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    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    When a hedgehog finishes a busy summer of snuffling it heads for hibernation under a hedge.

    Bears bed down in comfy caves for the cold weather, and tortoises retreat into the safety of their shells.

    We’re used to things changing in our natural environment when the cold weather comes in, but animals aren’t the only ones who benefit from waiting out the Winter.

    When you hear the words ‘winter tyres’ your thoughts probably run to visions of snow-strewn roads, icy driveways and Arctic Eastern European temperatures.

    But the threshold for switching over to winter tyres is lower than you might think.

    Or more accurately, it’s higher.

    As this video explains, temperatures south of 7˚ cause changes to the way the rubber in your tyres interact with the road.

    What was giving you a tight, grippy ride through the balmy summer months starts to lose some of that security before the mince pies are in the shops.

    Oh, hang on a sec… scratch that, I’ve just been into Waitrose and they’re already out.  But you get the idea.

    Winter tyres don’t look much different than normal tyres, but they act very differently, asdemonstrated in the video.

    So what do you do with your ‘summer tyres’ when they’re temporarily replaced by their squishier counterparts?

    Where do tyres go to hibernate?

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