Different Kinds of Tyre Wear

There are many ways a person drives that can cause wear on a tyre. The question is: what do the different patterns mean?

It might seem difficult to see patterns on the actual tyre opposed to an illustrated image but the easier way to tell that you have damaged treads is to feel if the drive is uneven.

  • Wear in the middle of the tyre

If the edges of the tyre seem as good as new whilst the centre looks smooth, you should know that this is caused by the over inflation of the tyre. The entire flat part should be in contact with the road and overinflating the tyre expands the central area.

  • Wear on the edges

There is overinflating so, subsequently, there is underinflating. This does the complete opposite to the material and damages the edges of the tyre. This could ultimately damage your wheel if you allow it to get to that point.

  • One side of the tyre is worn

Don’t turn too hard around corners. The spinning of the wheels can give the edging noticeable damage. Try to avoid this by taking corners slowly without riding on the clutch too much.

  • Completely smooth rubber

This one is quite obvious. Braking hard could do terrible damage to the tyres. Braking is the process of stopping the wheels from moving. If you brake hard whilst speeding you will run those tyres completely flat. Be aware of this when driving to avoid sudden braking.

  • Diagonal Wear

If you have ever seen diagonal streaks of wear on the tyre you should know that there is a problem with your suspension. This could be a dangerous problem and should be fixed immediately.

  • Randomized Wear

Random patches of wear could mean that your tyres are imbalanced. If you notice this kind of wear make sure you get the tyres rotated by a specialist.

  • Feathered Wear

The concept is similar to stroking a bird. One way will be smooth but stroking the other way will lift all the feathers. This is another type of damage caused by misaligned wheels.Wear can be a danger to you and your family when driving. It’s important to catch the problem early before a serious accident occurs as well as expensive damage to the wheels and the mechanics of the rest of the car. To get these problems sorted out, you should visit a tyre specialist to align, balance and rotate the tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Future Car Concepts Versus Practicality

We are constantly being surrounded by pictures of what our future car could look like. It’s always a sleek and slender design that has the body covering the tyres. How practical could these models really be though?

The older cars from the 70’s were incredibly wide that took up a lot of space? Do you know why they changed the design? For better movability, of course! Many ideas and concepts you see today are wide and flat. This could assist with the aerodynamics but it would be incredibly difficult to move it around on a suburban street.

The cars of the future don’t seem like family cars. There could be a time in the future where families would probably make use of public transport to drive their children around. The face of public transport could also change seeing that train and bus systems are already making use of modern technology to transport people.

Hovering cars could also be on the cards for the future and this could be exciting for everyone. But it could come with its own challenges. Imagine the car breaks down in mid-air and have no knowledge on how to fix the hovering system. There could be an instance where your hover car is too heavy for the hovering tow truck because it’s carrying dead weight instead of guiding a floating machine. But perhaps the car manufacturers will make provision for this eventuality.

Gigantic engines mean a lot of maintenance. Already, these days we have V-12 engines but it can be a big fuel consumer. With fossil fuels becoming rare we will have to resort to other means of fuel.

The larger the windscreen and panoramic roofs are also a part of our future. It makes the car look interesting and you have a better view of your surroundings. This is especially wonderful when you take a scenic road trip or drive at night. Driving with the beautiful stars above you is an experience second to none.

Electric cars are also quickly becoming a part of our immediate future. They are powered by electricity and soon we will have electric fuelling stations instead of petrol or diesel. There will be special tyres designed for these electric cars to ensure the economy of the driving experience.

With the proper engineering and testing of these future cars we can live an easier and more fun life. After all, the purpose of our future is to help our present.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

The Stylish Car Exterior You Deserve

There are so many different kinds of accessories you can add to your car. Some accessories can make the vehicle look stylish while others give you that proper angry look. Who wouldn’t want an intimidating car to own the streets?

Besides getting components, such as cone filters and turbos, to enhance your performance you can easily style the outside.

Here are the different parts to get installed:

  • Body Kits

Many Cars have their own body kits that enhance the body of the vehicle. The kit usually has body trims, air hoods, spoilers and bumpers. Some also have the components to add LED lights giving you a modern look.

  • Bumpers

Bumpers are usually fixed on to the bigger cars during a 4×4 expedition. Some people get them installed on regular cars to increase the aerodynamics of the drive. It also gives it a sportier look. This body part is stylish and practical.

  • Grilles

Do you have a pick-up truck or SUV? Then you would definitely want to get yourself a grille. These assist with ventilation whilst you drive and also looks like a muzzle for an angry person. With this alone you can already be the most intimidating system on the roads.

  • Chrome

Chrome is beautiful and classic. The trimming, door handles and mirror covers can be coated with chrome. If you want to make this look to work for you all you need to do is use a bit of it on dark coloured cars. Using chrome accessories on black, brown or red cars creates an eye catching contrast that gives it an elegant appearance.

  • Fender Flares

Fender flares are often seen on the bigger cars. These give a muscle type of look to your car and protect the tyres to an extent.

  • Decals

Although this look is rarely pulled off well, it can give your car some character. Whatever you do, don’t add skulls or odd characters on the sides. You want the car to look intimidating not childish. The best kinds of decals are the minimalistic ones that can barely be seen such as curved patterns or subtle flames.So many accessories yet so little body space for all the different models. Always choose accessories wisely as you don’t want to change it every month. Most exterior details are meant to enhance the appearance of your car, whilst others also enhance the performance of the engine or aerodynamics.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

NEXEN TIRE wins the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’!

NEXEN TIRE wins the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’!

NEXEN TIRE has won design awards at the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’ this year.

Started in 1953, German ‘Red Dot Design Award’ is one of the world’s top three design awards along with the ‘IDEA Design Award’ of US and ‘IF Design Award’ of Germany.
NEXEN TIRE’s ‘N’FERA RU1’ has been awarded the Winner Prize in the category of Vehicle Accessories at the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’.

In addition, NEXEN TIRE, has also received awards in various categories at the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’, the world-class design awards to beautiful, innovative and ground breaking products, gave the ‘N’FERA RU1’ the gold prize in the category of Transportation, the Silver Prize in the category of vehicle accessories, and the silver prize in the category of manufacturing; and the ‘WINGUARD SNOW’G WH2’ received the Bronze Prize in the category of Vehicle Accessories and the Bronze prize in the category of manufacturing.

In particular, the ‘N’FERA RU1’, which is an original equipment tire for the Porsche Cayenne as NEXEN TIRE’s premium SUV tire that boasts a comfortable ride and silent operation, also earned design honors at six design awards from around the world such as Europe, the US and Asia as well as the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’.

“We are honoured to be internationally recognized for our capability in the global design management by receiving multiple global design awards from around the world,” stated NEXEN TIRE’s R&D director. “NEXEN TIRE will continuously improve the global competitiveness of its products by continuing to invest in R&D and providing superb quality and innovative designs.”

The awards ceremony of the ‘2017 European Product Design Awards’ is to be held in April 12th in Brussels, Belgium. The awards ceremony of the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Awards’ will be held on July 3rd, and the Prize-winning works are expected to be on display in the Red Dot Design Museum.

 

Budget Tyres: A List of Affordable Tyres

It can be a mission to find affordable parts for your car. One of the more important parts for your car would be the tyres. There are many different brands that could work perfectly for your car and your budget.

Nexen Tyres is a well-known brand. Each one has a similar tread to the next but they all have different functions. They are perfect for the everyday driver who likes speed combined with performance. This option is definitely one of the more affordable ones.

Toyo Tyres is another brand that is known by many drivers. They are multifunctional in different weather conditions and suitable for any vehicle. They are also affordable if your car is of the heavier type. Distance is not a problem either. No matter how far you drive they will not wear away as fast as you would think, so they are quite durable.

Barum Tyres come in different varieties. These include winter tyres which work well with snow and have proper grip and summer tyres which work well with high and intense heat. These were also made for bigger cars and are strong enough to withstand the force of the car. This option is functional yet affordable.

BF Goodrich is a well manufactured and engineered tyre to fit any car. They are affordable and work well for all types of driving. It’s also suitable for street racing. The treads have been perfectly designed to assist you while driving.

Continental Tyres are one of the most common tyre brands in this world. They also come in a silent option. It might sound crazy but many people prefer silent tyres. This option is great for any type of car and is available for the sports versions as well. They also handle well under intense heat or summer weather. They are also made with rolling resistance which means you won’t need as much torque to drive up a hill after being stationery.

It’s important to look for tyres that are efficient and functional. Cheap is not always the best option when it comes to driving. Always do research on the type of tyre you need based on the type of car you drive, your driving habits and your budget. Keep in mind that some tyres are not made for all weather conditions or for long distance driving, so you need to make the right decision. If you need to, consult with tyre retailer to give you advice based on your specifications.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

How Your Tyres Can Save Fuel

Ever wonder why adverts say that their tyres can save you a lot of money? With technology we are finding ways to save as much money as possible. One of the main expenses that we have in our daily lives is paying for fuel. As we run out of the fossil fuel it gets more expensive.

Tyres are engineered to give the driver a smoother ride. Every day they design a tyre with a tread or material that can be used to make your drive less bumpy and rough.

The main factors that cause a high usage of fuel are the heavier cars. Not only does the shaft have to give a great force to pull the car along but it also has to be able to grip onto the surface.

When it comes to the faster, higher performing cars the tyres need to have more contact with the floor and a narrower tread. Although these cars already use quite an amount of fuel, the tyres will help the car from consuming too much.

The less you have to rev your car the less fuel will be used in the process of driving. An example of over-revving would be accelerating the car over 3000 RPM when it’s not necessary. Some cars won’t need to use all this power because their cars grip to the floor and tar very well.

When it rains you will notice that your car will slip and slide especially if you don’t have the correct tyres for that kind of weather. If there is no way for the water to escape through the tyre it will cause the car to slide. You will automatically put foot down on the brakes to avoid slipping. This is another reason how fuel can be wasted. The correct tyres will allow the car to travel normally in wet conditions with minimal skidding.

The amount of fuel used is also up to you and how responsible you are when you drive. For example, if you are driving at a normal speed you can just let the car cruise on low acceleration. When you need to slow down for a traffic light, you can release the acceleration slowly and start applying the brakes to save fuel.

Always make sure you get the correct tyres for your car and maintain them often. Pressure can have a great impact on the performance of the car.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Driver Tips: How to Stay Aware While Driving Far

Distance driving is an exhausting activity to do especially if you are alone with no one to watch you or help you navigate. There are ways to stay aware during the long drive during the night, day and horrible weather.

Always have a well-rested sleep before getting into the car. Having too much or too little will leave you feeling tired and weak. This will cause you not worry much about what’s in front of you.

Allowing yourself to take bathroom breaks is extremely important. It is a fact that a full bladder will affect you more than a high alcohol intake.

Caffeine or coffee is probably the first thing that you would want to take before leaving for your trip. Caffeine is known to keep a person awake and to start the metabolism process. What you don’t want to do is overload it with sugar. If you have a higher sugar level you will end up shaking and noticing things that aren’t important. This is important during any night driving because of the darkness that has metaphorically swallowed the streets.

Make sure that you have a bottle of water whether it’s cold or temperate. You need water in your system to keep your body going and your brain aware. If the weather is extremely hot you might want to take more than one bottle. The brain uses more energy than the body so you will need to keep feeding it.

Eating before leaving keeps your energy levels up and keeps you going. You have to always give the brain fuel for thinking. Try to take fatty foods with you such as nuts or dried fruits to give you a bit more of a kick start.

Don’t allow adrenaline to take over your body. If you allow that feeling to take over your body you could end up in an accident. Take the trip slowly and calmly. Impulsiveness can be the result of your blood pumping due to anxiety.

The best idea when travelling far is to bring a person along with you. It’s never recommended to drive alone in case something happens to you. The person travelling with you could also point out road signs that you may not see because of your exhaustion.

Always make sure that your body is prepared to take on a road trip that is across the country. Stay focussed and keep your tyres on the road. Be calm and energized with the correct food and drink.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com

NEXEN TIRE is ranked No. 10 among global tire brands in the US Consumer Reports

On December 6th, NEXEN TIRE exhibited the excellent brand competitiveness by being ranked No. 10 among tire brands in the US Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is a monthly magazine that has been published by the Consumers Union since 1936, and it is an influential consumer magazine that delivers the test results of products being sold in the US to Consumers.

The brand ranking was calculated by combining the results of performance evaluation per category, which consists of all season, ultra-high performance (UHP), summer, and winter tires of 150 tire models and at least 25 tire brands.

nexen top 10 brands

This result is significant in that the comprehensive performance of NEXEN TIRE’s products received excellent reviews compared to the world’s leading tire brands. Moreover, ‘RA8, WINGUARD Winspike SUV’ were ranked in 2014 and ‘Aria AH7, N5000 Plus, WINGUARD Winspike’ in 2015 in the same magazine. This year, ‘N’FERA SU1’ was acknowledged for its excellent performance and is ranked at the top among Korean brands, No.6 among a total of 18 models.

Meanwhile, NEXEN TIRE is increasing its brand awareness with active global sports marketing by sponsoring four famous winter sports competitions while also maintaining partnerships with three Major League teams in the US and Premier League football team Manchester City FC in England. It is also maintaining positive global reviews about the brand every year by winning awards such as the Special Mention of the German Design Award 2015 and the main prize of Japan’s Good Design Award 2016.

New Versus Existing Tyres: Driving To Your Holiday Destination

There is always an argument among people about getting new tyres for the holiday or keeping the ones they already have for the trip. Which would be wiser?

In truth it wouldn’t really matter whether you have new or old tyres for the holiday trip but there are other factors that should be considered when driving long distances.

Always have a spare tyre. New tyres don’t guarantee that there won’t be any sharp objects on the road. The small point of a nail or glass piece could easily penetrate through anything if it’s at the right angle. The chance of that same piece of menace hitting another tyre is unlikely so a spare should do.

Regardless of whether you have new tyres or old tyres, air could still find a way to escape. Before you leave make sure that you check the pressure with the proper equipment and pump them up.

Many might think that new tyres need some sort of warming up to be done before driving long distances. There is a possibility that this could be plausible. Tyres are meant to go through harsh conditions. Don’t forget that it was made to withstand rain, heavy pressure from the car and extreme heat from the friction between the bumpy tar and your tyre.

If you are driving to a place that needs heavy duty climbing make sure that your car is built for that activity and the wheels have the proper tread depth before you decide to climb the rocky hills. You will more than likely come home having to replace those tyres again especially if you don’t have the skill to drive with a four wheel drive car.

Normal cars need to stick to the tyres that fit them best. Although you might think that installing deep treaded tyres will allow you to do a hill journey you are wrong. This may not be a common activity that happens but to some it could be a possibility.

Remember that going on holiday should be a fun experience for you and your family. Don’t run into problems that will ruin the trip for all of you. The main thing you have to remember to do is to always bring your spare tyre along in case you end up with a puncture.

If you are ever unsure of how to change your tyres or if it is necessary to change them, make sure that you visit the nearest tyre repair centre.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com

Modern Versus Retro: Wheel and Tyre Logo Designs

Why choose modern elements when retro logo designs will grab the attention of a nostalgic audience? Then again, why choose retro designs when modern logo designs have a bigger impact on a younger audience?

Nowadays, wheels are considered to have value since you could pay a pretty penny for this car part that can last for a long period of time. Tyres are considered to be a necessity and an asset that needs to be perfect at all times.

Retro is a good option when designing a logo for a tyre repair centre that has been around for decades. However, the issue with this is that a younger person who is not aware of the history might not agree with the retro logo idea. After all, retro logo designs bring a sense of nostalgia with it. Also keep in mind that as the times change so do people’s perceptions.

Modern logo designs will grab the attention of the younger crowd much quicker. The modern elements are designed so that it can stand out. Even if the design isn’t accepted by everyone it will still be noticed and that’s the main idea for this style.

Often people tend to gravitate towards geometrical and symmetrical shapes. It is pleasing to the eye and attractive. That is ideal for a tyre specialist as wheels are round and symmetrical. People are attracted to brands and companies that are modern and relevant, and that take the time to create their brand image.

Most retro logo designs are created according to the specific service that the company offers. They are obvious designs that indicate exactly what the brand offers, whereas with modern logo designs the look has been strategically created to evoke other reactions to draw you in.

To put things into perspective, see how well a retro design logo fits into a present day advert then see if a modern logo design evokes more of a reaction. Some people may prefer retro to modern but for how will it be relevant? Tyre specialists also need to keep up with the times.

It’s important to keep up with the current trends but logos also need to be relevant and timeless. Changing the logo design of your company can change the way people see your company, so it’s also a good idea to refresh your brand when the time is right. When it comes to a tyre specialist’s store, wheels are always a trending object so it’s important to remain relevant at all times.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com