TYRE BLOWOUT-Caravan Travelling on his holidays has a Lucky Escape.

Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

This guy managed to steer his caravan to safety after a nasty tyre blowout.

This customer was very lucky when the tyre on his caravan exploded when travelling down the A1 motorway. He managed to stop the car and caravan rig from swerving all over the road and brought the rig to a standstill. It looks to me as if the tyre has had problems for a while and the problem was not spotted early enough. How many times do we see caravans completely turned over after a crash, because the owner was not able to control the caravan after a tyre blowout?

a tyre blowout disaster could have been avoided?

In my opinion caravan, owners do not take enough time to check their tyres before setting out on a journey, they are perhaps the most important thing to check, and, in this case, the

TYRE BLOWOUT

This Michelin tyre is a good example of why you should not be buying un- regulated part worn tyres. The tyre had recently being purchased and fitted to this VW car. IT did look OK but we noticed some cracking occurring in the bead area. This is a telltale sign for Michelin tyres. Cracking means ageing. We were shocked to find that the tyre was 19 (nineteen) year old. This is happening all the time as these small back street companies have opened up selling illegal part worn tyres to the cash-strapped motorists.

the problem would have been solved by a quick inspection by a tyre expert, and a possible disaster would have been avoided, with a much safer journey for all of us. A tyre blowout can be easily avoided by only fitting new tyres to your caravan, do not be tempted with remould or part worn tyres because you can put your own and other peoples life’s at risk. A tyre blowout can be avoided.

 

 

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre 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.

tyre blowout

lucky guy with his blowout pic 1

Cross-Ply Tyres

Cross-Ply Tyres for my Morris Minor 1000-First Models Were fitted with Xply TYRES

Cross-Ply Tyres

Cross-Ply Tyres

 Cross-Ply tyres Back to the sixties with the x ply tyres?

Must be remembered that most people are confused about tyres. After all, tyres look the same, so what could the differences be ? Well when the Minor 1000 was first built there was only one type of tyre, I know ! 

because unfortunately I was a beginner tyre fitter in those early days. Consequently,the only tyre about then was the Cross-Ply Tyres  and a few early radials.

Of course, the basic tyre is made of rubber on the outside and there are a number of layers of textile (man-made) fabrics inside. So, the rubber is there to give the tyres strength. With this in mind, some tyres even have a layer of steel belt. Of course, to increase strength still further (the steel was not in cross-plies though). Textile belts are woven sheets . Running  from bead to bead before the rubber tread is vulcanised on the carcass.

In a perfect world, the “tread” on the outside would stay flat to the road in all circumstances. Unfortunately, roads that are driven on are not perfect and the old Xply tyres gave a very bumpy ride, this also applied to cornering, early tyres used to fight the corners and as many Morris 1000 drivers know, in the early days you had to take care when driving on a bumpy road and cornering.

We then started using a more modern tyre called a “Radial “.

I remember what we called the “radial tyre”new “tyre revolution”. Of course radial tyres were to improve the cars handling by as much as 100%. As a result, the radial tyres have a completely different construction. Revolutionizing the tyre industry. Including the comfort of driving. Radial tyres became available in the 1960s. Outperforming the Cross-Ply Tyres in every way.

Minor 1000 owners say that the car was designed for the Xply. This is true, but only because there was nothing else! The car was also designed for the simple style of motoring, but things improved when the radial tyre came out.

It is now very rare to find x plies these days but if you have them fitted do not mix them with radial tyres on the same axle. It is only safe and legal to fit two x plies tyres at the front and two radials at the rear. In my opinion, your are far better fitting a set of modern day radial tyres, If you can afford it. The driving results are astounding. Especially in the wet. If you are a traditionalist you could stick to x ply tyres, but these may not be the cheapest car tyres on sale at the moment.

As always you get what you pay for.

There are some poor quality tyres from eastern Europe about today, that are best avoided, also, please avoid part worn second-hand tyres. Because tyre prices have risen so much and the minor 1000 tyres are now very rare (145×14) Firestone tyres are available for around £60 fitted and have worked well for me over the years,

Cross-Ply Tyres

Morris Minor 1000’s were fitted with 520×14 Cross-Ply Tyres and later were fitted with 145×14 radial ply tyres.

these and Dunlop tyres were one of the first companies to fit radial tyres on to the minor 1000. Many of our leading tyre companies no longer make these sizes, but a few imported makes are available. A few better quality imported makes are available from General and Bridgestone, if any minor 1000 owners wanted a price for these makes we will happily quote a price from Halifax.

The radial ply tyre is a huge improvement on the Cross-Ply Tyres

It has much better grip, better ride quality and lasts much longer, but the tyres are now mainly imported. As I have previously stated it is relatively rare to find Cross-Ply Tyres these days, but they are still available through tyre specialists, such as Pellon tyres in Halifax. But once again if you have a set of Cross-Ply Tyres do not mix radials with them. 145×14 or 155×14 radials are the largest you should fit the normal rims. If you go beyond this you will cause yourself problems with the tyre bellying out over the wheel, your car will be all over the road and is not recommended or indeed safe to do this.

About Eric Roberts

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

Huge tyre bubble-What caused this tyre bubble on this TYRE ready to “Blow Out”

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

 Huge tyre bubble;Worst case of an egg on a  tyre I have ever seen

The lump or Huge tyre bubble in the picture is the worst I have ever seen. This egg is caused by the separation of the tread layers and the air pressure inside the tyres casing lifting

Huge tyre bubble

Firestone tyres of this period were susceptible to separation problems and many tyres ended up with a bubble or egg on the tread area or side wall.

up the tread. We call it an egg because normally all you get is a lump developing about the same size as a chicken egg.

This problem is not a tyre fault, but usually starts out as a nail hole that has not been filled properly after the repair has been carried out. The next thing is that water gets into the steel belt under the tread rubber and starts to oxidize (rust). The rust then starts to spread through the steel wire, eventually leaving a kind of cavity between the tyres casing and the tread rubber. This in time will cause a Huge tyre bubble to develop on the tread of the tyre.

This type of problem is common on part worn tyres that have not been pressure tested, as they should be. We have noticed that we are having more customers complaining about this type of problem and it is usually on second hand tyres that they have just bought.

In the early stages of tread separation, the tyres on the car will make the car have a tendency to pull to one side, this is because the tyre is out of shape and will start to give the driver increasing problems as he does a few more miles.

Some people think that these problems emanate from buying cheap tyres, but this is not true. Most new tyres are made to high standards at is very rare that we have any tyre related problems these days.

When I was younger I was an examiner for the City and Guilds examination board and all sorts of  problems came up and were used in the exams as examples, of faulty  manufacture. One of the main problems was in fact “tyre separation”, but in those days it was caused by lack of cleanliness, when the tyres were built from their various components . If dust and dirt happened to get in between the layers of vulcanised rubber then the process would not work, rather like if you get dust on a piece of sticky paper then the paper doesn’t stick properly.

The tyre would look fine until after a few hundred miles on a car an egg would start to develop

Also cracks would appear on the side walls or near the bead this was also due to dirt on the new rubber during the tyres manufacture. This has now been improved and tyre companies have much more hygiene and cleanliness in their factories , giving us much better quality tyres.

In the 1960s Firestone tyres had a big problem with the steel wire that they used in their radial tyre

and thousands of tyres were recalled when they all developed Huge tyre bubble on the tread areas .(not as big as the one on the picture though)

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry 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.

 

Huge tyre bubble

Huge tyre bubble on this tyre the biggest i have ever seen

Bald Tyre Problems-More defective TYRES causing accidents

Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; illegal tyres causing more crashes

For my sins. I decided to join an online social business site called Linkedin. Of course, I am now glad that I did. Hence, we get some good feedback from the groups that I am in. One group that I joined

Bald Tyre Problem

Bald Tyre Problem; This bald tyre was on a TAXI?

is a tyre-related group. Therefore, I get some interesting things relating to the Bald Tyre Problems. Thus, that are involved in auto accidents.This guy is in America. naturally, the same things relate to us here in the UK.

He says that many of the accidents. Therefore, he has brought in for investigation are tyre related. We often see crashes on our Motorways. Consequently, never get to see what has caused them. In his case.He sees the cars when he tows them to his garage. So for the police and investigators to check the cars out. He can see that the cars have clear  defects that were more than likely the cause of the crash.

Many accidents are caused by illegal tyres, when-when they are  getting near to the end of their  life, it will pick up more sharp objects as they would with a decent amount of tread on, most wheels that come to us for punctures are almost bald, there is no resistance to objects when the  tread is so low. Continental tyres have started to stop their sipes (that is small slits in the tread that dissipate the water) at 3 mm that’s double the legal limit here in the UK. This has meant that to be completely safe you should replace Continentals and other similar top brands at 3mm to be safe.

 Bald Tyre Problems

One of the main reasons that motorists are taking more risks with their tyres and road safety is because of the recession, people are avoiding buying new tyres and risking their lives

tyres

Tyres like these that were just removed from a Mercedes SUV can end up in the second-hand tyre market, we damage the sidewalls to stop this happening.

(and others)

There has been a record amount of convictions for tyre-related incidents (illegal tyres), with over 10,000 convictions in 2010 (I do not have the 2011 figures yet). But they will probably worse.

Many tyres are failed in MOT tests but tyres on the MOT test are a “grey area” and many testers are put on an “advisory”. This means that the customer is just warned that he needs to change some tyres, but they never seem to get changed until months later.

 Illegal tyres carry a maximum fine of £2500 and 3 penalty points for each one 

The UK tyre law states that. A car driven on the road. Must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.Hence, around its entire circumference. Surely even purchasing cheap tyres. It would be better than driving on illegal tyres. Hence, and facing such a large fine?

Your tyres also need to be checked for damage. Splits, cuts or cracks in the side wall can be very dangerous and cause serious problems. Blow-outs can be caused be any of these, however, the most common reason for a tyre to blow is the lack of the correct tyre pressure. When a tyre is underinflated it will bounce along the road, especially when the vehicle is travelling at speed or overloaded. Low pressure causes the tyre become overheated especially at high speed say on a motorway. Hence, when the tyre reaches a high temperature it may explode. In rare circumstances. Then it could even burst into flames. So the moral of all this is to have your tyres checked at regular intervals and don’t leave it too late.

For more good safety information please click on the link bellow

http://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2011

Eric Roberts

 Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; bald  down to the steel cords

Waste TYRES problem improving-Now there are many solutions to the waste tyre problem

Waste TYRES problem improving

Waste TYRES problem improving;Here in Halifax we dispose of 150 to 200 tyres per week.

A few year ago the European Union made it against the law for counsels to accept old used tyres in their landfill sites. This became a big problem for us tyre retailers,where do we get rid of the old waste tyres?

Waste TYRES problem improving

Waste TYRES problem improving;Waste tyres can be used as wonderful flower tubs

It wasn’t long before businesses were set up. Hence, to collect the old scrap and dispose of them. Naturally, in an environmentally friendly way. Thus, with the Waste TYRES problem improving . We were charged £1 an item  to have them collected. Accordingly, this was passed onto the customers. Because the old ones were their property and not ours.

Britain produces well over 100,000 waste scrappers every day.Therefore, methods of disposal had to be found and quickly. The first thing that was done. Was to produce machines that could shred the old casings up. Hence, and separate the steel wire chords for steel re-cycling.Of course, the rubber was made into tyre crumbs and bagged up for re-use. Many of the larger  companies are looking for chemical methods to turn the old rubber into new rubber, so the old chippings can be used make into new products again but although some progress has been made they are still a while away from making it happen, my own personnel experience is that they will succeed and new tyres will be made from the  old rubber all this was to help with the Waste TYRES problem improving.

Waste TYRES problem improving

In the mean time the rubber crumbs from old tyres are now used in a number of things. Some are added to tarmac and used for road surfacing, especially in the USA and now here in the UK. Some are used to power the drying kilns in cement mixing plants. Many of the larger tyres are remoulded this offers cheap tyres to hauliers, remoulds are still not very popular with motorists and there are only a small amount of companies that make remoulds. These crumbs from old tyres are

Waste TYRES problem improving

Tyre dumps like this could soon be a thing of the past?

also made into children’s play areas indeed we have a company here in Halifax that do this. They are also made into carpet underlay and athletic tracks including play ground surfaces.

Old tyres are used under the sea now

One good invention in the USA turns the rubber crumbs into paving blocks, Rubber Flooring and the old tyres are now used under the sea to create artificial barrier reefs and stop tidal erosion. I was critical of the EU at first but for stopping land fill but it has forced us to look for new ways to dispose of our old tyres. I think that in a few years time there will be no “old tyres problem” and disposal will be free of charge, and perhaps they might go back to the old days and start buying the old scrap off us again instead of us having to pay. Also rubber crumbs can be blended with Natural Rubber.

Eric Roberts

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres-A tyre for the sporting car and driving enthusiast

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres; launch a new bread of “sports TYRES”

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres; Dunlop tyres vintage sign

This new tyre from Dunlop tyres has been specially designed. Hence, for the “driving enthusiast”. Dunlop has had a long heritage and standing in the field of motor sports. This new tyre is no exception. The new tyre. Naturally, has been developed to give much-improved road holding. Especially, for the driver who likes to live close to the edge. Therefore, with much-improved road holding due to the addition of racing technology.Plus, 120 years of racing experience built into the new Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

This tyre gives much-improved grip. As a result, in both wet and dry road surfaces. This is due to the increased contact area of the road. Because of the tyres huge outer shoulder block area. The new Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres. Also, boasts two large centre grooves. So, that enable the tyres to dissipate water quickly. Thus, and resist aquaplaning. Keeping the tyre firmly in touch with the road surface in very wet weather. The water is pushed away from the centre grooves via through a set of lateral grooves and away from the tyre.

This new tyre is clearly aimed at the “Ultra High Performance” (UHP) tyre market. The new tyre will be available in 17 and 18-inch tyre sizes and will cater for high-performance car brands such as Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and Maserati’s. The new Dunlop tyres will also be available for the BMW Mini and jaguars.

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres also introduce the Sports Maxx RT (Race Tyre)      

dunlop tyres

new sports max tyre

This new tyre has been designed to be used by the Worlds fastest cars to perform on and off the race track. This new race tyre gives the same quality as the Sports Maxx road tyre but with added compounds used in the development of Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres racing division. This tyre is clearly going to be a winner after the thousands of hours that the Dunlop development team have worked on this project. This is the difference that I always talk about when explaining the difference between cheap tyres and the leading tyre companies, research and development costs a lot of money, this is why companies such as Dunlop tyres are able to command best prices for Dunlop tyres online at Pellon tyres Halifax

Eric Roberts

 

Cheap New Tyres- are they false economy ? NO Not compared to Part Worn Tyres

Cheap New Tyres

Cheap New Tyres are better than part worn ones

Our customers will buy what they can afford to buy. Hence, in these times of tight recession and strict household budgets. (I myself do not blame them and sometimes will go for the cheap option).

I think that it may be worth pointing out that cheap part worn tyres “are what they really are”.Most of the cheaper brands are copies of tyres (many using inferior quality ingredients) that are made by the major tyre companies and usually made in the far East and China. There is nothing wrong with tyres made in China. Because all imported tyres into the European Union will shortly have to be tested for different qualities. Thus, due to the impending new labelling system. That comes into force later on this year. Therefore, and all imported tyres will have to have certain standards.

Cheap Tyres- are they false economy? that is classed as economy or budgets. Hence, are fine to buy.For this reason, they should not be any threat to road safety. In my opinion, are a much less threat than buying Part Worn Tyres UK or

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remoulds. The later being the safest of the two choices. Remember it is your own and your families safety.That should be considered when buying all types of car tyres.

Cheap New Tyres

I think it should also be pointed out that (in my opinion), the customers with the newer, larger and faster cars should consider the options when buying new ones. It may be worth remembering that you may be putting you and your family at risk by fitting inferior products with perhaps the wrong speed rating or load rating for your particular car. If you do own a larger car you may consider dropping to a mid-range tyre we at Pellon tyres recommend a make called General tyres, one of the differences is that car tyre makers, participate in motor sport events and use the information gained to develop a better product for the consumer, cheap tyres do not offer any of this, they are simply copied as I have stated earlier in this blog,

Cheap New Tyres- are they a false economy are a good option

As I have stated if you are financially stretched it may be worth considering a drop to a mid-range tyre. The Mid-Range Tyres are also much better in quality to cheap tyres imported from the far east.

Motorists who have normal family cars will be fine on economy new tyres whilst the guys who drive Mercedes and BMWs, should really stick to the original equipment standards of the tyres that were on their cars as original equipment , this type of car was developed in the design stage to work with the tyres that are fitted when the car was new, and the tyres should be fitted to the same standard as the old tyres.

To finish you are still better buying cheap tyres that are new and not any other tyre types, “safety should always come first”. In short, most people are sensible to choose the product for the price that suits them. Some motorists go for Part Worn Car Tyres, this is fine but they should remember that a law was brought out in 1995 that states that part works  should be pressure tested and inspected before labeling as safe to use, if the ones you are buying do not have this test label please do not buy them you simply do not know where they have been, opt for budget new ones instead.

Eric Roberts

Car Tyres Safety Tips- Care tyre advice for a safer driver experience

Nokian Winter Tyre benefits

Scenes like this will be common in the UK the first week of March 2018

Car Tyres Safety Tips

Car Tyres Safety Tips-Fitting Winter Tyres

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Consequently, then it is most people who drive and own their own car. Of course, that will  know that their tyres are one of the most important parts. Especially regarding important points about of your car’s regular maintenance. Important to realise, that your tyres have to take the all the weight of your car. Secondly, they also help to move your car along. So, keeping your tyres in top condition is very important to your safety.

As a result, if you are experiencing problems with any of your tyres. So, it is important to get them checked straight away. Of course, by a professional  company.Thus, to ensure you are still safe to drive with a defective tyre. Although there could be a cost attached. Then, there are a few things you can do. Naturally, to maintain and keep your tyres in their best state of condition.

Not all tyres are of the same type of construction. Most importantly, different tyres are suited to different driving conditions. Most strikingly, in winter when the weather is wet and cold and often snowy ! So, in these conditions then different tyres are required called winter or snow tyres. For-mostly, these winter tyres are very different from dry and hot summer conditions . Of course, different types of weather conditions could affect your safety! Especially when it comes to fitting the correct type of tyres to suite winter conditions.

 

Winter Conditions and other Car Tyres Safety Tips

Due to very different climatic conditions, you must consider the possibility of using two sets of tyres. Firstly, one suitable for winter conditions. Secondly,  your normal summer tyres for the rest of the year. Winter brands are now supplied by all the leading tyre manufacturers. Including  the Cheap Tyre and budget brands. So winter tyres, do not need to be an expensive item. As a result, If they are changed tyres after the winter. They will last you about three years, good value I think?.

More expensive brands include the excellent Nokian winter tyres . Nokian are test winners for their winter tyre product year after year and are now available in Halifax at Pellon Tyres.

Make sure your tyres are the correct ones for your vehicle. Replacing your old ones with the same size and type, you may use different makes  if required, but the safest scenario is to replace yours  with exactly the same as you have removed.

Car Tyres Safety Tips; Some simple advice on your tyres care are as follows:

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Check your tyre pressures at regular intervals. they will be in the handbook of your car. Especially if you are fully loading your car.Thus, the pressures can alter dramatically when the car is loaded.

Make sure your tyres tread are on the legal limits: The legal limit requires a tread depth at 1.6 mm. As a reult, all the way around the circumference of the tyre for ¾ of the width of the tread.

Check the side walls for bulges, and the tread for tears or rips in a tyre, these can be illegal and unsafe to drive. Look out for unusual tyre wear at the edges this could be a steering misalignment or some other defect to the cars steering parts. If you have any such problems please have your car checked immediately at a garage or by a professional mechanic.

Check the age of your tyres or let an expert check this for you. Tyres deteriorate if they are over six years old and because they are a natural product and will start to crack in the bead area.

Most tyres are now of the same construction and this comes into my sentence about correct tyre usage.

This advice comes with years of experience (40 in fact) so if you experience tyre problems in the Halifax area of Yorkshire then contact a reputable tyre centre for free advice. 

Eric Roberts

 

Early Radial Car Tyres-Which were the First Radial Car Tyres in the 1960’s

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

Early Radial Car Tyres;  car tyres my  beginnings and the tyre law

 My very first job in the auto trade was as an apprentice mechanic in a small Yorkshire garage. I only spent four years there and after having an argument with my

Early Radial Car Tyres

Early Radial Car Tyres; The Goodyear G800 will be one of the early tyres remembered by my older readers, but, unfortunately, the tyre was very noisy because of the block tread pattern and did not give very good mileage.

boss we decided to part companies. The best thing to come out of my old job was the fact that I became interested in tyres. Very strange you may think but that’s the truth. I had to repair all the punctured tyres and fit new tyres using a tyre lever, a very difficult thing to do until I got the knack of it.

Most punctures in those days were to tyre inner tubes. Most Early Radial Car Tyres in those days were fitted with tubes and tyres were used right up to the tyre becoming completely bald and beyond. There were no tyre laws in my early days this would come later on in my career.

I was now at home under my mother’s feet looking for, a new job. To my surprise, a vacancy for a tyre fitter appeared in the local paper. My mother rushed me off to the tyre centre within minutes of the advertisement appearing. The then manager a guy called Brian Pitchforth interviewed me and was very impressed that I could take off car wheels and fit and repair tyres by hand using tyre levers.

I received a polite letter saying that I had got the job. My mother was more pleased than me because I would be no longer under her feet and she would have my board money coming in again. I started work the week after and soon got settled into the job. I truly loved my new job and settled into my new role as tyre fitter.

This was to be the begging of my lifetime love for the tyre industry and was to set me up to run my own business in years to come.

The company was called The Tyre House, a local company soon to be bought out by the ever-expanding Dunlop retail outlet called Brigg’ s Tyres. Briggs were a group of tyre companies and were soon to merge with another group called Marsham Tyres, this was later to become National Tyres a wholly owned company of Dunlop Tyres.

In those days, the major tyre manufacturers were hell bent on buying out any tyre distributor to consolidate their share of the tyre market. This was due to the

Early Radial Car Tyres

Early Radial Car Tyres; Early Firestone tyres were coming into the UK from America and a new factory opened up in Liverpool

ever increasing market place as cars were becoming affordable to more and more people as jobs became more plentiful. Therefore more people needed Early Radial Car Tyres,

The first radial tyres came out and I was promoted to office manager

for my enthusiasm and it was beginning to get easier promotions in a large company such as Dunlop. I eventually left National Tyres and moved to Goodyear Wolverhampton and a  Goodyear owned company in Leeds to try my hand with giant earth mover tyres, but will never forget the friends I met some of whom were friends for life and my first job in the tyre industry.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry 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.

 

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye -Michelin-Dunlop and Goodyear were the Market Leaders in the 1960’s

 Post Updated 22nd Dec 2013/22nd march 2016

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-My car tyres beginnings

 Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-My very first job in the auto trade was as an apprentice mechanic in a small Yorkshire garage. I only spent four years there and after having an argument with my boss we decided to part companies. The best thing to come out of my old job was the fact that I became interested in tyres. Very strange you may think but that’s the truth. I had to repair all the punctures  and fit new ones using a tyre lever, a very difficult thing to do, until I got the knack of it.

Most punctures in those days were to tyre inner tubes. Most  in those days were fitted with tubes and were used right up to the tyre becoming completely bald and beyond. There were no laws in my early days this would come later on in my career.

I was now at home under my mother’s feet looking for, a new job. To my surprise, a vacancy for a  fitter appeared in the local paper. My mother rushed me off to the Briggs Auto-centre centre, within minutes of the advertisement appearing. The then manager a guy called Brian interviewed me and was very impressed that I could take off car wheels and fit and repair them by hand using tyre levers.

I received a polite letter saying that I had got the job. My mother was more pleased than me, because I would be no longer under her feet and she would have my weekly board money coming in again. I started work the week after and soon got settled into the job. I truly loved my new job and settled into my new role as a fitter.

This was to be the begging of my lifetime love for the  industry and was to set me up to run my own business in years to come.

The company was called The Tyre House , a local company soon to be bought out by the ever-expanding Dunlop retail outlet called Brigg’ s. Briggs were a group of  companies and were soon to merge with another group called Marshams , this was later to become National  a wholly owned company of Dunlop .

In those days, the major manufacturers were hell bent on buying out any  distributor to consolidate their share of the market. This was due to the ever increasing market

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-Vintage Avon tyres from the 1960’s often seen on upmarket cars such as Rolls Royce and Bentley s

place as cars were becoming affordable to more and more people as jobs became more plentiful. Therefore, more people needed tyres,

 Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-The first car tyres law came out

 and I was promoted to office manager for my enthusiasm and it was beginning to get easier promotions in a large company such as Dunlop made at the famous Fort Dunlop tyre factory in Birmingham UK. I eventually left National Tyres and moved to Goodyear owned company in Leeds to try my hand with giant earth mover tyres, but will never forget the friends I met some of whom were friends for life and my first job in the tyre industry.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and we can offer Next Day Delivery Car Tyres and we have been in the battery industry 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.

 

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-sort of cars from the 60s