre experts with over 100 years combined experience. Can’t get to the phone? Enquire online now and one of the team will be in contact with you very shortly.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

Choosing the Best Tyres for your Vehicle … Don’t Mix and Drive

As a general rule your car should only be equipped with the best tyres recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t worry it’s not a scheme to sell you expensive tyres! The manufacturers recommend certain tyre sizes and load ratings to match the vehicle.

Why shouldn’t I use different tyres on my vehicle?

To maintain your cars best possible handling, stability and performance you should avoid mixing tread patters and definitely not different size tyres on the one vehicle.

If you have run-flat tyres on your vehicle it is very important to only replace these tyres with new ones that support your cars run-flat technology.

Also, if you have a certain type of tyre fitted for a wet season or another different weather condition then you should ensure your car is fitted with the appropriate tyres for the current conditions.

But if my tyres are all the same won’t they all need replacing at once?

Ideally they would all need replacing at once, unfortunately due to maintenance or lack thereof, driving conditions and vehicle design all contribute to uneven wear on your vehicles tyres. Generally your tyres won’t all need replacing at once. Remember, replacing all four tyres at once saves four individual trips to the workshop!

If you tyres all need replacing at once it’s a measure that vehicle design, driving conditions and maintenances practices have worked in unison to equalise wear and performance.

It also allows drivers to see if they are getting their money’s worth out of the recommended manufacturer tyres. And can then make a decision to change the tyres to suit their needs and driving conditions or budget.

Do I need to buy four new tyres if they don’t all wear out at the same time?

Unfortunately this is the decision that drivers everywhere face everyday. To decide whether to replace just the tyres that require to be replaced or replace all four tyres. For the best traction and to maintain handling and stability of your vehicle it is usually best to replace all four. Not the best sign for your wallet, but here at Darra Tyres we have a solution to suit all budgets so you can get back on the road quickly and safely.

Because your tyres are arguably the most important aspect of the car as they are the only point of contact with the road it is best to try and always have the same brand, size, model and amount of tread depth on all four tyres.

To have your tyres checked by one of our industry experts come down to Darra Tyres, give us a call on 3333 5510 or contact us online here,

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

Tyre Centre Tips – hitting the curb will cost your tyres and vehicle

We are often in a hurry, whether we are running late for work, dropping the kids at school, struggling to make that appointment or running more errands than capable in one day. This often means that we are a lot more susceptible to hitting the gutter when parking, running up the traffic island or hitting the pothole a little bit too fast. Unaware at the time with our minds worrying about the shopping in the boot, making the meeting or picking up the kids, these bumps, knocks and ditches for our tyres are expensive and damaging. A top tyre centre tip is to take the time to avoid any sudden unnecessary bumps and jolts to the wheels; you might think ‘one bump doesn’t matter’ but when you get the bill from your tyre centre for a set of new tyres you’ll wish you’d taken a bit more care.

How will it affect my tyres and vehicle?

Knocking your wheel alignment out can have substantial effects on driving performance and tread wear on your tyres. By knocking your wheel alignment but just 1/8th. of an inch you can cause irreparable damage to your suspension, tyres and wheels. By having your alignment out by that much is the equivalent of dragging your tyres sideways for 84 metres every 1.5km you travel.

Prevention is the best medicine…

Obviously to avoid damaging your tyres and wheels is the first step to avoiding damage to your vehicles wheel alignment and suspension. In saying that we don’t always see the pothole coming up in the road, or in that tricky reverse park in the city we may accidentally push up against the gutter. There is only so much we can do to minimise the damage on our own behalf. Regular checks by Darra Tyres experts when you are purchasing new tyres or replacing a tyre is the best bet to help prevent damage to your vehicle and potentially your safety.

To have your vehicle inspected by experts who have been in the industry for years come down to Darra Tyre Service and receive the customer experience that you deserve. Give us a call now on 3333 5510 or you can enquire online and one of our sales team will be in contact with you very shortly.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

Industrial Tyres – Don’t neglect your tractor tyres check!

Do you have agricultural machinery or tractors but don’t really have the time to use them on your land?

Neglecting tractor tyres, agricultural machinery tyres or any industrial tyres for that matter for an extended period of time can be deadly.

Tyres will start to perish after they have been sitting unused for quite some time. The dangers are only seen when it’s too late. Too many people think that because the vehicle or machinery is not being used then “the tyres must be fine, a bit of air and they will be good as new!”, this is not the case. Not matter how little use the tyres have received age will deteriorate tyres to an unsafe level for use.

But they looked fine…

A simple look over the tread of the tyre is not a comprehensive check. Dry rotting and cracks to the tyre sidewall can occur and this is what can cause a tyre to burst. A tyre burst can be extremely deadly no matter how big the vehicle or machine. Especially on a large tractor or plough a burst tyre can cause the vehicle to roll, veer off course and cause accidents.

Is there a timeline on how long my tyres will last?

There is no expiry date like a litre of milk would have. As a guide tyres will start to lose the natural oils about 5 years after production. All tyres are produced with a serial Tyre Identification Number (TIN). It’s generally written in a 4 digit style. E.g 3494 is the 34th week of 1994, or 2806 is the 28th week of 2006.

What to do if you’re really not sure whether or not you tyres are safe…

It’s simple, give the team at Darra Tyres a call on 3333 5510 and our mobile service team will come out to our commercial customers or you can bring the tyre down to us at Darra for a proper inspection of the tyres condition and air pressure. If you’re not sure then it’s probably not safe. Always ask an expert. And what better experts than the team at Darra Tyres who have over 100 years combined experience in the tyre and automotive industry. Give us a call or enquire online to speak with one of our experts today!

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

Tyre Centre Tips For Driving Safely in Wet Weather

The most important thing when driving safely in wet weather is the condition of your tyres. The muggy Queensland heat combined with rain can make the roads extremely slippery and dangerous. We have very unpredictable weather in Queensland so you need to make sure your tyres are well looked after so they can look after you when it’s wet! Prepare yourself for the the next wet day with these tyre centre tips.

How often should I check or change my tyres?

You really need to be checking the inflation and physical appearance of your tyres at least every two weeks. If you are unsure how to properly check you tyres for legal tread depth and proper inflation click here to see our article that outlines how.

Tyre Centre Tips – Driving in the wet and how to do it safely…

  • Allow extra time. Never rush to your destination, especially in the wet!
  • The minimum safe driving distance in good conditions is 3 seconds, so give yourself some extra room when it’s wet in case of the need for emergency braking.
  • Brake earlier and with less force. Slamming on the brakes in the wet can make you lose control of the vehicle, it also gives the driver behind you plenty of time to react to your decrease in speed.
  • Give yourself some light, even in light rain it can be hard to see in front of you. Let other cars know where you are.
  • Keep the rear and front windscreen clear using the air con or de mist option.
  • If the rain gets really bad just pull over and wait it out. It’s not worth getting somewhere unless you get there alive.

If you feel like your tyres may not be equipped well enough for the next batch of wet weather then come down to our shop and we will let you know the condition of your tyres, if they’re legal or if they need replacing. If they’re fine then it was only 5 minutes in and out and you can drive away with peace of mind.

Come down at see us at our Darra shop, give us a call on3375 3566 to get expert advice and tyres to keep you and your family or fleet safe.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

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