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Tyre Centre Tips – Things to remember with Run-Flat tyres…

Tyre centre tips for using Run-Flat Tyres

Run-flat tyres are modern tyre technology at it’s finest. A huge range of vehicles now come equipped with run-flat tyres as standard, while this is great for motorists by eliminating the dangerous practice of pulling over on the side of the road to replace a tyre, there a few things to keep in mind when replacing a run-flat tyre.

Can you replace a run-flat tyre with a standard rubber tyre…?

The short answer is yes. But there are some things that you need to be aware of with vehicles that have run-flat tyres fitted as standard. Vehicle manufacturers are taking into account the stiffer sidewalls of a run-flat tyre and will alter the suspension and steering of the vehicle.

What does this mean if I fit a standard tyre…

By fitting a standard a tyre to your vehicle that is made to operate with run-flat tyres can increase the risk of an accident due to decreased handling and control of the vehicle. Also the vehicle is equipped with onboard technology to alert you when a tyre is losing air pressure from a puncture or burst. Also, if you are driving a car that is designed to use run-flat tyres and something happens to the standard tyre that has been put on as a replacement you will be basically left stranded. Vehicles that have been designed to operate on run-flat tyres don’t have a spare.

Talk to you’re run-flat tyre experts…

Don’t get caught out trying to save a few dollars by replacing a run-flat with a standard tyre. You might save a minimal amount on purchase, but is it really worth risking lives for? Next time you have a run-in with your run-flat tyres make sure you come down to Darra Tyres and we can give you the best possible solution both for your wallet and your safety.

Come down and see us at Darra Tyres, call us or enquire online today to speak with industry experts with over 100 years combined experience.

Cheers,

Kevin Wood

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.

Mining Tyres & OTR Truck Tyres from Darra Tyres Brisbane

There has been talk of a shortage of mining tyres in Australia due to China’s insatiable demand for Australian commodities.

The addition of new trucks for the mines and replacing tyres on these trucks to keep up the demand from China has caused a gap in the supply of tyres for mining and OTR vehicles.

How we are adjusting to look after your vehicles needs…

We have been actively looking for new suppliers and ways to bring our customers the products they need on time so they can get the job done. We understand how costly downtime is for a million dollar truck to just be sitting in the yard. Remote mining towns in Queensland can now order the tyres they need for their mining and OTR vehicles and we will do the rest.

What information do we need to get the right mining tyres or OTR truck tyres for you?

We understand how harsh the working conditions are in the mining towns across Australia so we know that you need good quality tyres to get the job done. To get the right tyres for your vehicle we will need to know:

  • Make of the vehicle
  • Model of the vehicle
  • Year
  • Application of the vehicle
  • Terrain and working environment
  • Average speed of the vehicle
  • Average distance travelled

Why do you need to know this?

Each application and vehicle will need a different tyre. So it is imperative that we get the correct tyre for the right vehicle, working environment and application.

How will I get my tyres to the job site?

When we know what kind of tyres you require we will find the most cost effective solution to deliver them to you as quick as possible. We can give you a no obligation free quote which will include the freight or shipping of the product to your desired location.

To find out more Contact Us, you can come down to 5 Station Ave Darra, call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tyre Shops Brisbane – We hires Dale Robinson as Marketing Manager

Hey guys,

We are happy to have Dale Robinson onboard who will be the marketing manager after our successful rebrand. Dale hails from the Gold Coast where he completed his degree in Marketing at Southern Cross University.

He has already begun adding pages to the website as well as implementing a number of marketing activities.

We wish him the best.

Kevin and the team at Darra Tyres.

New Tyre Dealers? In with the new but certainly not out with the old!

Is it a new Tyre Dealers on Station Avenue? No Darra Tyres has had a facelift!

You may have notice when driving down industrial Station Avenue in Darra that the brightest workshop on the strip is in fact ours. The deep blue and bright red combination catching your eye as you drive past our tyre dealers. We have ditched the old faded turquoise and lighter reds of the old workshop as we have recently undergone a rebranding, but don’t worry the same service and knowledge still remains.

So what comes with the changing of a brand identity…

We can tell you one thing that we are very proud of that didn’t change, and that’s our approach to you, our customers. Sure we might not look like the old Darra Tyrepower or Darra Tyre Service, but we still hold the same values and respect for all of our customers just now it’s under the name Darra Tyres.

Director and part owner Brett Alegre-Wood decided it was time for a face lift for the iconic Darra workshop and that’s exactly what happened. A newly painted and re-branded workshop still holds over 100 years combined experience amongst some of the most experienced tyre fitters in the country.

As we have grown over the years we have expanded into almost every area that tyres are involved. So no matter what the vehicle size, nothing is too big a job for us at Darra Tyres.

To talk to one of the team come down to Darra Tyres at our same location on Station Avenue or call us on (07) 3333 5510 or you can even enquire online! (That’s a new change for us too!) Your online enquiry will be answered within a working day by Kevin Wood or one of our team.

We look forward to looking after you!

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

The Best Tyres – Do you Know Where does Rubber come from?

Hey guys,

During a recent trip to Thailand I took time out to visit a local latex (rubber) plantation. Most people don’t realise that rubber comes from the sap of trees, it’s called latex and is a natural product. Now sure by the time we fit it to your car its far from natural, in fact well over 200 different chemicals go into the making of a tyre. As the underlying component the best latex produces the best tyres.

Natural latex is actually pure white, a far cry from the black tyres we all see.

The locals wake early every morning as they have done for generations and strip a little bit of bark from the tree, too much and you’ll have a sick tree, too little and its hardly worth the effort, they strip it in a diagonal fashion and place a cup underneath to catch the sappy substance. Eventually the tree repairs itself and you can start in a fresh spot the next day.

Once the cup is full they will take it away and add a chemical that helps store and transport the rubber.

It’s only a small amount from each tree, perhaps the same amount as when you put milk in your coffee. Obviously it takes hundreds and thousands of trees each day but the Thai’s who live in these areas think its a great lifesytle.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road, give us a call on (07) 3333 5510 or contact us online.

Kevin Wood

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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