Winter Tyres Work- Less Accidents when Cold Weather Tyres are fitted before winter arrives.

Winter Tyres Work

Winter Tyres Work
Winter Tyres Work but this car struggled? Last winter saw snow like this at Sowerby near Halifax[/caption]

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

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Accident data strengthens Winter Tyres Work argument,

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Snow and ice were the cause of more than 6,000 road accidents in Great Britain last year, according to statistics issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) this week.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Snowing scenes like this call for “Winters to be fitted ” Winter Tyres Work

Winter tyres have in the past three years helped millions of motorists to

make safer journeys and arrive home safely, remember Winter Tyres Work . We are now approaching the time, usually November time when you should fit your winter tyres, or if you do not have any then you should consider buying yourself a set.

Even if you can’t afford a set of four then it is it is still a better and safer proposition to fit a pair on your drive wheels. Out of all the thousands of customers that have had winter tyres fitted, I have never had a single complaint about the  performance, in fact most drivers will give them a raving revue.

Winter Tyres Work

When the weather gets this bad then Winter Tyres Work

This is one of the reasons why the fleet companies are fitting winters to their fleets?Winter Tyres Work . They know that it makes sense to fit them for the safety aspect and also they know that it will benefit the drivers, when they are out in snow and also wet weather, and when the fleets buy them you know they must be good as they will not waste a penny unless it is necessary.

Winter Tyres Work its a fact

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire recommend that you should go for an economy winter tyre such as Jinhu winters if you are on a low budget, or an excellent mid-range tyre is the Nokian winters  and for the SUV or larger sedan type of cars you could look no further that choosing a leading make such as Michelin or Bridgestone winters , they are all excellent products.As the article says there was 6000 road accidents here in the UK,due to snow and ice, according to the Department of Transport (DFT)

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Winter Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.  I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

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Winter Tyres Safety-One Of The Best Safety Items You Could Add To Your Car.


Winter Tyres Safety is now taken seriously 

This year (here in the UK) we have had what we could call a good Summer, with nice long sunny day’s with a few rainy days scattered here and there. Now we are well into September and the weather is starting to turn colder. We at Pellon Tyres recon that it is the end of October before we start to get the Easterly winds that bring colder weather, (and dare I say it) snow.

The past three or four years have been particularly cold and snowy and not been funny but this is the weather that we in the tyre trade just love, (for obvious reasons?). This year will be no exception, we will be praying for more of the same this winter; it could even be a little harsher in my opinion, “one man’s loss is another man’s gain” as the saying goes.

Winter Tyres Safety

Scenes like this in Sowerby, West Yorkshire caught us all out in March 2013

One of the good things that came out of the bad winters is our concern for Winter Tyres Safety and so we introduced a “TYRE HOTEL” system for our customers to store their winter and summer tyres. We fit the winter tyres in October and November and change them back to their summer tyres in March, although last year it snowed in March, and so we changed most of them in April and May.

Tyre hotel has become very popular for Winter Tyres Safety

We are pleased to say that this will be our third year, operating this system and it has become a very popular Winter Tyres Safety service for our customers. We did not advertise the service and all the new business that we have gained has come from “word of mouth”. This situation pleases me very much, because it is something that we all strive for and is a good way of keeping contact with your customers. The only problem we are starting to have is the lack of storage, we have customers winter tyres stored all over the place?

For tyre dealers who do not have “tyre hotel” facilities, and live in a hilly area where they are likely to have snow fall, then I would recommend that you give it a try. Another advantage that we have is that our customers have no qualms about buying a replacement tyre when they need one. When we point out that the tread is below the legal limit, they simply ask us to replace the tyre, no ringing round or going onto the internet, as long as we charge them at a competitive price and a fair price they are happy to trust us, it is a great way of keeping onto your customers.

We charge £10 for each time that we fit and/or refit a tyre, that’s £40 for the four. We also charge £10 for each tyre stored over the winter/summer period. This charge also includes valve and balancing, but s I say it has proved to be a good way of retaining some of our customers in this very competitive business.

We are now advising our customers that require new ones at the moment, to think about fitting Apollo Winter Tyres, instead of summer tyres and we are

Winter Tyres Safety

Apollo Winter Tyres ready to be fitted

getting a good response from motorists who are now becoming much wiser about the products  and tyre safety and the people that fit winters  have thanked us on many an occasion for our advice and safety of Winter Tyres Safety in bad weather.

Article written by Eric Robertswww.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who

need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

SUV Safety Winter Tyres- Take better control over your SUV in bad weather by fitting winter tyres

SUV Safety Winter Tyres

SUV Safety Winter Tyres are a must for SUV cars

 

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Winter tyres on this Porsche SUV in the Halifax Fitting station Yorkshire UK

When you been in the tyre trade as long as I have. Then we often get offered opportunities to help test new tyres. Hence, from the different tyre manufacturers. You may wonder what this has to do with SUV winter tyres. But a couple of years ago I was offered a chance to test drive some SUV vehicle. Thus, fitted with Vredestein SUV Winter Tyres. So to prove how different this type of car performed on winter tyres.

The cars included many different models. Including the new Range Rover the new Porsche Cayenne and the BMW MX and Mercedes ML models. We were all flown to Austria and headed for the mountains.

SUV Tyres-Fear in my eyes

All the cars were fitted with the excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme tyres. Which were designed by the great car designer Giugiari. of course, the cars were driven by professional test drivers (and boy did I know it). I was in the passenger seat and another couple of guys were in the back.

We climbed upwards until we reached the snow line. The drivers then let loose, they were that confident with the snow tyres fitted that they drove these SUVs like mad men. We were driven on ice and snow through forested areas and up and down steep ravines at high speed . I had never been as frightened in my life, my eyes were popping out with fear. I was ever so glad when the tyre tests were finished, but it proved to how good these cars were with SUV Winter Tyres fitted.

Most of these cars come fitted with summer tyres when new so it is well worth investing in a set of SUV Winter Tyres to give you full driver confidence when the Apollo suv Winter Tyreswinter weather comes along, as many drivers of these vehicles found to their cost when they got stuck in snow and ice in the last few winters.

Apollo winter tyres make excellent  Winter Tyres.

One of the top tyre manufacturers to make excellent SUV Winter Tyres for the SUVs are Apollo. They are world renowned at making great tyres for winter. The tyres are now made at the famous Vredestein winter tyre factory in Holland. 

More reading…

“The Wintrac Nextreme has been developed for drivers of stylish cars with powerful engines who want to be able to drive at relatively high speeds, even when temperatures are low. It is a modern SUV Winter Tyres with great steering precision, low noise production and low rolling resistance. The Wintrac Nextreme has been designed in close collaboration with Giugiaro Design. The innovative tread design, in which the tread is integrated into the sidewall design, gives the tyre a unique look. In addition, the tyre guarantees excellent performance even in the most extreme situations. The Wintrac Nextreme already complies with the European regulations for wet grip and noise, which will come into force in 2012”… http://www.vredesteinwintertyres.co.uk/

Eric Roberts

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test-Carried out at the Snowdome with Louise Thompson a Volvo Driver

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

One of my customers is a Volvo owner. Hence, one of my business objects is to talk as much as I can to my customers. I was recommending to him about the benefits fitting winter tyres to his Volvo. he referred to the fact that he had purchased a set of Nokian winter tyres. In addition he explained how he bought the tyres to combat a snow storm in January. However, by the time that he had fitted the winter tyres a bit too late to try them out as the snow had cleared quickly.

He went onto tell me the following- As a result, the bad January snow had all gone . Hence, by the time I got my Nokians fitted to steel wheels. However, there was a light dusting of snow a few weeks later.

Of course, that allowed me to experiment briefly on our very steep driveway. Consequently, our Polo, which had behaved much better than the S60 in the heavy snow. Naturally, would get stuck almost immediately it hit the slope.
As a result, I bought winter tyres for the first time last January. Soon after discovering that the S60 was worse than useless in the snow. Fitted out with regular Michelin summer tyres on 17 inch wheels.

Moreover, as soon as it hit the slightest slope it just spun the drive wheels and refused to move. Regardless of driving style and regardless of traction-control settings.

I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed Click To Tweet

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

There was another incident in February when I hit sheet black-ice on a country road, which had already caused three recent vehicles (one a police car) to be stranded in the ditch and another embedded in a telegraph pole.

Safely for me, I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed . My Volvo had no trouble at all slowing down. Luckily, keeping my car on the road, and driving around the crashed cars.
It is true that in  Europe they are recommended to fit  purely winter tyres.

Although we are now looking to fit more all-weather tyres. I think that the truth is that if you live in hilly district, then proper winter tyres should be used. In countries that are flat then all-weather tyres should be fitted. Therefore ,any upgrade of your tyre in winter will benefit us all with much safer roads.

After my conversation with the guy, I felt better about the public perception. Hence, about the knowledge that more and more drivers are more savvy about winter tyres.

Eric Roberts

 

Mazda Winter Tyres Testing-2016 Mazda MX-5 GS Winter Test Video

Mazda Winter Tyres

Mazda Winter Tyres

It has always been my pleasure to write about how different car makes respond in bad weather conditions. As a result, this little Mazda MX 5 is no exception. Of course a good place to look was in the Mazda owners club forum. Consequently, the MX 5 had good reviews when it came to driving in the snow. Of course, like many other cars, it is always best to fit winter tyres. Especially,in areas where snow may be forthcoming.

As a result the general consensus is to keep a set of spare wheels. Hence, with winter tyres fitted. Subsequently, your spare wheels can easily be changed over as winter approaches. Other advisories are. Keeping the fuel tank full and keep the engine  revs as low as possible. Also try to use the highest gears possible . Hence, without laboring the MX 5’s drive train.

Consequently you should be using winter tyres and ensure that your tyres have plenty tread. Bald winter tyres are as useless as summer tyres? Drive the  School of Motoring way. In other words slow down and use your high gears without stalling he engine. As  result I have read many good reports of the MX 5 handling very well in adverse weather condition. Like any other car then safety has to come first. Therefore prepare for the winter. Especially if you live in snow prone areas such as Northern England and the whole of Scotland.

Ownership of a MX 5 should not restrict you from winter driving. Locate a new set of steel wheels and fit a set of winter tyres. As a result we would recommend fitting General Altimax winters. By all means, you can choose your own favourite make. Winter tyres are manufactured by almost all the leading tyre companies. Consequently they are becoming more popular even here in the UK.

 

 

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters-New Winter Tyres from Japans Bridgestone Tyre Company.

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone tyres bring out Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

 

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Contrary to this article we find that UK customers DO buy winter tyres

Bridgestone tyres have indeed brought out  new Bridgestone Blizzard Winters. In my opinion this is a step that the other leading tyre makers are making, a more varied amount of winter products.

One of our biggest sellers here in Halifax was Yokohama “W” winter tyres they were very popular sellers.

Another reason that I do not agree with this article is because we are now much more conscious about changing our summers  with winters  because of the colder winters that we are now experiencing.

We have now been operating a “winter tyre hotel” for the past three years,not only does it work for us but it keeps in touch with our customers at least twice a year when they come in for theirs changing.

Bridgestone Tyres introduce a new SUV Winter Tyre

Bilzzak SUV winter tyre LM-80

Bridgestone have upgraded their SUV winter tyres range to include the Blizzak LM-80 EVO. Although these tyres have been out a couple of years now, they have proved to be a leader in the SUV winter tyre market.

The old words when describing Bridgestone Blizzard Winters certainly flow when introducing this wonderful tyre product. In line with most other tyre manufacturers, Bridgestone Blizzard Winters have designed

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters an excellent product

these with many sipe patterns to help get rid of the slush and wet that we associate with bad winter driving conditions. They have also added silica to the tyre compound to enable them  to remain flexible when driving in freezing temperatures.

The design is topped up with by adding  a centre rib and extra shoulder  blocks to the  tread area, for extra strength when cornering, giving these larger vehicles better handling and wet braking when driving in winter conditions.

Eric Roberts… www.pellontyres.co.uk

Nokian Winter Tyres-Are still one of the top winter tyre performers in recent tyre tests

Nokian Winter Tyres

Yorkshires latest Nokian winter tyres dealer.

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I am very proud to become the newest Winter Tyres dealer in Yorkshire. Nokian tyres are an excellent product. Especially, in the form of winters .Hence,when the mad rush for winters is on. Thus, we can normally only get them from Germany. As the winter progresses the price of these tyres goes up and up.

Nokian  Tyres have been around for a long time.Consequently, are produced in Finland and Russia. Two of the coldest and snowiest countries in the World. If they do not know how to make tyres then nobody does. For tyre companies to prove their products it is important that they enter their tyres in tests that are held independently by motor sport magazines. One of the most influential magazines in the world is the “Auto Bild” magazine , who hold regular tyre testing events on summer and winter tyres, these test are carried out with complete impartiality and the results can be completely trusted. The tyres were tested earlier this year and were tested with top ratings coming in as the top winter tyre in that size.

The tyre tested was the 205/55×16 tyres , the most common tyres in use today, and was described as with exceptional performance in snow with well balanced handling properties.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Nokian testimonials come thick and fast here are a few…

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  • Chris, Canada
  • “I live in the Highlands of Scotland. Hence, drive a Subaru Impreza and since late September this year I have been using your W+ Nokian Winter Tyres. I am utterly amazed at how good they are. The weather and snow levels here right now are some of the worst I have ever witnessed. I feel way more in control and safer with your tyres on. The car is balanced moves predictably and inspires great confidence. I chose your tyres based on recommendations after doing a lot of research into many brands of winter tyres. They have exceeded my expectations, they are better than my old brand in the dry, are amazing in the wet and so far are shocking me how good they are in the snow. On all levels performance, price, safety and feel. These tyres have me loyal to your brand always now.  Thank you for keeping me safe and getting me back home to my family.”
  • Diarmid, Highlands of Scotland…
  • If you check on the Nokian web site you will see many more testimonials for these excellent winter tyres.

Nokian winter tyres also came out very favorable in tyre tests carried out by “Auto Express” for further reading and test results…

 www.pellontyres.co.uk

 Eric Roberts

 

Fitting Winter Tyres-for your Families Safety and winter mobility

Fitting Winter Tyres 

There is no doubt about it almost all of Europe including us here in the UK are now prone to very sharp cold and snowy conditions during the winter months. The effects of Global warming are now starting to take there toll and climate change is starting to happen big style. We have all seen the effects of the heavy rains and flooding that have hit most countries of the World, with devastating and disastrous effects. In my opinion it will be only a matter of time, before we all get caught out in bad winter conditions, such as mega freezing conditions and blizzards.

Fitting Winter Tyres

Snowfall in the Pennines Fitting Winter Tyres is important for safety

North Americans are used to getting two foot of snow and in general prepare their cars for the winter to come, fitting winter tyres is one of the priorities that prepare them for the winter to come, we have all seen the recent snow fall that affected New York after the Hurricane struck the East coast. This could also be the norm for Northern Europe with colder winters and heavier snow falls, so we too should be well prepared, by fitting winter tyres, after all it makes good sense to be safer and able to get home or to work if snow is in the weather forecast.

Many countries in Europe have got be Fitting Winter Tyres by law and in my opinion this law should be rolled out across the rest of the EU countries.

A good a article to look at is by a Skiing enthusiast and motorist Otto Imken, who gives good advice about the best top 5 winter tyres…

 “The snow is starting to fall in parts of North America and full-on winter is right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about all things icy: Do I need a new jacket? Where did I stash those goggles? Is it gonna be Utah, Colorado, Montana or B.C. this February? And of course, what kind of snow tires should I get?”…http://www.liftopia.com/blog/top-5-snow-tires/

Also more reading about Fitting Winter Tyres

 “Thanks to my job, I have had plenty of experience on snow tires, and I can’t believe I ever lived without them. Snow tires make an enormous difference, and if I still lived in a place where it snowed, I wouldn’t even consider driving without them. Well, that’s not true… I would consider it, because I’m cheap. But I have no doubt that snow tires make you safer. If you’re on the fence about investing in snow tires”… http://cars.about.com/b/2012/11/14/should-you-buy-snow-tires.htm#comment-193772

  Eric Roberts.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Winter Car Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Steel Wheels-To fit your Winter Tyres on-This is the best way to store and fit your winter tyres

The advent of winter tyres is bringing steel wheels back into circulation?

Many European countries are coming to terms with the fact that they have to fit winter tyres to their vehicles between the months of November and March, to comply with new winter safety laws. Most Europeans keep a spare set of steel wheels already fitted up with winter tyres. The latest country is Luxembourg, in my opinion, the UK will be one of the next countries to follow suit, only because global warming is bringing us all colder winters and Steel Wheelswetter summers, with a need for better and safer tyres to cope with these weather conditions. Steel wheels and winter tyres are a much better option and enable motorists to travel far safer in the winter months than the standard summer tyres that we are all so used to buying.

This new trend in motoring.Probably started off in Germany.Hence, it has sparked off a revival for new Steel Wheels and Tyres Packages. Thus, with a set of winter tyres fitted. So that the driver, can change their set of alloy wheels.Of course, that are complete with summer tyres. Therefore, to a set of Factory Steel Wheels, fitted with winter tyres.Of course, a splendid idea. Thus, one that should be looked by all safety-conscious motorists.

Steel wheels much stronger in winter

We here in Halifax have also noted that more of our customers are purchasing winter tyres and we now run a “tyre hotel”, saving the summer tyres in winter and then changing them back to summers in say March. The trend of buying a set of steel wheels has not yet caught on, but we are starting to see this trend happen here now with more customers opting for a separate set of steel wheels with winter tyres fitted, definitely a thing for the future.

One of the leading steel wheel manufacturers in the World is a Swiss company called KFZ Stahlrad. They manufacture steel wheels for the aftermarket to fit up to 90% of cars and SUV vehicles. The business developed with the advent of the new EU laws making winters a compulsory fitment and have gone from strength to strength now supplying much of Europe with this excellent product.

Steel wheels steel wheels

Another good point to make about steel wheels is that they are much stronger and more resilient than alloy wheels. They may not look as pretty as alloys but are easier and cheaper to replace should you bump one, in say icy winter conditions. Steel wheels are repaired with just a simple hammer, but alloys require specialist repairers with a big repair bill at the end of it.

Steel wheels are also available for a number of vehicles including larger cars and SUV vehicles and are very much worth looking into for your second set of winter tyres for a smooth change over from summer to winter tyres.

 Eric Roberts

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

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres- Which winter tyres would you choose?

Post Updated 10th Nov 2014

Any winter tyres its Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

This is a question that I am always asked. If I told the truth as a  retailers  I would switch you on to the winters because they are far safer in bad weather driving, their is nothing more to it.

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

Bridgestone Blizzak winters an excellent choice Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

It is worth Worth Fitting Winter Tyres in these days of heavy traffic on our roads. This is the answer I usually give. I tell them that the best winters  for them are the ones that they can afford and if they need any new ones  at the beginning of winter then they should buy winters  and then they can keep them on the rest of the time if say they can’t afford another set of summers, in my opinion it is Worth Fitting Winter Tyres they are much safer and would be more value for your money if you require new ones just before the bad weather comes along.

We try to have an open mind about what make of winters  to keep in stock, and I always go for a budget brand because this keeps the price lower for the customers, and makes them more affordable for our customers who are on a lower budget, but appreciate the safety aspects of this product. For this purpose I always keep in something like a Apollo, we also try to source other tyre makes such as Avon or this year we have had some good deals from Yokohama of Japan.

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

hundred of winter tyres in stock

 

An interesting fact that persuaded me to go down this line is the fact that re-manufactured tyres are used on many of the large truck fleets in the world, and most of all major Airlines also use this type  on their planes, a great indictment for this product.

Some of our customers ask for recommendations as to what winter tyres are best for their specific cars, such as this letter to the “Honest John” web site. He recommends that they buy a spare set of wheels with winter’s fitted, to me this is the best option, than you can change your wheels to winter tyres from say November to March and drive with safety.

More reading…

My wife and I have just bought a 2010 Ford Focus 1.8 petrol. It will be used as our general workhorse during the summer, but will also be used to take us to our winter home in the French Alps. While there it will be kept in an underground car park, but used occasionally for shopping trips to the valley below. As we intend to keep the car for many years, we are thinking of buying a spare set of wheels and winter tyres and my query concerns sizes. At the moment the car has 205/50 R17 tyres and the alloy wheels are fastened with five studs. Would it be possible to buy 16-inch wheels for the winter tyres and, if so, which tyres should we buy?”… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/caradvice/honestjohn/9555525/Which-winter-tyres-for-Ford-Focus.html

Eric Roberts…http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/

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