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Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes, travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Alpin 5 Winter Car Tyres and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Apollo Tyres at Manchester United Partner Launch at Old Trafford the home of Manchester United

 

Apollo Tyres with a six figure three-year deal with Manchester United

I have just arrived back from the three venue launch of a three-year deal with the iconic Manchester United. The venues were in Edinburgh, London and the final one took place at the Old

apollo tyres

The impressive Apollo tyres coach

Trafford home of Manchester United.

Apollo tyres are embarking on a three-year deal with Manchester United. To help launch the  brand here in the UK. The tyre company was first to make its tyres in Perambra, Kerala In India in 1976. They have since become the leading tyre maker in the national Capitol Region of India. Apollo was soon to be recognised for their excellent tyre products. For twenty years they kept them within the Indian economy.   Building their distinctive brand products and using good marketing initiatives to promote their products. Some of the things that Apollo did were to promote a customer loyalty scheme and help establish better-driving habits on the overcrowded Indian roads.

Apollo tyres then made the decision to expand outside of India and in 2006. They ventured into South Africa, by buying the Dunlop  International of South Africa, including the Regal tyres brand. This also included Zimbabwe and the Dunlop brand is now sold to over 30 African countries, using the renamed Apollo tyres Of South Africa brand name.

Apollo Tyres UK  then spread their wings into Europe, acquiring Dutch tyre company Vredestein tyres, now known as Apollo Vredestein who also have strong links and a dealer network here in the UK. This was in 2009

Premiership trophy on display

and it was the plans of Apollo to set up a presence on yet another continent, Europe. The tyre company also went into partnership with a car battery manufacturer in Bangladesh in 2011.

The next step for Apollo tyres

Was to enter the North American marketplace, but after a huge setback failed to take over Cooper tyres and eventually pulled out of the deal.

Back here in the UK, Apollo has started to become a much larger player in the battle for tyre market share. Using the iconic Manchester United brand to become their launching pad for a market attack. I was invited as an independent tyre retailer, probably because of my past association with the Vredestein tyre brand, who are renowned for their excellent quality, especially their winter tyres collection.

We were to be on the third and final phase of the Apollo tyres promotional tour. With a tour of the Manchester United ground and museum. The tour was Apollo Tyresexcellent and conducted by professional tour guides who gave some insight into the clubs history and background. This was most interesting because not everybody were football fans and the ones that were football fans supported other clubs. After the tour, we were all invited for an evening meal on the ground and were able to take pictures of the Premier League trophy, which the club kindly displayed in the dining room. After an excellent meal, we were treated to a question and answer session from ex-Manchester United player “Lou” Macari all transported back to the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.There we were all given overnight accommodation and then treat for evening drinks in the hotel rooftop bar, we all had an excellent time.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 have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

 

Winter Tyre Preparations-A Hundred things to do to prepare for Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

Winter Tyre Preparations

Winter Tyre Preparations

Winter Tyre Preparations

It is very rare that we experience, what you could call “extreme” weather here in the UK. Perhaps people who live in parts of Scotland wont agree with me. But in general snow comes and goes within a couple of days. As I am writing this post then the weather is expected to turn colder with a possible snow fall t the end of the week.

However it will be nothing like the type of weather that is experience in the USA. Especially in the north and east of the country. This is the reason for me sharing this article from Ready.gov. So, it lists hundreds of things that we should prepare. Hence, to cope with expected extreme cold and snow storms.

I remember watching a film from around the time of the American civil war. A family were snowed in for months. OK they lived in the mountains in the middle of know where, but the experience must have been daunting to say the least. These days we have a machines that get us out of such situations. people will still be cut off, but possibly for not as long.

Winter Tyre Preparations

Of course, this brings me around to one of my favorite subjects”Tyres”? I do know that in our modern times, people just have to move about. They will get to town whatever it may take. Many drivers now own 4×4’s and huge SUV’s to enable them to get about. Of course these machines would have to have winter tyres fitted.

Especially when snow falls on a regular occurrence. In places like Canada then snow chains are also used to help drivers get about as best as possible. Winter tyres are now one of the best aids for getting through winter safely. Of course we are now stockists of the Nokian winter tyre brand. Nokian claim to be the inventor of the winter tyre. Back in Finland it is extremely cold with continuous heavy snowfalls and this is where winter tyres originally came from.

Eric Roberts

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

Lighter Tyres- Yokohama Have come up with the more ECO friendly ADVAN ENV-R2 ?

Lighter Tyres

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

There’s probably no more important part of your car’s handling and safety than your tyres. Well maybe you the driver, and your mad skills are more influential, but your tires rank right up there. There’s not much we can do about …

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

 Performance Yokohama

Lighter tyres

 

In the mad and never ending rush to create and manufacture a light weight tyre, the tyre manufacturers have to come up with some new components in order to make their tyre

products lighter and greener.

This also applies to the car manufacturers who are constantly on the look out to manufacture much lighter, more energy efficient vehicle.

Lighter tyres,yokohama cheap tyres

Yokohama tyres on the racing track

The new technology rush also applies to the mid-range tyre companies such as Hankook tyres, Kumho tyres and Yokohama tyres.

Yokohama tyres  Lighter tyres design

Yokohama Tyre has risen to the occasion and has brought out the second-generation ADVAN ENV-R2 as the Official Spec Tyre that will be used in the 2011 Patron GT3

Challenge by Yokohama tyres race series and the GT3 Challenge Class endurance series.

The ENV-R2 will be put through its paces and power a fleet of Porsche 911 GT 3 race cars at leading North American. tracks, such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The new cheap tyres are much lighter and reduce the amount of fuel that the cars use by at least 20 % and increases recycling capability while still performing at the same high level of the previous tyre compounds.

This is one the many reasons that we became a Yokohama tyre dealer and we highly recommend this product as a much lighter performance tyre, that we can sell at  cheap  tyres rate. Since writing this blog. Then Yokohama decided to take another junction when it came to advertising and supporting small businesses.

Eric Roberts

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

 

Mixing Tyre Technologies-Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The question posed by this article in “The Business Times” is about the mix of tyre manufacturers technologies. Hence when it comes to mixing different tyre brands to the larger and now popular SUV vehicles. In my opinion it is yet another grey area in the crazy world of tyres. “Should we do this” and “can we do that” is a question that I hear every week.

So, the advent of the SUV has certainly opened up a new can of worms. Over the last decade tyre manufacturers have introduced a string of new tyre products. Consequently, pressure was brought on the tyre makers from governments wanting the car manufacturers to make greener and leaner cars. As a result, then tyres had to become lighter in weight and larger in circumference to give less “rolling resistance“.

Coincidentally, the SUV’s came out about the same time. The SUV’s had much larger tyres and it looks to me that new technology tyres were to be developed with these vehicles in mind.

Tyre makers were looking for all types of new materials to add to the rubber latex. Thus, trying to lighten the tyre weight. Continental tyres came up with the milk like substance extracted from “dandelions“. It was found that the milky substance found in the dandelion was of the same molecular make up as the latex . Now Continental are growing vast areas of these plants near their German tyre factories.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Other finds include the Yokohama tyres use of orange peel oil. However I dont really want to get too technical. The issue is should we mix these different tech tyres on the same vehicle. Especially if the tyres were developed along side the car manufacturers. Of course the SUV’s are now big and powerful, made by all the worlds leading luxury car makers.

Have we now got to the stage when it is important that we stick to the same tyres as the original equipment ones. As a tyre dealer for over forty years, then I am beginning to think so. The attached article explains about the specific tyres that are made for certain SUV’s. Thus, tyres like the Bridgestone Alenza and Italian brand Pirelli’s Scorpion series.

This class of vehicle are also fitted with specific tyres such as the Yokohama Blu-earth RV-02. So, even Nokian are making a winter tyre for the SUV the Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Should the specific tyre types be compromised. Personally I do not think so?

When I am on the front line dealing with customers, then I always tell them to the best of my ability. In this case then I would recommend that the car should be on the same tyres that were fitted as original equipment. If they choose not to then it is their responsibility going forward. I suppose looking at it then this is a problem with buying your SUV tyres online.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The registration number lookup only tells the buyer the size of the tyre and not what the SUV should have on. Subsequently, the best way is for the car owner to take the information from the tyre sidewall and order exactly the same tyres. Definitely a very grey area?

Eric Roberts

THE BUSINESS TIMES – WHEN was the last time you wore your Manolos to go jogging? Chances are, never (unless the loss of some bet was involved). By the same token, it’s just as easy to have the wrong tyres fitted to your car.. Read more at The Business Times.

Source: Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW-OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Of course, it is always good to see accreditation’s given to quality products. Nokian tyres are no exception to this. gaining an approval to fit certain Nokian tyres as original equipment to some BMW models.

The tyre that Nokian are to supply BMW with is the excellent WR D4 winter tyre. Consequently, the tyre will be fitted as original equipment to BMW’s latest “Sports Activity Vehicle” or SAV. Yet another abbreviation to remember?

The tyre size to be used is the 225/55R17 in a “H” rated tyre. As a Nokian tyre dealer this is great news.

My wife and I decided to buy an up market car last year and went for the Jaguar F Sport. We were sick of turning up to meetings in a van?

Anyhow, I decided to fit a set of Nokian winters to the car. So, just to try them out so to speak. I firmly believe that any brand of winter tyres should be fitted before the onset of winter.

My main worry was to be noise the Jaguar F Sport is a very quiet car even on some of our concrete motorways. We went on to fit a set of 255/55V19 XL  Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Wow, the results were excellent. Remarkably, we found that there was no difference in road noise at all. In fact we have now had three snowfalls in the area and many freezing nights resulting in “black ice”. The car has never lost traction once. I always feel more confident when selling a product with my own personnel experience. My new Nokians did not disappoint me ?

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

When SUV’s first came out then it soon became noticeable that they were useless when driving in snow. Especially here in hilly Halifax. So, BMW and Mercedes owners were soon looking for winter tyres to give their vehicles some traction in the snow, ice and wet roads. As a result SUV owners are now more street wise and the Nokian and vredestein winter tyres are among their favorite choices.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Nokian WR D4 is a new-generation winter tyre that was specifically developed by Nokian Tyres for use in Central European weather conditions. The tyre delivers outstanding grip and comfortable handling even at high speeds. The tyre confirmed to the BMW Group’s stringent criteria for OE approval and is meant for motorists drivers who are looking for quality as well as style and safety in a tyre.

Nokian Tyres has received approval from the BMW Group for its WR D4 winter tyre and this will help the company to grow in central Europe.

Source: OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe – Tires & Parts News

Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres to join forces in Research a development and perhaps More?

yokohama tyres

Yokohama tyres , Kumho follow MoU up with R&D master agreement

Tyrepress.com

The Board of Directors at Yokohama Rubber and Kumho Tire have resolved to enter into master technological alliance agreement.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama tyres-Kumho tyres-

This one took me by surprise?

I must admit this one came as a shock to me at first. I have spent much time with the staff at both companies but nothing was said, byEither Yokohama tyres or Kumho tyres. So I guess that this was just one of those high level agreements that were kept hush- hush.

In my own business here in Halifax we have had close ties with both of these tyre companies, and in fact we sell both Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres side by side, in recent years. I regard both companies as tyre innovators and thinking about it I can see where they are coming from, as the saying goes, “two brains are better than one”. The companies have apparently being discussing the exchange of technologies, with the future possibility of future shared ownership.

This move would take the joint company up the tyre manufacturers ranking table. At the moment the two company’s rank 8th  with over $5.5 billion sales is Yokohama tyres and  is Kumho with sales of over $3.5 Billion ranking 12th in the league table, so a joint venture would put the new company in the top 6 placing’s and will become  a force to reckon

with.

A Yokohama tyres spokesman said… By exchanging technology, the companies “aim to increase their competitiveness and enhance their growth potential … by sharing R&D resources and making more effective use of them through joint research and development on tires and related technologies,”

The deal is said to be in advance stages and both companies are looking to find a method of obtaining each other’s shares, a definite sign that talks are well on their way and the tyre companies are expected to sign legal binding contracts sooner than later.

I do not know how this will filter down to the grass roots fitting centres but in my opinion the other tyre manufacturers will be looking over their shoulders at the potential that Yokohama tyresthese two great companies will no doubt research and develop in new tyre products and move to a mid-range tyre to a leading brand, with more and more OE fitments on the way.

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 have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

See on www.tyrepress.com

Get Snow Tyres Fitted-UK faces MONTHS of SNOW: Sinking polar vortex to trigger COLDEST winter since GREAT FREEZE

Get Snow Tyres Fitted

Get Snow Tyres Fitted

Scenes like this are becoming more frequent throughout the Halifax area this winter of 2018

Get Snow Tyres Fitted

This winter (2017-2018) is becoming one of the most unpredictable winters in recent years. Snow and blizzards one day heavy rain the next and so on. Especially here in the Halifax UK area. Earlier this week I delivered a battery order to a customer in Suffolk. Once out of Yorkshire there was nothing but a clear blue sky and a low in the sky winter sun.

It was like this all day. I could not believe it when on my return I was listening to radio Leeds. The reporter was saying that cars were getting stuck in heavy snow all over the West Yorkshire area. Living in the lower area of Mirfield, then we only had gale force winds and heavy rain showers.

This brings me back to the preparation of your cars before winter arrives. We have been spoiled in recent winters with very little snow and mild weather. However this year has brought us down to earth. As I am  sat here writing this article we are having heavy snow forecast for later on this evening.

Get Snow Tyres Fitted

Mothers will be worrying about getting the kids to school and dads worrying about getting to work. Here at Pellon Tyres we never worry about bad weather. Because, we fit winter tyres to all our vehicles. So, we can confidently travel to work and back and not have to worry about the snow. Subsequently, we do have to watch out for the other drivers, skidding and getting stuck down Pellon lane.

The good thing about it is that drivers come flooding in the following day wanting winter tyres or just new tyres in general. A little bit of thought before winter would have prevented all the stress and worry about getting stuck or skidding in the snow.

Eric Roberts

UK faces MONTHS of SNOW: Sinking polar vortex to trigger COLDEST winter since GREAT FREEZE | Weather | News | Express.co.uk

General Grabber AT3 Trials-Pellon Tyres Boss Ryan Linton Tests out the Grabber AT 3 Tyres

General Grabber AT3 Trials

General Grabber AT3 Trials

General Grabber AT3 Trials

As the General Tyres approved tyre dealer in Halifax UK. So, we are often invited to take part in tyre trials. Therefore testing the Grabber AT 3 tyre in some secluded southern woods was a great opportunity. Hence, for Pellon Tyres boss Ryan Linton.

Ryan has always considered himself to be a good driver. Consequently, he never misses a chance to test out the tyres that we recommend and sell to the drivers of Halifax and surrounding areas.

Of course, Halifax and the Calderdale area here in Yorkshire has a wealth of 4×4 vehicle owners and drivers. The area is famous for its Pennine Hills with steep narrow lanes and roads. Made from rough stones to tarmac. Just the right environment for using the general tyre products. The Pennines cut across the backbone of England and have to suffer all kinds of weather. Mainly wet and windy, but snowfall is common in the winter months of November to March.

As a result of this then drivers look for a great tyre product that they can rely on in such a climate. Of course there are a couple of other good tyre brands that off er the same type of protection. But in our opinion the General grabber range stand out as champions.

General Grabber AT3 Trials-Tyres in Ryan’s blood

Ryan flying through the woods on the General Grabber AT 3 tyres

Ryan has been in the tyre industry working for pellon Tyres all his working life apart from a small break in the car body industry. Tyres are in his blood and he is gifted enough to soak everything that he learns into his brain . Whenever he goes on such a venture as the general tyre tests, he can enthusiastically pass on everything he has learned to me and the other members of staff.

This is a great asset to our business. As a result, our customers can first class knowledge of all the tyre products that we sell. Especially, the more technical knowledge about tyres that we need when explaining the benefits of 4×4 tyres such as the General grabber AT 3’s to our customers. So I have kept out any of the more technical aspects of this tyre trial.

Hence to give my readers and customers an insight into the wealth of knowledge that our staff accumulate over the years. This knowledge helps us to be probably the areas number one tyre business.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Falken Tyres-areTyre-Safe’s New Member the UK – Tyre Blog (blog)

falken tyres

Tyre Blog (blog)

Falken tyres is TyreSafe’s New Member while Eldan Spreads Roots in the UK

Tyre Blog (blog)

There’s some more news coming from Eldan Recycling A/S. The firm has opened their UK office as a response to constantly growing demand here.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Falken tyres sign up with Tyresafe

This is good news for the Tyresafe organisation as they strive forward in their drive to make Britain a safer place by giving advice and safety information to educate the motorists in their quest for safer tyres and the need to check your tyres and tyre pressures at regular intervals.

Tyresafes campaigns are beneficial to the members to enable them to participate in any tyre and road safety events that will come from Tyresafe as the year goes on. Falken tyres, as many other companies do will be able to tie their own campaigns with the ones from Tyresafe to make a coordinated attack on the public about tyre safety and part worn tyres.

Tyresafe have enrolled all types of companies from the tyre trade from single depot businesses like my own company to the giant tyre manufacturers such as Falken tyres from Japan. Tyresafe was originally founded in 2006 and in that period road related deaths resulting in tyre related accidents have fallen by 30%, a great achievement from the Tyresafe safety campaigns across the years.

In fact Tyresafe have now been able to attract other types of organisations and not just garages and tyre outlets, but such people as car manufacturers and local councils along with the emergency services have now joined the cause.

The Falken tyres director that is charge of Ireland and the UK recently explained that tyre safety was at the core of all that the Falken tyres company stood for and firmly believes that activities such as the tyre safety study that was recently carried out a t a primary school had made a real positive difference to society and this combined with the tyre safety objectives in the future will be beneficial to both companies, which is exactly my own sentiments and the reason why my own company joined Tyresafe.

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 have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyresafe.

See on www.tyreblog.co.uk