Winter Tyre Articles

Winter Tyre Articles

Because of the rise of the illegal part worn tyres. Then I think it important to explain “how to check the age” of your tyres. There are no strict rules about this subject. However it is thought that tyres start to deteriorate. Of course, when they are five year old and above.
This Winter Tyre Articles knowledge is specially important if you have recently purchased a second hand car. Or were tempted into buying some second hand tyres. Tyre date codes were changed in the year 2000.

Hence, from three digits to four digits. Therefore, pre-2000 tyres would be as such. say the age code was 261. Then this tyre was made in the 26th week of 1991. Moreover, after 2000 a tyre code of 5110, would mean that the tyre was made in the 51st week of 2010.

Part worn winter tyres are just as Dangerous ??

winter driving

Car Winter Preparation-Wheels: Preparing your car for winter | Metro Newspaper UK

Car Winter Preparation

Car Winter Preparation

 

Car Winter Preparation

Of course, I write about this subject on a regular basis! Especially as winter time approaches. Although winters have been very mid in recent times! Then I can still remind drivers that it was not too long ago that we indeed had some bad snow falls.

Including the so called “Beast from the East” phenomena. So, many millions of drivers were caught out by the cold blast of air coming out of Russia. Vehicle drivers were in fact caught out with all sorts of easily rectified problems.

Screen bottles frozen?

So, apart from drivers being caught out with trying to drive through snow with summer tyres fitted. Another main problem was cars with frozen wind screen washer  bottles a their associated pipes. To prevent this all that was needed was to fill the washer bottles with the correct strength of washer solution? I must confess that our total commitment for advising drivers about fitting wintertyres is now starting to pay off.

November is the start for many of our customers to fit winter tyres on their vehicle. Drivers are now aware of the vast safety features that winter tyres offer the motorist. Our advice is that all winter tyres are better that driving on summer tyres. Significantly, in winter driving conditions. However we do recommend that you consider looking at the award winning Nokian Winter Tyre range.

In recent times we also recommend the fitting of all-weather tyres for all year round safer driving. Much more winter car protection advice is given in the attached article from the Metro Newspaper.winter tyre add

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

IF YOUR car has any developing faults, winter is the time when they’ll be exposed. Snow and ice generates cold and damp, which can be very bad news for cars. Road salt and grime can also cause problems, and can quicken the appearance of rust if left unchecked for long periods of time. Fortunately, there… View Article

Source: Wheels: Preparing your car for winter | Metro Newspaper UK

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Winter Tyres Insurance-Could fitting them Affect Your Car Insurance?

Winter Tyres Insurance

So, I always find it strange to hear my customers say “will my car be insured if I fit winter tyres”. I used to think that they were joking at first. But for some reason, they were very serious. Apparently it was something that they had read in a national newspaper. When I checked this out, it said that if you modify or change your car from the original specs. So, then you should inform your insurance company. Subsequently, or you could not be insured in case that you had an accident.

Winter Tyres Insurance

Kumho winter tyres are very popular.

I suspect that this covers thousands of motorists. Importantly, driving about today,“with what they would consider minor adjustments” to their cars.Of course, such as fitting winter tyres, or a “go faster stripe “down the side.

There is no doubt that winter tyres do affect your cars performance. However, only for the better!  By making the car drive with better control and brake better. Especially, in winter weather from rain to ice and snow. As long as you stick to the same size and the advised load rating for your car. Then you should be fine and proud to fit the winter tyres.

Insurance companies should give you “discount” for fitting winter tyres

Even this year our customers have asked about the affect winter tyres can have on their insurance. So I thought that I would look into a little deeper and write an article about the subject. In my opinion I think that you should get a rebate from your insurance company. Of course, if you make your car safer by fitting winters to it. In fact the big debate to me is “are cars with illegal part worn tyres insured” and the answer is NO. But I will look at that in a future article.

The problem has also become an issue with the insurers themselves. Consequently, after a deluge of inquiries from worried car owners. Strangely, thinking that they would not be insured if they fitted these tyres to their car. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) the problem has been taken up with its members. So, now over 90% have agreed that they will not increase premiums. Happily, for their customers that fit the correct winter tyres to their vehicles.

Winter tyres much safer

They also agreed that fitting winters to their car. So, made for better road safety over the winter period. In fact many of the other European countries make it a law to fit winters between November and March of the following year, so why should the British motorists be penalized.

A statement from the ABI says; “often motor insurers will not charge an additional premium when their insured customers use winter tyres, provided that they meet, and are fitted in accordance with, the vehicle manufacturers’ specifications and are in a roadworthy condition”

If you are unsure about your own insurance company as regarding their stance on the matter, then you can either ring them up or go to the ABI website where insurers are listed, who comply with “good to fit winter tyres “ruling. The web address is… “ABI a guide to winter tyres“.

Winter tyres will not incur extra insurance costs
Winter Tyres Insurance

Scenes like this will soon be upon us,so prepare your car for the worse to come.

Have I have stated earlier in this article. So, the insurance companies often increased the costs of your insurance if you modified your car in any way and did not inform them, things like an upgraded modified engine spring to mind. They regarded you as been more likely to have an accident, if you had modified your car and also your car may have become a bigger target to car thieves, so an extra premium would have been charged.

At first when winter tyres became more popular the insurance companies gave out mixed messages, but the ABI can now confirm that winter tyres are a safety issue and are a great improvement when fitted to your car through the winter period.

My own advice would be to inform your insurance company that you are fitting winter tyres. You will, not have to pay any extra premiums. Some companies do require you to inform than a list can be found on the ABI web-site. Nick Starling, ABI’s director of general insurance, said: “Insurers do not want to penalize motorists who take steps, like fitting winter tyres, to improve their safety on dangerous winter roads. Last year cold weather came early and there was some uncertainty for customers about the insurance implications of fitting winter tyres. This commitment clarifies the position for motorists.”

Always fit the same size or a size recommended by your tyre dealer if a direct replacement cannot be found.

Good tyre retailers will have a web site for converting the sizes over legally. Importantly, and should be accepted by the insurance companies. Some insurance companies such as Tesco and The Co-operative insurance company state that you are alright to fit winters but you should not oversize them. Over sizing any tyres is not a good thing anyway?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

Winter Tyres Insurance

Pirelli make an excellent winter tyre.

We also sell General Winter Tyres Online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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Cologne Tyre Show 2018-German Hospitality a Great Success for Tyre Enthusiasts

Cologne Tyre Show 2018

Cologne Tyre Show 2018

Cologne Tyre Show 2018

As the owner of a Tyre Retail Store here in the UK, then I think it important to visit the occasional tyre show. Of course we do have them here in the UK every once in a while . So the problem in the past has been the size of the show. What I mean is that you can walk through the exhibits in the matter of a few hours?

Over the years since I have been in the tyre business, then things have changed. Albeit at a slow pace. The public probably dont know or dont care much about tyres, as long as the price is right. However when you are a part of the industry, then you have “rubber in your blood”. For this reason tyres are an everyday part of our lives. Importantly, tyre guys like to meat and chat with other tyre guys, and so tyre shows are a great place to visit.

Pretty boring to most of the public, but like many other industries, So, tyres  are an every day part of our lives. This leads up to the first time that I saw that the European tyre show would be in Cologne Germany . In previous years I have traveled to these shows with a colleagues in the tyre trade. This time though I asked my wife if she would like to go. Of course she loves travelling and said a resounding yes.

New to Germany-Cologne Tyre Show 2018

Although I have visited these giant shows in other parts of Germany. then this was a country that she had never visited. All our travel arrangements were done by a local company, Tivolitravel . Of course everything went well and our hotel was situated across from the “messe” where the show was held.

When we arrived the temperature was 30 degrees and very humid. This weather was to last over the whole four days of our visit ! Cologne itself was a wonderful and vibrant city. Consequently, I would recommend anyone to take a visit its a great place with bars restaurants and a good shopping centre (not for me though).

The show itself was massive! Tyre companies do hold back when it comes to showing off their products. As expected all the big tyre companies were there in force. The one that I was interested in was the “Nokian Tyres” stand. Because we are Nokian dealers for our area here in Halifax UK. Although not the biggest stand, Nokian had a very good presence, showing off their AA rated SUV tyres, the Sporty Nokian zLine SUV summer tyre

Michelle and I had a great time at the show, taking some pictures for my blog and future blogs. It was a good experience the weather, food, hotel and the show were all first class. Including the friendly German people.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Yokohama Winter Tyres-Will Help Your Car Through the Tough Yorkshire Winter Ahead?

Yokohama Winter Tyres for winter performance

Tyres are arguably the most important part of your car. They fill a variety of roles in car performance, most importantly making sure that the car can roll! Without strong, adequate ones you run the risk of getting a blowout on the motorway or not being able to control your car in extreme weather conditions. Your mileage will also be lower with poor ones fitted to your

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama tyres take a huge part in motorsport

car. You want tyres that are strong, durable, and silent on the road. You also want them to last a long time. If you live in a snowy area, you probably want even more specialized wheels that perform well in snowy or icy conditions. Yokohama Winter Tyres are one of  the best in their class for such a job.

Now there is no overall “best tyres”. Some will enable faster driving. Others function better with wear and are more durable. However? if you live in cold areas, such as the Welsh mountains, North and West Yorkshire, the Lake District and most of Scotland. Yokohama Winter Tyres  are amongst the best.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Are designed to give you complete control over your car and maximum traction in icy conditions. They use specialized technology and tread designs to ensure that icy driving is no problem. Just driving slowly and carefully isn’t a valid option, especially if you live in a city that receives tons of ice and snow. You need the control, grip, and precision that Yokohama Winter Tyres offer.

There are several false ideas that people have concerning winters . First, many people believe you only need two winters  or that you don’t need winters  at all. Regular summer ones or even all-season ones don’t offer the same level of control or safety as winters, especially in extreme conditions. Also, contrary to popular belief, you want to have four winters fitted. If your car uses a winter pair in the front, then a regular set of tyres on the back, then each end of your car will react differently. This can be extremely detrimental if you are sliding on ice or driving in extreme weather. Investing in Yokohama Winter Tyres is much safer for accelerating, braking, and handling of the car.

Traction control and ABS brakes offer only limited benefits to cars with winters fitted. Traction control does not help with the the traction of your car in any way, but  controls the

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama racing tyres

acceleration of your tyre. Winters will  give the grip you need in winter conditions. Similarly, while ABS brakes will only ensure that car tyres will not lock up, they also don’t improve the actual  traction.

I hope you enjoyed this article about the benefits of Yokohama Winter tyres.

Pellon Tyres 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 Yokohama 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. 

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.

[bctt tweet=” I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed” username=”pellonauto”]

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

 

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres-Shows what a winter tyre can do in this snow test

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

General tyres was acquired by Continental in 1987. Hence,today, operating worldwide. As a result General manufactures tyres for cars, trucks and industrial applications. Including, specialty tyres for 4×4 vehicles.

From the start, the brand has been making tyres for all kinds of motor vehicles. Creating, a large choice of tyre sizes and patterns. Thus, General Tyre continues the long tradition of being the customers’ choice when it comes to Quality, Value and Performance. Especially, for the 4X4 and Altimax products that are produced.

Subsequently, founded in 1915. General Tyre are now based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. So can look back on a proud heritage. Having proven its ability to compete in the ever changing tyre industry. With manufacturing and technological advancements for 100 years.

Unknown, to many motorists. Of course, General tyres are owned and manufactured by the great Continental tyres group. As a result, the famous AT 4×4 tyre ranges are also made by General tyres. Consequently, some in the USA and some in Europe. Therefore, the attached video shows the great performance that these tyres can cope with in winter snow conditions and also in mud and slush.

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

These days our customers are very well educated about the virtues of winter tyres. As expected, these tyres are also much safer than summer tyres in winter driving conditions. Many drivers also know about the 7 degrees temperature rule. Of course, many do know this. Accordingly, I will explain in simple terms. Hence, that winter tyres contain a “Silica”based component. Hence, this silica, allows the tyres compound to be flexible when the outside temperature falls bellow 7 Degrees.

Summer tyres do not silica added to their compound. This flexibility allows the tyres more aggressive tread grip better. Therefore, clearly seen in the video. As a result winter tyres are much safer than summer tyres when fitted in the winter months.

Eric Roberts  General Winter tyres.

Text to go with the above video-General Tyre Altimax Winter + test in snow and mud road in Chistau Valley (Huesca – Spain)

Driving in Winter

Compulsory rubber winter tyres- would cut traffic jams and save lives | HeraldScotland

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

As we have all experienced this winter has been pretty tough. Especially after the so called “beast of the east” bringing a standstill to most of the roads of the UK. Of course some drivers are sensible and fit winter tyres to their vehicles. I also fit winter tyres to my vehicles. believe me they are really good.

My Ford Transit Comfort is fitted with a set of Nokian winter tyres. Believe me when I say that I never got stuck once. They were truly marvelous ? In fact one Saturday night I had to take my son to his girlfriends house in Wakefield West Yorkshire. The journey normally takes about a half hour. On the way a blizzard hit us ten minutes into our journey.

The snow settled very quickly and vehicles began to get stuck.

Even on the main roads. The scene soon became gridlocked as the snow was blown on high winds. Thus making driving impossible.

Except for my van. I quickly diverted onto the small roads that were not as badly affected by the now deepening snow. The Nokian winter tyres were doing a sterling job. Not once did I get stuck as I took as many back roads as possible. I arrived in Wakefield an hour later. So,dropped my son off and headed back home.

Once  again the main roads were grid locked. One main road out of Wakefield was blocked by a jackknifed  double decker bus. I did just the same and headed home on the back roads without any problems. The winter tyres were perfect? I am sure that there are many similar stories with drivers that were glad that they fit winter tyres. They are a known safety feature and save lives.

Eric Roberts

So, for some 12 years I traveled each January to Helsinki. Hence, and never experienced any delays at Helsinki Airport, even though the snow depth was…

Source: Letters: Compulsory rubber winter tyres would cut traffic jams and save lives | HeraldScotland

Nokian Winter Tyres

Nokians AA Rated Tyres-Fuel Efficiency | TyreSafe-Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

Nokians AA Rated Tyres

Nokians AA Rated Tyres

Nokians AA Rated Tyres

 

 

 

From the 1st November 2012 it will be a legal requirement. Hence, for all new tyres to feature one of the new tyre labels as required by European Regulation No
1222/2009. The intention behind these labels. So, is to give customers more information about the performance of each tyre. It covers three areas –

  • wet braking, which gives you a guide to how safe the tyre is
  • rolling resistance, offering a guide to fuel consumption; and external noise.
  • The labels are very similar to those found on household appliances such as washing machines, and should be easy to understand.

The tyres will be graded by each manufacturer or importer (where tyres are coming in from outside the European Union.).

Of course, to a strict testing system, and each country will be responsible for ensuring that the testing is carried out to the correct standards. Tyre manufacturers have already begun this process, so how are the tyres tested for each aspect of the label?

These new tyre labels are likely to encourage consumers to put more thought into the tyres they purchase. Thus, and tyre manufacturers to put more effort into improving the performance of their product. In time this should improve the safety of our roads

  • by reducing stopping distances
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions (by reducing fuel consumption)
  • reduce the noise that traffic produces.
  • Overall this should result in a definite improvement of our environment.

Consequently, the new EU tyre labelling regulations make things much clearer for the consumer.

Previously the only way to age a tyre or tell the age was on the tyre sidewall. Instead of just the technical information on the tyre side wall. So, the new label give more useful information on fuel efficiency, wet weather capability and the tyres external noise level. Which of course is worth teaching our customers about. So, simply put, an “A” rated tyre will stop a lot quicker in the wet than a G rated tyre.

When tyre labeling first came out then some of us were dubious about its real use. The system was set up as a self governing exercise. This meant that tyre companies could sort of mark up the grading to make the tyres better than they really were. Further on in time then I do think that tyre standards are improving. In fact some tyre manufacturers now make Double “A” tyres with a low noise level.

Nokians AA Rated Tyres

These include Dunlop and Goodyear, but to my surprise Nokian tyres now make an SUV tyre with an “AA” rating The new AA-rated Nokian e Line 2 summer tyre ensures reliable top performance under all weather conditions. The precise driving feel and optimal comfort.

Eric Roberts

Tyre lab

Source:

Fuel Efficiency | TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

This Would Damage Your Tyres-Michigan pothole so large police officer stands knee-deep – True PunditTrue Pundit

This Would Damage Your Tyres

This Would Damage Your Tyres

This could be Station Road in Mirfield Next !!!

This Would Damage Your Tyres

This story in evolving all over the UK. Perhaps not as big as this but potholes are appearing everywhere. One particular bad spot that I know of is Station Road in Mirfield, West Yorkshire UK. Also the roads are bad traveling along the motorways particularly the M62. The M62 is the trans-Pennine route linking Liverpool on the west coast with Hull on the east coast.

This is one of the busiest motorways in Europe. This winter has been very cold and snowy. Because of this the roads are now cracking and potholes are opening up all over the motorway. Particularly where there has been previous roadworks!!

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, we have noticed an increase in the number of damaged tyres and wheels. Of course I blame this on drivers hitting snow and slush covered potholes. Because this sort of incident causes sidewall damage then the tyres need replacing. One tyre manufacturer who is making tyres with stronger sidewalls, is Nokian.

Nokian originated in Finland are invented the first ever winter tyre. Of course they are now world famous for their winter tyres. Nokian have now developed a summer tyre for the SUV market that includes “aramid” . Of course, aramid is an extremely tough fibre, used in bulletproof vests. Therefore, the tyre was developed to protect larger sized tyre fitted to SUV,s.

The tyres with aramid in in some of the E line and Z line summer tyre ranges. Incidentally the E line 2 tyre range is a AA tyre rating, which puts the tyre in the elite class tyre manufacturers. As the Nokian dealer in the area we at Pellon Tyres are proud to offer these excellent tyres to the motoring public.

Eric Roberts

one crater in particular was large enough to fit a police officer up to his knees on Friday. The Grand Blanc Police Department said in a Facebook post the crater was discovered on McWain Road in Grand Blanc Township, located […]

Source: Michigan pothole so large police officer stands knee-deep – True PunditTrue Pundit

Michelin Winter Van Tyres-Agilis CrossClimate van and light truck tyre for safe driving in all weather conditions

Michelin Winter Van Tyres

Michelin Winter Van Tyres

Michelin Winter Van Tyres

All of the vans in my small fleet are fitted with winter tyres. In fact we do not take them off. Winter tyres are excellent all the year round. Delivery vans get into all sorts of places when out delivering. Including off road situations such as fields and un-tarmaced country lanes. I know because I have been there?

One of the best winter van tyres is the Michelin winter van tyres. In fact we have customers who are solo couriers who swear by fitting Michelin winters all the time. One particular guy delivers to companies that provide agricultural shows with many extras . Including show pens and refreshment areas.

These tyres are perfect because he has to drive on grassy surfaces and would get stuck when using summer tyres. of course another advantage of Michelin van tyres is their longevity. Like most Michelin products he found that they lasted much longer than other brands of winter tyres. The guy would visits us about every two years for his new set of winter tyres fitting.

Recently we became Nokian tyre dealers and so I may ask him to try a set? but I very much doubt it. Michelin have proved to him just how good they are. Believe it or not he is not the only one. Some of our customers will only stay with one brand of tyre for all their driving lives?

Eric Roberts

Michelin has extended its highly-acclaimed CrossClimate range into the light truck and van market. The new Agilis CrossClimate is a summer tyre with a full winter capability, boasting safety in all weathers, high mileage, robustness, damage resistance and long lasting performance, equating to low total cost of ownership. Rigorous tests.

Source: Michelin launches Agilis CrossClimate van and light truck tyre for safe driving in all weather conditions | Tyres IE Haulier