This time of year we are starting to fit Winter tyres. In the month leading to winter, October/November is the time leading up to much colder weather here in the North of the UK. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and colder.
In the past three years we have had worse weather than normal, with very heavy snow falls, not as bad as some countries but enough to warrant drivers fitting winter and all season tyres to their cars. The trend in the past few years has been to fit winter tyres, especially in the hillier district of Northern England. Our Scottish friends have been fitting winter tyres for many years now, because they can be virtually certain of having some snow falls all throughout the winter months.
Here in England we have had a run of mild wet winters, I can even remember one year when roses were blooming at Christmas time. But for the time being we have been having much colder winters similar to Continental Europe when the wind has come from the East, from a very cold Russia. On the Saturday morning we had a particularly busy day fitting winter tyres to most cars that came in to my depot in Halifax UK. We also fitted a few different brands, which is always nice to see. Not all our customers go for cheap budget tyres, and some drivers prefer the leading brands.
Saturday was a Pirelli sales day, everything we sold seemed to be these two brands. One car that caught my eye was a Jeep Patriot, who was having an oil and filter change and four tyres fitted. The tyres were 215/60R17 Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons. These tyres are in fact what it says on the tin, they are not full blown winter tyres but are developed by Goodyear tyres as all the year round tyres.
Goodyear Vectra Winter Tyres-4 Seasons had a good write up from top German Car magazine Auto-Bild
This tyre has had good revues from the German Motor magazine Auto Bild they said that…” “Top class all season tire. Well balanced and safe on snow, short braking distances on wet, high safety reserves on aquaplaning. Quiet and comfortable, low rolling resistance.” …http://www.autobild.de/
The oil was changed and the tyres were fitted and the customer with the Jeep went on his way.
Article by 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 Goodyear Winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.