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Self-Repairing Tyres: Will It Be The Future?

Self-Repairing Tyres: Will It Be The Future? | Isn’t it frustrating to pull off a highway just to fix a flat tyre? Thanks to a major breakthrough in science and technology, we have developed a material that makes it possible for tyres to heal and repair on their own quickly. 

This idea of creating self-healing tyre materials is not new though. Back in 2013, Spanish scientists discovered a material that gained  97% of the original tyre stability back within two hours by just letting it rest after cutting it with a sharp blade. 

But what really is it that makes self-repairing tyres the tyres of the future? Well, we have listed some reasons below for you. 

You don’t need vulcanisation for self-repairing tyres.

An important step in the process of manufacturing this tyre of the future is to make sure that it does not need vulcanisation. In 1839, Charles Goodyear added sulfur to the rubber during vulcanisation. That is when the tyre rubber became more durable and turned into the plastic to elastic state but these links can’t be restored when they break so in no way can these tyres be used for the long run. 

To avoid that, scientists have chemically modified rubber to have the same level of elasticity and durability similar to what can be accomplished by vulcanisation. Within a week, a damaged tyre that is made out of this compound can be used again. The healing period is faster when the heat is added to it as it accelerates the healing process. These self-repairing tyres are able to withstand a stress of 754 pounds per square inch. 

There are standards for self-repairing tyres.

In the past, tyre manufacturers did models of tyres that repair themselves when they’re damaged. Supposedly, these models improve road safety as a punctured tyre can lead to a blowout which decreases car handling dramatically, especially during high-speed rides. However, new discoveries have a different approach to self-repairing tyres. Manufacturers of this type of tyre now use a vicious coat under the tread so when the outer layer gets broken, the mass within it can fill in the holes completely. This may already become a permanent solution for car owners so they won’t have to change their tyres even when they are damaged.

What does the future of self-repairing tyres look like? 

Customers can get self-repairing tyres in the near future. While it’s hard to predict which method and technology can be the most reliable, these innovation secures a slot in the future. Self-repairing tyres will allow riders to drive safer and can prevent a lot of road accidents. From now, it’ll only be a matter of time until this technological advancement becomes a standard in all parts of the world. 

If you need new tyres in Brisbane, visit Darra Tyres. If you have any tyre questions, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe on the road,

Kevin Wood

Best Tyres – Performance Tyres Treadwear and Traction Video.

Hey guys,

Kevin discusses two different performance tyres that are different prices, looking at the treadwear differences and the traction differences. We’ve always been focussed on educating our clients to help them find the best tyres and this takes that to a new level.

We’ll be adding regular videos to the website as a means of educating our clients. If you have any questions feel free to call the team on 07 3333 5510.

Yours in tyres,

Kevin Wood

Mums always know best… Not When It Comes to the Best Tyres!

Okay so my own mother would be in shock at reading this headline, because as far as all mums are concerned, yes, they do know best. Well, most of the time that is.

With all the running around parents (especially mums) do these days for their kids like going to school and back, weekend trips, sport on the weekends the list goes on you would think that tyre maintenance and car safety would be a high priority for mums yes? Apparently not.

A survey conducted by a American tyre company Cooper tyres unveiled that mums don’t seem to understand or rate tyre and vehicle safety as high on their list in regards to caring for their children.

The top worries for mums about their children were things like nutrition, healthy lifestyle, brushing their teeth and reading ranked above all others with tyre and vehicle maintenance coming in at less than 1% of those surveyed.

The importance of tyre safety…

Tyre safety does really need to be considered by mums across the globe. Driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you and your children will do each and every day. While we get into a routine and take driving down to the shops for granted, the driving world consists of so many variables that can have devastating effects on your families safety.

So if you are one of the mums out there who didn’t think that tyre safety was important, then you have already made your first mistake, dads too in that case! If you are unsure of how to check your vehicles tyres to make sure they are properly inflated, free from any cuts, slices or sidewall damage or if they have the legal amount of tread then you’d better give us a call.

Call now for your free tyre inspection…

One of our team in the Darra workshop would be more than happy to guide you through the ways to check your tyres condition and how to maintain it. Give us a call now on (07) 3333 5510 or enquire online and Kevin Wood or one of our team will be in contact with you very shortly.

STOP risking the safety of your family!


Annette Wood

Price Vs Value… Which offers the best tyres for your vehicle?

Tyre Price and Value: The two key components most people assess first when they are looking for the best tyres for their vehicle.

We all want tyres that aren’t going to break the bank, but are going to be good quality tyres that will protect ourselves, our family or our drivers. Am I right? So what you need to know is how to determine what tyres are going to be best tyres for you, your budget, vehicle, application etc.

You get what you pay for…

Okay, granted we hear the guy in the used car dealership saying this one all the time, as do the majority of salespeople. But with tyres this has never been more truthful. You are paying for the level of quality you receive. In a car you may be paying for a brand or a better paint job or added features. But with tyres, if they are not good quality then they are not good quality.

So why are some more expensive than others you’re probably wondering?

It comes down to what you use your vehicle for, how often you drive, what kind of vehicle you drive and the amount of time spent driving. So yes if you are just using the car to take the kids to school or back and from work then a more affordable tyre could be the option for you. But, if you’re constantly on the road, taking trips on weekends then we beg you to please buy the correct tyres, not so we can sell you a more expensive tyre but so we know you will be in good hands on the road.

If you would like to know more on what tyres would be best suited to your vehicle then please don’t hesitate to call us on (07) 3333 5510 or come down and introduce yourself to the team at our Darra location and talk to tyre experts with over 100 years combined experience. Can’t get to the phone? Enquire online now and one of the team will be in contact with you very shortly.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and Darra Team

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

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