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Apollo Winter Tyres to the Rescue in Yorkshire Crematorium for Halifax Funeral Company

Apollo Winter Tyres to the RescueApollo Winter Tyres

 

In early November we received a phone call from a local undertaker, Melia Funeral Services,here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in England UK.

winter tyres

Hearses with their new winter tyres  fitted

No problem there, because throughout the year the company normally just have a puncture now and then. This is due to the fact that their hearses do not do much mileage and usually drive at a snail’s pace, when driving to the cemetery or crematorium.

However this call was different, Melias wanted to buy two sets of Apollo Winter Tyres for their hearses. The reason for this was that the hearses were getting stuck on the incline to the chapel in Elland crematorium, and were getting a little embarrassed when getting stuck. We thought it was a bit funny at first but they had obviously given the problem some thought and were not prepared to get stuck this coming winter. I actually visited this crematorium  to take a look for myself, but the incline is not that steep. I think it is because the hearse drives really slowly. In a normal car you could probably take a run at this and clear it easily, even without special Apollo Winter Tyres fitted. The strange thing is that last winter was the mildest for twenty years and the snowfall was minimalistic. The funeral company have

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they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

kept the tyres on all year round and now that we are approaching the new cold spell, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

Apollo Winter tyres fitted

Here in Halifax we are in a very hilly area and sell many sets of these wheels but this is the most unusual reason that I have heard of, the hearses came in and we fitted 2 sets of 22560R16 Apollo Winter Tyres and the hearses won’t get stuck again.(we hope?) .

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Winter Tyres Business and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

Apollo Winter Tyres

Park Wood crematorium in Elland

Type of Tyres- a Woman’s Guide to help increase tyre knowledge for safer driving


A Women’s guide about tyres and helpful tips

Not all Type of Tyres are created equal. Yes they are all round- at least they should be if they are in good condition. But there are a variety of Type of Tyres for a variety of uses, situations and road

 Type of Tyres

This X section of a tyre helps people to understand how they are constructed(i think)

conditions. So before you buy just any tyre, buckle up and listen up and learn a little more  about tyres for your car and safety.

Summer  Tyres

These are the standard type of tyres that are supplied on most vehicles when we purchase them. They are all Type of Tyres that can handle well in both average wet and dry conditions. The water channels that you see in the tread area of the tyres allow for normal traction (meaning they grip the road in normal summer weather) during rainy weather they can cope with average type rain fall and the spray that is associated with this.They are the average Type of Tyres for normal weather conditions. This type of  tyres will be on the car when you buy a new one.

All Terrain and Off Road Type of Tyres

If you’re a woman who likes to use her vehicle for off road driving regularly, these would be the tyre for you. These are usually fitted onto mostly SUVs and light trucks, such as Land Rovers. About tyres explains the fact that sidewalls of these types of tyres are stronger than the summer tyres and feature large tread block patterns that deflects mud and slush from the contact patch and improve grip on loose sand or gravel when you go on your off road excursions. The best type of scenario for these type of tyres, would be one that the farmers wife may use.

 Type of Tyres

This is what can happen when you dont inflate your tyres at regular intervals. The tyre has deflated and the tyre is completely damaged.

Winter Tyres

If you are in an area with chilly climes with snow and ice and low temperatures, winter tyres would be your best friend. These will ensure more traction on snow and ice. The main difference between all season tyres and winter tyres is in the type of rubber that is used. Winter tyres would need to grip the ground more to keep the vehicle in control so the rubber that is used is mixed with silica. These type of tyres keep flexible at low temperatures enabling the tyre tread to grip in the cold conditions and are used during winter conditions. Type of Tyres

So when should I change my tyres?

There are several things to note that would indicate that it is time to replace your tyres. Here are the most easily observed ones:

  Tyre tread- The pattern that you see on your wheels is called the tread. Its primary function is to divert water from beneath the tyre to improve traction and maintain smooth handling. If your tyre tread has been worn down to 1.6mm or less, it can no longer perform this function effectively and this could cause the car to skid on wet surfaces and cause hydroplaning, where your  car loses and control and can cause a crash. For safety reasons, it is recommended that you change your tires at a tread depth of 3mm.

             Tread wear- Observe how the wear on your Type of Tyres look. The pattern of the tread wears can also indicate other problems which may have caused them such as under inflation, which can cause wear on the outer edges of the tread and leave the central tread area less worn.

While knowing when to replace a tyre is good stock knowledge to have at your disposal, the best authority to determine whether your tyres need replacing would be an expert tyre dealer. A dealer who would have the experience of the use of a variety of tyres across a variety of brands on a variety of car models. Point-S happens to be the leading independent tyre dealing network. They can assess your requirements and give you product neutral advice in order to arrive at a careful and sound decision for your tyre choice. With over 160 independently owned centres in the UK, finding a Point-S centre near you should be a piece of cake.  

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

  

Yokohama Winter Tyres- A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4


This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Yokohama Winter Tyres)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area, where my tyre-centre is situated and they are familiar with the need for winter tyres, in fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march, the same as some other European countries.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Freelander with its new set of winter tyres

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways, either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres. The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations, or because they have received good service in the past, we know this because we do not advertise as such, only through social media sites and internet directories. In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres. We were very happy to open an account with Yokohama Winter Tyres from Japan, because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Yokohama winter tyres and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads, especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Yokohama Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H Yokohama W Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Tyre Safety-Your Tyres are a critical element in your car’s safety – Hamilton Spectator

Tyre Safety – a critical element in your car’s safety
Hamilton Spectator
They can also help you maintain your tyres in peak condition with precision wheel balancing and alignment services.

Be responsible when it comes to your tyres

The word responsible is a good word to use because your tyres are the only thing to come between your car and the road, and along with braking is the most important part

of driving and looking after your car. One of the best web sites for checking about your One of the best web sites for checking about your tyres is www.tyresafe.org  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety is www.tyresafe.org  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety.

You should always check the condition of your tyres by just having a look for cuts or bumps “eggs” as some people call them, I have put a good

Tyre Safety.

This tyre was sold as a part worn and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

example in the picture, but they are usually smaller than this. The next thing is to check the tread depth, the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm across ¾ of the tread from the centre outwards, but to be truthful the safest tread depth to use will be 3mm, this is because some companies allow the grooves and sipes, (which are the tiny slits in a tyre, that help it to dissipate the water) to run out at 3mm, making the tyre virtually bald but still legal in the eyes of the law.

The next thing is to make sure that your tyres have the correct pressure in them. Tyres with the wrong pressure will de-stabilise the handling of your car, I am sure that we have all experienced this sometimes in our driving life, a car with a tyre say half flat will give the car a drifting feeling especially say on a motorway at speed. Also the correct  pressures will give your car the best fuel efficiency if they are inflated correctly.

Finally if you cannot check the tyres by yourself or do not know of  good Local Tyre Centres to do the job for you, then look online for www. Point-s.co.uk tyres and you will be able to check their nearest tyre centre in your area.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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Tyre maintenance- Lack of knowledge is increasing road risk for young drivers – FleetNews

Tyre maintenance

Lack of tyre maintenance is increasing road risk for young drivers FleetNews Young drivers are at a greater risk of being involved in a tyre related accident through a lack of regular tyre maintenance, according to a new survey commissioned by…

Tyre maintenance neglected by the younger drivers

Of course, there is no doubt that the younger drivers are not concerned about their tyre maintenance responsibilities. Therefore, it is a very rare sight in my tyre depot to see younger drivers buying many new tyres. Subsequently, I can’t speak for the second hand tyre market. Because,we are not part of it. But I suspect that this is the part of the tyre sector that younger drivers may buy their tyres.

It also seems to be the young men who are the main culprits, the young ladies do buy tyres and have their cars serviced more often, but the sector

Tyre maintenance

Tyre maintenance -Check your tyre pressures at regular intervals

that covers younger drivers do not appear to buy tyres from the standard type of tyre retailer or online.

We fit tyres from online tyre retailers such as ASDA Tyres, and they too do not attract the Young Driver Experience, it would be interesting what sort of opinion other tyre retailers may have on this subject? Are they finding the same or is it just me in Halifax that fails to attract the younger drivers, please let me know. We see less and less young drivers now buying tyre in our depot in Halifax.

We believe that they are buying more and more part worn tyres and not thinking about the consequences to themselves and their cars, let alone other drivers on the road.

I know that tyres and Tyre maintenance is probably the last thing on young drivers minds, but it us to us all in the auto trade make them aware of the underlying dangers that making the correct choice when buying tyres. Such things as staying clear of buying unregulated illegal part worn tyres and other Tyre maintenance subjects?

See on www.fleetnews.co.uk

Poor tyres-Could cost you your life? – A look at tyre safety from this is Eastgrinstead.co.uk

Poor tyres

Poor tyres
This accident was caused by poor tyres.

 

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Poor tyres could cost your life

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Motorists who drive with illegal tyres could be hit with three penalty points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre.

Poor tyres are the cause of many accidents

There is no doubt about it. That tyres and brakes are a major cause of road accidents. Hence, not just here in the UK but all over Europe. One of the main offending groups in my

poor tyres

More Police action checking tyres is what is needed to make drivers aware of the huge problem or poor tyres here in the UK.

opinion . Consequently, it is the young Sound Drivers. This is the category of drivers that we do not see buying  tyres. Or at least new tyres.

There is something happening to make the younger driver want to risk their life. As a result, perhaps they just don’t care about their own safety. Hence, by using Poor tyres and the other road users. We all know the massive cost of insurance policies for young drivers. Subsequently, a young guy who works for me in our tyre department is having to spend £3000 to insure a small Vauxhall Corsa, but young drivers should weight all these things up before they decide to buy a car and take to the road.

The other alternative, “which in my opinion is just as bad “is that perhaps they are buying Poor tyres part worn tyres, or their parents are forever bailing them out. I think the later will be the case, but we still don’t see many young men calling into us to buy new tyres, perhaps you know better ?

Eric Roberts member of TYRESAFE.ORG

 

See on www.thisissussex.co.uk

poor tyres

Check your tyres tread for wear as often as possible make it a good habit, and while your at it check out for cuts or bubbles at the same time.

Snow Tyres- Are they More Important than AWD in the Snow? – Carscoops (blog)

Snow Tyres

Are Snow Tyres More Important than AWD in the Snow?

Carscoops (blog)

There’s a common misconception that an all-wheel drive car is all one needs to be safe when driving in winter.

Eric Roberts says

SUV owners should be looking for winter tyres

It is a huge misconception that the owners of SUV vehicles are safe when driving in the winter time. These large vehicles are normally fitted with some kind of sport

snow tyres

Nissan terrano for 4 Yokohama snow tyres fitting

summer tyres and because they have big wheels and wide tyres, the owners think that they can go any ware in different driving conditions.

I remember a few years ago when we had our worse snow for a few years. The phone was red hot with SUV drivers trying to get some winter tyres. As luck would have it we deal with a German tyre company and were able to pick up some stock, but there was certain sizes that were completely unavailable.

What the public don’t realise is that the tyre manufacturers make winter tyres in summer and most of them are sent to the countries that have to have snow tyres fitted by law. These include Germany, Switzerland, Austria and a few more that slip my mind. We and the rest of Europe have to take

Things are now getting better with the importing of many snow tyres coming from the Far East. Yokohama from Japan are also an excellent winter tyre and are available in many sizes including tyres for the SUV vehicles. We also recommend General winter tyres but they only make the tyres for the average saloon car.

So the moral of this article is to get yourself some snow tyres for your SUV before they start to run after the first snow.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem
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Winter tyres grip-can help you get a grip in the cold and the Snow- Evening Telegraph

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip can help you in the cold
Evening Telegraph On damp or wet roads, tyres grip differently — and the braking distance is substantially longer.

Winter tyres

It pleases me very much to see how the British public have responded to the efforts of the owners of tyre outlets and the many motoring publications, that have been

Winter tyres grip

Citroen fitted with 4 Yokohama winter tyres

advising the public about the advantages and safety features of fitting winter tyres to your car.

What started me off committing myself to this subject was the massive increase of traffic on our roads, combined with the worsening winters that we were getting. This in my eyes makes road safety, especially where brakes and other road safety factors are concerned. Cars are travelling and accelerating at much faster speeds and therefore requires better braking systems and tyre technology. The latter is probably my specialist subject and a subject that I am passionate about, therefor the advice that I give to drivers and my customers is in their best interest.

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip (Photo credit: Travelling Steve)

The subject of whether or not to fit winters in November time or not, to me is a “no brainer”. Here in West Yorkshire winter will shortly arriving , in fact this morning the local council gritting trucks are out gritting the icy roads. Winter tyres have a special compound that has silicone added to the rubber compound.

Winter tyres grip

Of course,this ensures that the winters remain flexible in freezing weather conditions, and are still able to maintain there grip on icy or snowy roads. On the other hand a summer ones that do not have additives will begin to harden when the temperature drops below 7 degrees centigrade, when Winter tyres grip . The effect is similar to your wiper blades, we all know that in cold weather that your wiper blades become very hard and will not clean the windscreen, all other rubber items have the same affect, and do not work correctly in cold weather.

If the tyre does not flex because of the cold, then the tread will not be able to do the job of gripping, especially in cold weather or on a very dirty rainy day when you may be traveling at 70 mph on a motorway. Winters will flex and give you the full tread onto the road, together with a much better designed tread pattern made especially for wet and snowy winter conditions, there is no doubt that Winter tyres grip . You owe it to yourself and your family to be as safe as possible on our very busy roads in winter time, none of us know what the weather will throw at us on any given day,(not even the weather man)

Eric Roberts members of Tyresafe.org. 

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Waste Tyres Piled-Business illegally stock piled 45000 scrap tyres – Daily Echo

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled- 45000 tyres
Daily Echo
A HAMPSHIRE tyre business has been fined thousands of pounds for illegally stockpiling 45,000 of waste scrap tyres at an industrial estate.

Eric Roberts says…

What caused the scrap tyres problem?

“All this has stemmed from the fact that waste tyres do not have any value.So,in fact the opposite is the case. Having to pay anything from 50 pence to £1 for Waste Tyre Removal and to be disposed of.Consequently, at one time. When remoulds were very popular. naturally, we would actually sell our old tyres to the remoulding industry. So,also to scrap tyre dealers. Who would come round collecting the old tyres for money.

The most popular scrap tyres to sell were the Michelin tyres. Subsequently, in the tyre trade an old tyre is known as a “casing”. Of course, the Michelin casings were the best quality casings that you could get. The same applies today, Michelin are still probably one of the best quality tyres. Hence, that you can buy. Although more expensive than other  brands. Michelin tyres are probably still the best  on the market.

Things started to change. Thus, with the introduction of new cheap tyres mass produced from China.Including, other “far eastern” countries. These cheap imports were flooding the market. Consequently,could be bought for cheaper than a remould tyre. Of course, it did not take long before the remould companies went out of business. Some of the remould companies concentrated on the remould truck market. Continuing in business, but the car re-molders soon closed down due to the lack of sales.

This caused us all a big problem we have all seen the Waste Tyres Piled on road sides, because no body wanted the old scrap tyres, it became a huge problem and European Union soon started to introduce new laws about tyre

Waste Tyres Piled up Illegally

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled are still a problem across the world including the UK

disposal. This was followed by new companies setting up to dispose of the Waste Tyres. The most significant new law  would not let scrap tyres be used in landfill sites (tips). So solutions had to be thought of quickly. Germany had already started using old scrap tyres to burn in cement kilns to turn the liquid cement into the powder that we use in building things, but here in Britain we were a bit slow, but we are now looking at similar ideas. Most are now shredded and used in all sorts of applications including mixing the shredded rubber with tarmac to be used on road building.

All this however did not stop illegal Waste Tyres dumping and we still have the problem today. we have all seen old ones piled up in the country side or on waste land, and guys like the one who rented a large building or just land to fill with scrap tyres and then when they are full they just walk away and leave the problem to the owner of the building. One old mill in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire was filled with over a million scrap tyres and then the culprits just walked away leaving the problem to the environment agency, which in the long run has to be paid by the tax payer”.

Article by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Apollo Winters -When To Fit Your Winter Tyres?

Apollo Winters

Apollo Winters

Winter tyres are very important for drivers who generally drive in icy, slushy and snowy conditions and also for those who drive in areas are prone to very low temperatures and large snow falls yea…

Apollo Winters

eric roberts‘s insight:

Apollo Winter Tyres

This is the time of year in early November that we should be thinking about fitting Apollo Winters. Winter tyres come in all sizes and makes.

Winter tyres are made from special compounds. Working best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Of course, most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between December and February. Hence, we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. With this type of tyre, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 11 meters.Especially, on icy roads, and your vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. Thus, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

In winter, the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition. So,in order to provide the most effective grip.Including, handling and safety for drivers. It’s an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving. Also, increase your fuel efficiency and ensure the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months. popular ones that we sell here at Pellon tyres in the foothill of the Pennine mountain range, here in West Yorkshire UK, are the mid-range winter tyres. These come in some well-known tyre manufacturer names such as Yokohama tyres and Apollo Winters. These brands are well respected and tried brands of tyres and have been well proven by hundreds of my own customers over the years in bad wintry conditions.

The cheap tyres brands also do well, including Infinity winter tyres and Jinyu winter tyres, all of which are kept in stock, for the winter period. But now in early November is the time to start fitting your winter tyres, the weather can change overnight. We have just experienced our first heavy frost so the snow will not be far behind.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesonthweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.