The first Sunday of October is Grandparents’ Day in South Africa, the day is dedicated to celebrate the contribution the elderly people make into life of South Africa. They are the pillars of many families and also provide care for vulnerable children and orphans. At Super Tyres we will be celebrating these heroes a bit differently, on Saturday 3rd of October we welcome the gogos and mkhulus to our branches between 07:30 and midday.
At Super Tyres, we love handing out “Caught in the Act” awards to deserving staff members. Whilst these acts are often “caught” by our own staff and managers, we are so proud when one of our customers brings an act to our attention. John Duddington, sent us a message resulting in Vincent and Desmond receiving an award.
This is what John had to say:- “I would like to bring to your attention the exemplary service I received from your staff at your Pinetown branch. The people who serviced me were Vincent and Desmond. They went above and beyond what one would expect. They should be commended for their attitude and their desire to please. They are a great advert for your company. Please give them my thanks.”
Our Super Tyres female heroes are showing their male counterparts that they are more than capable of working and thriving in a typically male-dominated industry – the tyre industry.
Super Tyres Managing Director, Dean Horn, explains that having a female influence in the business has been phenomenal. “Over the past few years we have welcomed more women into the business to fulfil various roles from tyre fitters to branch manager positions. Women are equally knowledgeable and have outstanding attention to detail. Their customer service and management skills are fantastic and their willingness to learn and grow is admirable.”
There is a growing trend of women coming in to have their tyres replaced and/or wheel alignment seen to. “Whilst we still have men coming into our stores, we have definitely noticed an increase in the number of women coming in over the past few years which is wonderful,” explains Dean.
This women’s month we honour and appreciate ALL the wonderful women in our business and our lives.
Look out for our blogs and on Facebook as we highlight some of the women working in operations (traditionally more male dominated) at Super Tyres:-
On 11 January 2020, the first Action Soccer tournament for the year took place for the Durban region at Northwood Crusaders. It was an incredible experience for everyone on and off the pitch.
The day was a massive success, with everyone
playing their hearts out for their branches. In the end, Pietermaritzburg came
out victorious, with a 5-3 win over Pinetown.
A big thank you to Graham for catering after the final match, and to Chané who plated up for everyone. To everyone who attended: you make the whole experience worthwhile, and, as much as soccer might not be your game, it was good to see everyone taking part and having fun!
the end of November, we held our last Sales Conference for 2019. The conference
covered various topics, including theories on how to run a business, going into
detail about the lead retention process and how this is applied at each branch.
Frank also went into detail about the upcoming Yes4Youth project that will
begin in 2020, and encouraged everyone to welcome and embrace the new
2 days of intense work, the teams took part in their traditional post-conference
go-kart race, and watched a Chelsea match to finish off the festivities.
The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The more you know about your battery and electrical system, the less likely you’ll get stuck. On average, a battery will last 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery.
How Does a Car Battery Work?
The car battery provides the jolt of electricity necessary to power all the electrical components in your car. Talk about a pretty huge responsibility. Without battery power, your car, as you’ve probably noticed, won’t start.
A chemical reaction puts your car in action: Your battery converts chemical energy into the electrical energy necessary to power your car, delivering voltage to the starter. Not only does your battery provide the energy required to start your car, it’s also stabilising the voltage (that’s the term for the energy supply) in order to keep your engine running. A lot’s riding on the battery.
The car battery may be small, but the power it provides is huge. And you need to constantly be aware of the fact that your battery may be in trouble.
Are There Any Warning Signs That May Indicate My Battery is Giving In?
“If only I knew sooner…” We’ve all been there before. Fortunately, here are some indications and symptoms that your battery may need replacement:
Slow engine crank – When you attempt to start the car, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start. You’d best describe it as that clicking sound your car makes when you try to start it.
Check engine light – The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak. Strange system indicator lights –such as check engine and low coolant lights– could mean there’s a problem with your battery. (It could also just mean you need more coolant).
Low battery fluid level – Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent, so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. You can also inspect it by removing the red and black caps if they are not sealed (most modern car batteries now permanently seal these parts).
Bottom line – If the fluid level is below the lead plates (energy conductor) inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested. When fluid levels drop, it’s typically caused by overcharging (heat).
The swelling, bloating battery case – If your battery casing looks like it ate a very large meal, this could indicate your battery’s gone bad. You can blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell, decreasing your battery life.
There’s a stinky, rotten egg smell – You may notice a pungent, rotten egg smell (sulphur odour) around the battery. The cause: Battery leaks. Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the + and – cable connections are located.) The gunk may need to be removed or else your car might not start.
Three years + battery age is considered old – Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three-year mark. Battery life cycles range from three-to-five years depending on the battery. However, driving habits, weather and frequent short trips (under 20 minutes) can drastically shorten the actual life of your car battery.
One thing you can do is check the four-or-five-digit date code on the cover of your battery case. The first part of the code is key: look for the letter and digit. A letter is assigned to each month — you know, like A for January, B for February and so on. The number that follows nods to the year, as in 9 for 2009 and 1 for 2011. This code tells you when the battery was shipped from the factory to your local distributor. The additional digits tell where the battery was made.
If you’ve noticed some of the abovementioned signs and if it’s over three years old, consider it time for close monitoring and replacement.
Car insurance is available for motor vehicles, motorcycles, light delivery vehicles, caravans, and trailers. There are also specific business policies available for emergency vehicles. There are three types of insurance for your car:
• Third-party, fire and theft cover
• Third-party cover
This type of cover is compulsory if your
car is still financed. It is more expensive, but it’s the best insurance you
can get, even if your car is fully paid. “Comprehensive insurance” means that
the following is covered:
The damages to your own car when you were in an accident (excluding your excess, which is a payment that you must make when you have a claim).
Full or part of the damages to any other car(s) that were directly involved in your accident which we call “Third-party cover”.
Fire that damages or destroys your car.
The theft and/or hijacking of your car (some policies do not cover this in full or with higher excess payments that you have to make, so check your policy document).
Third-Party, Fire and Theft Cover
With this cover, you are not covered for damages to your own car so, it is definitely cheaper to have only this insurance, but you may not be able to replace your car if the car is written off in an accident. If you have this cover and you are the wrong party in an accident, it is likely that the other car will, even if they have their own insurance, claim against your policy. You are also covered for a fire that damages or destroys your car and the theft and/or hijacking of your car.
This is the cover that is the cheapest and
will only provide cover for other cars, as described above.
What is Not Covered?
Normal wear-and-tear on a car and services are not covered by car insurance. It is also important that you read your policy schedule so that you know of any types of cover that may be specifically excluded from your policy. Like with most insurance, your car is not covered for intentional damage. Make sure that your car is covered outside of South Africa when you leave the country, in which case you need to request a certificate from your broker or insurance company that confirms you have a cover in the car. This certificate is to be presented at the border.