Rules for a UK Number Plate and Factors to Keep in Mind Before Buying

Number plates are no more just a unique identification for your vehicle, now they are much more than that, especially when they are made on demand as per personal choice. These plates or the Custom ones adorn the look of your vehicle and at the same time speak a lot about you, your choices and your personality. And since they mean a lot, they come at a price much higher than the usual number plates, so it is very much necessary to pay attention while buying personalised ones. Below written are certain factors to be taken care of when buying a customised number plate:

Decide a budget – Buying a personalised plate can dig a big hole in your pocket, even when the number plate in question doesn’t seem a popular choice. So, decide for the amount you want to spend in buying the plate and stick to it. The plate you buy may be of great value to somebody else and may yield you a lot of money sometime later.

Pick the number plate of your choice – While reselling the vehicle plate in the future at a higher price could be one thing in your mind when purchasing a plate, don’t ever compromise on the look of the vehicle. Number plate would stick on both the sides of your vehicle, back and front so, be wise and select the plate that suits your vehicle’s look and is in accordance with your liking.

Keep your options open – It’s not necessary that you’ll get the customisation you want, there are chances that the number you apply for is already possessed by someone else. So, be prepared for such chances and think of two or more combinations for your personalised number.

Now, that you have read what factors to focus while getting a number plate, the article will further guide you about the rules laid for deciding the numbers of the plate in the UK. Below mentioned are the formats, one of which has to be followed for the number plates in the UK.

The Current/New Style

In September, the current style or the ‘new style registration’ as it is called was released. According to this format, the year identifier is considered as a number. For example: 01= March 2001 while 61 = Oct 2001 and so on.

The Prefix Style

Introduced in the year 1983, this kind of registration consists of a single year identifier letter, followed by a number which could vary between anything from single to three digits and then finally three more letters in the end. The letter ‘A’ would represent the year 1983 while ‘Y’ would represent 2001. Example: K50 WTB could be the number for any vehicle manufactured after August 1992.

The suffix style

This style consists of three letters in the beginning, followed by a number which could vary between anything from single to three digits, then a single year identifier letter and finally the letter that represents the age of the vehicle.

The dateless style

The plate having this kind of number format is the most valued one. It can be added to any vehicle irrespective of its age and contains numbers and letters in various combinations.

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.

A Brief History of Auto Transport in the United States and How We Began Shipping Cars

As a truck driver gets out of the sleeper compartment of the truck and walks out, perhaps to flex his or her muscles or grab a cold shower and a cup of coffee thereafter, such an individual seemingly looks to be enjoying the job. Sure, the 18-wheeler, sturdy looking vehicles of today attribute their fame and vigor to their comparatively larger engines and their design that conquers every terrain. Sometimes, though, it pays to look back at the trodden path through which this profession has followed.

But first, what is a Semi-Trailer?

Quite certainly, there are a lot that we aren’t privy to about concerning 18-wheelers, including the fact that they are “Semi-Trailers.” Turns out, the brain behind the whole idea, one Alexander Winton of Cleveland, Ohio, came up with the first of these designs. His semi-trailer vehicles featured a freight trailer attached and supported at the forward end by a 5th wheel of the tractor.

And, the current ones, tractor-trailer rigs or 18 wheelers are somewhat different from the 1890s ones. Yeah, the unique crop of vehicles are indeed monstrosity when they criss-cross our country roads, but they are an ultimate necessity. Some can even haul up to a whopping 800,000 pounds. More than 70% of all goods in the US alone arrive at their final destinations, courtesy of these handy vehicles.

History at a glance:

1898: Alexander Winton creates the first semi-trucks

1899: Winton embarks on commercially producing the trucks

1916: Mack joins the fray with its rear axle truck

1920: The first “Trucking Boom.”

1939: Peterbilt sells the first semi-trucks

1953: Freightliner comes up with the first overhead sleeper

1986: The Peterbilt 379 becomes the best-selling truck

Alexander Winton: How he invented the first tractor-trailer designed to haul cars.

The idea of shipping goods through the road was born way back in the 1890s when one automotive manufacturer discovered the need for a convenient vehicle to haul products. Alexander Winton of The Winton Motor Carriage Company of Cleveland created an 18-wheeler truck while going about his business of selling cars. The Scottish man was experiencing tremendous growth in his automobiles business and needed to be “suave” and better than his competitors.

You see, Winton would experience endless difficulties delivering cars to his vast number of buyers spread across the USA. He would dread having to literally drive the brand new car right into the customer’s garage and risk damaging it. The same notion of driving to someone a thousand mile away would practically cost much, perhaps more than shipping it.

As a result, the problem of delivering cars facilitated the introduction of the trucking concept using 18-wheelers. All that was needed was a tractor and the truck, although one striking demerit of the whole thing was that the semi-trailer could only transport a single vehicle at a time.

But, the invention or the ‘automobile hauler” not only paved the way for massive sales, but also ushered in a new era in shipping cars. In 1899, the renowned car manufacturer finally released the first semi-truck. Before that, notably in 1898, he had managed to sell as many as 22 manufactured cars and a further 100 automobiles in 1899.

As aforementioned, the first semi-trailer included the skeleton of a customized tractor, but with a cart secured to the rear. It meant that, unlike the common idea at that time – engines built on the front, the engine was at the rear.

And, while the early versions proved useful, they were extremely labor intensive, yet could only carry a single car. Nonetheless, their growth in demand created a whirlwind of modifications meant to enhance their usefulness and productivity. The phenomenon resulted in Alexander Winton’s competitor automotive manufacturing firms relentlessly trying to usurp him in the business.

The Expansion:

With him focusing on creating better-performing engines, his interest in bettering the design of his first semi-trucks would continue to wane. Credit goes to such names as August Charles Fruehauf of Detroit who helped ease the process of shipping boats. But it is John C. Endebrock (1918) who was so experienced in building horse carriages that he decided to use the same knowledge and inspire the creation of the “trailmobile.”

The 1918’s design would allow easy and single-operator hooking of the trailer to the vehicle. It was an improvement from the early one that needed at least three men to hook it up to the car’s chassis, and thus an instant hit. To date, Trailmobile still exists as a great brand.

There was yet another modification in the 1920s, thanks to George Cassens. He was a smart car salesperson who would often deliver cars to buyers. He, therefore, created a semi-trailer that could carry up to four, and his haulage capacity increased. Much of the inspiration to create it emanated from the high and prohibitive shipping costs.

Just when you thought the new semi-trailer would steal the show, Mack Trucks arrived. Between 1929 and 1944, the firm would grow in popularity thanks to their automatic starting truck engines. Mac was a sudden trendsetter in the industry, most notably because all their trucks were durable. Over 2,601 semi or full trailers at such period was no mean feat.

In a period spanning more than a century, Winton’s two wheel semi-trailer has evolved into an eighteen wheeler semi-truck with three axles. And, given that the use of semi-trailer trucks serve as a backbone of the commercial trucking sector, the over 70% of all commodities hauled using vehicles in the US today is no surprise.