Last year we had a sort of mild winter compared to the previous two winters, which as we all know were very cold with much of Yorkshire here in the UK covered in snow for long periods. These winters set a trend for us tyre companies. We here at Pellon tyres started the “buy and store” scheme (tyre hotel) for storing customers tyres.
This is when we change your snow tyres into your summer tyres and then re-fit your summer tyres the following year, so that your winters will last for at least three years. This system became very popular with our customers.
In previous winters motorists used to think that because it hardly ever snows, winters were a waste of time. This is not so and because of our constant promoting the safety aspect of winters and explaining that they are designed to cope with all types of poor weather conditions and not just snow, and they also give you greater traction and road-holding on flooded and mud-covered roads, as well as through slush, snow and ice.
One of the main reasons for the extra grip is that Avon winter tyres rubber compound is specially formulated and now includes “Silica” in the compound for superior performance on wet roads, and during the winter months there is plenty of wet weather indeed this year 2012 has been the wettest Summer ever! Of course, if you do live in an area where you could have a sudden heavy snowfall, Avon’s are specifically designed and made to give you maximum traction.
Avon’s are also designed to perform well on dry roads, too, you should try some this year, wherever you live. From November onwards you never know when the winter weather could catch you out, and with Avon’s from Pellon tyres you’ll be well prepared for whatever the bad weather throws at us.
Some Avon winter tyres advice
This advice is from Avon winter tyres website http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/car/drivers-winter-tyres-and-driving.
- “Full sets are best – Fit Avon winter tyres – or M+S tyres, as they’re also known – in sets of four. Never mix them with normal road tyres. Studded tyres should also be fitted as a foursome; mixing studded tyres with the non-studded variety will lead to unstable braking and cornering.
- Running-in – Non-studded tyres should be used at reduced speeds for the first 60 miles or so. Studded ones take longer to bed in, so keep your speed down for the first 200 miles.
- Speed ratings – The speed ratings for winte’sr differ from those of regular road ones and very often have a reduced speed capability. Make sure you are aware of the maximum safe speed rating of your Avon winter’s and drive accordingly.
- Studs on tarmac – Away from the snow and icy conditions they are specifically designed for, studs give reduced road-holding and braking ability. So, on snow- and ice-free surfaces, please do not exceed 62mph.
- Keep your studs ‘directional’ – After a period of use, studs develop a pattern of wear that makes them most effective in the direction they’ve been travelling. When you take off your studded tyres at the end of the season, mark them in such a way that when next you put them on, they face the ‘right way”