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Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres-These Runflat tyres are undoubtedly a serious Safety Feature

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

When I first heard about the Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres concept,

At first, I was a little bit skeptical. So,about how runflats would work? Say when the car was driven at eighty miles per hour on a wet busy motorway. However as time has gone on and with a little more research. Then I have got used to the idea of your car not having a spare wheel. Also the fact that the car does not swerve or deviate as the tyre is deflated at speed.

Now run-flat tyres are just part of the tyre scene. Our customers just accept the fact that if one goes flat and they have to drive home on it. Consequently, then they are going to need a new tyre at some stage in the future. I am a great advocate of road safety. Convinced at  the fact that tyres play a great part in the tyre safety picture.

Run-flat tyres are now part of that picture along with all the other safety features. Hence, that are being produced by innovative tyre companies at the moment. Such as “self-seal” technology. Recently, introduced by Continental tyres, Pirelli tyres and Kumho tyres.

The fact is that run-flat tyres are now being fitted to many cars. Now one of the leading makers of Run Flat Tyres . Of course, are the giant number one tyre company of the World, Bridgestone tyres. One of the growth markets for run-flat tyres is the larger and heavier premium cars. Such as Mercedes and BMW. Who have in fact worked side by side with Bridgestone to help develop this concept of tyre. Naturally which is safe for the driver and just as important to other road users.

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

If run-flat tyres are subject to a sudden pressure loss. So, then the car will keep driving in a straight line. Continuing on its journey. Of course,without any mishandling or deviation. So not causing any problems to the other drivers in the same vicinity. A normal car tyre that is subject to an instant loss of pressure would probably disintegrate at speed and because the car to deviate badly, this is, in fact, the cause of many car crashes, this could result in the car colliding with several other cars causing a very bad accident.

Another good point to remember is that there is no need to have to pull onto the shoulder and change your spare wheel? You can drive the car, to your nearest tyre centre. If you are a stranger to the area then I would suggest that you look up your nearest Point-S tyre centre. These centres are dotted all over the UK and are vetted for a fair price and give excellent

Run-Flat tyres

Alex balancing a run flat tyre in Halifax UK

service. Point-S can be found online at www.point-s.co.uk and if you like you can even check out the price on the website, to see what a great deal you can get.

A slight drawback with run-flat tyres is

That once you have detected that the tyre is no longer inflated, then you are restricted to driving at 50mph at a distance of 50 miles, but this can give most people ample time to get to the nearest town and have the tyre changed. Also for the old-fashioned amongst you then the cars with run-flats, do not have a spare, this was

Run-Flat tyres

This Audi TT is been fitted with Dunlop run-flat tyres

originally to give the cars more space where the spare tyre would normally be sitting, also it lightens the weight of the car to help conform with emission controls.

Also, BMW Run Flat Tires Problems now run alongside with the TPMS systems (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems). This warns the driver if the tyres are losing any pressure, or in fact if the tyres have suffered from an instant loss of air. The warning light will illuminate and warn the driver that they have a problem with a tyre. This is a great all round system and is a great safety feature in many new models of cars that are now entering the marketplace, including the SUV models.

Other tyre companies also make the run-flat tyre and I believe that a budget tyre is available made by economy tyre company Wanli. Most of the leading tyre companies now make run-flat tyres and there is now a large choice available.

Eric Roberts

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Bridgestone Tyres Reveal BMW i3 Electric car Tyres In New Tyre Sizes

Bridgestone Tyres
bridgestone tyres

BMW Group announced partnership with Bridgestone tyres, in which one of the world’s largest tire manufacturer has been selected to develop a range of tyres for the BMW i3 electric car.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New bridgestone Tyres Sizes for BMW i3 Electric Car

Japanese and Worldwide tyre company Bridgestone tyres have teamed up with BMW, the German car maker, to create a new type of tyre which will give an excellent rolling resistance and aerodynamic performance for use on the new i3 electric cars that BMW are producing. The tyres from Bridgestone Tyres will be as the Ecopia EP500 Ologic tyre, and will be available in 4 completely new tyre sizes.

This is a completely different concept to the tyres that have been developed over the past say ten years, which were fatter (more width) and smaller in 15 inch sizes and then 16 and 17 inch sizes, up to what we have today In 18/19 and 20 inch sizes, all of coarse with corresponding  aspect ratios. The aspect ratio is the height of the tyres as a percentage of the width, if the tyre has an aspect ratio of 60, then the tyres height is 60% of the width, the smaller the aspect ratio the wider the tyre will be in relation to the height of the tyre.

Bridgestone Tyres-new sizes

The new sizes will be mind blowing to us in the tyre sector, because they go against all that we have previously seen as far as tyre technology has gone. Bridgestone Car Tyres are even claiming the new tyres are even good in the winter weather and in fact will be making some of them in the Blizzak type winter pattern.

This will be a modern version of going back in time, when older guys like myself used to fit tyres with sizes such 155×16, 185×15, 175×16 and many more with a narrow tread and

tall sidewall, the new Bridgestone EU tyre sizes will be 155/70×19, 175/60×19, 155/60×20 and 175/55×20. The tyre’s long contact patch (relative to its narrow width), revolutionary tread design and compound still ensure outstanding grip in both wet and dry conditions.

In my opinion this is just another excellent tyre innovation from Bridgestone Tyres and will help to keep all the tyre industry players on their toes and also creates much interest in the new revolution that we are having in the auto trade.

Eric Roberts

 

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Conti Eco Contact 5-Motorists will be Saving fuel with these Continental Tyres

Conti Eco Contact 5

Conti Eco Contact 5

Another one of the great products developed by Continental Tyres

Saving fuel and reducing running costs is important to drivers. Our ContiEcoContact5 eco tyres are engineered to provide the best fuel economy possible.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Conti Eco Contact 5 and Michelin have amongst the best Rolling resistance in the  World of tyres

Rolling resistance is a word that we in the tyre World have been familiar with for many years now. It is only in recent years that the words have come to be synonymous with

Conti Eco Contact 5

Conti Eco Contact 5 fuel savers only perform with the correct tyre pressures

saving energy and less fuel consumption. The Conti Eco Contact 5 is the new fuel saving tyres from the Continental tyre company.

In recent years tyre manufacturers have published the rolling resistance of each individual tyre that they bring out. The tyres have to put the fuel efficiency on the left hand side of the new labels, the best starting at A and then downwards.

Over the years Michelin tyres have always been amongst the top performance when it comes to energy saving tyres with Bridgestone a close second as shown in the figures bellow from the excellent: The daily green website:

The best performer was the Michelin Energy Saver A/S, which delivered 53.8 mpg in a Prius, meaning a 4.74% improvement. The Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 was next, with 53.5 mpg and a 4.12%. On the other hand, both the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X and the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred (terrible name) actually did worse (down .59 and 2.64% respectively) than the control tires… http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/cars-transportation/low-rolling-resistance-tires-461009

Please do not forget though the thing that makes all tyres more fuel efficient is to keep your tyres correctly inflated at all times and that includes the Conti Eco Contact 5Conti Eco Contact 5

Eric Roberts

Conti Eco Contact 5

Eric Roberts owner of pellon Tyres and a Blogger.

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Nokian Winter Tyre benefits

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

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone tyres bring out Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

 

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgestone Tyres introduce a new SUV Winter Tyre

Blizzak SUV winter tyre LM-80

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

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

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters an excellent product

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

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

Eric Roberts… www.pellontyres.co.uk

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

Winter Tyres Work

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

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

FleetNews

Accident data strengthens Winter Tyres Work argument,

FleetNews

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

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

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

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

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

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

Winter Tyres Work

When the weather gets this bad then Winter Tyres Work

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

Winter Tyres Work its a fact

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

Eric Roberts

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

 

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Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tyres- A good Winter Tyres choice to fit most car models

Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tyres

These are great tyres the Bridgestone Blizzak winter tyres

Bridgestone Blizzak

Bridgestone Blizzak winter for run flats

I must admit that out of all the leading makes of tyres that are developed for winter use, then Bridgestone are not amongst them. I am not sure why this is, because Bridgestone are by sales volume, the largest tyre company in the world. However, we do not see that, in the volume of their Bridgestone Blizzak tyre sales, at least not here in Yorkshire UK.

Ever since I became a manager for one of the large tyre retailers. Here in the UK, I have made an effort. So, to inform my customers about the safety features of this product. I really mean that from the bottom of my heart. Subsequently, it is not just to sell them something. To me it is the safety issues. When a customer comes in to buy summers  in say November. So, then I will make a huge effort to try selling the customer onto winters .

I will try to convince them to fit their winters. Hence, for the whole winter period. Most drivers still do not know. Of course,when the temperature drops to below 7*C. That the tyres rubber compound will become harder and much less flexible, than the winter tyres, primarily because modern winter season tyres have special chemicals added to the compound, including “silica”.

Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tyres

Less flexible side walls make the summer ones  much stiffer and this makes your car harder to handle in cold weather steering and cornering, as well as braking can become very difficult. Winters  retain their flexibility in the cold climate and also give the driver more confidence, when they realise that the car handles much better in the snow and ice.

Bridgestone Blizzak winter tyres come into this bracket.

Bridgestone Blizzak will perform in all the bad weather that is thrown at you. They are specially engineered with deeper tread depth and a unique tread pattern to cope with the snow and ice. When Bridgestone blizzac winter, come across any snow, slush and ice, they have a  Multi-Cell compound that removes a thin layer water from the treads surface which improves the  grip using millions of microscopic pores.

This special compound also allows the tyre to stay flexible in icy and freezing temperatures. Making sure that the car sticks to the road. Also there are a large number of sipes in the Bridgestone Blizzak tread which is also another property of the tyre to retain the grip in winter conditions. of our snow tyres improves traction in the wet, snow, and ice by increasing the number of biting edges.

Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tyres

 This is the time of year, just before winter bites to think about a new set of winters for your car. One of the tyre products that comes highly recommended is the  Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. I must admit that it was not familiar with me until I have read some good revues about the winters in some of the  press and skiing blogs.

The manufacturer, claim that new technology has gone into their  compound, that includes silica and an enhanced system of microscopic tubes and cells that are covering the normal tread compound which helps the tyre to grip better, even when the tyre wears down . These so called “Nano-tubes”, help the tyre grip into the ice and snow, making this tyre very efficient in all kinds of winter driving conditions.

I am pleased to say that the Bridgestone Blizzak has become very popular in the UK this winter and we at Pellon tyres have experienced an increase in the new tyres sale

Winter will soon be here, check out I am pleased to say that the Bridgestone Blizzak has become very popular in the UK this winter and we at Pellon tyres have experienced an increase in the new tyres sale

 

 Bridgestone Blizzac sales increase here in the UK.

I am pleased to say that the Bridgestone Blizzak has become very popular in the UK. Therefore, this winter we at Pellon tyres have experienced an increase in the new winter tyres sales. Bridge-stone are the World leader.So, we at Pellon are very proud to be a  stockists in Halifax the UK.

For a further review…

“The Bridgestone Blizzak line of winter tires has a long-established and well-deserved reputation for reliability and grip in all winter conditions, and the WS70 is no exception. The successor to the highly regarded Bridgestone Blizzak WS60, the WS70 is clearly an improvement. Although opinions vary somewhat as to its exact placement, the Blizzac WS70 definitely earns a place among the top tier of tires, although the dry-road performance does leave something to be desired”… http://tires.about.com/od/Tire_Reviews/fr/Review-Bridgestone-Blizzak-Ws-70.htm

This article was compiled by Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. 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. Members of Point-S and MotorCodes .Also a Unipart Car Care Centre. Of course and Tyresafe.

Kumho Tyres Factory launch-$225 million factory in Bibb County ,hire more than 300 workers

Kumho Tyres Factory

Kumho Tyres Factory may supply Kumho supply many tyres to motorsport

Post updated  3/2/2014

Macon Telegraph (blog)

Kumho Tyres Factory launch $225 million factory in Bibb, hire more than 300

Macon Telegraph (blog)

Kumho Tyre is ready to roll in Bibb County, bringing more than 300 jobs and a $225 million investment to a big tire plant.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Kumho tyres catching the big boy’s up ?

The latest Kumho Tyres Factory to be opened is in Bibb in the USA and will open up the States to a larger market. Not many years ago Kumho tyres were the new boy’s on the block and along with Hankook tyres were virtually unheard of a few years ago. The

giant tyre company sprang onto the World stage after creating a massive dealer network, through British wholesalers such as Micheldever in the South of England. The sister company of Kumho is a brand known as Marshal tyres, originally sold to the American market, but now sold here in the UK through Bond International Tyres in Pocklington near York in the UK. There are no plans for a Kumho Tyres Factory to be built here in the UK, but you never know. I suspect the cost of labour here in the UK is very high compared to the emerging Eastern economies, where a Kumho Tyres Factory has been recently opened in China.

Kumho Tyres Factory

kumho event tent at a recent track event

Kumho tyres have also become one of the top tyre suppliers in the World of motorsport and this is another reason that the company are expanding the Kumho Tyres Factory empire into other countries and markets. The Kumho brand is an excellent product and is selling well against the top tyre companies such as Bridgestone, Continental and Michelin,. The gap is getting narrower between the up and coming Eastern tyre manufacturers and the long standing well known tyre companies.

Thanks Eric Roberts www.pellonautocentre.com

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.

 

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Goodyear G800+S Tyres-advert from 1977 and up to date tyre developments

Goodyear G800+S Tyres

Goodyear G800+S Tyres

Goodyear G800+S Tyres steel radial would have been one of the first tyres to compete with Michelin tyres

for steel belted radial tyres that give the driver a good mileage and also good grip in the wet. Goodyear did have some teething problems when the Goodyear G800+S Tyres first came out. The steel belts were not protected against oxidizing correctly with non corroding metals such as copper or brass as the Michelin tyres had perfected this procedure and were having no such problems. This was eventually corrected, I think with the help of Michelin and the Goodyear G800+S Tyres became a very popular tyre and was sold mainly through the Tyreservices outlets simply because Goodyear owned them.    This tyre was evolved with Goodyear’s Grand Prix racing tyres playing a part in the Goodyear G800+S Tyres development. This is now common place amongst today’s tyre companies with Bridgestone tyres of Japan been the latest to be involved in F! racing.           

Since this post was written Goodyear and Dunlop have joined forces and become one large company. Goodyear like many of the large tyre companies are constantly coming out with new tyre products each one slightly better than the next,(so they say).

The latest tyres to come out are the Efficient grip range of summer tyres. These tyres are a range of fuel saving tyres due to modern construction and compound mixes. The Vectra 4 Seasons is their latest all-weather tyres and the winter tyre range is made up of eight different Ultragrip tread designs.

Goodyear like other leading tyre companies have also come out with a Run Flat tyre.

As one of the founder tyre companies every one of Goodyear’s tyres have  more than a hundred years of safety-driven research and development behind them. Goodyear state that they are  committed to making drivers feel good, through products that are safer, longer lasting and better for the environment.

With Goodyear G800+S Tyres, you get a great  performance and peace of mind as standard.

This Goodyear tyres post was written by Eric Roberts

 

Michelin Tweel Tyre- Similar to Tyre Used on Citroën Hybrid Air

Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin Tweel Tyre

New type of Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin tyres help the new Citroën Hybrid Air eco prototype to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, increase its energy efficiency and improve resistance to aquaplaning. The Hybrid Air was revealed at the Geneva Motor …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

is this any relation to the Tweel from Michelin tyre

When I first saw this post i thought that the prototype Michelin tyre called the Michelin Tweel Tyre had been developed for real time use, but looking at this I think not.

The new tyre is tall and narrow 165/50 x 18 will be the size used. This will make the tyre much more dynamic with far less rolling resistance, it will be like going back in time 50 years to Michelin’s first radials. They would have been 125 x 400 milimetric size (tall and thin). You know what they say “what comes round goes round”.

It was back in 2005 when the French tyre company first announced the arrival of the Michelin Tweel Tyre . To me it just looks like a light weight solid fork truck wheel with a wheel that has a solid rubber welded to the wheel on the outside. It could also be said to look like the old fashioned horse cart wheel, with the spokes fixed to a hub that is connected to the axle. The spokes then fit to the outer wheel, which is fitted with a rubber band.

The difference is in the materials that Michelin Tweel have used. The same as the cart wheel, a solid inner hub mounts to the axle, similar to a normal spokes alloy wheel. From this is another set of spokes that connect to the outer rim, the same as a cart wheel. These spokes are incredibly strong and are the things that replace the air pressure in a conventional tyre. The outer part of the Michelin Tweel Tyre rim is connected with a band of rubber with a tread pattern.

The second spokes that absorb all the impacts and bumps and respond to the cars steering are made from polyurethane and are incredibly strong. The French Company say that these spokes can be made of different strength and tensions, to enable the Michelin Tweel Tyre to be fitted to different vehicles of different weights and physical size, to help improve the handling, much in the same way as a conventional tyre and wheel assembly does at the moment. As I have said earlier in my article these Michelin Tweel Tyre do look like a mixture of the old cart wheels and modern alloy wheels and tyres and in my opinion area very clever concept.

Michelin have said that the Tweels have been tried and tested on an Audi A4 giving the car much more lateral stiffness than the conventional wheel and tyre set up. In my opinion Michelin are a massive tyre company and I cannot see them giving up their core business, to make things like this, but I do think that the Tweel may be part of a big mix of technologies in the future.

Compiled by Eric Roberts…www.pellotyres.co.uk

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Winter Tyre and Car Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

EfficientGrip tyres-from Goodyear gain strong label grades and test ratings – Etyres

EfficientGrip tyres

EfficientGrip tyres

Post updated  15/2/2014

Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres are still one of the best

New EfficientGrip tyres from Goodyear gain strong label grades and test ratings Etyres Leading German car magazines Auto Zeitung and ADAC Motowelt firmly placed Goodyear’s EfficientGrip tyres Performance in second place, recognising the tyre’s all-round…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear Efficient Grip one of the best

This tyre is undoubtedly one of tyre companies best products since the Aquatred tyre  took the tyre world by storm and also the Goodyear NCT5 tyres. The tyre has come very

EfficientGrip tyres

One of Goodyears first radial tyres the G800 textile radial. This tyre gave excellent grip but because of the block tread pattern was also a noisy tyre on some road surfaces and when fitted to certain cars.

close to winning top tyre magazines awards and scores very highly in the new tyre labeling system. It is a very good selling tyre for us at Pellon tyres here in Halifax, West

EfficientGrip tyres

Goodyear tyres have always been tyre innovators.In the past they have been successful in tyre development over the past 100 years. They have brought out some outstanding products such as the grand-Prix and vectra tyres with the famous aqua tread giving them the first all year round tyres for winter and summer driving, Now the EfficientGrip tyres Good luck to the future.

Yorkshire in the UK.

I was fortunate to work for a  subsidiary in the late seventies and eighties before starting my own tyre company. The experience was fantastic and was able to learn enough from Goodyear to be confident with opening my own tyre business and have never looked back, making Goodyear one of my favorite companies in the tyre World. They have an excellent tyre range including now the EfficientGrip tyres.

See on www.etyres.co.uk

Article compiled by Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

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.