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    know that in France the speed limit automatically changes depending on the weather When it rains or snows the speed limit for motorways changes from 130 km h to 110 km h from 110km h to 100km h on dual carriageways and from 90 km h to 80 km h on rural roads When visibility is less than 50 metres due to fog the speed limit on all French roads drops to 50 km h so make sure you ease off the gas when bad weather comes in The weather isn t the only thing that affects the speed limit in France If you re a new driver and have only had your licence for less than two years the slower rain related speed limits apply at all times Lay off the horn If you re tempted to give other road users or pedestrians a piece of your mind think twice before you lean on the horn In many European countries using the car horn in built up areas for anything other than to warn others of an accident is actually illegal The rules for using the horn are some of the most variable depending on the country of travel In countries like Spain and Denmark horns are prohibited at any time in urban areas whereas in Portugal and Turkey the rules only apply during hours of darkness In Austria it is illegal to use your horn outside a hospital and in Vienna the use is banned entirely Keep a second pair of glasses handy in Spain The law in the UK states that you must be able read a licence plate at a distance of 20 5 metres If you need glasses in order to achieve this you must always wear them when driving However in Spain and France the law also states that if you wear glasses and require corrective lenses to drive you must have a second spare pair in the vehicle in case one set gets broken Lights on in Sweden In Scandinavian countries such as Sweden where daylight hours are limited during the winter it is a legal requirement to keep your lights on all the time even in the middle of the day during summer Swedish vehicle manufacturers combat this law by producing vehicles with permanent daytime running lights but this feature is also present on models sold in the UK So if you ever pass a Volvo in the middle of the day and wondered why they have their headlights on now you know Keep your car clean but not on a Sunday Some European driving laws are stranger than others but perhaps the most surprising can be found in Belarus where it is actually illegal to drive a dirty car It s unclear as to what exactly constitutes a dirty car but you can apparently be landed with a hefty fine So make sure you keep your vehicle clean at all times that is unless you re going to Switzerland where it

    Original URL path: https://www.kwik-fit.com/blog/8-european-driving-laws-you-didnt-know (2016-04-25)
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    Ford Focus 52 122 units sold Volkswagen Golf 43 141 units sold Nissan Qashqai 38 390 units sold Vauxhall Astra 33 153 units sold Volkswagen Polo 32 600 units sold Audi A3 29 496 units sold Mercedes C Class 27 544 units sold Fiat 500 25 815 units sold Tags Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your vehicle registration Select Your Service Tyre Search MOT Service Brakes Exhaust Batteries Air Con Search Tyre Search By Size Unsure where to find your tyre size Click here Width 115 125 135 145 155 165 175 185 195 205 215 225 235 245 255 265 275 285 295 305 315 750 Ratio Rim Speed Search Exclusive Online Tyre Pricing We are committed to offering customers our most competitive tyre prices Read about our exclusive online tyre pricing TrustPilot We have a rating of from our customer review on TrustPilot You can view what others are saying about us and rate your own experience FAQs We offer a series of FAQs to help you learn more about our

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    doing this every two years Four more good reasons to have your air con recharged Better fuel economy When your air con unit needs regassing it struggles to cool the air in the cabin Try as it might your air con cannot obtain the temperature your desire However greater strain is placed on your engine and more fuel is used as your air con continues to try in vain Plan B is usually to turn the air con off and resort to rolling down the window However this also uses more fuel When the windows are down your car is less aerodynamic which can mean an increase in fuel consumption by as much as 10 Allergy relief for hayfever sufferers Your air conditioning system is fitted with filters that catch pollen dust and dirt so that it does not enter the vehicle when air is drawn in from outside This is especially beneficial for drivers who suffer from hayfever However over time these filters can become clogged with insects and other debris Luckily Kwik Fit also provides an air con de bug service that clears bacterial build up in your air con system cleaning the filters and also removing any unpleasant odours that may have developed Stay awake If you re doing a long drive in a hot stuffy car you may find yourself feeling tired You air conditioning system can help you to keep a cool head which can improve your concentration on the road But remember on a long journey you should plan a 15 minute break every 2 hours and never start a long trip if you are already tired Recharge or No Charge At Kwik Fit if we can t improve the coolest vent temperature from your car by more than 10 when measured in degrees Celsius you ll pay nothing at all or receive a full refund for prepaid bookings Find out more So with more hot weather potentially on the way isn t it time you gave your air con system a little TLC At Kwik Fit we offer an air conditioning recharge of refrigerant and lubricant for just 49 Book your air con recharge online today Tags Air Conditioning research Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your

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    the law When it comes to tyre safety checks TyreSafe is advising drivers to remember a simple acronym and ACT A ir pressure C ondition T read Air pressure Always make sure your tyre pressure is at the correct level Check the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle which can be found in your vehicle handbook or sometimes in the well of the driver s door Condition Drivers are advised to check their tyres for any signs of irregular wear or damage such as bulges lumps or any cuts Tread Depth A simple way to check to see if your tyre tread depth exceeds the minimum legal limit of 1 6mm is to use the 20p method Simply find a 20p piece and place it inside the main tread grooves of the tyre and make sure your eyeline is level with the tyre If the outer band of the 20p piece is obscured by the tyre then your tyres have adequate tread Make sure you do the 20p test in at least 3 different locations across the tyre as you may have uneven tyre wear If you can see the outer band of the 20p piece on any of the tests your tyres could be approaching the legal limit so it s advised to have them checked as soon as possible So if you haven t checked your tyres recently we recommend you get out there and ACT It is good practice to check your air pressure tyre condition and tyre tread at least once a month to ensure your tyres stay road legal and if you are in any doubt or have concerns about your tyres pop into your nearest Kwik Fit centre and we ll check your tyres for free Find my nearest Kwik Fit centre Tags Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your vehicle registration Select Your Service Tyre Search MOT Service Brakes Exhaust Batteries Air Con Search Tyre Search By Size Unsure where to find your tyre size Click here Width 115 125 135 145 155 165 175 185 195 205 215 225 235 245 255 265 275 285 295 305 315 750 Ratio Rim Speed Search Exclusive Online Tyre Pricing We are committed to offering customers our most competitive

    Original URL path: https://www.kwik-fit.com/blog/nearly-10-million-illegal-tyres-on-britains-roads (2016-04-25)
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    It s an issue we see all too often and while a particularly vicious pothole might not puncture your tyre it can cause unseen wheel alignment problems Incorrect wheel alignment as a result of hitting a pothole can cause premature tyre wear increased fuel consumption and places additional strain on your suspension system a costly problem to rectify Correctly aligned tyres can also save you money in the long run adding up to 12 000 miles to the life of the tyres We recommend getting your vehicle s wheel alignment checked every year However if you hit a large pothole and experience wheel misalignment symptoms such as steering pulling to the left or right or notice your tyres are wearing unevenly call into your local Kwik Fit for a wheel alignment check to ensure your alignment is optimised At Kwik Fit we are installing Hunter four wheel alignment equipment in a growing number of our centres Having recently installed our 500th Hunter vehicle aligner Hunter tracking is widely available across the UK Hunter Hawkeye alignment technology is widely regarded as one of the most accurate wheel alignment solutions available and uses a series of high definition imaging sensors to measure the position of each wheel Find your nearest Kwik Fit centre Tags Alignment News Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your vehicle registration Select Your Service Tyre Search MOT Service Brakes Exhaust Batteries Air Con Search Tyre Search By Size Unsure where to find your tyre size Click here Width 115 125 135 145 155 165 175 185 195 205 215 225 235 245 255 265 275 285 295 305 315 750 Ratio Rim Speed Search Exclusive Online Tyre Pricing We are committed to offering customers our most competitive tyre prices Read about our exclusive online tyre pricing TrustPilot We have a rating of from our customer review on TrustPilot You can view what others are saying about us and rate your own experience FAQs We offer a series of FAQs to help you learn more about our services or your vehicle Customer Services 0800 75 76 77 Our team are available Monday to Friday between 08 30 and 18 00 and Saturday between 09 00 and 13 00 Book Online Tyre Search Mobile

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    UK over the past 12 months and you can start to see why many UK drivers might consider an SUV as a serious contender to replace their old hatchback Compact SUVs are also incredibly affordable these days and you can pick up a brand new SUV such as the Dacia Duster for under 10k The desire for greater winter mobility and an increase in domestic holidays see our article the rise of the staycation are also valid reasons as to why SUVs are getting the thumbs up from drivers in the UK Do SUVs require specialist tyres Needless to say the popularity of SUVs in the UK has not gone unnoticed by tyre manufactures Michelin has been investing a great deal of time and research into developing tyres that give the best results for SUV drivers and the French manufacturer has been selected as Original equipment for several SUV models including the Nissan Juke and the new Audi Q5 The Michelin Primacy 3 tyre is available in numerous sizes including extra load models suitable for SUVs and boasts one of the best EU tyre label ratings in these sizes with an A in wet grip B in fuel efficiency and a low rating for noise SUV tyres at Kwik Fit Are you one of the many SUV owners in the UK At Kwik Fit we stock a range of extra load tyres suitable for compact and luxury SUVs Buy your tyres online for our best available prices Tags Michelin News Tyres Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your vehicle registration Select Your Service Tyre Search MOT Service Brakes Exhaust Batteries Air Con Search Tyre Search By Size Unsure where to find your tyre size Click here Width 115 125 135 145 155 165 175 185 195 205 215 225 235 245 255 265 275 285 295 305 315 750 Ratio Rim Speed Search Exclusive Online Tyre Pricing We are committed to offering customers our most competitive tyre prices Read about our exclusive online tyre pricing TrustPilot We have a rating of from our customer review on TrustPilot You can view what others are saying about us and rate your own experience FAQs We offer a series of FAQs to help you learn more about

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    limited to just 80 units worldwide and can be yours for a paltry 2million when released in December 2016 All three models come with cutting edge Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres as original equipment to help push the boundaries of performance safety and sheer driving pleasure Michelin knows a thing or two about this year s festival theme flat out and fearless and the Pilot Super Sport range are road legal track focussed tyres that incorporate technology developed from 17 consecutive victories at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race Michelin s 2015 Festival of Speed stand will also feature several other must see vehicles including the Noble M600 Speedster the Alpina XD3 and a historic Williams FW25 Grand Prix racing car from 2003 Win Tickets to This Year s Goodwood Festival of Speed Here s your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to this year s Goodwood Festival of Speed courtesy of Michelin Head over to our Facebook page and show us how much of a car fanatic you are by uploading your car care photos Whether you ve personalised your car to make it your own or simply go out every week with the bucket and sponge send us your pics of your pride joy to be in with a chance of winning Visit our Facebook page to enter Competition terms conditions apply Tags Michelin News Tyres Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services Search for Tyres MOT and Servicing with your vehicle registration Select Your Service Tyre Search MOT Service Brakes Exhaust Batteries Air Con Search Tyre Search By Size Unsure where to find your tyre size Click here Width 115 125 135 145 155 165 175 185 195 205 215 225 235 245 255 265 275 285 295 305 315 750 Ratio Rim Speed Search Exclusive Online Tyre Pricing We are committed to offering customers our most competitive tyre prices Read about our exclusive online tyre pricing TrustPilot We have a rating of from our customer review on TrustPilot You can view what others are saying about us and rate your own experience FAQs We offer a series of FAQs to help you learn more about our services or your vehicle Customer Services 0800 75 76 77 Our team are available Monday to Friday between 08

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    vehicle manufacturers recommend recharging your air con system with gas and lubricant every two years Regassing increases fuel efficiency When your air con refrigerant is low your air conditioning system will start to blow warmer air into the cabin As it struggles to cool the air your car s air con system will be working harder in an attempt to produce cold air It s a fruitless task however which places greater strain on the vehicle s engine and as a result your car will be using more fuel All year round value Air conditioning isn t just for hot sunny days It even has its uses on the coldest days of winter Your air con can be used to rapidly demist your windscreen by producing dry warm air So if you re struggling to see where you re going it s the quickest way to clear your windscreen and ensure maximum visibility Turning your air con on during winter also ensures the system doesn t dry out and will continue to work effectively when you need it most the following summer Recharge or no charge at Kwik Fit Unfortunately air conditioning systems are prone to leaks and if you re unlucky enough to have one the refrigerant will escape and your air conditioning won t stay cold even when recharged That s why at Kwik Fit we offer a recharge or no charge guarantee If we can t improve the coolest vent temperature from your car by more than 10 when measured in degrees Celsius then you pay nothing at all or receive a full refund for prepaid bookings Our centre staff can also help to diagnose problems with your air con system should your system not hold its charge At Kwik Fit we offer a complete car air conditioning recharge service at more than 600 centres across the UK No appointment is usually necessary and you can book your air con recharge online Please note if the ambient temperature around the car is less than 9 degrees Celsius it may affect the results of the air con recharge test results In these circumstances it is at the manager s discretion whether to offer a refund with results less than 10 Tags Air conditioning Back Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 Tag Cloud Air Conditioning Alignment Apprenticeships Awards Balancing Batteries Brakes Car Care Car Service Caravans Christmas Community competition Continental Diagnostics Events Exhausts Feedback Fleet Services Fuel System Cleaner giveaway Goodyear Innovation Kwik Fit Centres maintenance Meet the Team Michelin Mobile Tyre Fitting MOT News Oil change Pirelli Promotions Research Safety summer Suspension TPMS Training tyre tests tyres TyreSafe Winter checks Winter Tyres Young Drivers Services

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