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Frightening to think about what is going to happen when the new idea “Smart Motorways” take off! Many people don’t yet know this, but the new idea is this; when you use the new Smart Motorway and your vehicle develops a fault that causes your vehicle to loose power and stops running.

Consequently, you the driver is then expected to slow down to a stop in whichever lane you are in. Accordingly, you will not be required to try and move over to the hard shoulder. So, it will not be there anymore, you simply stop in whichever lane your vehicle breaks down in.

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4×4 Tyres-Which are the right ones for you ? Consider the excellent General 4×4 Range

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Customers are still not sure which 4×4 tyres to choose

This article is a follow-up to one that I did a few years ago. Owners of 4×4 vehicles who are unsure of which tyres to fit to their vehicles are one of the issues we face at Pellon Tyres.

Off-road tyres are designed for use on rough, uneven terrain, such as trails, muddy roads, and other surfaces that are not paved. They typically have a more aggressive tread pattern and are made from a more durable compound than tyres designed for use on paved roads.

Hilly areas are the best place to spot 4×4 vehicles. Here in Halifax, United Kingdom, we are in a very hilly area made up of the surrounding Pennine hills. As a result, 4×4 tyres are among our best sellers. Consequently, we do sell many different brands of 4×4 tyres.

The treads on off-road tyres are designed to provide traction on a variety of surfaces, including dirt, mud, gravel, and rocks. They also have sidewalls that are stiffer to give more support and stability when driving on rough terrain. Off-road tyres are commonly used on vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, and ATVs.

Every tyre a manufacturer makes is designed with specific strengths in mind.

How well it works with these strengths depends on how it was built, what materials were used, and what technologies were used during design and testing. 4×4 tyres by definition introduce even more variables than these into the mixing pot.

We recommend a 50/50 or 40/60 tread ratio between a standard summer tyre and a rugged off-road tyre for our area. To make it a little easier to select the right one, a good place to start is to think about what you intend to use your 4×4 for. Many people used to say the Land Rover was just a status car, while others, such as farmers, needed Land-rovers for more practical uses, so a different tyre application was needed.

If you intend to use your vehicle off-road, you must first determine how difficult the terrain will be and how much time you will spend on it. Farmers would be doing far more off-road work, necessitating a much heavier tread pattern on the tyres.

6 Best 4×4 tyres in United Kingdom (not in order of quality or choice)

  1. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure: These tyres are designed for off-road performance and feature an aggressive tread pattern and durable construction.
  2. BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2: These tyres are specifically designed for muddy conditions and feature an aggressive tread pattern and strong sidewalls.
  3. Bridgestone Dueler A/T REVO 3: These all-terrain tyres are designed for a smooth ride on and off the road and have a long tread life.
  4. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro: These tyres are designed for off-road performance and feature a durable construction and aggressive tread pattern.
  5. Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015: These all-terrain tyres are designed for a smooth ride on and off the road and have a long tread life.
  6. Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus: These tyres are designed for a variety of off-road conditions and feature a durable construction and aggressive tread pattern.

It’s important to note that the best tyre for your 4×4 will depend on your specific needs and driving conditions. It’s always a good idea to do your own research and consider factors such as tread life, off-road performance, and road noise when choosing the right tyres for your vehicle.

Off Road Grading Index for 4×4 tyres selection

To help our customers, we use a very good visual guide called an “off-road grading index,” or ORGI for short, and then grade all the 4×4 tyres accordingly on our stock list so that we can tell customers exactly which tyre is best for them.

The ORGI guide assigns every 4X4 Off Road tyres we feature with an off-road competency rating between 1 & 10. From here, it is possible to disregard certain tyres as unsuitable and narrow the field of selection.

It works of an easy to understand scale from 1 to 10 depending on how tough you want your tyre to be, an excellent grading system. I hope this will be of help to all my customers who own 4×4 and SUV vehicles and want General 4×4 tyres.

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Michelin Tyres World Beaters-A great video explaining tyres and How Its Made HD

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

As a tyre retailer in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK I can tell you that Michelin is not the easiest tyre manufacturer to deal with. Therefore, we sell Michelin products, but through a third-party wholesaler. Over the years, I have tried to deal directly with Michelin. But I find that they are not flexible enough for a small tyre business like mine.

Of course, I think very highly of the Michelin tyre products. In my opinion, they are the best tyres in the world. Of course, other tyres are starting to catch up, but they are well in front at the moment. The video is accompanied by text below the video, which is well worth watching.

Not surprisingly, Michelin is a leading tyre company and is known for producing high-quality tyres for a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. The company was founded in 1889 by the Michelin brothers, and it is headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Michelin is known for its commitment to innovation and has developed a number of pioneering technologies over the years, including the radial tyre, which revolutionized the tyre industry. The company also produces a range of specialized tyres for different applications, such as winter tyres, off-road tyres, and tyres for high-performance vehicles.

In terms of ranking, it is difficult to say exactly where Michelin stands among all of the tyre companies in the world, as there are many factors that can affect a company’s ranking. My own opinion after  a fifty year run in the tyre industry is that Michelin make the best tyre products in the World. Michelin is widely considered to be one of the top tyre companies in the world, and it is known for producing high-quality tyres. Of course, that are trusted by consumers and used by many leading automakers.

How Its Made Michelin Tyre

The Clermont-Ferrand region of France is home to Michelin, a well-known tyre brand on a global scale. On May 28th, 1889, the business opened for business, and two years later it received its first patent for a removable pneumatic tyre. The Michelin Red Guide was released in 1900, and the Michelin Sports Association was founded in 1911. It constructed the world’s first paved runway in 1916.

The company ran sizable rubber plantations in Vietnam between 1920 and 1930, during which time it also developed the pneumatic tyre for railroad trains and the “Micheline” locomotive. The tyre manufacturer first introduced the self-supporting or run-flat tyre in 1934. This company got a patent for the innovative radial tyre in 1946. It later used the same radial technology to make truck tyres.

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Nitrogen Tyre Inflation-Top 10 reasons NOT to put nitrogen in your tyres

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Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

So, in the tyre trade we often come across new ideas that seem to spring from nowhere. For this reason, I was pleased to see this video from out of Australia. Of course, the internet has made this a small world. Therefore we can now all speak to each other by email and distance is no barrier.

As the owner of Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, UK. Accordingly, I like to provide the best equipment and service to my customers. Hence, over the years I have tried many new types services to help enhance our customers experience. Also to keep up to date with the latest gadgets that hit the marketplace.

Nitrogen used in tyre inflation, is not a new thing. The national tyre companies were the first to use commercially. I believe that it was first designed to use on the motorsport scene. Naturally, this is the first place that tyre manufacturers experiment with new tyres and associated products. Including. nitrogen to inflate tyres with.

I did however, have my doubts?. Tyre companies were trying to charge extra, similar to new “tubeless valves” in the old days. During the period of my interest in the product, I asked a round various suppliers, that provided the machines. Of course, this was at trade shows. I received a mixed reaction. This depended on how keen a salesman was in selling me a machine.

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation (no thanks)

However, I still had my doubts as to the advantages of using nitrogen to fill tyres. In the early days of tubeless tyres, water became a problem. The compressors that we used produced water as well as air. Hence, this water would enter the tyres. This would not be acceptable. In the following years, various filter were added to the compressors and the water was filtered out. Thus, producing clean air.

I eventually went against the idea of using nitrogen only and we have had no problems whatsoever. This video endorses my decision.

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BMW 320i Winter Tyres-BMW being tested out through its paces in the Snow – Douglas Park.

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BMW 320i Winter Tyres

6 good reasons to fit winter tyres on your BMW 320i car

  1. Improved traction: Winter tyres are specifically designed to provide better traction on snow and ice. This can be especially important when driving in cold and slippery conditions, as it can help you maintain control of your vehicle and reduce the risk of accidents.
  2. Enhanced safety: Winter tyres are also designed to improve handling and stability on cold and slippery roads, which can help you avoid accidents and keep you and your passengers safe.
  3. Better braking performance: Winter tyres are made from a softer rubber compound that provides better grip on cold surfaces, which can help improve braking performance and reduce stopping distances.
  4. Increased fuel efficiency: Winter tyres are designed to be more efficient in cold weather, which can help improve fuel economy and save you money on gas.
  5. Longer tyre life: Winter tyres are designed to perform optimally in cold weather, which can help extend their lifespan and save you money on replacements.
  6. Legal requirements: In some countries and regions, it is required by law to use winter tyres during the winter months. Failing to do so can result in fines and other penalties.

BMW 320i Winter Tyres

There is no doubt, that BMW owners, would benefit greatly by fitting winter tyres at the right time of the year. Hence, we find that it is the third owner of the BMW’s that ignores the thought of fitting winter tyres. This type of vehicle is usually still in great condition. Thus, even when they reach old age, This car is a very powerful machine. This makes it a double requirement to fit winter tyres.

The BMW range is well equipped with wide summer tyres These cars are very capable of reaching high speeds. This also makes them more vulnerable in snow and icy weather. A double whammy is the cars excellent braking system. Any driver of these large and powerful cars will know that the braking systems are very keen and accurate.

In my opinion, winter tyres are a must and an important safety factor. The same goes for cars of similar size and power. The car in this video, the BMW 320i xDrive M Sport, was tested at Douglas Park. Therefore, watch as we drive completely up a 170-metre ski slope. as a result, which has a gradient of 10-15 degrees in 300mm to 400mm of snow. The vehicle was tested on snow with a 200-mm thick underlayer of ice at -12 degrees Celsius.

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Bald Car Tyres- Bald tyres are lethal and also dangerous to ALL road users.

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Bald Car Tyres

Bald Car Tyres can be killers

So, Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. Incredibly, so have never seen so many bad tyres. Removed from customers wheels. Hence, in 40 years of trading as a tyre business. These bald tyres are a danger. Hence, to all other road users. Of course, and the people who drive about with them on. Car tyre prices have escalated threefold. In the past two years. Consequently, due to the cost increase in the raw materials. Hence, that go on to making tyres. Also, cheap tyres are flooding the European tyre dealers. So, causing a battle for cheap car tyres. Therefore, between all the tyre manufacturers, This is helping to stabilise the price increases. But only very slowly.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times, but to cut back on buying car tyres will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger. Everybody should change their tyres before they become bald tyres. There is nothing worse. Then coming across a heavy shower, after a beautiful sunny day. Hence, a car with bald tyres. Will start to skid on the wet surface. Thus, and could cause an accident through aquaplaning. For this reason, this is when the tyre is separated. Thus, From the road surface on a wet road, sometimes due to a bald tyre on a wet road, this causes the tyre to lose grip and then the loss of the cars steering causing an accident tom happen.

Bald Car Tyres

When your bald tyres are separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. So, your tyre does not grip because of the absence of tread on the tyre and the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied, according to R.O.S.P.A this is the cause of many motorway crashes.

Also, you may have seen F1 cars during a race, in dry weather the racing cars are fitted with bald tyres (called slicks), but when the weather turns wet, the cars are changed to tyres that have a tread pattern. This is the same for an average car; it is highly dangerous to drive on “bald” tyres and also illegal.

 Use your sense and buy new tyres, even cheap tyres are better than having “bald tyres.”

A large section of the public car drivers do obey the law when it comes to replacing their tyres, we have been very busy since last November, and it is not all the people that run about on bald tyres, far from it. Many of our customers are looking for, car tyre prices, only to find that we can compete with our top internet competitors.   

Insurance !

Importantly, it is wise to know that bald tyres invalidate insurance. Also if you are stopped by police for bald tyres you will eventually be fined and be penalized with three point s per bald tyre. Incredibly, this could mean 12 points for all 4 bald tyres (should you have any).

6 Reasons to check your Caravan Tyres this Christmas

6 Reasons to check your Caravan Tyres

6 Reasons to check your Caravan Tyres

Of course, many caravanners make the journey to see their loved ones at Christmas time. Importantly, caravan owners should check their tyres regularly to ensure that they are in good condition and properly inflated. It is important to check the tyre pressure regularly, as underinflated tyres can cause problems such as poor handling, increased tyre wear, and a reduction in fuel efficiency.

It is also a good idea to visually inspect the tyres for any signs of damage, such as cuts, bulges, or uneven wear. If any of these problems are found, the tyre should be replaced as soon as possible to ensure the safety of the caravan.

Overall, regular tyre maintenance is an important part of ensuring the safety and reliability of a caravan.

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TPMS an addition to caravan tyre safety

Of course, the introduction of TPMS has resulted in a massive increase in tyre safety in recent years. Tyre pressure monitoring systems have increased the safety labels on all vehicles. Caravans, if equipped, are included.

TPMS, or tyre pressure monitoring systems, were first developed in the early 1990s by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) .In response to a congressional mandate to improve vehicle safety.

The technology was initially introduced in luxury vehicles and eventually became standard on all vehicles sold in the United States and now the United Kingdom, starting in 2008.

As a result, the TPMS system consists of sensors mounted on each wheel and a dashboard warning light that alerts the driver when tyre pressure falls outside of a safe range. The TPMS system also helps to improve fuel efficiency, including extended tyre life, and vehicle safety by alerting the driver when tyre pressure is too low, which can cause the tyre to overheat and potentially fail.

Well worth thinking about as an extra to your caravan safety.

6 Reasons to check your Caravan Tyres

  1. Overloading: Caravan tyres are designed to carry a specific weight, and if the caravan is overloaded, it can put too much strain on the tyres, leading to premature wear and tear.
  2. Underinflation: Caravan tyres need to be properly inflated to ensure that they can handle the load they are carrying. If the tyres are underinflated, it can cause them to wear out more quickly and may also affect the handling of the caravan.
  3. Damage: Caravan tires can be damaged by road debris, such as potholes, sharp rocks, or other objects that can puncture or cut the tire.
  4. Age: Like all tyres, caravan tyres have a limited lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. As they age, they can become more prone to problems, such as dry rot, which can cause the tyre to become brittle and prone to failure.
  5. Incorrect alignment: If the caravan’s wheels are not properly aligned, it can cause the tyres to wear out more quickly and may also affect the handling of the caravan.

6 Incorrect tyre size: Using the wrong size of tyre on a caravan can cause problems, such as poor handling and increased tyre wear. It is important to use the correct size and type of tyre as specified by the manufacturer

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Michelin Sports Tyres-Pilot Sports 3 Tyres another great tyre from Michelin

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Michelin Sports Tyres

6 Reasons to fit the Michelin Pilot Sports 3 tyres to your car

  1. Improved handling and grip: The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 is a high-performance tire that has been designed to offer excellent handling and grip, even in wet and dry conditions.
  2. Enhanced stability: The tyre has a stiffer sidewall and a more rigid tread pattern, which helps to improve stability and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
  3. Longer tyre life: The tire has been engineered with a durable tread compound that helps to extend its lifespan, making it a cost-effective choice for drivers.
  4. Quiet and comfortable ride: The tyre has a specially designed tread pattern and an advanced tread compound that helps to reduce road noise and vibration, providing a more comfortable ride.
  5. Excellent wet and dry performance: The tyre has been designed with large water evacuation channels and tread blocks that help to improve traction in wet conditions, while the asymmetrical tread pattern helps to provide excellent grip in dry conditions.
  6. Wide range of sizes available: The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 is available in a wide range of sizes, making it suitable for a variety of vehicles and driving needs.

Michelin Sports Tyres; New pilot sports three tyres will become another winner from Michelin tyres

as a Michelin Sports Tyres retailer. As a result, for the last 40 years. Therefore, I have always admired the tyre products that Michelin tyres have produced. Michelin Sports Tyres have, in my opinion, been at the forefront. As a result, car tyre technology and tyre innovation.

as the general public will be aware. Michelin tyres have never been famous for selling cheap car tyres. In fact, they are often the most expensive. however, in my opinion. For this reason, you have to pay for a top quality product. Michelin tyres are a top product.

If its cheap tyres that you are after. Thus, you won’t get Michelin tyres. So, when it comes to cheap car tyres. Then you will be looking at other brands. Hence, not Michelin.

Michelin Sports Tyres, therefore, have devoted hours of time and money to their commitment to motorsport. As a result, they have applied all of their knowledge to developing better and better car tyres. Michelin tyres have always been the company to beat by their competitors, which is why they have kept their prices higher than the other top tyre manufacturers.

 New pilot 3 

This latest tyre from Michelin is no exception. The all-new Pilot 3 comes with a new “anti-surf system,” which gives optimum tyre grip in all wet conditions, including deep standing water, the type of conditions that you may get when heavy rain has flooded the road due to a blocked drain. The Pilot 3 just cuts straight through without any deviation in the driving; as you know, when this happens, the car tends to pull towards the kerb, but not the new Michelin Sport 3.

This new tyre also comes with a new rubber compound, which gives fuel savings and higher mileage while maintaining its excellent wet grip capabilities, as stated above. Michelin Sports Tyres is committed to lowering the CO2 emissions as low as possible on all its tyre products, and this will be shown by putting the “GREEN X” marking on the sports 3 tyres. This emblem will demonstrate that Michelin Sports Tyres’ newest tyre products, including the new Sports 3 tyre, are designed to reduce fuel consumption.

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BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many drivers with older BMW Minis find the tyres Expensive?

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BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many owners of BMW Minis are are just coming to terms with run flat tyres. Here in Halifax, we pride ourselves on our excellent client base, from mini drivers who trust us to carry out servicing on their cars. Trust is essential when it comes to advice about your car.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Price is important when selecting the correct run flat tyres

 A few years ago I could see the writing on the wall. Of course, regarding a popular car. BMW mini and the high cost of parts including BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres. Hence, when the cars were becoming second and third hand. This time has now arrived. Therefore, with drivers looking for Cheap Run Flat Tyres.

The original Minis (British Leyland) were build, for the main masses of the population. Thus, to enable working class motorists to afford a good reliable little car. I myself have owned five minis (old type) in my time and loved them all. You could get the up-market minis. Such as the mini cooper.

But you would expect to pay a higher price for such things as new tyres. The normal tyres for Mini Cars were 145×10 and they would cost the same price for years on end (except for inflation). You knew that if you went on to a mini cooper you would have to pay more, because the tyre size was 16570×10, Get what I am on about ?.

Run Flat Tyres

Then bringing us back to the present. Hence, came the BMW mini. Naturally, a completely different animal. This car has all the modern gadgets on board. Hence, to help in the battle against greenhouse gases. Therefore, is fitted with many things that were not dreamed of when the old minis were around.

Cars must now be made much lighter, and one of the first things they did was experiment with spare wheels and no spare tyre in the boot. In my opinion, this had a dual effect: it reduced the weight of the car while also lowering the cost of the tyre and wheel, which adds up to significant savings when multiplied by millions. Most BMW minis started to come out on what we now know as “run flat” tyres. This simply means that if you have a puncture, the tyres will remain strong enough to get you to safety, provided you only drive at 50 mph.

Run Flat Safety Tyres

In my opinion, the theory behind this idea is a good safety feature: the strength of the tyre does not allow the car to move, thus keeping the car in a straight line and avoiding other traffic. The problem occurs when the driver shows up at the local tyre centre.
most run-flat tyres will not repair once they have had a puncture

The people that buy second and third hand BMW minis are usually young people, and mostly females and when they realise the cost of new BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres they freak out, some of the sizes now cost £180 each, that’s buying them online at cheap tyre prices.

Cheap BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres may be bought in budget brands but do not go for part worn  run flat tyres as it is more important to know where they have been and used for (the history) than normal tyres.

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Dunlop Tyres-One the founder and therefore earliest tyre companies and still a great tyre company.

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Dunlop Tyres

It was back in 1888 in Scotland. Thus, when the pneumatic tyres were invented by John Boyd Dunlop. Yet, another great British invention. He was working on his son’s bicycle at the time. Hence, he came up an inflated rubber tube filled with air. Of course, it was fitted around a metal rim for comfort. Hence, the rubber tyre was born. This invention paved the way for the future of the great company we now know as Dunlop tyres.

In 1985 Dunlop were bought by BTR plc and later a Japanese company Sumitomo were given the rights to make tyres under the Dunlop tyres road brand, it then started producing tyres in its UK subsidiary under the Dunlop Tyres Ltd name.

In 1999, the Sumitomo group began talks with Goodyear tyres and Goodyear bought a 75% stake in the company. Sumitomo carried on making Dunlop products in Japan and Goodyear made Dunlop in North America.

Motorsport tyre introduced

In 2006, The new tyre company stopped making tyres here in the UK. Motorsport tyres are still produced out of their Birmingham UK factory, turning out about 300,000 specialist tyres a year.

The old factory can still be seen from the M6 motorway as you travel through Birmingham but it is a shadow of its former self, joining in with the rest of the decline of British manufacturing in the UK, very sad, I have had many visits to the old tyre factory in its former glory days but now the tyre products are produced in China, Poland and Slovenia, not a British product anymore.

 Goodyear Dunlop tyres also own two smaller tyre companies,

 Fulda and Sava both brands that we used to sell in past and are good quality tyres. Goodyear tyres now operate from offices in Luxembourg and Brussels, who report to the main head office which is still in Akron USA.

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General Van Tyres- Well known German tyre company Bring Out New “VAN TYRE”

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General Van Tyres

Euro Van 2 new tyre from General Van Tyres

General tyres (part of the Continental tyre group) are keeping up in the lucrative van tyre market with a splendid new tyre, the Euro Van 2 tyre. The market for this product is huge, with the massive increase in the modern van market surging ahead.

Tyre manufacturers. Have now to make heavy duty versions of new car tyres. Because of the speed and comfort, that the new vans are capable of doing. Therefore, gone are the days of the smoky old diesel vans. Chugging along, holding the rest of the traffic up. For this, reason, these days vans can out perform, many cars and the tyres need to be of higher speed. Thus and load ratings. To cope with the extra performance that these modern vans can supply. General Van Tyres have taken all this into consideration.

The new General tyres Euro van is no exception. The newly developed tread pattern helps give the tyre higher mileage and better traction giving the tyre excellent handling on dry roads and a more improved braking performance.

General Van Tyres

For better comfort. General have developed the tyre with staggered tread grooves. Thus, on the shoulder reducing the noise. Giving a better comfort level to the driver. Noise reduction is also important for the green credibility of the tyre. In particular. With the new tyre labels coming out soon. Hence, that gives all tyres noise pollution levels. naturally, to help verify how green the tyre is.

As far as van tyres go this General Van Tyres product is one of the best van tyres that I have come across. People think that there is not much difference performance wise in van tyres, but they would be wrong in thinking that. The most important thing is to look at whatever make of tyres that you have on your van. The van tyre market is one of the most neglected of all the tyre markets. Van drivers usually work for other people, and they do not look after their tyres. So having a good brand of Tyres in the first place is critical, because they are going to get abused, running at low and high pressures at high speeds are usually the norm for the van, only coming to garages when the need replacing due to lack of care.

The new General tyres van tyre will cover almost 90% of van tyre sizes