When Is the Best Time to Buy New Wheels and Tyres?

For the best possible deals and sales, try to purchase tyres in spring and autumn. These are the off-peak seasons when specials and discounts prevail.

There are many different types of tyres to help with many weather and road conditions. Depending on your area and your traditional local weather, it may be wise to invest in tyres for the summer that not only can withstand heat, but also rain, or extreme road conditions like dirt or mountain roads, or road construction.

There are many reasons to invest in a new set of wheels and tyres. Buying new tyres doesn’t have to be a financial burden; there are many tricks to finding great deals on tyres, as well as knowing when to shop for the best prices. Many consumers wait too long to buy tyres, and tend to only buy one at a time and by the time the first one is old and worn you have to replace them again. The first thing to consider is which tyres need replacing. Ideally, you should replace all your car tyres at the same time, but this is rarely practical because front and rear tyres wear at different rates.

Many mechanics will recommend replacing all four tyres at once for the best price and performance. Most tyres should last 5 to 6 years with proper wheel balancing, rotations and maintenances. It’s wise not to wait until it’s too late to buy new wheels and tyres. Do not wait until the tread is worn down and the tyres are ‘bald’ before replacement. Driving on tyres with too little tread can be very dangerous. The handling is severely affected by the loss of tread, as well as making the tyres more fragile to flats or blowouts.

To help maintain stability in extreme conditions, such as emergency braking or a sudden swerve, you should always fit the newest or least-worn tyres on the rear axle. Keep an eye on your tyres and watch for signs of abnormal or uneven wear, as these will severely shorten the lifespan of the tyres. Remember when buying a set of new tyres you need to buy five tyres (for the spare as well). Make sure that you pump the tyres at the right pressure and always check your spare regularly. It is now easy to purchase wheels and tyres in-store or online and then have them fitted at the corresponding fitment center.

The History of Rally Driving

The history of rally driving goes back to the late 1800’s. It is believed that the first sanctioned race was in Paris, France in 1894 and was sponsored by a French newspaper, The Le Petit Journal. The winners won the race based on the discretion of observers who traveled with each driver.

Once the first event was held in Paris, the flood gates were open and road races became a regular occurrence throughout all of France and Europe. As rally racing became more popular and the speeds began to increase to dangerous levels, steps were taken to begin racing on closed course circuits.

Not many people know that the Tour De France was an automobile endurance test also. The Tour De France Rally ran from 1906 to 1937 and was one of the most popular rally races in the world. The most notable event of this time though, was the Monte Carlo Rally, which began in 1911 and set the bar for the future of rally racing. The Monte Carlo Rally would become a regular event with the exception of dark periods during World War I and World War II. The Monte Carlo Rally is still one of the staples of the World Rally Championship (WRC) to this day.

Italy, Germany and England all staged their own versions of races. Italy’s rally races began in 1895 and included rally’s through the mountains and around islands. Britain staged the 1000 Mile Trial, a 15 Day rally that linked all the cities. While Germany staged rally races beginning in 1906 which included hill climbs and time trials.

In 1961 the beginnings of what rally racing has now become were established. Britain’s laws would not allow for closure of their highways so they began to hold the races on the gravel forestry roads. Soon other countries followed suit but it was not until 1973 that the World Rally Championship combined all the rally events under one auspices.

The WRC now has a 13 race schedule that travels throughout Europe and includes one race through Mexico. All of the courses now travel through the back roads of the host countries and are tests of extreme endurance to the rally cars and the drivers. The WRC schedule takes the drivers through snow in the winter to extreme heat in the summer.

Insurance Claims For Single Car Accidents

Car accidents can be extremely dangerous and stressful. Most single car accidents happen due to bad weather conditions or animal encounters such as deer. Many drivers do not feel that they are at fault in a single car accident since there is nothing that could have been done to prevent the accident. However insurance companies tend to have a different view, unless your vehicle was struck by a flying object that damages your vehicle or caused loss of control.

What Are Some Single Car Accident Examples?

Driving While Distracted

Distracted driving caused accidents have been on the rise. Many drivers tend to multi-task while they are driving. Unfortunately today there are more distractions than ever. From cell phones, GPS, on board television sets really take away the attention from the road. If a distraction causes you to lose control of your vehicle and it is damaged, your insurance claim will be considered an at fault accident meaning that it was your fault.

It is really important to minimize multi-tasking and cell phone use while driving to avoid the possibility of an accident. In fact many states and metro areas have been passing laws to make cell phone use illegal while driving. If you are caught using a phone while you were in an accident you may have to pay hefty fees and tickets which can also make your insurance premiums increase.

Extreme Weather Conditions

Driving on slick roads is the number one cause of single car accidents. It is really difficult to spot ice patches on the road which can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. Hitting a ditch, tree, guard rails, or snow banks will be considered at-fault accidents even if you receive no moving violation by the police. If you file an insurance claim for this it will add points to your policy and your insurance may increase.

Sometimes if the weather conditions are extreme it may be a good idea to stay home or use public transportation. If you have to drive always give yourself extra space when stopping and decrease your speed whenever possible before you hit the brakes.

Pot Holes

Pot holes have been an increasing problem for drivers. Severe climate changes especially in the northern states have been damaging roads at alarming rates. Hitting a pot hole is still considered a single car accident where the driver is at-fault. This may seem unfair especially since avoiding pot holes is almost impossible sometimes because there is no place on the road to go. Insurance carriers do not want to be responsible for damaged vehicles because these types of claims are common and almost unavoidable.

If you want to avoid pot holes try to drive cautiously and whenever possible swerve around the hole. If you cannot swerve, then decrease your speed and drive very slowly over it so that you do not damage your car. Always be alert and give yourself extra time and space to slow down.

Hitting an Animal

Trying to avoid animals on the road by swerving is a natural reflex reaction. Sometimes this can be dangerous however. If you swerve you may lose control of your vehicle and hit a guard rail, embankment, tree, ditch, or even swerve into oncoming traffic. It is unfortunate but it is safer to actually hit the animal. A collision with an animal is considered a comprehensive claim; something your insurance will cover and not hold you at fault. If you do swerve and are involved in an accident your insurance carrier will count this as an at-fault collision.

Pay attention to signs that warn of deer populated areas and be alert while you are driving through. If you cannot avoid the animal; it is safer to hit it than to swerve out of the way.

Hitting a Flying Object

If your vehicle is struck by a flying object it is the one time that it will not be considered an at-fault accident. Flying objects can be rocks that hit your windshield, debris from other vehicles, or tree branches that fall on your car while you are driving. All of these incidents can be considered comprehensive claims and your insurance will cover the damage.

The driver is always responsible to keep control of the car at all times during bad weather conditions, roads with pot holes, or animal populated areas. Even if you do not receive a fine or ticket for a moving violation from the police the insurance company considers your claim to be at-fault. Sometimes it may even be beneficial not to report the accident to the insurance carrier if the damage is not too high to avoid an increase in insurance premiums.

There are many useful tips and advice on car insurance online, so make sure to do your research before making a purchase.