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

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Self Sealing Tyre-Kumho Tyres Introduce their New “Self Sealing Tyre”

Self Sealing Tyre

This is not a new Self Sealing Tyre from Kumho tyres?

This type of thing is not a new idea. Continental tyres recently brought out their own version of the self-sealing tyre. That they call the “Conti-Seal”. Pirelli tyres also do a similar thing that they call the “Seal-Inside”. (It is what it says on the tin) as they say.Self Sealing Tyre

This type of self-sealing tyre development is an excellent idea. Especially, for road safety and they all work on the same principal. Thus, the inside of the tread area is coated with “thick tacky sealant layer”. In the case of continental the sealant looks like thick black tar. So, when an object such as a screw or nail penetrates the tyre tread area. Then the hole is blocked by this substance. Consequently, only loses a small amount of tyre pressure. Enabling the driver to carry on their journey. Sometimes even not  knowing about the object stuck into their tyre.

In my opinion I think that this is a good idea. A step forward in the fight to better our road safety standard. Sometimes if a normal tyre is penetrated there will be a sudden loss of air in the tyres. Instantly deflating the tyre. Hence, causing the car to swerve and deviate off course. So, in the worse scenario could be causing a bad accident.

At the moment, Kumho is only using the self-sealing tyres in their own country. South Korea. But I guess it will not be long before the tyres are distributed across the Globe. So, to compete with Continental and Pirelli. I would have thought that the extra weight of the sealant could have jeopardised the handling of the cars. But apparently they handle just as good as a normal tyre.

Self Sealing Tyre

A Kumho spokesman said, “While the weight of a Self Sealing Tyre is about 10 percent higher than a normal tire, ride quality, braking performance, handling performance and noise levels are equivalent to normal tyres” so that answers my question?

I myself prefer this self-seal method to the “Continental Self Sealing Tyre”. It would also be of great advantage on caravans and trailers. But at the moment, I do not think that there are tyre sizes to fit this type of vehicle. I also feel that these new self- seal tyres should be used on the more new vehicle. Volkswagen was the first to use them. Securing an exclusive one-year deal with Continental Tyres UK Ltd for an exclusive use of the product, but this has now finished its time limit and the Self Sealing Tyre will probably available to other car manufacturers.  

Self Sealing Tyre

Kumho’s self-seal tyre

Over the years the puncture problem has improved, I am old enough to remember when we fitted a tube into almost every puncture, but traffic was much lighter and we didn’t have many motorways. We still though repair many punctures a week and it makes me cringe at the way that car makers are trying their utmost to get away with having to fit spare wheels to cars.

 Self Sealing Tyre-We still get tyres presented to us that have sidewall damage,

But luckily for the driver, the car has had a spare wheel. I think that the small space saver wheels are a better compromise that no spare wheel at all because as I have said earlier, there are many cars that run over a sharp object and damage the sidewall and without a spare the driver is going to be stuck. A Continental Car Tyres Self Sealing Tyre would certainly get you home and a space saver would get you home but not a Self Sealing Tyre, the material would not plug a hole in the sidewall and the driver would be stranded.

My wife bought a Nissan Juke that did not have a spare so the first thing I did was to buy a spare alloy wheel and fit a tyre to match the others and we took it with us when we went on a long or important journey, just in case. See all about the new tyre in Kumho Tyre Reviews.

  Eric Roberts

Local garages -You CAN trust them for your Car Servicing and Repairs?

Local garages

Local garages make a huge effort to make sure that your servicing is carried out in the correct manner.

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We carry out car servicing and MOT Testing

Most independent local garages service a mix of car makes. Includes my own garage here in Halifax West Yorkshire in the UK. I must admit that we do not service too many Rolls-Royce’s or Ferrari’s. But we do get one or two from local businesses that are not tied up with servicing contracts.

As the owner of one of Halifax’s local garages. So,  we have always tried to keep our car servicing prices at a reasonable prices Hence, to our local customers. Of course, this has helped us to keep a regular and steady clientele. Naturally, that uses us to have their cars repaired and Serviced. Including  Vauxhall Servicing, Hyundai Servicing, and Smart Car Servicing.

We are also an MOT testing centre and are in the green lane in the VOSA testing station recommendations. This is a risk assessment from VOSA called the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS). Meaning that we run our test centre “squeaky clean” and honest. Thus, the way that local garages should and in most cases do?

Local garages

local garages

car in for servicing keeps

This is how I run all my businesses. So that I can promise all my customers that all the work that we carry out will be carried out.Consequently, in an honest way and will also be priced up in an honest way. We are not infallible and if a dispute arises we can go into arbitration through an organisation called Motorcodes.

Motorcodes is a government backed organisation to insure that participating local garages serve their customers in a fair and honest manner. Motorcodes are also now connected to the office of fair trading and we are proud to be members. We are also vetted each year by the AA to examine the state of our garage and reception area.

We also became members of Unipart car Care Centres to help cement our relationship with our garage customers by making sure that the parts that we fit are of the best quality and of the same standard as the original equipment parts would have been fitted at a franchised garage. I find that this is one of the things that to a potential new customer may be worried about.

Local garages Servicing-“add-ons” do you really need them

Add-ons are something that I never used to consider when a customer asks for the price of a service. However I have started to think on different lines due to the ever increasing pressure to make our cars comply with emission controls and a greener environment.

When a car is new there is no contamination in the engine, but as the car increases its mileage, then contamination deposits begin to build up inside the engine and a gradual drop off occurs in the cars fuel consumption. In my opinion just an oil change will not be enough and so we have decided to offer our customers the choice of using an engine treatment from a company called Tec-4. This is what the company have to say, an extract from their website…www.tec-4.co.uk

“Petrol is an organic matter. When it is burnt or left to naturally degrade contamination is created. This contamination builds up on key components within the engine, most notably fuel injectors, inlet and exhaust valves and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valves. This contamination has a detrimental effect on the efficiency of the engine resulting in lost performance and increased fuel consumption”

After treatment the harmful contamination is removed, giving the car an improvement of between 10% and 15% in fuel efficiency, and with the price of petrol heading for £7 per gallon, it could mean a saving of between £200 and £300 in a year.(Fuel is now significantly lower since this article was published)

There are also treatment for diesel cars and also treatments for car cooling systems. It is a decision that I have already made and we are going to offer our service customers the choice to have the treatment on their cars or not and see what happens.

Eric Roberts

 

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire-One of the Worlds finest AGM Batteries for Solar battery Storage and Golf Buggys

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

That is a very good question, why Trojan batteries?

 

Well until a couple of years ago I knew nothing about Trojan batteries . Of course, other than they were made in the USA. Having a reputation for their good quality. So, we became a Trojan batteries dealer for the Yorkshire region in 2012. As I have said, I must admit I knew nothing about the product. Hence, the first thing I did was to look up their history. Soon discovering that they started out in 1925, (twenty three years before I was born).

The company was started out by a Mr George Godber. Consequently, an ex world war one navy veteran serving on a submarine. Soon, he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, a Mr Carl Speer.

Car batteries were Trojan batteries first product.

Their business adventure started off in Los Angele’s. The pair kicked off by making car batteries. After a while they developed and started to make the larger batteries. So, that were suitable for the trucks of that time.

Their main desire though was to produce deep cycle batteries. So, they were more specialised and a good product for the future. The two original partners were later joined in their business by Ray and Dick Godber. Subsequently, a second generation that were to help develop their desire for the deep cycle battery.

In the period of the early 1950s. A company by the name of the Autoette made a small one cylinder petrol driven cart. Capable of doing in the region of 10 mph,(they are now used extensively in a town called Avalon. Where normal cars are banned and there is a speed limit of 20 mph).

The first deep cycle battery was produced in conjunction with Autoette. Producing a battery driven golf cart for a golfer with mobility problems. Thus helping him to get round a golf course. This lead to the revolution of the golf cart. Driven by an electric motor and powered by the now familiar maroon coloured Trojan batteries. 

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The famous maroon colored Trojan batteries

Trojan Batteries Yorkshire

This was the beginning of the deep cycle battery. So, the company went from strength to strength. Designing and making batteries for many other applications. The 1980s saw the company expand into a new location and battery building factory. Just on the outskirts of Georgia Atlanta. In 1992 they added a master stroke by building a new technology centre.  Hence, to enhance the future development of the Trojan battery products. Helping to develop batteries for floor machine, marine applications. Including construction and various industrial applications.

Since then new generations of the family have dedicated their work into making Trojan batteries into the top brands for such things as Leisure and Golf and Utility Vehicles, Floor Machines, Aerial Work Platforms, Commercial trucks, Marine vessels, Recreational Vehicles, Medical Mobility, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles and their latest venture into Renewable Energy systems, due to the high demand for renewable energy storage from solar panels to wind turbines.

Trojan have been responsible for many new battery innovations

In the following years Trojan batteries have been responsible for many new battery initiatives and subsequently won many awards from industry for their achievements. Although Trojan batteries still develop and manufacture their battery and associated products in the USA they now have international offices located in Europe, UAE and Asia.

Trojan batteries are also proud member of the Battery Council International (BCI), the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium and a technical research partner with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Trojan applies rigorous industry battery testing procedures that adhere to BCI and International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) test standards. There is no doubting the stature and the endeavour that this company have and I am proud to be a minute part of such a great companies marketing set-up here in the UK, through our website www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

Winter Tyres Important

Good Windscreen Wipers Important-Clean windscreen and good windscreen wipers ensures safer driving.

Good Windscreen Wipers Important

Good Windscreen Wipers Important

Good Windscreen Wipers Important

We all know what a nightmare it can be. So, when driving your car in to the winter sun with a dirty windscreen. I am sure that it happens to us all at one time or another. Of course we all know that the answer is ? Make sure you clean your windshield and all other windows regularly and before any kind of journey.

Naturally this will prevent dirt and grime building up.making it impossible to see. Because, your window wipers just spread the dirt and grime across your windshield. Possibly, causing obscurity and restricting your view.

Winter time brings added problems when it comes to a clean safe vision. Washer jets often freeze up in winter time. It is important for safeties sake to make sure that your washer jets are clear of any dirt or frost. Hence before setting off on your journey. Jets that be accessed can be cleared of dirt or frost by using a safety pin to clear the hole that the washer fluid comes out of.

Good Windscreen Wipers Important-make sure wiper jets are not blocked?

Some models of cars allow you to adjust the angle which the solution is fired at the windscreen (adjustable jets) So after you have cleared the washers ensure they are at an angle that will get the best overall spray coverage. This is specially important when driving at high speeds on the motorway. We have all been sprayed by other motorists with their spray jets set at the wrong angle.

My advice is to try and aim the jets near the lower central area of your windshield. So that even at high speeds your windshield will get necessary cover. Very often drivers spray every other car but their own?

Ice scrappers are always a handy tool to carry in your glove compartment. This will ensure that you will be able to safely scrape all the ice and snow from your windscreen. A good recommendation is an old credit card. In fact I have used this method myself when caught out away from home in ice and snow.

As well as scraping any snow and ice off of your windows. So, you need to make sure your washer fluid doesn’t freeze on you or worse still run out. In colder weather we have all seen how the  salt on the UK roads mixes with the rain, ice or snow. When this mixture dries, salty deposits can build up on your windscreen and obstruct your view. When your washer bottle freezes or runs out of fluid then you visibility reduces to nothing.

Good Windscreen Wipers Important-Add the correct amount of antifreeze to your washer bottle?

As a result, make sure before any journey you have a full tank of washer fluid and a suitable amount of antifreeze or solution is used. If you are not sure what to do then your local garage would be only too pleased to help you out. If it is a prolonged winter then very often you will not use water at all and just pour the concentrated solution into your washer tank instead.

Good Windscreen Wipers Important

Good wipers and plenty of screen wash with antifreeze is important on days like these.

As I have said earlier in the article, driving in the winter can be made particularly difficult. Especially, due to the low position of the winter sun in the sky. Often dazzling drivers. So you should take care to wear sunglasses (even in winter)pulling  down your sun visor whenever it is required.

Of course drivers should take extra care when driving into the winter sun. Even with a clean spotless screen. Be especially aware of any sudden braking or pedestrians. When the sun is low which is often during the time of day people are driving to or from work.

Good Windscreen Wipers Important-Check before winter arrives

We have all seen drivers struggling to see through dirty windscreen. There is no excuse for it. In fact it is against the law here in the UK. Before winter approaches, I would recommend fitting new wiper blades. If you cant afford new ones then there are simply things you can do using household products. There are several things to use according to the “Tips Bulletin online magazine” Including a simple cup of water mixed with vinegar.

Of course a regular pre winter service on your car would ensure that your wipers and washer tank levels were topped up the correct levels. Ensuring a good start to the winter safety and driving season.

Eric Roberts

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Bald Tyres Can KILL ! Check your Car Tyres regularly-

Bald Tyres Can KILL !

Bald Tyres Can KILL !

Check your Car Tyres regularly; must be checked every week

Bringing this post forward ! We must all be surprised by the increasing amount of rainfall. Consequently, tyres are becoming even more important ! So, the millions of drivers that drive about must have noticed the very heavy downpours that we now experience.

Remember ! Its your tyres tread that moves away the water when driving on these water logged roads. I drive all over the country and am astounded at the amount of water that settles on the roads after these downpours. So, I now think that drivers who regularly use the motorways should be aware of this change in our climate.

All-Weather tyres becoming a must ?

So, the tyre manufacturers are all now making excellent “All-Weather Tyres”. Respectfully, many of our customers do now look at these products and in fact fit them to their vehicles ! Very sensible in my opinion. So in my opinion we should all be looking at all-weather tyres as a standard fitment. Because, with all this extreme weather that are experiencing then your tyres need to be able to cope ! Predictably these extreme downpours will get worse as years go by. Requiring tyres that will cope with the water making driving much safer.

Although this a bold statement it is in fact a true !

Importantly, you should Check your Car Tyres regularly. So on all vehicles including vans . Tyres should be check at least once a week. Including  checking your tyres for  any uneven wear, or bald patches. Significantly, this is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry. Uneven tread wear could even indicate a major issue with the vehicles steering and, or suspension.

So, after checking your tyres and you notice that the tyres tread is wearing off on one side. Then it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and if necessary adjusted. Of course many cars nowadays require Four-Wheel Alignment ! Consequently, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need adjustment. Particularly common for the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. Regular visual checking will also save you some money. Significantly, a damaged new steering rubber boot (for these kinds of vehicles). Damaged steering parts will cost you well over £120 these days and the prices are still rising.

Having regular checks stops parts from wearing out !

Check your Car Tyres regularly

One of 4 badly worn out

Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable tyre dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There are no excuses for driving your car fitted with bald pieces of rubber that look like racing slicks on a grand-Prix car.

The car steering wheel feels “out of line” and the car pulls to one side or the other.  This is why you should have your tracking (wheel alignment) checked out. Naturally, including after you have had new tyres fitted. Customers do not understand the amount of hard work that a tyre does.Therefore, and how much punishment that tyres have to take. To when zooming down the motorway at 80 miles an hour ! So you see why its so important to Check your Car Tyres regularly. Bald tyres can kill ! Because they are the only things between you the road and an accident.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Pellon Tyres 25 years old and still going strong here in Halifax UK?

Eric Roberts Managing Director of Pellon Tyres

It only hit home to me a few week ago about the achievements that 25 years of running the same business really means to me. All my staff are getting excited about our 25 years “Bash” celebration that we are holding for our local suppliers and customers at the Raggalds Inn at Queensbury on the borders of Halifax here in West Yorkshire.

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Busy repairing cars picture courtesy of the Halifax Courier

It is very hard to believe that we started with two small bays back in 1989, all that time ago; and over the years we have turned the garage business into one of the busiest and trusted in the West Yorkshire area.

In the beginning we inherited a stock of cheap budget tyres and a few hundred remoulds of different sizes, but we had to sell these tyres before we could build up a better stock. However the first day we opened, it snowed here in Halifax and we were inundated with telephone calls and customers driving in to buy tyres. I only started out the new venture with two tyre

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Debbie Bastow 25 years service and now Manageress

fitters and my assistant then Debbie Bastow, but we managed to get through that, with much higher than expected takings, I was very pleased and we had sold much of our budget tyres stock in the first day (a good sign).

A few years later I decided to change the company name from Pellon Tyre and Exhaust to  Pellon Tyre and Autocentre, because we were by then selling other services to our customers, much in line with other companies in the same auto business as us. The next natural step to take was for us to become an MOT testing station and so I decided to buy the end part of the building that was being sold by a car body repair specialist. The sale eventually went through and I opened the two bays up, to become an MOT testing centre.

The garage and tyre business grew steadily over the years but like all other businesses in the UK we were hit by two or three recessions, (every ten years, so it seemed). As a business man I always reacted in a recession and in the nineties, I decided to become computerised and decided to purchase a computer system that was specific to our garage and tyre business. After looking at a few examples I chose the T.E.A.M. (Tyre and Exhaust Management) system. This was a great system and helped the business move forward by giving us more information, better stock control, and an accurate accounts system, both for customers and suppliers, giving us a much more efficient and competitive business.

Pellon Tyres business was up and down but the car repair side remained stable

Like so many other garage owners Pellon Tyres have tried all kinds of new methods and products to prop up our profit margins and keep our businesses competitive, these included bulk buy exhaust systems from Bosal using all different types of tyre selling techniques, but the trade was completely turned on its back with the advent of the internet and the selling of tyres and other auto products online.

Pellon Tyres had to “sink or swim” and quickly had our first web site built. Like many other small garages at the time we thought that all we needed was a website, not knowing the complexities that was involved in getting your website to rank on the search engines. My target was to attract and retain our existing tyre customers and this was helped greatly by the addition of a “tyre selector” bolted onto our website. This was supplied to Pellon Tyres by the tyre wholesaler Micheldever and meant that we could offer tyres at internet prices to our customer’s local to West

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Staff picture(some missing) courtesy of the Halifax Courier

Yorkshire.

In my eyes this was a success and we were able to retain a large amount of our tyre customer base. Other things came along in the last few years. Pellon Tyres joined forces with Unipart Car Care Centres, to enable us to offer our garage customers a nationwide pricing and guarantee system, to compete with the large companies with multiple depots.

Pellon Tyres also joined a European tyre dealer network for independent tyre dealers called Point-S and now enjoy much better tyre prices that we can pass onto our customers by been able to buy direct from the tyre manufacturers, such as Avon, Goodyear, Hankook, Continental and Yokohama. These companies also supply us with technical information and promotional materials. In fact Yokohama tyres have just finished a complete re-branding of our depot here in Halifax. We are now a  fitting station for Asda Tyres.

I must admit thought that although the time has flown, I believe that we are now living in very exciting times in the auto industry, with major changes taking place both in the tyre industry and the car industry in general, mostly sparked off by the desire of governments to create a better and greener planet and whether we like it or not these massive changes are going to happen in many of our lifetimes.

As for me I now take a bit of a back seat and the lady who started off with me 25 years ago is now the manageress of the Pellon Auto Centre business and she does an excellent job running things for me, together with my wife Michelle, they now operate Pellon Tyres. I now have an office at home and run the important internet side of the business and our websites, (happy days).

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 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.

CAR TAX DISCS TO GO- Same Way as MOT test-Done by Computer

CAR TAX DISCS

CAR TAX DISCS

A typical British road tax disc

Of course, as the owner of an MOT testing station here in Halifax UK. I am always interested in any moves by the government. Wanting  to change the system that we use for the taxing and testing. Of the cars on our roads here in the UK. So, as a blogger on the subject of cars. I also like to help inform people of any changes that may occur.

As many of the people that come to us for an MOT test do not know, the MOT Rules became computerised a few years ago now and the old hand written certificates were done away with and were replaced by an A4 size computer printout that is a receipt of your cars test results, either pass or fail.

This procedure was a great success in my opinion. All the testing received a new computer terminal. Of course,the test was carried out for that specific vehicle. From a computer check list, all clever stuff. The computer does all sorts of other things. But they are only important to the testing station. All the information is sent to a data . Naturally, based at the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency. Significantly, you can check the results of an MOT test by logging onto www.motinfo.gov.uk .

The main important thing to remember is that you need an MOT test before you can tax your car, you can now do this online at the DVLA website. Another good thing about the computer system is that all the information is sent to the police and they can check instantly if the car in font has an MOT certificate registered to it.

This is why a computerised CAR TAX DISCS will tie up with the mot test

The history of the car tax goes back to 1888. Set in motion by the then Chancellor a Mr George Goschen. At first the Tax was on the bigger carriages . Consequently,owned by the wealthy ! But he proposed a £1 duty to be paid every year. By any vehicle that had a weight of 10 cwt or more. This was to repair the roads that were damaged by the entire vehicles that used them. This was followed in 1921 by the introduction of the actual tax disc that had to be displayed on the vehicles, very much as it is today.

This now bring me up-to-date and the scraping of the CAR TAX DISCS . From October 2014 the DVLA will no longer issue an actual CAR TAX DISCS because the system is to go computerised and will tie up with the MOT test system. This new system will not affect the car owners very much; it will just mean that they will miss the fun of trying to tear the circular disc with perforations on the new disc window when it first comes through the post or from the post office.

One of the main advantages of NO CAR TAX DISCS  system will be that we will be able to pay monthly by direct debit taking the strain off some household budgets. Another advantage is that we will be able to check when the road tax is due online, but we will still get a reminder from the post office when the tax runs out. Because the total system will be digital, the police will be able to check the road tax dodgers on camera when they check your number plate it will now tell them if the car is taxed and Mot tested or not.

mot test station sign

A few questions that don’t seem to have been answered yet are, how would a person buying a second hand car know whether the car was taxed or not? Perhaps we will be able to check on a data base. Also how would we know if a vehicle has been abandoned or not, because there would be no tax disc?

Anyhow I am sure that the whole thing will be a great success and easier for the public and the police to manage in the future.

 

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

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

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All Weather Tyres Cope with Horrendous British Downpours ?

All Weather Tyres Cope with Horrendous British Downpours ?

All Weather Tyres Cope with Horrendous British Downpours ?

All Weather Tyres Cope with Horrendous British Downpours ?

Significantly, we all must have noticed the alarming changes in our  weather patterns ! Driving all over the UK. So you cant help notice the effect of local flooding that these heavy rains bring to our roads. Consequently, it looks like we are getting the type of heavy storms that are more common on the continent. We all remember these types of heavy thunder storms from our holidays in Spain and Italy.

So, the climate is changing ! I think for the better . Its great to be have warmer summers. But it looks like we are going to pay a price. Subsequently, with regular heavy rain downpours! Causing our roads and motorways to flood. Driving about the UK these storms can happen anywhere and at anytime. So this could not help make me think about aquaplaning and my own safety !

Aquaplaning can be serious problem !

Basically aquaplaning is when there is a thin layer of water between the road surface and your vehicles tyres. Of course the vehicle will often loose traction and can cause the car to spin out of control. Importantly, the better the condition of your tyre. Then there is less likelihood that aquaplaning would happen. Many of the main larger tyre companies have re-developed their summer tyres. Accordingly, with wider centre grooves and more sipes. Sipes are the small slits of differing sizes. These slits are set out in  different arrangements according to the tyre makers engineers designs.

Consequently, these summer tyres were developed for use on the growing SUV car market. Continental tyres are one of the tyre companies to develop this type of tyre. Another factor is the tyres compound ! Summer tyres are made from a different rubber compound than winter tyres. However this does not help the summer tyres. Hence, to get rid of the very heavy rain. Caused by the storms that we are now experiencing.

Because of the changing climate then I decided to fit all-weather tyres to our small van fleet. So, I thought it would much safer! Not just for me but the other road users. These tyres give me more confidence when driving in these bad conditions.

All-Weather tyres dissipate the water better

Michelin was one of the first tyre companies to claim a summer tyre with winter tyre capability. So, claiming that their Crossclimate + tyres brake well on dry roads like a summer tyre. Also giving the vehicle owner confidence of grip on very wet roads ! Both in summer and winter ! Incidentally this tyre is also approved for use in snowy conditions.

However my main point is that we should seriously consider buying all-weather tyres for use on our vehicles whole year round. So, giving drivers  a safer driving experience in these torrential rain downpours. As a member of “tyresafe.org“, I think that going forward then all-weather tyre will become very important to tackle these imminent and un-predictable storms.

There is no doubt that these all weather tyres dissipate the water at a faster and so safer rate ! Than the standard summer tyres. All Weather Tyres Cope with Horrendous British Downpours ? As a footnote we also recommend Nokian and General all weather tyres here in Halifax UK.

Eric Roberts