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Tyre Advice

The most important part of your car is not the engine. Car tyres are often seen as a more or less inconsequential part of the vehicle. This could not be further from the truth. Tryes are the only cont...

Posted 8 years ago

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Bi Ullamh

Almost 60% of Irish drivers are unprepared should their car break down with basic recommended car emergency items such as first aid kits, jump leads and tow ropes nowhere to be found. Motor safety ...

Posted 8 years ago

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The Top 5 Questions to ask when buying new tyres

When many of us need a job done on our cars or to get new tyres, it’s often hard to know where to start. The first port of call might be to pick up the phone and call Dad or failing that, we’ll as...

Posted 8 years ago

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Get ready for Winter Motoring

  December 5, 2012 By Padraic Deane As the first flutterings of snow and ice are seen across parts of the UK and Ireland, with worse weather forecast, Goodyear Tyres are reminding...

Posted 8 years ago

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Semperit teams with Maxol on road safety

By Declan O Byrne Semperit is putting the focus on tyre safety this winter with a programme of “on street” activity at Maxol stations across the country. The company has partnered w...

Posted 8 years ago

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Buyer Beware

READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY PART WORN TYRES Are you aware that tyres often wear out their tread more quickly once they are half worn? Are you aware theat in the event of an accident, insurance ...

Posted 8 years ago

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Danger on the roads as two-thirds of decade-old cars fail NCT

TWO-THIRDS of cars 10 years or older failed the National Car Test (NCT) on the first attempt this year. Figures provided by the NCT service show that more than 65pc of cars with 2002 or older reg...

Posted 8 years ago

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ITIA wants penalty points for defective tyres

By Connor ORourke The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is calling on government to create a new penalty point offence for illegal and defective tyresThe call comes at a time when the ITI...

Posted 8 years ago

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Extreme Weather highlights need for tyre safety

By John Loughran TyreSafe is advising motorists to make tyre safety a higher priority than ever with weather data suggesting that the frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK and Ireland may ...

Posted 8 years ago

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Winter conditions have young drivers in a spin

By John Loughran As cold weather sweeps across Europe a new survey by Goodyear reveals that 34% of young drivers in Europe have no knowledge about how to drive in cold weather conditions. ...

Posted 8 years ago

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Second hand tyre report

January 17, 2013 By Connor ORourke A recent mystery shopper investigation by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, found that 98 per cent of the part worn tyres it purcha...

Posted 8 years ago

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Pothole plague risks a rise in tyre related road casualties

By Declan O Byrne The current ‘pothole epidemic’ blighting the UK and Ireland’s roads is not only causing added financial burden for drivers and councils, but it is also in danger of l...

Posted 8 years ago

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Motorists face €60 fine in faulty lights clampdown

MOTORISTS with missing or broken headlights face the prospect of being hit with a €60 on-the-spot fine from tomorrow.Gardai have announced a major crackdown on defective lighting after it emerged th...

Posted 8 years ago

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ITIA to issue licenses to members

By Declan O Byrne   The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is poised to issue licenses to all member outlets, which meet certain standards, including having staff ATA accredited,...

Posted 8 years ago

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TyreSafe webinar inspires part-worn crackdown

By Padraic Deane   Trading Standards Officers in the UK are set to step up their efforts to investigate the sale of illegal and dangerous part worn tyres following a webinar on the s...

Posted 8 years ago

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Over 50 per cent of tyres changed in the UK are illegal

By John Loughran   English based Tyres and Accessories publication reports that Micheldever Tyres Service’s latest quarterly tread depth analysis shows that in the period from...

Posted 8 years ago

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TyreSafe and NTDA to co-operate on part worn crackdown

By John Loughran   TyreSafe’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the risks associated with fitting part-worn tyres have been given a further boost with support from the Natio...

Posted 8 years ago

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Gardai get new power to check phones of motorists

TREACY HOGAN AND TOM BRADY – 25 MARCH 2013 NEW powers will allow gardai to check the phone records of motorists involved in crashes, to see if they were using a mobile phone at the time. ...

Posted 8 years ago

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NCT check will uncover 'clocked' cars in new plan

FIACH KELLY POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT – 01 APRIL 2013 ALL cars undergoing the National Car Test (NCT) will face strict measures to make sure they aren't 'clocked', under new rules being drawn ...

Posted 8 years ago

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The future now: Continental reveals new indoor brake testing facility

Continental hopes to cut braking distances and prevent accidents on the road, after launching its advanced indoor tyre testing facility. Like a scene from a cinema blockbuster the Volkswagen Golf c...

Posted 8 years ago

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Government fails to tackle issue of part worn tyres in road safety strategy

By Connor O Rourke The Government has launched its latest road safety strategy ‘Closing the Gap’, which will run until 2020, but has failed to tackle the issue of the sale and fitment of...

Posted 8 years ago

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Conti urges motorists to switch to summer tyres

By Padraic Deane Cool temperatures heretofore could give car drivers the impression that they can drive with winter tyres all year round, but that is not the case, according to Continental. ...

Posted 8 years ago

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Keeping the pressure on caravan and motorhome safety

By Padraic Deane After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, touring caravan and motorhome owners are being reminded about the importance of checking their vehicle’s tyr...

Posted 8 years ago

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Pedestrian safety campaign launched

A cross border road safety campaign is being launched tomorrow to generate awareness about pedestrian vulnerability. The initiative which coincides with UN Global Road Safety Week follows a weekend...

Posted 8 years ago

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Two thirds of drivers don’t know legal tread depth

By Declan O Byrne Drivers unaware of the safety issues of tyres at 1.6mm tread depth, and two-thirds admit to not knowing that it is the legal limit. That’s the stark findings of a survey ...

Posted 8 years ago

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TyreSafe warns on the dangers of fitting part worn tyres

By John Loughran TyreSafe, the UK tyre safety organisation is warning motorists of the dangers of fitting part worn tyres, following an  independent investigation by Bristol Trading Sta...

Posted 8 years ago

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Michelin warns on TPMS over reliance

By Padraic Deane Michelin’s Head of Fleet Dave Crinson is issuing a warning to drivers against becoming complacent with tyre pressures following the introduction of Tyre Pressure Monitorin...

Posted 8 years ago

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Ireland is still the road safety champion of Europe

The improvements in Irish road safety show that it should be recognised as a road safety champion in the EU,” said Antonio Avenoso, the European Transport safety Council (ETSC) Executive Direc...

Posted 8 years ago

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Motorcycle Safety

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are urging motorcyclists, scooter and moped users to bike safely on the roads this summer following a rise in motorcycle casualties in 2013. ...

Posted 8 years ago

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€1 fee for air 'a step too far', says tyre chief

CHARGING motorists €1 to check tyre pressure is a "step too far", it has been claimed. The criticism was made by a leading motor industry figure as a new survey found that one in six cars here ...

Posted 8 years ago

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1 in 6 cars on Irish roads on illegal tyres

A recent survey of the state of tyres on cars on our roads has revealed that one in six is running on tyres that are at or below the minimum legal tread depth. Carried out by Continental Tyres in conj...

Posted 8 years ago

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Goodyear upgrades European Road Safety App

Goodyear has upgraded its European Road Safety App for iPhone and Android, which is available for free download via the app store, and is poised to support thousands of families driving across Europe ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Motorists warned as written-off cars flood our roads

THOUSANDS of motorists are driving potentially dangerous cars as new research reveals 4,000 imports a year have previously been crashed or written off. The study, the biggest of its kind, discovere...

Posted 7 years ago

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Motorists urged to check their tyres

By Connor ORourke TyreSafe, the leading tyre safety organisation is urging motorists to regularly check their tyre pressure to improve the safety of their vehicle on the road. TyreSafe.org is ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Tyre retailers get ready for Tyre Safety Week

By Connor ORourke Tyre Safety Week, run in conjunction with Road Safety Week, takes place next week at participating tyre retailers across the country. The ITIA has again teamed up this year w...

Posted 7 years ago

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Tyre Safety week gets underway

By Padraic Deane The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is offering free tyre safety checks as part of ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which gets underway today. Keeping your tyres in roadwor...

Posted 7 years ago

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Motorists warned on worn tyre blowouts

PAUL MELIA  RESCUE services have seen a surge in callouts for tyre blowouts since the start of the month with many motorists driving on tyres "so worn out they were bound to burst". The AA ...

Posted 7 years ago

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New TyreSafe blockbuster

TyreSafe’s family of road safety ambassadors, the McIntyres, are making their latest online appearance in a new ‘movie’ designed to help drivers stay safe on the road. In their latest episode, t...

Posted 7 years ago

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CCTV footage reveals tyre failure horrors

By Connor ORourke The shocking consequences and high cost of tyre failures have been revealed in a series of new CCTV clips unveiled by the Highways and TyreSafe in the UK.Agency. In the most ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Car breakdowns up as wet weather sparks problems

Wet weather and our ageing cars have led to an increase in the number of breakdowns on Irish roads. New figures from the AA show there's been an 11% increase in the number of call outs to broken-do...

Posted 7 years ago

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ITIA wants outright ban on part worn tyres

By Connor ORourke   The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is calling an outright ban on the sale and fitment of part worn tyres. The ITIA is poised to make a submission to the Roa...

Posted 7 years ago

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8,000 cars with 'back-to-front' tyres fail NCT

EDDIE CUNNINGHAM  MORE than 8,000 cars have failed the NCT so far this year because their tyres were fitted the wrong way around. Untrained and 'unscrupulous' fitters are being blamed for...

Posted 7 years ago

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RSA and Garda Siochána launch Christmas road safety campaign

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána today launched their Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign at the Medical Bureau for Road Safety, UCD. The focus of this year’s campa...

Posted 7 years ago

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Goodyear focuses on improving road safety for novice drivers

Goodyear Europe has launched the findings of a new research project it has undertaken with the European Driving Schools Association (EFA). Alongside the research, Goodyear EMEA has published a Road Sa...

Posted 7 years ago

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Minister not persuaded on tyre ban proposal

Britain’s Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin has yet to be persuaded that a ban on the use of tyres over 10 years of age would be beneficial to road safety. The Minister made his comments in ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Wheel kickers get tyre inflation advice

A third of UK motorists (32%) believe kicking a tyre is an adequate test of whether it is properly inflated, new research has revealed. More worrying still was the finding that almost one in four...

Posted 7 years ago

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Road users being urged to use hi-vis gear

Road-users are being urged to wear high visibility material when out walking or cycling on Irish roads as Road Safety Authority (RSA) research has revealed that over half of pedestrian fatalities to d...

Posted 7 years ago

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Safety appeal

Road users must take more responsibility for their actions to help improve road safety for all, Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has said. Its call follows recent figures showing that t...

Posted 7 years ago

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Government poised to ban clocking

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar is set to move amendments to the Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2013 on Wednesday which will introduce the offence of “interference with the odomet...

Posted 7 years ago

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Our RSA expert advises: Think 'safety first'

What's the first thing you consider when buying a car? Price? Fuel economy? Is it how many car seats will it fit in the back? The colour? I wonder how high up the priority list the safety...

Posted 7 years ago

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Weather woe inflates the need for tyre safety checks

Drivers are being reminded about the need for more regular tyre checks as flooding abates across the country. With its potential to cause aquaplaning, standing water remains a major hazard, wh...

Posted 7 years ago

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New legislation to tackle written-off cars

DAN GRIFFIN Drivers who put severely and irreparably damaged vehicles back on the road face new sanctions under proposed legislation. Currently it is an offence under road traffic law to drive a...

Posted 7 years ago

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Issues of ‘Clocking’ and ‘Write-offs’ being dealt with now

Transport, Tourism and Sports Minister Leo Varadkar is moving to deal with two issue that have been a dark shadow over the motor industry for a long time. The offences of ‘car mileage clocking’ an...

Posted 7 years ago

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Ring Automotive offers useful tips for drivers

To ensure the safety of all drivers and cyclists during winter, Ring Automotive has compiled some useful tips for drivers this winter to help plan and prepare for journeys. Tips: Keep the windscre...

Posted 7 years ago

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Are you Ireland’s Safest Young Driver?

Ireland’s young drivers are being urged to sign up to take part in a major road safety challenge which could earn one of them the title of ‘Ireland’s Safest Young Driver’ and the chance to dri...

Posted 7 years ago

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Winter tyres: do you need them?

Winter tyres eh? Snow has blanketed this country for perhaps four or five weeks in the last four or five years and suddenly everyone seems to be advocating specialist rubber wear for your car. ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Texting cause near misses on the road

Sending or reading mobile phone texts has been identified as the most common dangerously distracting activity for drivers on Ireland’s roads.  In a survey of Irish drivers carried out by Contin...

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Laser high beams!

First we had LED daytime running lights, then LED headlights' 'matrix beam' and now laser light! Audi is again using the Le Mans 24 Hours this year to further extend its advantage in the area of li...

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Which? recommends motorists to check their tyres

Consumer magazine Which? is recommending that motorists check their tyres are properly inflated to help save cash at the pumps, and have a positive impact on road safety. Which? says that motorists...

Posted 7 years ago

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1 in 5 not wearing seatbelt at time of collision – RSA

An analysis of road fatality statistics has revealed that almost 1 in 5 vehicle occupants killed in 2013*were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision, meaning that as many as 21 lives ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Dates for Road Safety Week confirmed

The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) has confirmed that Road Safety Week takes places October 6-12 on an all island basis. “We have received a significant boost for our 2014 road safety wee...

Posted 7 years ago

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TyreSafe warns on part worn tyres

More than four million drivers in the UK are buying tyres that have been previously used on another vehicle, and one in six motorists has bought part-worn tyres at some point in their driving life, ty...

Posted 7 years ago

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1 in 5 drivers has had their car damaged by a friend or relative

JUST OVER ONE in five people have had their car damaged by a friend or family member. The AA is warning people not to loan their cars to anyone who isn’t insured. The insurer carried out a pol...

Posted 7 years ago

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Motorists get tyre safety warning

As thousands of families prepare for the traditional Easter holiday getaway, one of the busiest times of the year on the roads, tyre safety organisation, TyreSafe is reminding motorists about the need...

Posted 7 years ago

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Proper pressure saves you money – Michelin says

In these tough times, it’s right that motorists would check out every means of saving money. According to Michelin, those who want to keep their cash in their pocket and not waste money need look...

Posted 7 years ago

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First day of mobile phone clampdown catches 600 drivers

Over 600 motorists will have to fork out more than €36,000 in fines for using their mobile phones while driving following the first few hours of a major Garda crackdown. The national mobile-phone...

Posted 7 years ago

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Caravan and motorhome owners get tyre safety advice

Caravan and motorhome owners are being warned about the importance of ensuring their tyres are in a safe, roadworthy condition before heading off on journeys. By doing so, owners will minimise the ...

Posted 7 years ago

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ITIA warns motorists on tyre replacement

As latest figures show more than half of motorists are failing their NCT tests, the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) has warned of motorists dicing with danger in our increasingly wet conditions...

Posted 7 years ago

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New safety advice launched for scooter riders

A host of new safety information and resources is being made available for the first time to scooter riders in a bid to help keep them safe on the roads. The “PACT” campaign, launched by not-fo...

Posted 7 years ago

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Fleet managers urged to take urgent action on tyre pressures

Michelin’s new Head of Fleet is calling on fleet managers to take urgent action over tyre pressures after figures revealed company car drivers are worse than private motorists at maintaining the cor...

Posted 7 years ago

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ITIA supports National Road Safety Week

The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is throwing its weight of support behind National Road Safety Week, which takes place October 6 – 12, with a nationwide radio campaign featuring 28 regiona...

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Motorists may be compromising safety due to reduced maintenance

Irish motorists may be compromising their safety as a result of reduced car maintenance.  A recent survey carried out by Bridgestone Ireland and its retail arm, First Stop, has indicated that mot...

Posted 7 years ago

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Cars could drive themselves sooner than expected after European push

 Cars could be driving themselves down the world's streets far sooner than expected, thanks to a change in a global treaty backed by European countries. A little-noticed amendment to the ...

Posted 7 years ago

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NRA advises tyre fitters on motorway breakdown repairs

The National Roads Authority (NRA) is advising mobile tyre fitters to exercise extreme caution when carrying out repairs on the country’s motorway network. The advice comes in the wake of an en...

Posted 7 years ago

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How we forget those four round blobs at our own peril

Irish Independant AS an ordinary motorist I have paid minimum attention to the tyres on cars I have owned over the years. I had absolutely no idea of the work, science, technology and expertise ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Monroe launches road safety campaign focusing on shocks

Monroe, the shock absorber specialists are advising motorists to check their vehicle before heading off their summer holidays. As millions of motorists across Europe take to the roads for the holid...

Posted 7 years ago

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Only one in four check tyres

Just one in four motorists (23 per cent) check the condition of their tyre before heading off on long journeys, a survey by toll company easytrip has confirmed. The easytrip survey also found that ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Over half of cars fail NCT

Linda McGrory Some 2,646 cars tested in the first six months of this year were declared by NCT inspectors as "dangerously unroadworthy". And it emerged more cars failed than passed in that per...

Posted 7 years ago

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Bridgestone urges motorists to check their tyres

The summer holidays are finally here! And to make sure they are both fun and safe for everyone, Bridgestone is offering motorists a few tips and tricks on tyre safety to get them safely on their way. ...

Posted 7 years ago

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Drivers urged to tow the line this summer

As the main summer holiday season approaches, drivers who will be towing a caravan or trailer are being encouraged to pay particular attention to their tyres before setting off. The advice i...

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Motorists face more penalty points for speeding from Friday

New drivers will have to display a special ‘N’ plate - indicating they are novices - for two years after they get a licence, under changes to the law announced today. Minister for Transport&nbs...

Posted 7 years ago

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How to optimise your tyres

Worn tyres with less than four millimetres tread depth increase the risk of aquaplaning. Correct tyre pressure prolongs durability, reduces fuel consumption and provides more driving comfort, accordin...

Posted 7 years ago

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RSA criticised over delay in responding to tyre industry submission

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has been criticised over the delay in responding to a submission by the tyre industry calling for regulation of the sale and use of part-worn tyres. Continental Tyre...

Posted 7 years ago

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Van owners and drivers get tyre safety warning

TyreSafe, the leading UK tyre safety organisation is urging van owners and drivers to check their tyres regularly in a bid to improve road safety. TyreSafe says that light commercial vehicles (LCVs...

Posted 6 years ago

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Gardai to target motorists with poor tyres

MORE than a quarter of tyres on our roads are dangerously under the legal tread limit, according to a new study. The startling figures are revealed as gardai prepare a roadside blitz on this key ar...

Posted 6 years ago

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Dangerous tyres responsible for more than 40% of vehicle defect related deaths

Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) in the UK have highlighted the need for drivers to check their tyres regularly after more than 40 per cent of vehicle defect-related deaths in th...

Posted 6 years ago

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Tyre dealers get ready for Road Safety Week

Tyre dealers across the country are inviting motorists to have their tyres checked as part of Road Safety Week, as research by the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) shows motorists are leaving it...

Posted 6 years ago

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Driving tips for making it through heavy rain and floods

Had a peek out the window lately? Go on, get your head up from that Excel file and check out the gloom and wetness. Ireland in November is rarely, if ever, a cheery place but right now it ha...

Posted 6 years ago

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Thousands Of Cars With No Valid NCT

More than 200 thousand cars are on the roads with no valid NCT. That figure is likely to rise due to a backlog in testing. Tough new laws to be introduced next month will mean that motorists fac...

Posted 6 years ago

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ITIA president calls for more industry training

The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is urging all tyre businesses to ensure that their staff receive proper training in the wake of a number of recent tyre related fatalities. “This year h...

Posted 6 years ago

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Local gardaí urge road users to stay safe over the holidays as checkpoint campaign continues

Gardaí are appealing to road users to stay safe on the road over the festive period as part of the Garda Síochána Western Region Road Safety Christmas Campaign. The campaign, which began on Dece...

Posted 6 years ago

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Number of motorists texting and calling while driving doubles

The number of people texting or making phone calls while driving has doubled this year, despite tougher new penalties. The Irish Independent reports that a new Road Safety Authority survey has foun...

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Caution urged after heavy snowfalls in some areas

Road users have been urged to exercise caution, with wintry conditions persisting around much of the country. The northwest is particularly badly affected; with a Status Orange snow and i...

Posted 6 years ago

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Petrol stretching destroys 2000 plus petrol-engined cars

Padraic Deane, writing for Independent.ie today says that petrol stretching, the lethal contamination of unleaded petrol with kerosene, has now destroyed or totally disabled in excess of 2,0...

Posted 6 years ago

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RSA now backing 3mm campaign

The licensed tyre trade has received a timely boost with news that the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has thrown its weight of support behind the campaign to replace tyres at 3mm. In road safety bulle...

Posted 6 years ago

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Risk of further snow showers, forecasters warn

Met Eireann is warning of further snow and ice to come over the next 24 hours as the current cold snap continues. Much of Meath was blanked with snow on Sunday as heavy wintry showers persisted fro...

Posted 6 years ago

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PCL offers motorists tyre advice

It’s getting to that time of year when holidaymakers who enjoy self-drive breaks start to consider where to go and when. Whether you’re opting for a jaunt to the west of Ireland or further afie...

Posted 6 years ago

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Gardai set to target speeding in tunnel.

Gardai are planning to target motorists speeding in the Dublin Port Tunnel. The move comes after it emerged that more than half of drivers are using the tunnel to speed, but none are being prosecut...

Posted 6 years ago

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How 200,000 of us risk our lives in potentially dangerous cars

Last year was the busiest on record for the National Car Test (NCT). A total of 2,026,630 tests were conducted. Two-thirds (66pc were full and the remainder re-tests). Of the 1,344,265 full tests cond...

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Continental highlights issue of road safety around schools

Before the Easter Holidays, Continental Tyres Ireland joined forces with transition year students from Drimnagh Castle Secondary School in Dublin to highlight the issue of road safety around schools. ...

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Test shows importance of choosing the right tyres

Tyres are incredibly unsexy and it's easy to see why. The round black things are bought begrudgingly, usually out of necessity, when they're either bald or burst. And you can't buy just one; best prac...

Posted 6 years ago

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Children remind drivers to check their tyres

With the third UN Global Road Safety Week already under way, children have been reminding adults that keeping tyres in good condition helps reduce the chances of accidents and child causalities. Us...

Posted 6 years ago

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Road-users urged to support UN Global Road Safety Week

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport,Paschal Donohoe, and Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan in Northern Ireland, are calling on road-users throughout the island of Ireland to join the in...

Posted 6 years ago

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Motorists get tyre safety advice

TyreSafe the UK tyre safety organisation is offering motorists tyre safety advice ahead of the forthcoming June Bank Holiday weekend. "Punctures and tyre-related incidents are the second most commo...

Posted 6 years ago

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HSA issues alert for large tyre inflation

A series of fatal accidents involving large tyre inflation in 2014 has prompted the Health and Safety Authority to issue this safety alert to highlight the need for safe procedures during large tyre i...

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Tyre safety tips keep you on track this bank holiday

Motorist taking to the road this weekend are being urged to check their tyres in advance of their journeys. To help avoid any unwanted delays, and to keep you and your loved ones safe as you take adva...

Posted 6 years ago

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Bridgestone shows clear safety advantage of premium tyres

At the start of all tyre development, be it summer or winter, Bridgestone embraces the company motto of "Serving society with products of superior quality" and focuses on meeting consumer needs. ...

Posted 6 years ago

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3,000 dangerous cars removed from the road by NCT so far this year

More than 3,000 cars have been labelled as dangerous and have been towed away from NCT centres around the country in the first half of 2015, new figures have revealed. The statistic is already on t...

Posted 6 years ago

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Should you fit new tyres to the front or rear?

Nowadays, most cars tend to be front wheel drive. On a front wheel drive vehicle the front tyres are working much harder than those on the rear axle. On a front wheel drive car the tractive force...

Posted 6 years ago

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Nokian warns on the risks of aquaplaning

Motorists should check their tyres before the holiday season in order to increase safety and comfort and maximise peace of mind. When it rains in summer, water collects in the ruts in the road surf...

Posted 6 years ago

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Focus on driver fatigue over August Bank Holiday Weekend

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Siochana have launched the August Bank Holiday Road Safety Campaign, as road fatality figures show that over the past five years (2010 to 2014), 12 people ...

Posted 6 years ago

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Bridgestone advice for driving safely into the summer holidays

With almost 40% of Europeans ready to take or already on the road for the summer, Bridgestone wants to make sure that these road trips are both fun and safe for everyone by offering motorists a few ti...

Posted 6 years ago

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Driver prejudices cause road safety concerns

Over 16 million UK motorists judge other drivers based on the colour, type, and cleanliness of their car and even let it affect how they drive according to a new study released today.Some 45 per cent ...

Posted 5 years ago

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Drivers warned to take care with tyre safety

The Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, has asked drivers to ensure they check their tyres regularly, as he launched Irish Road Safety Week. Tyre safety, child safety and cycling safety are on...

Posted 5 years ago

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RSA expresses concern over driver attitudes to tyre safety

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has expressed concern at driver attitudes to tyre safety, as a survey conducted by the Authority has revealed that 1 in 8 drivers (14%) have bought part-worn tyres in t...

Posted 5 years ago

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Get your tyres checked today: It is a matter of life and death

At a recent tyre-safety awareness drive in central Dublin, a representative from the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) set up a number of free standing metal podiums to display tyres. They ran...

Posted 5 years ago

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Should I buy winter tyres?

As the temperature drops and thoughts turn to winter, many buyers will be wondering once again whether it’s worth investing in a set of winter tyres. Here’s our guide. Winter tyres have been th...

Posted 5 years ago

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New website highlights the dangers of buying used tyres

TyreSafe, the UK tyre safety organisation has launched a website detailing the dangers, real cost and legal regulations on the sale of part worn tyres – http://www.partworn-tyres.co.uk/ Mill...

Posted 5 years ago

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TyreSafe reminds drivers to carry out regular tyre checks

TyreSafe is reminding drivers that the first and most important element to ensure tyre safety is to carry out regular checks. While various tyre types are available, all of them will need to be in ...

Posted 5 years ago

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Škoda urges UK motorists to think winter tyres

Škoda is urging motorists to get set for safe winter motoring, as new research reveals that up to 28 million cars across the UK could be kitted out with tyres that aren’t ideal for the conditions. ...

Posted 5 years ago

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RSA says defective tyres played role in many road deaths

A new study by the Road Safety Authority has found that defective tyres were a significant factor in a number of fatal collisions on Irish roads. An analysis of forensic collision investigations co...

Posted 5 years ago

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Calls for car manufacturers to install intelligent speed limiting systems as standard

Car manufacturers are being urged to install speed limiting systems as standard in all vehicles. The Road Safety Authority is hosting a conference today, aiming to "broaden knowledge and awareness ...

Posted 5 years ago

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One in ten cars imported to Ireland from the UK were once written off

Ireland has become an import destination for cars that have been written off. ‘Category B’ write-offs, cars that were designated as unroadworthy and unfit for repair, have ended up in Ireland f...

Posted 5 years ago

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Gardai and military attend course on tyre technology

Against the backdrop of a recent analysis by the Road Safety Authority – which revealed that, in fatal road accidents occurring in Ireland between 2008 and 2012, defective tyres were the largest sin...

Posted 5 years ago

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Selling two, buying one? Ripped off on tyres?

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on th...

Posted 4 years ago

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Bridgestone in a rush to make road safety plea as school bell sounds

With children going back to the classroom and rush-hour traffic resuming, Bridgestone has urged motorists to take extra care on the school-run. The tyre manufacturer said that the latest TyreSafe rese...

Posted 4 years ago

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Irish motorists show concerns in relation to autonomous driving

One in four Irish motorists say they have serious concerns in relation to the advent of autonomous driving with 15 percent saying that the concept of self-driving cars scares them, whilst 11 percent s...

Posted 4 years ago

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'Scary' number of Irish people driving on ticking bomb tyres

A 'scary' number of motorists are driving around on potentially lethal tyres, new research shows.   An analysis of tyres replaced at depots around the country show a 'woeful level of disreg...

Posted 4 years ago

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Goodyear high performance all season and winter tyres win press accolades

The increasing popularity of both all season and winter tyres as the choice for drivers of high performance cars and SUVs, is reflected by the ever widening range of such tyres available from Goodyear...

Posted 4 years ago

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Continental Tyres urges motorists to switch their lights on in daylight

With the Winter Solstice falling next week on December 21, it means that daylight time starts to get slightly longer each day, however, Continental Tyres Ireland is advising motorists not to wait unti...

Posted 4 years ago

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How to check your car tyres

As with everything, car tyres suffer wear and tear with use. As the tyres wear and thread depth decreases, your grip reduces and stopping time increases in wet conditions. It's important to check your...

Posted 4 years ago

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Half of drivers back blanket block on mobiles

Mobile phone use behind the wheel continues to be a significant problem on Ireland’s roads but a new survey of Irish motorists reveals that nearly half of drivers (46 per cent) would support the int...

Posted 4 years ago

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Michelin rejects call to increase minimum worn tyre depth

French tyre giant Michelin has rejected calls from some sections of the tyre industry to increase the legal tread depth of tyres in Europe from 1.6mm to 3mm, citing no direct link between a minimum ty...

Posted 4 years ago

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Phone driving: 28k caught - Lethal tyres: 853 caught

Questions are being raised over why so few people are being hit with penalty points for driving with dangerous tyres. Around 28,000 people were caught using a phone at the wheel last ye...

Posted 4 years ago

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The case for and against running your tyres to minimum legal depth

It is not every day a company wants to reduce sales of a new product, but that is exactly what Michelin is doing by claiming we are wasting money and fuel by replacing tyres too frequently Fren...

Posted 4 years ago

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Is your car in top form and ready for the holidays?

As the school holidays approach, the thoughts of many families turn towards the precious annual holiday.  For families that are planning a holiday with the car, either at home or abroad, German t...

Posted 4 years ago

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Anti-dumping – EC to investigate Chinese tyre imports to Europe

The European Commission has issued notice that it will initiate an anti-dumping proceeding focusing on imports of truck and bus tyres originating in the People’s Republic of China. The Commission is...

Posted 3 years ago

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Serious questions are raised over quality of some pre-NCT checks

Serious question marks are being raised over the extent of some 'pre-NCT' tests and checks. Motorists pay for such tests so their car will get through the NCT without fault or further e...

Posted 3 years ago

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Road Safety Authority returns to National Ploughing Championship

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is set to return to the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 19th-21st. Europe’s leading outdoor agricultural trade...

Posted 3 years ago

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Three things you must check before buying your next set of new tyres

When buying a washing machine or fridge, do you look at the energy rating label before buying? Do you do the same when buying a tyre to check its performance? According to a rece...

Posted 3 years ago

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Drivers need to wake up to the dangers of fatigue

Drivers need to be wise to the dangers of fatigue on journeys. Fatigue is a major contributory factor in road crashes, particularly in the early hours of the morning. Many thousands of collisions o...

Posted 3 years ago

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Michelin warns fleets on cost of driving on under-inflated tyres

Michelin is warning businesses that the cost of driving on under-inflated tyres has risen over an 18-month period, in line with the cost of fuel. Tyre pressures have a direct impact on a vehicle’...

Posted 3 years ago

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Michelin urges motorists to get a grip this winter

Now is the time to prepare your car for the Winter conditions that lie ahead, tyre manufacturer Michelin advises. In winter, as temperatures head into single figures, the advice is that m...

Posted 3 years ago