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Leicestershire garage warns that a suspected puncture could be a ‘hole’ different story.

Ibstock based Jeff Fowkes Wheels ltd have issued warnings to motorists in conjunction with TyreSafe’s latest advice, following feedback from its retail members country-wide that there has been a significant increase in the number of customers who believe that one of their tyres has a slow puncture. The advice comes on “National pot hole day”, January 15th.

Grace Fowkes, from the family run business, says “We are seeing an increasing number of customers who suspect they have a slow puncture but upon inspection we find the wheel to be cracked and air escaping. It is more vital than ever that motorists check their vehicles tyre pressures on a regular basis with an increasing number of potholes appearing on our roads.”

By checking tyre pressures on a regular basis, drivers will be much more likely to spot any gradual loss of pressure and have this investigated. Jeff Fowkes Wheels ltd recommend tyre pressure checks at least once a month, but weekly pressure checks are advised and any loss of pressure should be investigated by a tyre professional.

"It's essential that your car’s tyres are always properly inflated to the correct levels," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. "If tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they are much more likely to suffer a rapid failure, and very often this happens after prolonged periods of high speed running, where the consequences can be catastrophic.”

As part of their ongoing Tyre Safety campaign Jeff Fowkes Wheels offer FREE tyre safety checks to all drivers, where they will check tyres for tread depth, condition, age and pressure. They will even re-inflate tyres as part of the free check, saving the hassle of having to find 20p’s at the petrol station!

“It is good practice to have your tyres checked at least once a month. Many people are unaware that illegal and defective tyres can attract a £2,500.00 fine and 3 penalty points each and underinflated tyres will wear at an increased rate and also increase the vehicles fuel consumption.” adds Grace. 

On Wednesday 20th November Grace Fowkes from the family run Leicestershire business
was presented with the award by Stuart Jackson, chairman of Tyre Safe at a prestigious
The companies contribution to raising awareness regarding the dangers of illegal and
defective tyres included organising a number of events such as a lady drivers evening &
supermarket roadshows along with numerous radio appearances, social media posts and
displaying posters and flyers in their Ibstock showroom.
Jeff Fowkes Wheels were up against a number of independent garages nationally, some of
which have multiple outlets but there contribution was recognised by Tyre Safe as
‘outstanding’. When presenting Grace with the award Stuart Jackson commented “The
winner of this award has shown an amazing level of effort and gone to some lengths to raise
awareness about tyre safety issues, clearly demonstrating a fantastic passion for promoting
tyre safety and some incredible results.”
Grace Fowkes said “It was an honour to receive the award in recognition of the events we
have organised throughout 2013. We are constantly working both independently and with
local organisations to raise the awareness of illegal and defective tyres and being a
TyreSafe member this comes naturally to us. Although we had a huge success with our
2013 campaign, there is still a lot of work to be done and plans are already in place for an
even bigger 2014 campaign. If anyone is interested in working with us please get in touch.”

Saturday 4th February 2012, 2pm. The first white flakes started to fall, settling on cold dry roads. As the day turned into the night Heathrow airport announced flight delays and cancelations, events were forced to cancel and roads were left un treated. However, over 200 people had wisely had Winter Tyres fitted to their vehicles here at Jeff Fowkes Wheels ltd and were ready for the snow to settle!

Then the emails and tweets started... customers so satisfied with their purchase had taken their own time to contact us to share the experience.

"Waited a long time for a test of my tyres, pleased to report working well, very impressed" - Customer with a BMW - possibly the worst vehicle in the winter weather!

"These tyres are fantastic! I did 75 miles ON snow down the M1 / A42 during Saturday’s snowfall. We passed everything else getting stuck, even 4x4s (not sure how that works – but we did). The S-Max handled brilliantly and the tyre grip and “feel” was just amazing. The traction control kicked in a couple of times, just on the really steep bits and only for a moment each time.Investing in these tyres has been worth every penny. I feel really confident in these tyres now and would recommend them to anyone. Thanks to everyone at Jeff Fowkes Wheels."


The Facts Behind Tyre Price Increases 2011

• The key reasoning behind tyre price increases is directly linked to the increasing costs of raw materials, specifically natural rubber and crude oil and worldwide tyre shortage

• Rubber prices have increased due to several factors, drought early in 2010 followed by heavy rains later which flooded plantations hampered tree-tapping across Asian plantations generating a shortage of natural rubber

• Natural rubber prices increased by 75% in 2010 and saw prices break through the US$3.5/kg level for the first time in 60 years. Natural rubber prices are forecasted to increase by a further 14% in the first quarter of 2011

• A worldwide increase in new car sales has increased demand by 8% from the global OE market and Manufacturers are contractually bound to supply OE as a priority

• The market has also experienced a worldwide increase in replacement tyre sales

•European tyre sales were up 10% overall in 2010 despite the UK market reporting a 2% decrease

• Other raw material price increases have effected current tyre prices, Crude oil prices rose to just over $90 a barrel by the end of 2010 and prices are forecasted to increase further in 2011

• Worldwide tyre stocks will be reduced by a further 12% in 2011 again affecting prices

•The worldwide shortage will cause restricted supply of tyres into the UK in 2011 and encourage tyre manufacturers to sell products to markets generating the highest profit return first

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