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Brisbane Tyres – Four Tyre Safety Checks you must do

Is your idea of checking your tyres a quick glance every now and then before you get in the car?

It is too often the case that tyre safety is taken for granted, the tyres on your vehicle are arguably the most crucial part and your point of contact with the road. Checking your vehicles tyres to make sure they are safe doesn’t need to involve you getting all greased up and wasting an hour of your time. With Brisbane tyres going through some challenging conditions then you need

Tyre Pressure

The tyre pressure of your tyres can be checked quickly and easily on your own. Whether it’s once a week when you fill up for petrol or you use a personal pressure gauge, which can be purchased from most tyre retailers or auto specialists. To avoid inaccurate readings the tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold. Why? Because a heat build up in tyres after driving can affect the pressure reading of your tyres.

Condition of Tyre Wall

A quick visual inspection of the tyre wall can be a good way to check for cracking, cuts or bursts in the tyre sidewall. To get a proper physical inspection of your tyres it would be best to bring your vehicle down to us and we can give it a thorough check and teach you the best ways to practice tyre safety.

Check the spare!!

The tyre we all forgot about too easily. If you have had no problems with your tyres and have been maintaining them correctly then you probably have never needed the spare. But in the unfortunate circumstance that you get a burst or a puncture, will your spare be ready for the road?

Enough Tread?

If you’re unsure of how much tread a tyre needs to be legal it’s 1.6mm according to Australian Standards. All tyres will come with tread depth indicators which are rubber nodules that are moulded in between the centre tread on the tyres. If these are exposed or starting to wear then your tyres need replacing immediately. If you can’t find your tread depth indicators or are unsure if your tyres are above legal limit then you should come to us immediately. We can take the wheel off and show you how your tyres compared to the legal standard.

By following these guidelines to tyre safety you are saving yourself money and keeping your family and fleet safely on the road!

Tyre Shops Brisbane – Why you can trust a family owned business like Darra Tyres…

You don’t just get tyres from the team at Darra Tyres, you get a commitment…

What you and your business need is reliability, safety and cost effective solutions. You also need a tyre partner you can trust. The big tyre retailers are all about margins, sales targets and maximising their profit. While those things are key aspects to a business so are the relationships with its customers.

Being a family owned and operated business enables us to understand how important your business needs are. We believe in building key relationships with all our customers and we are committed to seeing you get the best products for your vehicles, drivers’ safety and your budget.

We’re here for the long haul…

You don’t just get tyres from your purchase from us at Darra Tyres, you get a commitment to your safety and business. We have all the tools to keep you on the road safer and longer. For all our passenger sales we provide you with a comprehensive 5,000 and 10,000 kilometre inspection of your tyres including a tyre rotation if necessary and wheel alignment at 10,000km.

And for our commercial customers we offer a 24hour roadside service to the greater Brisbane area. Repairs, punctures and replacements all done on the side of the road, so you are never left stranded!

Never worry about your fleet again…

With Darra Tyres fleet management system you will never have to worry about the safety of your vehicles tyres again. We will come to you to perform routine pressure checks and tyre inspections. All part of our commitment to keeping you safe and saving you money.

We have all your tyre needs…

From the sedan to the semi and the tractor to the trailer we have the right tyres for you. No matter what the vehicle or the budget we have got you covered. So give the team a call now or enquire online and one of tyre experts will contact you shortly.

Best Tyres – Rolling Resistence and your tyres performance…

Best Tyres – Rolling back the links between Physics and Tyre performance

Hey guys,

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that ‘every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless acted upon by an external force’.

When we consider this law in relation to tyres, this external force is seen in the rolling resistance of the tyre, and it is primarily caused by the repeated deformation and recovery of the tyre as it comes into contact with the road surface. By deformation we mean the tendency for the tyre to go flat as the weight of the load flattens it against the road and by recovery we mean as it reforms into its normal circular structure.

Reducing rolling resistance is, in theory anyway, relatively simple – yet achieving a reduction in rolling resistance without compromising on other essential tyre performance is another matter.

You can achieve a reduction in rolling reduction by simply inflating your tyres more, they means they will roll easier. Great you say but Newtons Second law is ‘for every action their is an equal and opposite reaction’ and in this case things are fine until you turn a corner and your grip fails. So we need to find a happy medium… Well we don’t… The manufacturers already have.

Each tyre has an ideal PSi or Pounds of pressure per square inch and its written on the tyre wall. This is the pressure you should be inflating to and checking the inflation is at regularly.

If you are not sure how to do this give the team at Darra Tyres a call on 07 3333 5510 we’ll be happy to explain the Newtonian physics behind tyres in simple and easy to understand logic.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and the Darra Tyres Team

Quality Tyres – Does US Senator Tom Harkin owe the Retreading Industry an Apology?

Hey guys,

We’ve no doubt that US senator was just being ignorant rather than trying to tarnish a whole industry, but his comments have the potential to tarnish the reputation of retreaders throughout Australia. Not that we expect any Aussie to be interested in US Democratic party speeches.

During the speech at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention on June 12, he referred to a Republican candidate as a ‘retread’ – an insult that has gained a some measure of popularity in the US.

He continued by saying “the problem with retreading is that they have a tendency to blow out and cause a lot of wrecks.”

Whilst the analogy may seem amusing it is actually quite far from the truth. The technology that goes into retreads today make the a viable option in many cases.

As with any decision that relates to tyres for your fleet you should be speaking to an expert who can tell you about the viability of each option.

It’s true, retreads used in the wrong situation have the potential to “blow out and cause a lot of wrecks” used correctly they can be an effective way of cutting costs.

If you haven’t considered using retreads or perhaps you want to know more about how they may or may not suit your fleet then give the team at Darra Tyres a call on 07 3333 5510 or contact us online here.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and the Darra Tyres Team

Tyre Centre Tips – The problem with Locking Wheel Nuts…

Hey guys, some tips from the experts from our tyre centre,

Many vehicles these days have locking nuts or security bolts. This locking wheel nut serves to protect the tyre and wheel from being stolen but it will also hamper our efforts to replace a wheel or tyre if you do not have the appropriate adapter that goes with the wheel.

It’s quite easy to tell if your vehicle has a locking wheel nut, look at the wheel nuts and normally one of the will be different, they will be round on the outside and have a design with the locking adapter fits into on the inside.

Please make sure you have this locking nut in your possession when we arrive to fit your tyres. This adapter is normally located in your glove box or the tool box in the boot of the vehicle.

If you cannot find this locking nut you may have to contact the manufacturer directly to receive one.

Keeping your Family and Fleet safely on the road, contact us on (07) 3333 5510 or using the online form here.

The team at Darra Tyres.

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