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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Super Sport
23/05/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Super Sport

Michelin are a leading tyre manufacturer that has been innovating in the industry since late 19th century. The two Pilot Sport models we will be comparing today is the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. This article will depict what key features both have, what our customers at Blackcircles.com feel about both tyres, and more.

Michelin tyres vs Falken tyres
22/05/2024

Michelin Tyres vs Falken Tyres

Given the array of tyre options on the market, narrowing down your choices can be overwhelming. Michelin and Falken are two prominent brands, each offering unique benefits and features.

Best Cars for Family of 5
21/05/2024

Best Cars for Family of 5

Family cars aren’t hard to come by these days, with it not only SUVs that are regarded as good family cars – hatchbacks have also steaked claim to being some of the most reliable and practical family vehicles on the market. Having an outlook on what the best cars are for a family of 5 is important to garner, which is what we’re here to do in this article today.

20mph speed limit across the uk
17/05/2024

20mph Speed Limit Across the UK

Over the past few years, you will have no doubt noticed the increasing number of 20mph speed limits are becoming common across many cities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The introduction of these 20mph limits have been put in place in a bid to improve road safety, reduce accidents, and encourage more walking and cycling. 

Hydrogen Powered Cars: The Future of Driving?
16/05/2024

Hydrogen Powered Cars: The Future of Driving?

An alternative to electric vehicles that has peaked interest of many motorists globally is hydrogen powered cars, also known as Fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The purpose of this article is to understand what hydrogen powered cars are, what FCEVs have been produced, and what impact they might have on the motoring industry.

Driving in Germany
15/05/2024

Driving in Germany

As football fans gear up for the Euro 2024 Tournament, many English and Scottish fans will be heading to Germany in their droves to support their teams. Sorry Wales and Northern Ireland. Even with all the excitement of the upcoming tournament, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the local driving laws, documentation requirements, speed limits, and parking rules. 

International Hot Wheels Day
15/05/2024

International Hot Wheels Day

At Blackcircles.com, while we're known for supplying top-notch tyres for your real-life rides, but today we shift gears to celebrate the iconic miniature cars that have sparked the imaginations of millions.

Bridgestone Tyres vs Pirelli Tyres
13/05/2024

Bridgestone Tyres vs Pirelli Tyres

Both Bridgestone and Pirelli are industry leading tyre brands that have been innovating in tyre development for decades now. This article will be comparing the prestigious history of both brands, the technologies they have developed and how their most popular tyre models match up.

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 vs Alpin 6
10/05/2024

Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 vs Alpin 6

Michelin’s top winter tyre series is their Alpin series, with the latest rendition being released in 2024 – the Alpin 7. However, we’re going to look back to the Alpin 7’s predecessors and compare key features of both the Michelin Pilot Sport Alpin 5 and Michelin Alpin 6.

Michelin Alpin 6 vs Alpin 7
08/05/2024

Michelin Alpin 6 vs Alpin 7

The most recent Alpin tyre model is the Alpin 6, a premium winter tyre released globally by Michelin back in 2018. With the release of the Alpin 7 being anticipated for later this year, we feel it’s necessary to compare the Alpin 7 to its successful predecessor, the Alpin 7.

Oxford Clean Air Zone
07/05/2024

Oxford Zero Emission Zone

Oxford has taken a significant step towards reducing city air pollution with the implementation of the Zero Emission Zone. This initiative - also known as ZEZ - launched as a pilot scheme in February 2022, with a further expansion of the areas affected proposed to come into effect in August 2025.

Bridgestone Tyres vs Kumho Tyres
03/05/2024

Bridgestone Tyres vs Kumho Tyres

With the vast number of options available today, it can be daunting to sift through the myriad choices. Two notable brands in the tyre industry are Bridgestone and Kumho, each with distinct qualities and offerings.

Michelin CrossClimate 2 vs Alpin 7
03/05/2024

Michelin CrossClimate 2 vs Alpin 7

CrossClimate tyres are a relatively new all-season tyre series sold by Michelin, with its latest rendition being the successful CrossClimate 2. Michelin’s flagship winter tyre series is Alpin tyres, with the brand new Alpin 7 set to release globally later this year. So how do these two tyre models compare? That’s what this article will cover here today.

New: Michelin Alpin 7 Tyre Launched
02/05/2024

New: Michelin Alpin 7 Tyre Launched

This month, May 2024, Michelin are set to launch the new Michelin Alpin 7 winter tyre range. Succeeding the previous Michelin Alpin 6 – which was originally launched in 2018 - the Alpin 7 has been designed for longevity, is suitable for EV, and has achieved 3PMSF (3 Peaks Mountain Snowflake) accreditation.

Aberdeen Low Emission Zone: Your LEZ Guide
02/05/2024

Aberdeen Low Emission Zone: Your LEZ Guide

Aberdeen were introduced to the concept of a Low Emission Zone on May 31st, 2022. Therefore, it’s important to outline what the fines are for being non-compliant, where the LEZ is located in Aberdeen, and how to find out if your vehicle is compliant or not to drive in the vicinity of a Low Emission Zone.

Dundee LEZ: Everything you need to know
01/05/2024

Dundee LEZ: Everything you need to know

Dundee’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) was introduced on May 30th, 2022, with further plans of full enforcement being in place for May 30th, 2024. It is important to understand what the LEZ rules are, where it’ll be located in Dundee, and what charges you may face after non-compliance.

Michelin Tyres vs Continental Tyres
30/04/2024

Michelin Tyres vs Continental Tyres

When thinking of premium tyre brands, it can be argued that two of the first brands that come to mind is both Michelin and Continental. So how do these two leading tyre brands matchup? That’s what we’re going to cover in this article today.

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Pilot Sport S 5
01/05/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Pilot Sport S 5

In this article we are going to attempt to give you an overview of the two tyres, helping you to better understand what the difference between the Pilot Sport 5 and Pilot Sport S 5 tyres are.

Michelin tyres vs Pirelli Tyres
30/04/2024

Michelin Tyres vs Pirelli Tyres

In this article we are going to look at two of the biggest brands on the market. Both of which have a long-standing reputation for excellence, performance, and safety - Michelin and Pirelli.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S vs Pilot Sport 5
29/04/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S vs Pilot Sport 5

Two recent Pilot Sport models that has seen various degrees of success for Michelin is the Pilot Sport 4 S and the Pilot Sport 5. This article will outline each tyre’s main components, comparing each model to see how the stack up against each other.

Bristol Clean Air Zone
29/04/2024

Bristol Clean Air Zone: Overview Guide

Does Bristol have a Clean Air Zone? Yes, it does. Since November 2022, the Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been operational. It encompasses a portion of the city where air quality has historically been recorded as being poor - primarily down to vehicular emissions. Particularly from diesel engines.

Motorhome vs Caravan vs RV vs Campervan
29/04/2024

Motorhome vs Caravan vs RV vs Campervan

When planning a road trip or a holiday, the choice of where you'll lay your head each night is as crucial as your destination. This article will explore the nuances of these four popular types of mobile accommodations, helping you determine which might be the best fit for your travel style and needs.

Would You Learn to Drive in an Electric Vehicle
29/04/2024

Would You Learn to Drive in an Electric Vehicle

A recent survey created by Griderve, it was found that nearly half of learner drivers would prefer lessons in electric vehicles (EVs). However, only one in seven are able to find instructors with an EV.

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know
23/04/2024

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

Portsmouth's Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is an initiative launched on 29 November 2021 to combat air pollution in the city. The aim is to improve air quality by charging certain vehicles that don't meet specific emissions standards.

Best City Cars 2024
22/04/2024

Best City Cars 2024

City driving can be challenging; however, it can be made that little bit easier with the right car. With the booming period that the car industry is in right now, we are going to narrow down some of the best city cars out there.

Michelin vs Davanti Tyres: A Comparison
19/04/2024

Michelin vs Davanti Tyres: A Comparison

When you are trying to choose the right tyres for your vehicle, there are a lot of options. So, making the right decision can really change how you enjoy and experience your everyday driving. In this article we are going to shine the light on two brands which sit on opposite sides of the tyre market. As we look at choosing between Michelin and Davanti.

Birmingham CAZ: Everything you need to know
18/04/2024

Birmingham CAZ: Everything you need to know

As of April 2021, the City of Birmingham has had a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), an area in which there are regulations in place to tackle air pollution. But what are Clean Air Zones? And how does it affect motoring throughout Birmingham? Let’s explore that today.

Bradford CAZ: Your Guide to Clean Air Zones
17/04/2024

Bradford CAZ: Your Guide to Clean Air Zones

Bradford was introduced to their own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) back in September 2022. Since then, there has been slight restrictions for specific drivers within the City of Bradford, that we will be covering here today.

moped-vs-scooter-vs-electric-scooter-tyre
17/04/2024

What is the difference between a moped, scooter & electric scooter tyre

Moped, scooter and electric scooter tyres may at first glance appear to be one and the same. However, there are some subtle differences between these vehicles, which can mean that a person could order the wrong type in error.

Bath Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know
17/04/2024

Bath Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

The Bath Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was launched on March 15, 2021. The scheme was introduced with the aim of improving air quality by charging high-emission vehicles that enter the city centre.

Continental SportContact 7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
16/04/2024

Continental SportContact 7 vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Released in 2021, the SportContact 7 is a premium summer tyre manufactured by Continental. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is also a summer tyre, introduced by Michelin back in 2017. This tyre model acted as a more performance-orientated version of the Pilot Sport 4. How do these tyres compare? Let's find that out today.

Best Cars for 17-Year-Olds 2024
15/04/2024

Best Cars for 17-Year-Olds 2024

Even if finally being able to drive is an exciting prospect, it can also be stressful to find that first new car. That’s what we’re here to do today, with this article outlining some of the best cars for 17-year-olds.

Driving in Italy
12/04/2024

Driving in Italy: Your Ultimate Guide

From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged coastlines of the Amalfi Coast, Italy is a driver's delight. However, to ensure your journey is both enjoyable and compliant with local laws, it's essential to be informed about the driving regulations, requirements, and nuances of Italian road travel.

Glasgow LEZ: Your Low Emission Zone Guide
08/04/2024

Glasgow LEZ: Your Low Emission Zone Guide

The city of Glasgow was introduced to LEZ on May 31st, 2022, with plans of full enforcement being executed June 1st, 2023. With the full enforcement of LEZ in Glasgow being in full effect, it’s important to know the details and how it affects motoring within the city.

F1 Tyres Explained 2024
08/04/2024

F1 Tyres Explained 2024

Since Pirelli's return to Formula 1 in 2011, their F1 tyres have played a pivotal role in shaping the strategies and outcomes of races. For the 2024 season, there have not been too many changes to the F1 tyres landscape – but there are some slight notable adjustments around compounds.

Best Cars Under 20K
05/04/2024

Best Cars Under 20K

There has never been more options out there, including ones that are under the £20,000 price bracket. Whilst these cars may not be deemed luxury, a lot of these vehicles are still tipped as good options to go for when looking for that next ride. Today, we will cover our top picks for the best new cars that cost under £20K.

CAZ: What You Need to Know About UK Clean Air Zones
05/04/2024

CAZ: What You Need to Know About UK Clean Air Zones

Some cities focus more on commercial vehicles (such as Bath) while others charge private cars. For more information visit the clean air zone information on the Government website, or the low emission zones Scotland website.

Celebrating The Biggest Black Circle: 8 spots to catch the Solar Eclipse in the UK
05/04/2024

Celebrating The Biggest Black Circle: 8 spots to catch the Solar Eclipse in the UK

Only a partial eclipse will be visible from the UK. The first part of the eclipse is visible from here because the sun will set before the eclipse reaches its maximum phase. So, where can you catch a look?

Best Cars Under 30K
05/04/2024

DIY Day 2024: Top 10 DIY Fixes To Save Money On Your Car

Embrace the spirit of DIY Day 2024 with our essential guide to car repairs you can do at home. Learn how to handle common vehicle issues with confidence and save a bundle on mechanic fees. From simple maintenance to more intricate fixes, we'll show you how to keep your car running smoothly without breaking the bank.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S vs Pirelli P Zero
03/04/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S vs Pirelli P Zero

Two flagship high performance tyre models on the market are Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S and Pirelli’s P Zero. This article will layout the key features of both these flagship models and determine what makes them such sought after tyres today.

Best Cars Under 30K
01/04/2024

Best Cars Under 30K

If you are fortunate enough to have a budget of £30,000 or less, the options are endless. This article will help decipher the best cars under £30K on the market today.

Understanding Ford Focus Tyre Pressure
29/03/2024

Understanding Ford Focus Tyre Pressure

Determining the correct tyre pressure for a Ford Focus can be a bit of a puzzle, given the range of models and tyre options available. However, it’s essential for both the vehicle's performance and your safety while driving.

Van size comparison
27/03/2024

Van Size Comparison: Choosing the Best Van Tyres

Whether it's you have a nimble small panel van or a sturdy box van, when it comes to buying new van tyres, it is important to understand the nuances of what makes a tyre suitable for different sizes of van.

Best Camping Vehicles
22/03/2024

Best Camping Vehicles

If you’re planning a camping trip, ideally you would need a practical car to store all your camping gear in whilst making your way to your destination and/or parked up. That’s why we’re here today, as we outline our top picks for the best vehicles for camping.

Low Emission Zones Scotland
22/03/2024

Low Emission Zones Scotland

In Scotland, the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in key cities has marked a pivotal stride in trying to create healthier urban environments. These zones, which are in force throughout the year are hoped by the Government to symbolise Scotland's commitment to improving air quality.

ULEZ Check: Is my car ULEZ compliant?
21/03/2024

ULEZ Check: Is my car ULEZ compliant?

If you're wondering, "Is my car ULEZ compliant?" here's what you need to know.

What is the difference between LEZ, ULEZ & CAZ?
18/03/2024

What is the difference between LEZ, ULEZ & CAZ?

Various areas across the UK have had their motoring lives changed recently following the inclusions of Low Emission Zones (LEZ), Ultra-low Emission Zones (ULEZ), and Clean Air Zones (CAZ). So, what does this mean for certain areas in the UK? And what are the differences between these three zones? That’s what we will cover in this article today.

Michelin Primacy 4 vs CrossClimate 2
13/03/2024

Michelin Primacy 4 vs CrossClimate 2

Michelin have been market leaders when it comes to tyre development. Two of their top tyre models in today’s market is their Primacy 4 and CrossClimate 2. This article will outline the key features of both leading tyre models, comparing both the tyres’ successes to see how they truly match up together.

Edinburgh LEZ: Everything you need to know
11/03/2024

Edinburgh LEZ: Everything you need to know

The date is May 31st, 2022, and the city of Edinburgh has just been introduced to an all-new Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The purpose of the introduction of LEZ being present in the centre of Edinburgh was to contribute to reducing negative emissions within the capital city of Scotland.

Cars with the Best MPG 2024
08/03/2024

Cars with the Best MPG 2024

Much like electric vehicles having the best range, petrol/diesel cars that have the higher number in MPG are generally considered some of the strongest cars regarding fuel economy. Today, we will cover some of the best cars on the market when focusing on the vehicle’s MPG.

Michelin Pilot Sport Range
06/03/2024

The Michelin Pilot Sport Tyre Range

The story of Michelin's Pilot Sport tyre range is all about being super smart, super fast, and super safe. From the start, these tyres have been leading the way, showing everyone how it's done when it comes to tyre tech.

Best Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range 2024
01/03/2024

Best Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range 2024

Electric vehicles have taken the automotive world by storm over the past few years, offering motorists an alternative to traditional diesel/petrol cars. This article will shine a light on some of the best electric vehicles that have great range and are attainable to the general EV buyer in 2024.

Audi BHP: A Guide to BHP in Audi Models
01/03/2024

Audi BHP: A Guide to BHP in Audi Models

Audi, the German car manufacturer known for blending luxury with performance, offers a wide range of models that cater to various tastes and needs. Understanding Audi BHP gives you a glimpse into the heart of their engineering excellence.

Best Tyre Retailer 2024
28/02/2024

Blackcircles.com Named 'Best Online Tyre Retailer' for the Tenth Year

We were delighted to find out this week that for the tenth year in a row we have clinched the title of 'Best Online Tyre Retailer' - as named by Auto Express. This unprecedented tenth consecutive victory is an achievement that underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in serving our customers.

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
26/02/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Two flagship tyre models from Michelin and Goodyear that we will focus on are Michelin’s Pilot Sport 5, and Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6, a couple of premium tyres that represent both the brands’ modern tyre development, expertise, and innovation.

Understanding Vauxhall Corsa Tyre Pressure
21/02/2024

Understanding Vauxhall Corsa Tyre Pressure

Figuring out the right Vauxhall Corsa tyre pressure might seem tricky, especially with so many different variants and tyre choices out there. But it's crucial to get it right for your Vauxhall Corsa, both for the car's performance and your safety on the road.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Sport 4 S
19/02/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Sport 4 S

The Michelin Pilot Sport series has been crucial in not just Michelin’s modern day successes, but also the tyre industry in general. This article will outline the key features of the Pilot Sport 4 and 4S to compare both tyre models and highlight why both the models are two of the most sought after tyres today.

Best Family Cars
15/02/2024

Best Family Cars

When you have a family, small or large, it is important to have a practical car that can take your loved ones from A to B. Our top picks in this article will give you a broad outlook on what family-friendly vehicles to consider.

Driving in Spain
14/02/2024

Driving in Spain

If you're planning on driving in Spain through the sun-drenched landscapes and historic cities, it is one of the best ways to explore the country's rich tapestry of culture, cuisine, and scenery. Every year, countless Brits set out on Spanish roads, seeking the freedom and excitement that comes with a well-planned trip.

What is a Stepney Tyre?
13/02/2024

What is a Stepney Tyre?

A Stepney tyre is another term for a spare tyre, which was invented by brothers Thomas and Walter Davies in 1904. Stepney tyres have evolved over decades, becoming one of the most important assets for motorists to have on hand for their vehicles.

Best Cars Under 50K
13/02/2024

Best Cars Under 50K

If you are in the fortunate position of having a budget of £50,000 for your next car, there is no denying the excellent range of options you have at your disposal. Let's explore what those best options are for cars under £50k.

Tyre Fixing Near Me - Why Opting for New Tyres is Safer
06/02/2024

Tyre Fixing Near Me - Why Opting for New Tyres is Safer

While the convenience of a quick repair might be tempting, understanding the risks associated with fixed tyres and the advantages of new tyre replacements is crucial for your safety and the vehicle's longevity.

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers 2024
02/02/2024

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers 2024

If you are struggling for car gift ideas to give to your car loving companion, we’ve got you covered, as we are going to be exploring some of our top picks for gifts to give your partner this Valentine’s Day.

What are the costs of owning a car?
31/01/2024

What are the costs of owning a car?

The decision to own a car in the UK is a significant one, impacting both the convenience of travel and the household budget. In a recent Facebook post, we asked our audience what was the biggest expense they felt when owning a car.

Celebrate International Lego Day
29/01/2024

Celebrate International Lego Day

On January 28th, Lego enthusiasts from all corners of the globe were able to come together in celebration of the iconic Lego brick - a symbol of limitless imagination and fun.

Best cars for insurance for young drivers
29/01/2024

Best Cars to Insure for Young Drivers

After passing your driving test, the next step is to find that first car that’s best for you. This process can be exciting, but can be equally as stressful. Today, we will be covering the best cars for cheap insurance, giving you a good outlook on what cars to consider.

What is the effect of low emission zones?
26/01/2024

What is the effect of low emission zones?

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) have been a topic of robust discussion, with varied viewpoints on their impact on air quality and business operations. In September 2023, a discussion on our Facebook page revealed a spectrum of sentiments, from scepticism and frustration to adaptive strategies and acceptance.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Uniroyal RainSport 5
24/01/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Uniroyal RainSport 5

The Pilot Sport 4 and RainSport 5 are two summer tyre models manufactured by Michelin and Uniroyal respectively. Today, we will be covering both tyre models and comparing the key features of both tyres.

How Do You Connect A Phone To A Car
22/01/2024

How Do You Connect A Phone To A Car

This guide takes you through the steps of connecting your phone to your car, explores the features and benefits of Apple CarPlay, addresses common questions, and ensures you are well-informed about the UK's laws regarding phone use in cars.

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 vs Michelin CrossClimate 2
17/01/2024

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 vs Michelin CrossClimate 2

The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 and Michelin CrossClimate 2 are premium tyre models manufactured by two of the world’s leading tyre brands. Today, we will be comparing both tyre models to see just how they match up.

Yokohama Advan dB V553 Tyre Launched
15/01/2024

Yokohama Advan dB V553 Tyre Launched

At the tail end of 2023, Yokohama announced the launch of the ADVAN dB V553. A tyre that they hope will mark a significant advancement in tyre technology. Promising a new level of comfort and quietness for drivers. As a successor to the ADVAN dB V552, the V553 brings enhanced features and performance. Making it an exciting new option in the premium tyre market.

Guide to Tesla
12/01/2024

Your Guide to All Things Tesla

The automotive world is not just evolving; it's undergoing a thrilling transformation right before our eyes. This is the exhilarating landscape where Tesla, a name synonymous with revolutionary change, makes its mark.

Best First Cars for New Drivers 2024 article
11/01/2024

Best First Cars for New Drivers 2024

Getting your first car is one of the most memorable and important moments of your life. New drivers, both old and young, will always want that perfect car to kickstart their new life on the roads. Explore our top picks of the best cars you should consider for starting your very first car.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Sport 5 article
10/01/2024

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pilot Sport 5

Michelin has various recognisable tyre models, with their Pilot Sport series being at the forefront of their successes in recent times. But how do the flagship Pilot Sport 4 and Pilot Sport 5 tyres compare?

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2024 article
08/01/2024

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2024

As the new year is now underway, it is sometimes good to reflect back on some historic, important, or personal anniversaries of the year of 2024. These include car brands and models from around the world, so let's take a look and see what ones are celebrating anniversaries in 2024.

Best tyres 2023 article
08/01/2024

Drive Into the New Year With the Best Tyres 2023

Which tyre models were heralded as the best tyres 2023? We’re lucky in the fact that there are many publications which run tyre tests every year, covering summer tyres, all season tyres and winter tyres. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

All season vs winter vs summer tyres
03/01/2024

All season vs Winter vs Summer tyres

Which is right for you? Is it a summer, winter or all-season tyres? Let's have a look at the different options to see which type of tyre best suits your needs, type of vehicle and climate.

Drink Driving on New Years: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them
29/12/2023

Drink Driving on New Years: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Each year, countless accidents occur due to impaired driving, leading to tragic outcomes. It's crucial to understand the risks and take proactive steps to avoid them. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to stay safe and prevent drink driving this New Year's Day.

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide
29/12/2023

How to Defrost a Car Quickly

It is very easy to rush getting your car defrosted, particularly when you are running late for something and needing to leave as soon as possible. Improper defrosting of your vehicle is dangerous, which is why it is crucial to know how to defrost your car.

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide
21/12/2023

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide

Are you considering an international road trip? Exciting as it may be, it's important to understand the rules of driving abroad with your UK licence. Different countries might have varying rules and requirements. Including local speed limits, traffic laws, and driving license validity.

What to Do with Used Tyres
14/12/2023

What to Do with Used Tyres

Having anything that you don’t have use of anymore can be a burden to have lying around, taking up space no matter where you decide to store them. When it comes to tyres, however, there are many things to do with them once they’ve been used.

What to Buy a Car Lover for Christmas
13/12/2023

Gifts for Car Lovers

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it’s time to check your list (twice of course) and make sure you have everything you need for your loved ones.

What to do when you are locked out of your car
08/12/2023

What To Do When You Are Locked Out of Your Car

Have you ever had that heart-sinking moment when you realize your car keys are on the wrong side of a locked door? In this guide we go through the different options you have to try and gain entry back into your car.

Car Price Prediction 2024 (Will Prices Drop or Rise)
06/12/2023

Car Price Prediction 2024 (Will Prices Drop or Rise)

Predicting car prices for 2024 can be complex, thanks to the many factors that can influence the market. However, based on current analysis and expert opinions, it is likely that car prices will remain relatively stable in 2024. With a potential, gradual decline - compared to the peak levels seen in 2023.

Driving home for Christmas checklist
05/12/2023

Driving Home For Christmas: A Festive Checklist

Whilst Christmas may be a time of celebration and togetherness, for some it does mean travelling. There are many factors to considering when driving home for Christmas, so why don’t we run through some of them today.

Car prep for winter
04/12/2023

Car Prep for Winter: For Safe Driving

Instead of fretting about the coming cold weather and how it affects the roads, make sure you prepare your car for winter. With shorter days and dark, cold nights, the change from autumn to winter acts as a perfect reminder to carry out some essential checks on your car.

Buying a Used Car - A Comprehensive Guide
01/12/2023

Buying a Used Car - A Comprehensive Guide

The second-hand car market is a big landscape - one filled with opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned car buyer or you are looking to buy a car for the first time, this guide is designed to empower you. To give you the knowledge that is required to make an informed decision.

How to Jump Start a Car
29/11/2023

How to Jump Start a Car

When, or if a flat car battery ever happens to you, it is important to know how to bring your car battery back to life. How do you jump start a car you may ask? Let’s explore that today and find out how to go about doing it.

New Cars Brands Coming in 2024
28/11/2023

New Cars Brands Coming in 2024

In the dynamic landscape of the UK car market, 2024 promises an influx of new car brands and models. Heralding a shift towards greater diversity and innovation. This surge is notably led by Chinese and American manufacturers. A testament to the global appeal of the UK market.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 vs Continental WinterContact TS 870 P
24/11/2023

Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 vs Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

The Blizzak LM005 and WinterContact TS 870 P are two winter tyres manufactured by Bridgestone and Continental respectively. So how do these two tyre models compare to each other? Let’s explore that here today.

UK Autumn Statement 2023 – A Boost For Motorists?
23/11/2023

UK Autumn Statement 2023 – A Boost For Motorists?

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, announced the Autumn Statement of 2023, outlining intent for all areas regarding the Conservative manifesto. Drivers in the UK may be wondering what these policies entail, and how it may impact motoring across the country - let's find out what it means.

Cost of living crisis and tyres
21/11/2023

Tyres During The Cost of Living Crisis

The cost of living has not gone away. It continues to assert itself on people across the globe. Many people are feeling the pinch, now more than ever. As prices for essentials like food and energy continue to remain high, families struggle.

Continental AllSeasonContact vs Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3
20/11/2023

Continental AllSeasonContact vs Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

Two leading all-season tyre models for Continental and Goodyear are the AllSeasonContact and Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 respectively. How do these two models compare? Today we will take a deep dive in to what makes both these tyre models great.

Black Friday Birmingham
14/11/2023

Black Friday Birmingham: A Guide To Deals & Offers

Each year in Birmingham, Black Friday casts a transformative spell over the city's shopping landscape. Although it started as a post-Thanksgiving tradition in the U.S.A. - Black Friday has, over the past decade, become a global sensation.

Joining a Caravan & Motorhome Club
13/11/2023

Joining a Caravan & Motorhome Club

Joining a caravan & motorhome club gives a sense of community and life experiences for people that have a passion for travel, comfort, and socialising. Ranging from retirees to families, the demographic of caravan & motorhome club enthusiasts is wide, meaning there is great importance to knowing what to look for if you are interested in joining one yourself.

Kings Speech: What is the Automated Vehicles Bill?
10/11/2023

King's Speech: What is the Automated Vehicles Bill?

This week, in what was his first King's Speech, King Charles introduced an Automated Vehicles Bill (AV). One of 21 priority bills to be set out for the Government. But what is the Automated Vehicles Bill?

Driving in a Snowstorm (Winter Driving Tips)
09/11/2023

Driving in a Snowstorm (Winter Driving Tips)

Particularly in the UK, there is a possibility that you might have to drive in a snowstorm. Therefore, it is important to understand how to tackle this dangerous driving condition, to make sure you have the safest possible journey to your destination.

Continental CrossContact H/T: A New Tyre for Drivers Seeking Versatility
08/11/2023

Continental CrossContact H/T: A New Tyre for Drivers Seeking Versatility

Earlier this year, Continental tyres launched the CrossContact H/T. The CrossContact H/T is a summer tyre designed for motorists who need a tyre to perform on both paved and unsurfaced roads.

Black Friday Glasgow: 2023 Deals
06/11/2023

Black Friday Glasgow: 2023 Deals

Each year the shops of Glasgow embrace Black Friday. Immersing themselves in shopping fervour. What first started as a post-Thanksgiving sale in the U.S.A, has become a regular global phenomenon. It is very much an annual event in the retail calendars of many shops and local businesses in Scotland.

Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance 3: A New Era in Winter Tyres
03/11/2023

Goodyear’s UltraGrip Performance 3: A New Era in Winter Tyres

This new winter tyre from Goodyear looks to be a significant step forward in performance and innovation – with a meticulously designed overall product to meet the everchanging needs of drivers.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport vs Pirelli P Zero PZ4
01/11/2023

Bridgestone Potenza Sport vs Pirelli P Zero PZ4

With Bridgestone and Pirelli spending a number of decades perfecting tyre design and technologies, these two high-performance tyres are great showcases of modern-day advancements within the tyre industry. But how do these two popular models compare? Let’s explore that today and see how they match up.

DriverReviews Awards 2023
30/10/23

DriverReviews Customer Choice Tyre Awards 2023: Genuine Reviews for Your Driving Needs!

DriverReviews have just launched the 2023 DriverReviews Customer Choice Awards! These annual awards are driven by genuine customer feedback. All coming from real everyday drivers. Providing invaluable insights into tyre performance across a diverse array of vehicle segments.

How to clean your car
25/10/2023

How to clean your car: our guide to late autumn car cleaning

As the vivid colours of summer give way to the golden hues of autumn, car owners face a unique set of challenges when it comes to keeping their vehicles clean and maintained. Autumn in the UK brings with it the whimsical dance of falling leaves, crisp mornings, and the anticipation of winter's chill.

OEM: What Does it Mean?
24/10/2023

OEM: What Does it Mean?

Also referred to as ‘OE tyres’, OEM tyres will be a common term used relating to both tyre and car manufacturers, whether it be in press releases, tyre sidewalls, or vehicle handbooks. But what does OEM mean? And how does this apply to your car and tyres?

Tyre Safety: Everything you need to know
06/10/2023

Tyre Safety: Everything you need to know

Your car's tyres are its only point of contact with the road, making them one of the most crucial components for your safety on the road. Neglecting proper tyre maintenance and safety checks can result in serious consequences, both for your wallet and your well-being.

Private Number Plates: All you need to know in the UK
28/09/2023

Private Number Plates: All you need to know in the UK

Private number plates have become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom over the past couple of decades. These unique combinations of letters and numbers not only add a personal touch to a vehicle but also open up a world of possibilities for customisation.

All season tyre guide
21/09/2023

A guide to all season tyres

All-season tyres have become increasingly popular over the past decade - as motorists look for a versatile and reliable option. Something that can tackle various weather conditions. From summer's heat to winter's icy grip.

Michelin CrossClimate 2 vs Continental AllSeasonContact
19/09/2023

Michelin CrossClimate 2 vs Continental AllSeasonContact

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 and Continental AllSeasonContact are two all season tyre models produced by two of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world. This tyre test article will cover both Continental and Michelin’s successful all-season tyres, seeing how both match up in the key areas of the models.

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Continental PremiumContact 6
14/09/2023

Michelin Pilot Sport 5 vs Continental PremiumContact 6

Michelin and Continental are two of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world – Michelin being the largest and Continental being the fourth largest respectively (as of 2023). Today, we will go over the Pilot Sport 5 and the PremiumContact 6, comparing both tyres’ features and technologies that make the models top premium tyres.

A Guide To UK Number Plates
11/09/2023

A Guide To UK Number Plates

Number plates, those ubiquitous combinations of letters and numbers adorning vehicles, may seem mundane at first glance. However, much like car tyres, these small plates carry a rich history - and play a crucial role in identifying vehicles

Turanza T005 vs Ventus Prime 4
08/09/2023

Bridgestone Turanza T005 vs Hankook Ventus Prime 4

The Bridgestone Turanza T005 and the Hankook Ventus Prime 4 are two mainstay tyre models within their respective tyre brand’s line-up. But how do these two models compare? Let’s explore what makes these models prominent in the tyre market today.

Dashboard Symbols
04/09/2023

Understanding Car Dashboard Symbols

It can sometimes be an alarming moment when unfamiliar car dashboard symbols come to light, with some of the warning lights creating cause for concern for motorists. To understand these warning lights, explore this article to give yourself a better idea of what these symbols mean and what to do when they show.

Driving in Egypt
25/08/2023

Driving in Egypt 2023: A Guide for the Adventurous

As Egypt's landscapes unfold before you, it's essential to be well-prepared to embark on a journey that intertwines history, culture, and the thrill of the open road

Roadstone and Dynamo
24/08/2023

Blackcircles Introduce: Roadstone and Dynamo Tyres

Blackcircles.com are introducing two tyre brands to the ever-growing list of tyres we offer on our website – these two brands being Roadstone and Dynamo.

ULEZ: Everything We Know (So Far)
15/08/2023

ULEZ: Everything We Know (So Far)

Significant changes to motoring in London are due to transpire at the end of this month, with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announcing plans for Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) to cover all London boroughs from August 29th, 2023.

New: Firestone Firehawk Sport
11/08/2023

New: Firestone Firehawk Sport

If you love driving and crave the thrill of the open road, the Firestone Firehawk Sport is here to empower your journey.

Continental SportContact 7 vs Bridgestone Potenza Sport
10/08/2023

Continental SportContact 7 vs Bridgestone Potenza Sport

Both released in 2021, the Continental SportContact 7 and Bridgestone Potenza Sport are premium tyre models produced by two of the biggest tyre manufacturers in the world.

Driving in France 2023
04/08/2023

Driving in France 2023: Your Ultimate Guide

If you're planning a road trip to France this summer - use our guide to ensure that you are aware of the many nuances of driving in France, compared to the UK.

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2023
02/08/2023

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2023

In the year of 2023, we have seen many iconic car manufacturers and models celebrate milestone anniversaries. But what car brands and models are they?

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 vs Continental PremiumContact 6
20/07/2023

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 vs Continental PremiumContact 6

The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 and Continental PremiumContact 6 are premium tyre models produced by two of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
13/07/2023

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5

Both Michelin and Goodyear have been leading tyre manufacturing companies for many years now, developing top of the range tyre models with advanced features and performances.

How to Check a Cars MOT History
11/07/2023

How to Check a Car's MOT History

When it comes to buying a used car, having access to its history is crucial for making an informed decision. But how do you check your car's MOT history?

What oil does my car need?
07/07/2023

What Oil Does My Car Need?

Having the correct type of oil in your engine is particularly important for the maintenance of your car. Whilst electric vehicles do not need oil for the car to run smoothly, all diesel/petrol cars need lubricant for their engine.

Goodyear EfficientGrip Compact 2
30/06/2023

New: Goodyear EfficientGrip Compact 2

Recently Goodyear announced the launch of their latest tyre - the Goodyear EfficientGrip Compact 2. A tyre that is specifically designed to enhance performance in compact cars.

Choosing bike tyres
26/06/2023

How to Choose the Best Tyres for Your Vehicle

Choosing the right tyres for your vehicle directly impacts your safety, driving experience and the overall performance of your vehicle. Tyres are the only part of your car that come into contact with the road. As such, they are instrumental in the handling, braking, and stability of your car.

dueler-all-terrain-at002
16/06/2023

New: Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain A/T002

Experience unrivalled control and conquer any terrain with the all-new Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain A/T002. A leading global provider of tyres, Bridgestone have this month released this new premium all-terrain tyre – said to be engineered to empower 4x4 drivers with unparalleled performance and confidence.

Choosing bike tyres
15/06/2023

Choosing the Best Tyres for Your Bicycle

Whether you're a casual cyclist or a passionate bike enthusiast, selecting the best bicycle tyres for your bike is key to a care-free and enjoyable experience.

Choosing tyres
12/06/2023

A Guide to Choosing the Right Tyres: Premium, Mid-Range, or Budget?

Whether you're an experienced driver or a new car owner, selecting the ideal tyres for your vehicle can feel overwhelming. With a wide range of options available, such as premium, mid-range, or budget tyres - making the right choice is crucial.

allseasoncontact 2
02/06/2023

Introducing the Continental AllSeasonContact 2

Continental is set to launch its latest all-season tyre - the Continental AllSeasonContact 2.

Car dashboard on a motorway
26/05/2023

Understanding Stopping Distances

When it comes to road safety, few things are as crucial as understanding your vehicle's stopping distances. The ability to come to a halt in a controlled and timely manner can mean the difference between a near miss and a catastrophic collision.

How to Change a Tyre
24/05/2023

How to Change a Tyre

A tyre puncture can be a very stressful situation for most motorists. However, understanding how to properly change a car tyre can significantly lower your stress levels, should you need to carry out the task.

Pot Hole Claims
12/05/2023

A Guide to Pothole Claims For Tyres

We’ve all been there, driving along happily when all of a sudden BANG! Potholes seemingly come from nowhere and cause us road users all sorts of trouble. This guide will help to make sense of claiming for the tyre damage.

New hidden speed cameras could roll out soon
11/05/2023

New hidden speed cameras could roll out soon

A new generation of ‘stealth’ speed camera vans could soon appear on the UK’s roads. Unlike the police vans we are accustomed to, these new vehicles have been designed to be more inconspicuous, making them harder for drivers to detect.

F1 Tyres
04/05/2023

F1 Tyres Explained 2023

Since 2011, Pirelli has been the sole supplier of tyres for the Formula 1 teams. They returned to the sport after being involved previously in the 1950s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Uneven tyre wear
28/04/2023

The Impact of Underinflated Tyres on Your Car

Underinflated car tyres can have a significant impact on both your car's performance and your bank balance. It's not just about safety - driving with underinflated tyres can lead to accelerated wear, compromised handling, an uncomfortable driving experience, reduced durability and increased fuel and battery usage.

Road signs
26/04/2023

Low Emissions Zones and What It Means For Drivers

Low Emissions Zones (LEZs) and Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are often used interchangeably to describe inner-city areas where drivers of older, more polluting vehicles must pay to drive through. What are they and how will they affect drivers?

Pilot Sport S 5
21/04/2023

Newly Launched: Michelin Pilot Sport S 5

If you're a fan of high-performance tyres, you're probably familiar with the Michelin Pilot Sport range. Now, Michelin has released the latest iteration - the Michelin Pilot Sport S 5.

Uneven tyre wear
14/04/2023

Causes of Uneven Tyre Wear

There are several reasons why your car tyres might be wearing down unevenly or excessively...

Road signs
12/04/2023

Smartphone Dashcam App for Reporting Traffic Crimes

A new app, set to be launched later this year, could mix up the way drivers use the roads - and how traffic crimes are dealt with.

Slow puncture
29/03/2023

The Future of Autonomous Travel

For many people, self-driving cars are the future of travel. But what will that look like? The answer is… who knows?

Tyres or tires
24/03/2023

Spotlight: Continental PremiumContact 7

Following years of development, Continental created the seventh generation of their successful premium tyre, with a focus on maximum safety in all driving conditions.

Road signs
15/03/2023

Highway code refresher - weird and wonderful signs

When out driving, have you ever come across signs that left you scratching your head?Fear not! As your friendly local neighbourhood online tyre retailer, we're here to refresh your memory...

Slow puncture
10/03/2023

Slow Punctures - A Silent Danger

These are punctures that occur over time and cause a loss of traction and handling, reduced fuel efficiency, and can even lead to a dangerous blowout.

Tyres or tires
03/03/2023

Spotlight on the new Bridgestone Turanza 6

Bridgestone has been working tirelessly to develop a tyre that can keep you safe on the road while also providing superior mileage and energy efficiency. Enter their latest flagship summer tyre - the Bridgestone Turanza 6.

cars of 2023
03/03/2023

What are the new car brands to keep an eye on in 2023?

As we fully settle into 2023 – 2 months down and counting – we can see that the automotive industry in the UK is undergoing a significant shift towards electrification and sustainability. Established brands are launching new electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid models, while new players are entering the market with innovative technologies and designs.

Tyre Pressure: Understanding BAR and PSI
24/02/2023

Tyre Pressure: Understanding BAR and PSI

Proper tyre pressure is essential for safe and efficient driving, but many people are unsure of the differences between BAR and PSI. To properly look after and maintain your car tyres, it is important to understand tyre pressure and the different ways in which you can measure the pressure.

Best cars for pets
22/02/2023

Best cars for pets

For pet owners in the UK, finding the right family car that accommodates both loved ones and furry friends can at times seem like a tricky job. Pet owners need to consider space, comfort levels, overall safety, and affordability.

Tyre pressure guide
10/02/2023

A Tyre Pressure Guide

Maintaining proper tyre pressure is crucial for the safety of you and your passengers. Proper tyre pressure helps improve fuel efficiency, increase the life of your tyres, and provides better handling and stability on the road.

Blackcircles.com Partner with Jonny Smith for Exciting New Content
10/02/2023

Blackcircles.com Partner with Jonny Smith for Exciting New Content

Blackcircles.com, the UK's leading online tyre retailer, has teamed up with automotive expert Jonny Smith – the former presenter of the TV show "Fifth Gear" and host of the extremely popular YouTube channel, Late Brake Show.

Future of electric SUVs
01/02/2023

The Future of Electric SUVs

Once maybe deemed a futuristic fantasy, electric SUVs are very much a present reality. With new models being launched on a regular basis. Some love, some lament. But what does the future of these vehicles entail?

MOT Checklist
25/01/2023

Essential Checks for Your Vehicle To Get MOT Test Ready

As the date for your car's MOT test approaches, it's essential to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition to pass the inspection. While some checks may require the expertise of a professional mechanic, there are still several things that you, as the car owner, can do to give your car the best chance of passing the test.

Tyres or tires
20/01/2023

Tyres or Tires?

Spoiler alert: there is no difference between the words "tyres" and "tires." They are just variations on the spelling of the same word. The word "tyre" is the spelling that is commonly used in British English, whilst "tire" is more commonly associated with American English.

Technology in cars
18/01/2023

Alternative car power - solar EVs and beyond

Solar electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are two alternative car power sources that have been gaining attention in recent years. But are they the future to the automotive industry? As it looks for better ways to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Technology in cars
11/01/2023

Top 4 Sports Cars For Under £40k in 2023

The market for affordable sports cars can seem like a sparse one, with new models typically demanding more money. But with some careful scouting, you can find some good bargains. We've rounded up our top four picks for under £40k, so that you can find your perfect car no matter what you're looking for.

EV Tyres
04/01/2023

The Bright Future of EV Tyres

As electric vehicles (EVs) become increasingly popular, tyre manufacturers are working hard to develop new technologies that are suitable for these vehicles. This includes developing tyres specifically designed for EVs, which are more efficient and longer lasting.

Technology in cars
08/12/2022

Technology in cars: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Wacky

Today we’re going to have a look into the wonderful world of union between technology and the car industry. Highlighting some divine matchups, hellish pairings and couplings which make you question both your, and the engineers’, sanity.

EV tyres guide
17/11/2022

Your guide to buying EV tyres

As more and more motorists choose to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), we wanted to highlight the main points to consider when it comes time to buy new EV tyres. Our guide takes you through key points to consider, to ensure you choose the right tyres for you and your vehicle.

Check your tyres
07/11/2022

Driving tips for winter 2022

As the weather changes, your driving style should adapt to suit it. Make sure to keep a safe distance from vehicles in front - stopping distances in winter conditions can increase up to ten times.

Auto Express All Season Tyre Test
01/11/22

Auto Express All Season Tyre Test 2022

This October, Auto Express published the results to their annual all season tyres test. As the seasons change and weather becomes less predictable, all season tyres are often a great solution to deal with the varying weather conditions.

Auto Express Winter Tyre Test
21/10/22

Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2022

In September, Auto Express published the results to their annual winter tyres test. Despite the rise in popularity of all-season tyres, the winter tyre segment is still a large market – with a wide range of models.

Check your tyres
30/09/2022

Tyre basics - how do I check my tyres?

Every year, thousands of people are involved in accidents that were caused by under-inflated tyres or worn-out car tyres. That's why it's so important to keep your car tyres in good condition and ensure they're safe for driving.

Road trip
23/09/2022

How looking after your tyres can save you money

Keeping a close eye on your tyres and carrying out quick and simple maintenance, can help to optimise their performance and therefore save you money in the long run.

Yokohama SUV tyres
20/09/22

The Future of Electric Vehicle Tyres

With the cost of living increasing and concerns for the environment at an all-time high, more motorists than ever before are choosing to invest in electric vehicles (EVs).

PremiumContact 7
16/09/2022

Coming Soon: Continental PremiumContact 7

Continental are soon to release the latest model from their PremiumContact range. Set to follow in the footsteps of the award winning PremiumContact 6 – the new PremiumContact 7 is said to be entering the market in the Autumn of 2022.

Favourite Beauty Spots in the Scottish Highlands
18/08/2022

Favourite Beauty Spots in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands. Think the words and images of jagged mountains, vast lochs and windswept plains may enter in your mind’s eye. For as much as they are a part of the UK, they can also seem like they are on another planet. With their lore, legends and stunning views.

Auto Express Summer Tyre Test
17/08/22

Auto Express Tyre Test - Summer 2022

In the recent issue of Auto Express, the annual summer tyre test returned in it’s full form – after a 2 year hiatus. Given the trend of larger vehicles becoming increasingly popular and even standard in some cases, the testers decided to test tyres in the market’s biggest selling 18 inch size - 225/40 R18.

Days Out in East Anglia
10/08/2022

Days Out in East Anglia

We asked our audience for their recommendations on a great day out in the East Anglia area. It’s a land full of potential – with beautiful beaches, picturesque rivers and a host of interesting towns.

Best Days Out in Yorkshire
03/08/2022

Places to Visit in Yorkshire

We asked our audience to let us know where they like to visit when in Yorkshire. Now… Yorkshire’s big. Real big. So, whittling down a list of 10 places is nigh on impossible. But here we go...

Best Days Out in Peak District
28/07/2022

Best Places to Visit in the Peak District

The Peak District holds the honour of being the UK’s very first National Park. A wonderous part of the country, which attracts visitors the world over every year. With so much to offer, it can be hard to select the best places to have your next adventure. So, we asked our audience where they would recommend.

Top Family Adventures in North Wales
21/07/2022

Top Family Adventures in North Wales

This week we’re taking you to the beautiful country of Wales on our summer travels, more specifically, North Wales. Known to some as an area of the UK partial to a bit of rain now and then – were here to show you that come rain or shine, there’s absolutely tons to do if you’re heading up this summer.

Best Days Out in Central Scotland
13/07/2022

Best Days Out in Central Scotland

Looking for fun days out this summer in the central belt of Scotland? Then you have come to the right place. From castles to museums and safari parks to activity centres, the Central Belt has plenty to offer.

Best Beaches in Cornwall
06/07/2022

Best Beaches In Cornwall to Visit This Holiday

Amongst the many things that Cornwall has in abundance – beautiful beaches are right up there with the best of them. To find out which beaches are most popular, we asked our audience which they would recommend the most in Cornwall, and we received a lot of replies.

Driver Review Awards
04/07/22

Inaugural DriverReviews Customer Choice Awards Launched

This month DriverReviews launched their first annual Customer Choice Awards. This new unique set of industry accolades, based upon the real experiences and ratings of genuine drivers, allows consumers to discover what real people think of their tyres.

Fun Things To Do In The Lake District This Summer
30/06/22

Fun Things To Do In The Lake District This Summer

We asked the customers and followers of Blackcircles.com for their recommendations and favourite spots to enjoy in the Lake District this summer. From family walks to Segway tours, this is the tale they told…

Yokohama SUV tyres
20/06/21

Spotlight: Yokohama Helping SUVs Go Further

As SUV vehicles continue to increase in sales numbers throughout the UK, Yokohama has an ever increasing selection of tyres designed to meet the unique requirements of these vehicles.

New: Bridgestone Potenza Race Launched
14/06/2022

New: Bridgestone Potenza Race Launched

Developed to meet the individual needs of track enthusiasts, the Potenza Race is a semi-slick tyre with performance focussed for track days. The Potenza Race becomes the latest addition in the formidable Potenza range – produced from a direct result of the long history in motorsports that Bridgestone has amassed over the years.

Road trip
08/06/2022

Should I buy All Season Tyres or Summer Tyres?

During the summer months, when the weather is at its best, one question that motorists may find occurring is whether they should buy all season tyres or summer tyres - thinking ahead to the rest of the year.

Road trip
31/05/2022

How to Plan The Perfect UK Road Trip

A good road trip is one of the most loved types of holidays there is - but road trip planning can be tricky - especially if you don't know where to start or what to do. Before you set out on your road trip, make sure that you have carefully planned everything and thought through all aspects of your journey for a stress-free adventure.

Introducing the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV
26/05/2022

Introducing the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV

This month Michelin launched their latest generation all-season tyre for SUVs – the CrossClimate SUV 2. This latest tyre to be added to the CrossClimate group, now means the range features a number of tyres for different vehicles and needs.

evo Tyre Test
24/05/22

Special Edition evo Tyre Test - with Blackcircles.com

Car magazine, evo have recently published the results of a special edition tyre test. This test was orchestrated to find out if the bold claims made Continental at the launch of the new Continental SportContact 7 were on the ball.

Road trip
20/05/2022

5 Safety Checks For Your Car Before A Road Trip

With more than one UK Bank Holiday on the horizon, thoughts inevitably turn to the fun road trips you have planned. Before setting off on your journey, we urge drivers to take the time to ensure their vehicle is prepared and ready for a long drive.

Understanding Run Flat Tyres
17/05/2022

Understanding Run Flat Tyres

Run Flat tyres are a type of tyre capable of running on air pressure that would result in a standard tyre becoming unusable. There are a number of advantages for those who have Run Flat Tyres fitted to their car.

Continental PET Recycled Tyres
10/05/2022

Continental: First Tyres With Recycled PET Bottles Launched

Continental has become the first tyre manufacturer to use recycled polyester yarn in their tyres – on a mass-produced scale. The recycled polyester yarn makes use of a new process, obtaining the material from PET plastic bottles, with the material being used in the construction of selected high-performance tyres.

EV Charging Points
27/04/2022

Find EV Charging Points Around The UK

One common opinion you may hear when the conversation turns to electric cars, is that there are not enough EV charging points within the UK’s network. Looking at the numbers, you can start to see why some people may feel this way.

Recycling tyres
22/04/2022

4 Unusual Uses for Old Tyres

Each year over 1 billion tyres are manufactured across the globe. The average lifespan of a tyre ranges anywhere from a matter of months to 5 years. So, there are a lot of car tyres that require recycling.

Spring Cleaning tips
08/04/2022

Prepare Your Caravan For Spring

Before you awake your pride and joy from its long slumber, there are several key checks you should make – in order to ensure it is ready for the next adventure.

Spudrunner Tyres
01/04/2022

Blackcircles Launches New Green Tyre Made from Renewable Materials

In 2022 we set ourselves a challenge. How can we take our love for tyres and turn it towards helping the environment? While sitting at his family dinner table one of our team members was mulling this challenge over. As he looked down at this dinner he was struck with inspiration, not unlike Archimedes in his bath tub.

Ventus Prime 4
25/03/2022

New: Hankook Ventus Prime 4

This month Hankook has unveiled their latest tyre to the Ventus Prime range – the Hankook Ventus Prime 4. Set to build upon the success of the tyre’s award-winning predecessor – the Ventus Prime 4 has been developed to further enhance performance in regard to rolling resistance, mileage and handling.

Do You Need EV Tyres?
23/03/2022

Do Electric Vehicles Need Specific EV Tyres?

There is nothing more satisfying than driving an electric car... so I am told. The power is right there at your fingertips (or is it foot-tips?), making any journey fun and exciting - unless stuck in traffic.

Spring Cleaning tips
16/03/2022

Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Spring is here and that means preparing your car for some Springtime driving. From car maintenance to spring cleaning, we have some top tips to get your car ready after the cold winter months.

Continental UltraContact
09/03/2022

Continental UltraContact: New Tyre Coming Soon

With the new UltraContact, Continental is set to launch a tyre which has been developed to deliver outstanding mileage and high safety standards. Continental have redesigned the compound and tread to combine maximum service life with safe handling characteristics.

Blackcircles.com Best Site
02/03/22

Auto Express Names Blackcircles.com ‘Best Online Tyre Retailer’ – 8th Consecutive Win

In their latest edition, Auto Express, the UK’s leading and largest weekly car magazine has named Blackcircles.com as the Best Online Tyre Retailer for 2022/2023.

Registration Plate Article
24/02/2022

The Curiously Interesting World of Reg Plates

My name is James and I find vehicle registration numbers and number plates curiously interesting. There – I said it. No less than a day ago this sentence was perhaps one of the least likely things I would have imagined writing.

ADVAN Sport V107
24/02/2022

Yokohama ADVAN Sport V107 New Product launch

Today Yokohama is set to host an online event, introducing their latest flagship tyre - the ADVAN Sport V107. Those who join Yokohama for the online launch event are set to gain greater understanding of the ADVAN Sport V107 and Yokohama brand

Prepare for MOT Test
18/02/2022

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the MOT Test

Once that your vehicle has reached its third birthday you have to book it in for a MOT Test at least once a year. The entire process is very strongly regulated and because of this, you are only able to take your car for a MOT Test at an approved MOT test centre.

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
11/02/2022

Introducing the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6

Goodyear has launched their latest generation of ultra high performance tyre – the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6. A new adaptive contact patch technology helps to deliver greater grip when in corner - by enhancing the tyre's contact patch when under load.

Michelin Primacy 4+
04/02/2022

Michelin Launches Primacy 4+ Summer Tyre

This January we saw the launch of the Michelin Primacy 4+ summer tyre. The latest member of the Michelin Primacy range follows on from the popular Primacy 4 and has been developed for sedans and SUVs - with everyday journeys and long family trips at the cornerstone of its performance.

Michelin Pilot Sport 5
28/01/2022

The New Michelin Pilot Sport 5

This month saw the launch of the all-new Michelin Pilot Sport 5. With the introduction of the Pilot Sport 5, Michelin has extended the award-winning Pilot Sport range – which includes some impressive award winning models.

Smart motorways delayed
25/01/22

Smart Motorways Delayed To Gather Safety Data

Last week it was announced that the smart motorway rollout across the UK has been delayed until 5 years of safety data is available.

Daily commute tips
21/01/2022

5 Top Tips To Prepare Your Car (& You) For The Daily Commute

Now that the working from home advice has been withdrawn in England, people all over the country are facing the prospect of returning to the daily commute.

Driving Laws in the UK
07/01/22

New UK Driving Laws & Guidance in 2022

The UK’s driving laws are set to receive some changes this year, with some major additions to the Highway Code. Read our summary to find out more.

Winter driving tips
26/11/2021

Winter Driving Tips – 2021

The usual prediction of snow and ice seems to be on its way to hit the UK - with drivers are sure to have their skills put to the test. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of things you can do to make driving safer and easier in the cold weather.

Guide to buying tyres
19/11/21

A Somewhat Useful Guide to Buying Tyres

How often do you think about car tyres? For most people, it isn’t a topic that often enters their thoughts. That is until something happens to their current tyres, and they have to buy some new tyres.

What are run flat tyres
19/11/21

What Are Run Flat Tyres?

Well, that is a good question, we’re glad you asked. Run Flat tyres are constructed so, in the event of a sudden loss of air pressure, the tyre is still functional and can be driven on for a limited amount of time.

Tyre safety
01/10/21

Tyre Safety Month: The Importance of Looking After Your Tyres

yres are your car’s only contact with the road surface. If these important components of a vehicle are overlooked for maintenance and safety checks, the results can be dangerous.

Fully fitted tyres
20/10/21

Customer Questions: What Does Fully Fitted Tyres Mean?

In a recent TrustPilot review, one of our customers was incredibly happy with the service, but fed back that some terms could be explained more clearly. So, today we are going to answer that question, what does fully fitted mean?

e10 petrol
03/09/21

E10 Petrol: What is it? Can I use it?

It feels like only the other day that E10 petrol became the standard type of unleaded being sold all over the UK. It comes as part of the UK Government's plans to cut down on carbon emissions.

Introducing the Michelin CrossClimate 2
02/09/21

Introducing the Michelin CrossClimate 2

The all-new Michelin CrossClimate 2 launches in the UK today. With the introduction of the CrossClimate 2, Michelin now has 5 models within the multi awarded range CrossClimate range

Top tips for driving in the summer
13/08/21

Top Tips for Driving in Adverse Summer Weather

To put it mildly, the weather in the UK is temperamental. Even during the summer months, we are not guaranteed to enjoy favourable conditions.

100,000 Reviews for Blackcircles.com on Trustpilot
23/07/21

Celebrating 100,000 Blackcircles Reviews on Trustpilot

Achieving over 100,000 Blackcircles reviews on Trustpilot – with 9 out of 10 customers scoring us ‘Great’ or ‘Excellent’ – is an incredible milestone for the business which we should all be proud of.

Part flat tyres
08/07/21

Should You Buy Part Worn Tyres?

Part worn tyres may, on the face of it, seem like a cheaper alternative. However, part worn tyres can also be a potential accident waiting to happen.

Goodyear Blimp
15/11/21

Iconic Goodyear Blimp Tours South England

Look! Up in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane… It's the Goodyear Blimp! Have you been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the iconic blimp?

Driving Holidays
25/06/21

Top 5 UK Driving Holidays

With holidays abroad not fully accessible at present, many Brits seem set to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes that we are lucky enough to have on our very own (collective) doorstep.

EU Tyre Label
17/06/21

New EU Tyre Label Rolling Out

First introduced in 2012, the EU Tyre Label was created to provide motorists with key information regarding the safety elements of a tyre, as well as their impact upon the environment.

When to change tyres
08/06/21

When should I change my tyres?

Tyres are an extremely important part of your car – being the only section in contact with the road and carrying the entire weight of your vehicle.

Michelin Launch Pilot Sport EV for Electric Sports Vehicles
20/05/21

Michelin Launch Pilot Sport EV for Electric Sports Vehicles

As the demand for electric vehicles increases, we learn more about what it takes to maintain them, and new products are developed to meet their needs.

UK Tyre Law
25/03/21

UK Tyre Law

Tyre law in the UK is fairly straight forward with only a few rules to follow. While being simple it’s also extremely important to ensure you are within the law – not just to avoid hefty fines or MOT failures but to keep yourself and other road users safe.

Michelin e.Primacy
29/01/21

New Tyre Launching: Michelin e.Primacy

The new Michelin e.Primacy tyre, set to launch in the Spring of 2021, is said to be Michelin’s first eco-responsible tyre.

Tyre pressures in the cold weather
15/01/21

Tyre Pressures in Cold Weather

As the temperature gets colder, driving becomes increasingly difficult and less safe than in warmer weather. This means it’s a more important time than ever to ensure your car is as safe as can be.

Michelin wins Evo Tyre Test
19/11/20

Michelin Take Top Honours in evo Tyre Test

Automotive publication evo have published the results of their 2020 Tyre Test. This year evo tested 19-inch UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyres in the most popular size; 235/35 R19

Blackcircles introduces Kleber tyres
09/10/20

Blackcircles introduces Kleber Tyres

Blackcircles.com are proud to introduce Kleber to the UK for the first time. The French manufacturer, founded in 1910 in Paris, has a strong history in the development of tyres.

Winter tyre test 2020
05/10/20

Auto Express Winter Tyre Test 2020 with Blackcircles.com

Recently, Auto Express published the results to this year’s winter tyres test. Despite the rise in popularity of all-season tyres, the winter tyre segment is still a large market – with a wide range of models.

Winter tyre test 2020
23/09/20

Finding the Right Tyres for your Car

Load ratings, speed ratings, sidewall aspect ratios; finding the right tyres for your car can be a real minefield if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Even once you know your size there can be so many options available but which one should you choose?

Auto Express tyre test 2020
22/09/20

Auto Express Tyre Test 2020 with Blackcircles.com

Motoring magazine and website Auto Express have unveiled their annual Tyre Test. In this year’s test, experts trial 10 tyres nominated by manufacturers in the world’s top-selling size (205/55R16) to find out which tyre is best.

Evolution of the tyre
12/08/20

The Evolution of Tyres

The very first pneumatic tyres designed by John Dunlop were based simply on a hollow, rubber tube filled with air and were designed to improve the comfort of his son’s tricycle.

How to check your tread depth
19/08/20

How To Check Your Tread Depth

Checking the tread depth of a tyre is one of the easiest and quickest things you can do and could save you a small fortune in the long run – it could also save your life!

Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo
22/06/20

Coming Soon: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo

The Weather Control A005 Evo is Bridgestone's second-generation all-weather tyre - designed for the many different seasonal conditions we experience on the roads.

Yokohama tyre
06/06/20

A Look At Yokohama's AA Rated Tyre - BluEarth-Air EF21

Launched last year, the Yokohama BluEarth-air EF21 makes use of cutting edge technology to achieve an environmentally-friendly tyre design.

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2
12/05/20

Goodyear launches the new EfficientGrip Performance 2

This month, Goodyear launched the EfficientGrip Performance 2 - the successor to the award-winning, and most reviewed tyre on Blackcircles.com, the EfficientGrip Performance.

Prepare for MOT Test
06/03/20

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the MOT Test

Once that your vehicle has reached its third birthday you have to book it in for a MOT Test at least once a year. The entire process is very strongly regulated and because of this, you are only able to take your car for a MOT Test at an approved MOT test centre.

Blackcircles Best Site 2019
03/01/20

Blackcircles.com Named ‘Best Site 2019’ by Auto Express

We’re pleased to say that for the fourth (and fifth) time Blackcircles.com has been named the Auto Express Online Tyre Retailer ‘Best Site 2018/2019’.

Blackcircles All Season Tyre 2019
24/10/19

Auto Express All-Season Tyre Test 2019

The results of this year’s All-Season Tyre Test was published in this week’s Auto Express Winter Special. An increase in the popularity of all season tyres has seen a number of brands introduce tyres into this segment.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
19/04/19

New Tyre Launched: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Last month, March 2019, Michelin launched the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV – an addition to the increasingly popular and award-winning Pilot Sport 4 range.

Blackcircles launches in Canada
02/11/18

Blackcircles Launches in Canada

Blackcircles has now officially launched it’s tyre-shopping and online services in Canada. As of November 1st, customers from all over Canada will have access to the Blackcircles tyre buying experience.

Evo Tyre Test 2018
21/08/18

Evo Tyre Test 2018

Evo magazine recently revealed their summer tyre test 2018 winner. This year’s annual test put 6 of the market’s most popular 19 inch tyres through their paces to find out which is the best.

Auto Express Tyre Test 2017
09/11/17

Auto Express All Season Tyre Test 2017 - with Blackcircles.com

Yesterday, Auto Express unveiled their All Season Tyre Test standings. The test was completed in conjunction with Blackcircles.com, so we were also asked for our views on the tyres for their finished article.

Pilot Sport 4
20/07/17

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Wins Evo Tyre Test

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is the latest tyre to receive the Evo Tyre Award for overall winner, as described in issue 238 of Evo Magazine.

Caravan tyres
24/03/14

Caravan Tyres: How to Check the Age and Condition

Just like your car, the tyres on your caravan are extremely important in keeping you safe on the roads. It is important to make sure that before attaching it to your tow bar that you check the age and condition of the tyres

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