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The Most Common Mistakes Drivers Make in Winter

Today, we are going to touch on the technical and driving skills that all drivers should master before going on the road during winter.

The first one is car maintenance.

Car maintenance before and during winter season plays an important role in our safety and safety of others on the road. It is something that shouldn’t be neglected by any driver during harsh, wintry conditions. It’ll also allows you to prevent any possible, sometimes serious damage caused to your vehicle and vehicles of other drivers.  

Here’s a quick list of things that you should look after before you go on a trip:

1. Replace summer tyres with winter tyres

Make sure to inspect your winter tyres before and after each winter season.

For advise on how to properly storage your tyres, consult the manufacturer or your local garage. Yes, unused tyres require safe and proper storage after the season.  Failing to do so may cost you extra money, and with the home budget already stretched out before Christmas, it can cause unnecessary headache.

2. Replace washer fluid and engine coolant with a proper anti-freeze solutions. 

Otherwise, be prepared for an unpleasant surprise like getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because of malfunctioning car.

3. Clear the snow off your car completely! This one may sound trivial to many drivers but it’s of a high importance too.

Clear off the whole car not just a small section of the windscreen on driver’s side, which is a common practice, is a common sense not followed through by many drivers. 

Driving a car with snow still on the hood, roof and booth of your vehicle can reduce your visibility and perception of what is going on around you.

But that’s not all, during acceleration, snow can blow right in your windscreen, causing sudden loss of visibility. The snow on the roof and booth of your car can end up on the vehicle(s) right behind you which can end up in disaster.

In many countries, fines and penalty points are imposed on drivers for not properly clearing their cars. Keep that in mind!

These are the main tips on how you can technically prepare your car for the winter ride.

The next step is adjusting your driving skills to the weather conditions outside.

We cannot stress enough how important it is during winter time.

This applies in particular to starting, entering curves and braking. On the snow-covered road there is often an invisible layer of ice that can cause the wheels to turn in place or slide to one side or the other.

The speed at which we move in winter conditions should be adapted to the conditions prevailing on the road. We also cannot forget about maintaining proper distance from the vehicle in front of us. Slippery surface lengthens the braking distance, therefore it is safer to leave a few extra meters of space.  

When we lose control over our vehicle, it is a common practice to suddenly press the brake, which leads to blocking the wheels and can cause even greater loss of control of the car. First of all, the gas pedal must be released and the brake pressed gradually and pulse (when the vehicle does not have an ABS system). In addition, we should turn the wheels in the opposite direction. Getting out of the slip requires acquiring the skills, it would be good to practice this activity on a safe, empty and ample nearby carpark.

Don’t neglect any of these tips. Remember your life and the life of others is in your hands. Stay safe and have plenty of rest before you go on a road trip this winter.

Why is Balancing Winter Tyres Important?

During cold, snowy winter the risk of damaging car tyres significantly increases in comparison to other seasons. Road potholes, debris hidden under the layer of snow pose serious risk not only to the driver’s safety and safety of other road users but also can lead to damage of car wheels

(rims and tyres) and the suspension system, which inevitably can end up in costly repairs.   

According to many resources, rebalancing car tyres should take place every 5k-15k kilometres, depending on the condition of roads we drive on, on regular basis.

In the winter time, we can accept the lower limit of 5k kilometres as the ‘safety point’ for rebalancing car tyres, or after serious encounter with a pothole or large debris on the road.      

Okay, that’s very useful information. What about the tyre pressure?

 

That’s a really good question. You’ve probably been told many times that reducing the pressure can increase traction on snowy roads. Unfortunately, it’s a myth that should be quickly put to the rest.

Drop in temperature, especially during winter season causes the air to become denser and consequently lowers the tyre pressure.

For example, let’s say, that your car has a recommended pressure of 2 bar. The tyre was inflated to the recommended pressure in a garage, in a temperature of approx. 20°C.

Let’s look at the influence that temperature has: at 0°C, the pressure in this tyre will fall to 1.8 bar and it will drop as the temperature falls to reach 1.7 bar at minus 10°, and only 1.59 bar at minus 20°, which is a 20-percent fall from the recommended value! That’s why it is so important to check your tyre pressure in the winter more often than in the summer and top it up when necessary.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable driving this winter.

Winter vs All-Season: Which Tyres to Choose?

It must be stressed that winter tyres guarantee high road holding on all types of surfaces, even in poor grip conditions. At the same time, winter tyres provide excellent traction and safe braking, as well as excellent ride comfort. All this depends on the type of softer compound used to produce these tyres that perform well even when the temperature drops below freezing or when the surface is frozen: the chemical characteristics of winter tyres reduce considerably the braking distance in wet conditions (up to 15%) and in the presence of snow (up to 50%). Also contributing it’is the special tread pattern whose slats collect and retain the snow, improving adhesion to the road surface (the classic “snow friction on snow” effect). Furthermore, the large recesses allow a quick disposal of the water in case of rain, considerably reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

Replacing the tyres twice a year can sometimes be inconvenient (especially for those who use the car for work) and involves a disassembling / assembling operation (not to mention that many have the problem of where to keep unused tyres). This is why more and more people are choosing the right wheels for every season. In fact, the all-season tyres have a good performance both at high and low temperatures, both on wet and dry. However, these tyres – which often cost more than summer or winter – can hardly equal the guaranteed level of summer tyres in summer or winter in winter.

Whatever the choice between specific tyres for a season or tyres suitable all year round, it should never be forgotten that to ensure maximum performance in terms of safety, performance and consumption, the tyre must be in good condition. It is therefore essential to carry out a correct maintenance checking periodically the correct pressure and the conditions of the tread.

CT1000: Top Tyres for Light Trucks in 2018

Zeetex Turns CT1000 Into One of the Top Tyres for Light Trucks in 2018

Zeetex and its CT1000 tires have increased their demand during the first quarters of 2018. These tyres, specifically designed for light trucks, brought the design and engineering of tyres for this automotive segment a step further.

In spite of the excellent results harvested since 2012, the growth of the tyre sector in Europe slowed down in 2017. One of the manufacturers that has shown the best performance during the first half of this year is Zeetex , international tyre supplier, whose CT1000 tyre is one of the flagship products in the segment of vans and light trucks.

Since its launch in 2014, the CT1000 has positioned itself as one of the models that provides greater stability to driving, with superior grip in wet and dry conditions, great comfort and adequate control on all surfaces. Naturally, it has all the requirements for vehicles operating in Europe, as well as complying with the different security requirements established in the EU framework.

CT1000, an effective solution for vans

The Zeetex CT1000 tyres feature an efficient tread design, developed to withstand a heavy load, guarantee mileage and prevent threats from certain surfaces, such as aquaplaning in the case of wet conditions. Thanks to its homogeneous pattern, it offers additional resistance to the problem of uneven wear.

The rubber mixture used in this model guarantees a gradual and uniform wear. The greater width of the contact surface of Zeetex CT1000 results in good behavior on all surfaces. Due to its high performance, this tyre meets the quality standards that are a trademark for all Zeetex tyres: safety, comfort, low fuel consumption and value for money.

Likewise, Zeetex professionals are also committed to environmental sustainability. CT1000 and other Zeetex tyres guarantee an efficient consumption, highly respectful of the environment.

The tyre sector is confident of maintaining its growth momentum in the coming years, although only one thing is certain: CT1000 tyres will be among the most efficient options for light trucks.

 

Top Tips to Optimally Store Your Tyres

The life cycle of seasonal tyres does not end at the end of a single use: find out how to store them optimally to use them again

Optimum storage is an integral part of the ” handling ” of a tyre , in particular seasonal tyres that do not end their life cycle after a single use ; to prevent the cover from being damaged, particularly during the months of inactivity, it is essential to keep it properly, taking all the necessary precautions so that the rubber is preserved in the best possible conditions, and is ready to be used again at the change of season .

Keeping the tyres in a proper way will allow you to have tyres that are perfectly efficient and performing when the time comes to use them again. The correct storage of the tyres requires care and attention : let’s have a loot at some precautions and suggestions on how to keep the tyres at their best.

The problems you are facing by not storing your tyres properly

A non-optimal tyre can deteriorate in various ways; the most frequent problem that can be found in the tyres stored without proper precautions is the flattening of a section, which is caused by the weight of the tyre itself; it occurs when the tyre is stored vertically and left for many weeks in that position. The consequence is that the tyre will no longer be perfectly circular and once mounted in the car will give rise to vibrations that negatively affect the mechanical part of the car, as well as obviously cause driving problems, especially as far as safety is concerned.

It is a problem that occurs more frequently in winter , since the low temperatures make the tyres less flexible and once deformed under their own weight they will no longer recover their original shape. The effects of a such an issue should not be underestimated at all: an example of what can happen can be observed in Formula 1, when drivers have to deal with strong vibrations forcing them to return to the pits to replace the damaged tyre.

The same phenomenon can occur in winter when you leave the car parked outdoors for the whole night : the next morning you may experience vibrations , which if all goes well, disappear after a few kilometers as soon as the tyres heat up . If it takes only a few hours to deform a tyre, it is easy to understand what might happen by leaving the tyres in an incorrect position for weeks or months: the flattening, most likely, will not vanish after a few kilometers.

In addition to flattening, the tread may be deformed , with a more or less accentuated reduction in the depth of the grooves in the section on which the weight of the wheel weighed; although less serious , this problem can in any case result in a decrease in the grip of the tyre, since the part subject to crushing will appear smooth or almost and will ensure less grip. In this case too, the replacement of the tyres is an almost obligatory path to follow, with the result of losing a set of tyres that otherwise would still be in good conditions and capable of guaranteeing a consistent number of kilometers.

Tips to best store your tyres

First of all, carefully clean the tyres before storing them: the presence of dirt – such as brake dust or other particles on the tread – could damage the molecular compound of the rubber during long-term storage and possibly ruin it .

That is why, before storing the set of tyres at the change of season, it is necessary to get water , soap and brush and carefully clean it, which will include the tread notches, then drying everything with the same care. In addition, it is possible to use industrial talc , sprinkling it on the tyres, in order to improve its state of conservation. The second trick is to inflate the tyres at the correct pressure – ie the one indicated by the manufacturer – and this operation must be carried out before storing them and repeated during the period of inactivity if the pressure should decrease (a phenomenon that occurs more frequently in winter , due to low temperatures).

A different thinking concerns inflation at a pressure of more than 0.5 bar , just to avoid the decrease during the storage period and that “would raise” from a too frequent control of this parameter, however the tyre manufacturers recommend the first solution and therefore for a correct maintenance of the tyre it is better to follow the indications from the tyre maker.

Attention must also be paid to the storage location , avoiding the tyres to be exposed to direct sunlight, which could be harmful to the tyres in the long run. For the same reason, as for many other products, even the covers should be placed in dry environments where the temperature is constant and  between 10 ° and 25 ° C, therefore without high temperature variations.

The heat and cold tend to widen and restrict certain materials, including the tyre compound, respectively, and it is certainly not healthy for the tyres to spend long weeks or months under temperatures that widen and continually restrict the compound of the tyre. It should not be underestimated, then, that the tyres can be very sensitive to temperature variations and therefore even more so in the storage environment there must not be thermal changes.

A proper storage allows you to find again at the next change of season perfectly efficient tyres and above all helps to prolong their life , allowing them to be used until the end of their life cycle without altering their main features.

It is almost superfluous to remember it, but the tyres must be kept at a safe distance from hydrocarbons , solvents and chemical substances, as well as sharp or pointed objects that could accidentally damage the tyre. Equal caution is needed to place the covers away from materials that can generate electric shocks or sparks , incandescent bodies , heat sources and ozone sources (as are, for example, electric motors and transformers).

Winter vs All-Season Tyres: the Verdict

September is the beginning of the end for the summer. Temperatures gradually decrease, the days get shorter and shorter, schools are back and people in general are back from their summer holidays.

This is also the time to start thinking about what tyre option is best for the season. When it comes to choosing, the debate is generally between Winter and All-Season tyres.

Instead of picking one option over the other, we want to give you an overview of the differences between the two types of tyres as described by popular car blogs and websites.

 

Motorcheck.ie

winter tyres are not only useful when its snowy and icy out, they’re also useful, in deed almost indispensable, when the weather turns merely chilly. For most tyres, the ones we call slightly incorrectly ‘Summer’ tyres, their peak operating temperature is above 7-deg celsius ambient. Now, while we’re hardly northern Canada, there are an awful lot of weeks when the air temperature here in Ireland drops below 7-degrees and stays there.

Verdict: There is a simpler solution however, and it’s the development of all-season tyres, which has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years.

 

Oponeo.co.uk

All-season tyres represent a middle ground between summer and winter products. As such, while they are not as effective in the winter (compared to tyres designed purely for this season), they are better than winter products in the summer – but, of course, they are not as good as summer products.

Verdict: Ultimately, when it comes to choosing all season or winter tyre products, the main benefit of all-season products is to save money by using one set of tyres, rather than 2.

 

Halfordautocentres.com

There is always a trade-off in performance between winter tyres and summer tyres in the different seasons with regard to tyre handling, braking & traction in dry, wet and snow conditions. This means the all weather tyres are unlikely to be as good as the best specialist tyre in the respective seasons but can be expected to work better on wintry roads than a summer tyre, and better on a summer road than a winter tyre.

Verdict: All-season tyres are easy to drive thanks to stable cornering and strong traction in both wet and dry conditions. On wet roads, the specially designed blocks ensure smooth water evacuation, reducing the risk of hydroplaning.

 

Eiretyres.com

Modern all-season tyres are competent generalists that offer good functionality within a very broad temperature range. They are often provided by vehicle manufacturers as original equipment and also quite popular on the replacement market.

Verdict: The compromise may seem less attractive to performance-focused drivers, but many motorists find the convenience and practicality of all-season tyres quite seductive.

 

When it comes to All-Season tyres, it’s difficult to beat Zeetex ZT4000 4S and their uni-directional tread design with wider grooves ensuring quicker water evacuation and helps in overcoming aquaplaning. Also their larger & curved tread blocks on outer shoulder ensures better cornering.

What is Drifting and How Does it Work?

What is drifting? Drifting is a type of car driving technique where the driver oversteers on purpose so that the rear tyres lose grip on the road. Technically, when the rear slip angle of the car is greater than the front one, the car is said to be drifting.

In order to better understand drifting, let’s first look at how you maneuver a turn. Whether you want your car to turn right or left, you simply rotate the steering wheel in the desired direction. This causes a friction between the tyres and the ground.

The mechanics are a bit different when you are drifting because you want to handle the traction that you lose in the rear wheels. You will want to lose some traction but not all of it as this would mean losing control of the car. The traction of the rear wheel is controlled by the wheel speed.

The basic principle is that when you drift you make a so fast that the rear tyres lose their grip on the road. They over-rotate in the direction of the turn and go into a spin. To make up for the over-rotation, in order to drift a car you want to turn the front tyres in the opposite direction .

That’s it. The explanation of drifting might seem easy but drifting itself is not easy at all. If the maneuver is not controlled the might go into an uncontrolled spin, which could lead to serious accidents.

Zeetex tyres can assure the durability, performance and control that professional drifters need in order to compete. Zeetex tyres tend to last longer (= more laps) than other tyres of the same range, as confirmed by Pro-AM Drifter Paul Kennedy.

Zeetex has been sponsoring Paul for several years now. He is competing in the Irish Drifting Championship 2018. Since April 2018 we have been following Paul in each round of the championship. In Round 4 Paul qualified in 9th position with a very good performance.

The 10 Commandments of Road Safety

August is a busy month in Ireland and most of the countries. Many people decide to take their holidays during this month and the airports, train stations and motorways get busier than usual. In some countries it’s also the last month of warm temperatures and mild weather. Needless to say, it’s the month before students go back to school.

In Ireland this month of August is also marked by the visit of Pope Francis on August 25th for the World Meeting of Families. In preparation for the visit, Mayo County Council have published a document in the spirit of the visit with the 10 Commandments of Road Safety. Before getting into the actual commandments, let’s find out a bit more about this event.

Who is Pope Francis?
Pope Francis was elected in 2013 as the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. His given name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and he is based in Vatican City. He’s 81 and he is the first South American and Jesuit to become pope  Since his election, he has enjoyed high popularity ratings worldwide due to his humble style, common touch and emphasis on compassion and social justice.

When is the Pope coming to Ireland?
Pope Francis will touch down at Dublin Airport at 10:30am on Saturday, August 25th. He is coming to Ireland to celebrate the World Meeting of Families.

What is the World Meeting of Families?
It’s a Catholic church celebration of the role of the family, held in cities around the world every three years. Around 70,000 people are expected at a two-hour Croke Park concert, which has a star-studded line-up including Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Daniel O’Donnell, Nathan Carter, Paddy Moloney, Riverdance, Dana Masters, Celine Byrne, Moya Brennan, The Begley Family and The Priests.

Is there going to be any transport disruption in Dublin?
Yes, there is going to be a security ring around the city on Sunday. The “controlled access zone” will operate inside the M50 from 6am to 11pm and will involve diversions, road closures and other restrictions city-wide.

What are the suggested 10 Commandments of Road Safety?
In the image below you will find the 10 Commandments of Road Safety:

 

Irish Motor Festival 2018

After following Irish Pro AM drifter Paul Kennedy in the first three rounds of the Irish Drifting Championship respectively in Mondello Park, Dun Laoghaire and then Mondello Park again, we are now ready for Round 4, which will take place at Punchestown Racecourse in Co Kildare on August 11-12.

The Irish Drift Championship is back to Punchestown for the 2018 Irish Motor Festival.

A nationwide celebration of motoring passion in all its forms, the 2018 Irish Motor Festival offers a unique and engaging motoring experience for drivers, dealers, families and fans. Encompassing all aspects of car culture, this event showcases the best automotive variety Ireland has to offer.

Celebrating all things motoring, the festival brings exotic cars, modified cars and classic cars together under one roof, alongside the thrill of the Irish Drift Championship!

Not only that, there’ll be plenty of trade and food stalls to make your way around, as well as drift car passenger rides, live entertainment and lots more for the whole family to enjoy.

The Irish Drift Championship will return to a custom-circuit that many believed was lost to the history books and will attempt to once again steal the show.

Pro AM drifters will start on Saturday, August 11 with  the Pro AM practice at 9 am, followed by the Pro AM qualifying at 12 pm. Pro am practice will start back at 2 pm followed by the Pro AM Top 32 at 3 pm and the podium ceremony at 6 pm.

Zeetex is proud sponsor of Pro AM drifter Paul Kennedy.

 

Top 3 Road Trips in July

So Summer is here, and what a great one it has been so far, so what better to do than pack up the car and take a leisurely road trip on one of Ireland’s most stunning roads.

ZEETEX IRELAND have chosen 3 of the most stunning roads in Ireland, that should be on everyone’s bucket list to drive at least once in their lifetime. Some of these roads are not the easiest drive, some rugged, mountainous and winding, but they make for a great adventure, with scenic views that would warm the heart of the hardiest man.

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry drive is located on the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest of Ireland in County Kerry and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. This drive in all without any stops takes approximately 3.5hrs, but without a doubt you will want to stop many times along this majestic route. This is a drive that is worth being done at a leisurely pace, taking time to experience the local culture, vast scenery and the many amazing places that are worth visiting along the way. Some of the stunning places to stop along the way are Ladies View, The Gap of Dunloe, Skellig Ring, Derrynane Beach, Moll’s Gap and probably the most well known Skellig Michael (now known more famously as Star Wars Island). Whether the sun is shining or rain is falling  The Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever do in your lifetime. You can discover more at www.thewildatlanticway.com/ring-of-kerry

 

The Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route is 212 km of stunning scenery stretching along the rugged coastline of the Antrim Coastline from Belfast to Derry. This drive boasts some of the most amazing patchwork -quilt countryside, picturesque fishing villages, golden sands, towering cliffs and silent glens. Some of the stunning places to stop along the way are of course the world famous Giant’s Causeway, the striking 800-year-old Carrickfergus Castle, the unnerving Carrick–A–Rede rope bridge and cliff top sanctuary at Mussenden Temple and so much more.This is a drive that can be done in a day, but then you would you miss out on one of the most beautiful, magical and historical places in the world, and if it’s good enough for Game of Thrones… The Causeway Coastal Route has been hailed as one of the most scenic drives in the world  by www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/ireland/top-ten-northern-ireland-activities-experiences/

Boyne Valley Scenic Loop

The Boyne Valley Loop is a remarkable drive and probably one of the most historical drives you will have the pleasure of doing in Ireland. It measures approximately 220 km long and spans over 9,000 years of Irish history. This also is a drive that is worth taking your time on, as apart from the stunning scenery, there are 22 attractions to choose from along this route. Some of the most historical places to stop and visit along the way would be Newgrange which in particular is spectacular, having being built around 3200 BC, making it older than the pyramids, the Hill of Tara which according to legend was the seat of the High King and associated pagan clerics and druids, and the impressive Trim Castle one of Ireland’s most famous castles which hosted some of the filming of Mel Gibsons Braveheart. If it’s history you are looking for, this is the road to take. Discover more about the Boyne Valley Loop here: https://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/boyne-valley-touring-route-county-meath/12653

To drive safely and in full comfort to these beautiful destinations, make sure your car is equipped with ZEETEX tyres. If you have babies or children on board and you are looking for ultra-silent tyres, check out ZEETEX HP 1000 whose serrations on the groove wall reduce pipe resonance noise making it an ultra-silent tyre.