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Pass first time: How to avoid the most common MOT fails

Nearly 50% of all cars that fail an MOT do so because of small faults that could be avoided by simple, at-home car maintenance. These problems are easy to correct, and fixing them before taking the car in for its MOT could help you pass first time and avoid garage costs.

To help, Ring, the automotive specialist in bulbs, wipers, battery care and tyre care, has some advice on the simple things that can be done to avoid an MOT fail.

 

  1. Lights and signalling – 17.8% failure rate

4.5m cars fail because of lamps, reflectors and electrics every year. Doing a quick bulb check before you take the vehicle to the garage could avoid an MOT fail. Make sure you check all the exterior bulbs – this includes the side light, indicator, tail light and number plate lights. The registration plate lamp being out accounts for 4.5% of MOT fails.

When it comes to headlamps, there are plenty of options out there, including upgrades to help bulbs last longer or put more light on road for safer driving. We recommend you always replace bulbs in pairs, to ensure the light output is equal from both headlights. Ring stocks a range of bulbs, including long life versions, and for headlamps, try the new Xenon150 bulbs (nationwide – SSP £39.99), which put up to 150% more light on road without compromising on life.

 

  1. Tyre condition – 7.5% failure rate

Well maintained tyres are essential to ensure safe driving – and neglecting them could mean a failed MOT. The legal requirement for tyre tread on passenger vehicles up to eight seats is 1.6mm, but studies show that when the tread drops below 3mm, stopping distance begins to be significantly affected.

Checking tyre tread is easy and requires a simple depth gauge. However, to ensure your tyres are both safe and helping cut down fuel consumption, drivers need to check the pressure as well. For adigital gauge that gives accurate readings on a large backlit screen, records the correct pressure and has an integrated LED light, Ring suggests the RTG7 Programmable Digital Tyre Pressure & Tread Depth Gauge. This is easy to store in the car and easy to use, wherever you are. Available nationwide, SSP £24.99.

While there is no legal requirement for tyre pressure, under- or over-inflated tyres will reduce the traction between the tyre and the road, making driving less safe and less fuel efficient. For easy pressure top ups, try the Ring RAC635 Digital Tyre Inflator, with preset for accurate inflation. This industry-recognised inflator can inflate a 13” tyre from flat to 35PSI in under 3 minutes – making tops up quick and simple.

 

  1. Driver’s view of the road – 6.8% failure rate

Cracks in the windscreen and worn wipers are a big reason for vehicles to fail. As wiper deteriorate gradually, drivers often don’t realise they are no longer clearing the windscreen effectively. Choosing and fitting the right blade can seem tricky, but Ring’s new range of Ultravision Wiper Blades (SSP £9.99 to £13.99) make blade selection easy. The unique, patent-
pending clip fits 95% of the car parc, meaning that drivers just need to know the blade length for their vehicle to select the correct blade. The clip adapts to fit the seven most common wiper arms.

Henry Bisson, Marketing Manager at Ring, says, “Motorists could be making savings by carrying out basic checks and maintenance at home, but often they don’t realise that these minor faults could cause an MOT fail. What’s more, having well-maintained tyre, blade and lighting are driving safety essentials, so making sure they are regularly checked and replaced when necessary is critical.”

Dash Cameras – your personal eye witness

More and more UK motorists are beginning to see the benefits of having an in-car camera. So why are sales for these compact devices increasing so rapidly?

Crash for Crash and insurance fraud

Crash for Cash is one of the biggest vehicle-based crimes, and there is no sign of it slowing down. Highly organised criminals and opportunists usually stage or provoke an ‘accident’ by making an innocent motorist crash into the back of the fraudster’s car. The fraudster will then submit an exaggerated claim for vehicle damage, personal injury and loss of earnings. The honest policy holder will have to pick up the bill, with an extra sum being added to their insurance premiums.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau states that Crash for Cash scams are costing UK insurance companies a staggering £392 million a year. A dash camera is an effective way to combat this increasing problem. It is your very own personal eye witness, giving you concrete video evidence to prove you were not at fault. It’s a sure fire way to look after your insurance premiums.

Cheaper car insurance

As dash cam popularity increases, a number of UK insurance companies are offering discounts for motorists who have them installed. Dash cams benefit everyone; the insurance companies will spend less time and resource investigating the case and the driver can prove that their testimony is accurate.

Protection on the road with Ring

All of our dash cams are hassle free, easy to install and set up. Simply plug in and you’re ready to go. They all have 1080 resolution for clear and crisp footage and allows you to pick up specific details – like vehicle registrations. They automatically turn on when the engine is started and turn off when you park up, meaning they won’t drain your battery. A loop recording system is built-in, which means even on smaller capacity SD cards recording will not stop due to being full, as new recordings replace the oldest footage.

Ultimate dash cam protection

The RBGDC200 is our ultimate dash cam. It has a wide-angled 140 degree 6 element lens coupled with a 3MP sensor, that won’t miss any of the action. It performs exceptionally well at night and has GPS tracking, allowing you to see where you have driven and the speed you were travelling, by using the provided software linked to Google Maps™. It gives you unparalleled protection on the road.

See our full range of dash cams and give yourself the protection you deserve.

Chip on Board LEDs – Lighting the way for Inspection Lamps

At Ring, we are always looking for the newest and best technologies to develop our products. We travel the world finding the latest innovations. That is exactly what we have done with the introduction of Chip on Board (COB) technology to our Inspection Lamps.

What exactly is COB?
COB is the most recent development in LED technology. COB allows for a much denser distribution of light as there is no casing around the LED. We use this technology in our lamps to create a controlled and consistent beam pattern. COB also produces a superior brightness compared to other LED technologies. COB LED improves the lamp’s effectiveness, efficiency and life span as it allows for the best conditions for cooling.

After upgrading the UK’s most popular Inspection Lamp – ERGO Inspection Lamp (RIL2500HP) – to COB technology, it can now produce a light output three times brighter than the original.

Ring Quality Assurance
We always want to make sure our products are of the highest quality for our customers, which is why we invest so heavily in our on-site Quality Assurance Department. This carries out stringent quality assurance procedures on a continuous basis.

We use our specialist equipment to measure the lumen output, the colour temperature of the light as well as measuring the beam angle and uniformity of light that the inspection lamp produces. We also test charging time, monitor the battery voltage and check the current throughout the charging process.

Don’t just take our word for it. Click here to see us testing our Inspection Lamp’s durability.

Check your tyre pressure. There’s a lot riding on them

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According to the latest research published by TyreSafe.org*, thousands of British holidaymakers could be putting themselves at risk by failing to check their tyre pressure before setting off on long journeys.

The latest advice has been issued by Tyre Safe, who estimates that approximately 9 million cars in the UK are being driven with seriously or severely under inflated tyres, which can be a major cause of tyre failures, particularly in hot weather or when vehicles are heavily laden.

Figures from the Highway Agency reflect the scale of the potential problem with 8,700 tyre related incidents occurring on its network between July and September 2013.

Research also carried out by Landsdowne Market Research*, stated that 47% of female motorists admit to never checking their tyre pressure.

Making sure your vehicle’s tyres are inflated to the correct pressure before you travel is a simple process and is one of the most important maintenance checks to your vehicle. Tyre Pressure levels are crucial, not only to the longevity of your tyres, but also to your personal safety when using your car. Drivers need to remember that their tyres are the only contact they have with the road.

The legal minimum tread is allowed to be 1.6mm, but this is in the red danger zone for breaking distances.

Under or over inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly.

Under inflated tyres can result in imprecise cornering, reduce ability to support the load, incur higher running temperatures, irregular tread wear at the edge of the contact patch, fatigue cracking, overstressing and splitting in the sidewall. Under inflated tyres also increases the rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.

Over inflating tyres will result in a hard ride through the transmitting of shock loads to the suspension, reduces a tyre’s ability to withstand road impacts, and may cause accelerated tyre wear in the centre of the contact patch.

How Do I Inflate My Tyres to The Correct Pressure?
Every car has recommended tyre pressure levels, which can be found in the owner’s manual. If not, you can always ask at a garage or do a search on the Internet. In most cases, two different pressures are given – one is for driving with a laden vehicle and the other is for ‘normal’ driving conditions.

To help you check your tread depth, you will need a gauge. Ring’s range of tyre pressure gauges will ensure you never exceed the minimum limit of 1.6mm. We offer a variety of analogue and digital gauges to ensure accurate inflation.

Once you know what your tyre pressure should be, set the appropriate PSI/BAR pressure on the machine (there should be instructions on how to do this on the machine and it is usually very easy to do).

Ring has a range of award winning air compressors that can easily be stored in the car to check and inflate your tyres as part of your overall car maintenance before a journey.
Analogue and digital compressors are included to suit individual motorist’s needs from DIY enthusiasts through to professionals.

Our Analogue Air Compressor, RAC620 will inflate your tyres within approximately 4 minutes, and comes with a high intensity LED light and SOS light for night time illumination.

Our award winning Digital Air Compressor, RAC630 enables you to inflate a tyre in less than 3 minutes and includes a pre pressure mode with automatic cut off, so that desired pressure can be pre set and it inflates tyres quickly and automatically switches off when that pressure is reached. Neat tidy storage for fused 12v cigarette lighter plugs and the flexible air hoses means that all the compressors will store away easily in the car.

Attach the air hose to the tube on your tyre – you should be able to see the tube near the outer rim of the wheel. Remove dirt caps if applicable. Repeat until all 4 tyres are correctly inflated.

For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufactures recommend replacing at 3 millimeters.

In the event of an emergency, we also offer our Emergency Tyre Kit which contains essential items such as an air compressor and tyre repair sealant to get you on the move again.

*Research statistics carried out by www.Tyresafe.org, and Landsdowne Research