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The owner of a tyre-fitting garage in Newham says it pays to be winter ready

Monday 5th December, 2022

The owner of a tyre-fitting garage in Newham says it pays to be winter ready

The owner of a tyre-fitting garage in Newham says it pays to be winter ready.

Rob Dabb of RPD Tyres in Harvey Road has highlighted the checks motorists can carry out to make sure their cars are road safe when the weather turns.

Cold and damp roads can dramatically affect the performance of tyres, leading to an increased accident risk. Braking distances are longer if roads are wet.

Rob, who has been working flat out since he launched his business in September, says it’s more important than ever to carry out regular checks on tyre tread to make sure they’re in the best possible condition. Better still, it’s worth investing in some winter or all-season tyres.

“Winter tyres can help improve a car’s performance and control,” said Rob. “We begin to stock them around September and October time and we’ve got a good quality range that will suit all budgets.”

RPD Tyres offers same-day fitting, as well as a range of other services, including puncture repairs, tracking, brake and exhaust checks and small repairs.

Rob Dabb has worked in the motor trade for 14 years before being given the opportunity to run his own business.

He said he was enjoying his new role and was looking forward to developing his family-run firm.

“It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Rob. “I’m busy now just keeping it all going day to day but also taking things forward as much as possible.

“I want to develop the website and push the social media side a bit more.”

Rob is keen to add even more customers to the books.

RPD has both a drive-in and online booking service, making it easier for motorists to have tyres fitted or checks done. The garage supplies and fits an extensive range, with multiple tyre brands to suit all vehicles and budgets.

To find out more, see or call 01872 274545.



In winter tread depth should be checked to ensure it is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month or before a long journey. Pressures should be checked when the tyres are cold (travelled fewer than two miles) against the vehicle manufacturers recommended levels.

When checking your tyre pressures, give the rest of the tyre a thorough visual inspection for any signs of damage.

Look for any cuts, cracks bulges and remove any embedded objects.

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