As we enter the winter months, it is important to ensure your spare wheels stay protected from the harsher weather conditions. Meteorologists are already predicting 2017 to be a cold winter, with temperatures expected to plummet to as low as -5°C, it is vital to ensure your spare wheels stay protected. Using Aquarius’ spare wheel covers will help to combat the damage experienced with the arctic temperatures and excessive rainfall associated with winter. Manufacturing spare wheel covers from their facility in Lancashire, Aquarius can make plain or printed wheel covers for a range of 4x4s, trailers, camper vans and horse boxes, all they need to know is the vehicle make and model, as well as the code found on the tyre wall. This article will investigate the different damage experienced from weather conditions and how spare wheel covers can help prevent this damage.

Exposing all-season and all-weather tyres to cold temperatures can damage the quality of the tyre, causing the tyres to harden. Once the rubber begins to harden, the tyres can lose grip on the road and require a larger stopping distance, especially during wet conditions. ‘Winter tyres’ help to relieve this issue, they contain a thread compound which minimises hardening, allowing tyres to stay soft and grip firmly to roads in sub-zero conditions. Whether using all-season tyres or winter tyres, keeping your spare wheel covered will help prevent the tyres from hardening, keeping the function of the spare wheel tyre should it need to be used in the event of a tyre blowout or puncture.

In addition to the cold temperatures, the increase in rainfall can also be damaging to the alloys on your spare wheels. Recent reports from the Met Office predict a 34% chance of record rainfall during the 2017 winter season, resulting in spare wheels being exposed to a high amount of moisture. Rain and moisture initiate the electrochemical process of oxidation which contributes to wheel alloy rusting. Rainwater contains both oxygen and carbon dioxide, these act as electrolytes and encourages extra electrons to bond to oxygen which in turn bonds with metal atoms, causing the corrosion of metal alloys and the development of rust. This process can also be increased by the road salts used to melt ice on the road, the ions within the salt speed up corrosion. Protecting wheels from exposure to water and road salts with spare wheel covers will eliminate the risk or corrosion and rust formation.

Although spare wheel covers help prevent winter weather damage, they can also be used in summer months to prevent tyre damage from sunlight and warmer heat conditions. Direct sunlight can help speed up the tyre ageing process; these means spare tyres need to be replaced sooner than the recommended 6-year timescale. Warm temperatures can have a detrimental effect on usage; the rubber can quickly become overheated and disintegrate in hot temperatures, using a white spare wheel cover can reflect heat and help keep spare wheels at low temperatures. Even though we hope for clear summer skies, a spare wheel cover can also protect from the odd summer shower that we have become accustomed to in the UK!

Aquarius Manufacturing Ltd is a member of the Euro Extrusions family and manufactures a wide range of spare wheel tyre covers from their Lancashire facilities. The team also offer a personalisation service, creating printed 4×4 wheel covers, they also offer 3D moulded spare wheel covers using a variety of animal and wildlife images. Aquarius produce spare wheel covers to fit all vehicle types including 4x4s, camper vans, trailers and horse boxes. Branded spare wheel covers also offer the ultimate on-the-road marketing opportunity. Aquarius’ team of experts guide you through the design process resulting in a bespoke spare wheel cover that is ready to fit on delivery.

If you would like to find out more about our spare wheel covers, contact us here or speak to a member of our team on 01254 887511.

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