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Driving in Winter

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

Worn Tyres Dangerous-One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on worn tyres – Irish Independent

Worn Tyres Dangerous

Worn Tyres Dangerous

Removed from a very nice Mercedes ? Worn Tyres Dangerous

One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on Worn Tyres Dangerous?

Irish Independent

PENNY-PINCHING Irish motorists are throwing caution to the winds when it comes to their tyres.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Worn tyres problem not just Irish motorists.

So,this article in the Irish Independent. Highlighting the problem in the UK as well as Ireland. Significantly, in a recent survey carried out by Micheldever Tyres.

Worn Tyres Dangerous

This worn tyre was on a TAXI ? how bad was that?

 

Here in the UK. Checking the tyres outside of a  a primary school. Methodically, the cars were inspected outside of a  a school in the South of England. So by showing the children how to check the tread depth of tyres.

Consequently, the kids then checked their parents and teachers car tyres . Of course, as they came and left school. Somberly, it was found that most of the cars had at least one illegal tyre on their vehicles. Strikingly, in my opinion this is reflected all over Britain and Ireland. Undoubtedly, this is a terrible state of affairs regarding road safety ! Let alone the fact that kids are been driven around in cars with Dangerous worn tyres.

Dangerous tyre becoming a huge problem !

We  retailers see this type of thing all day long. Subsequently, I have started to take pictures of the worst examples of badly Worn Tyres . However, they were so many of them that I had to stop. The tyres in the picture are just a small example of what I am referring to including the part worn tyres fitted to a taxi.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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. Also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. 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 Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Check about tyre safety…www.tyresafe.org

Eric Roberts

Point-S Europe-About Point-S-for- Independent Tyre Dealers

Point-S Europe makes a big difference for the local tyre dealers

Of course, Point-S Europe  came to Britain about eight years ago now  in 2010. Consequently, we as a country joined the massive European group along with Holland. Following a strong contingent of other independent tyre dealers across the continent.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Holland

So, the original idea started in France in 1971. When a group of independent tyre professionals. Conclusively,were at the time were trading as solo tyre dealers. Thus decided to join forces. Creating an organisation that combined a better image and more corporate image. Of course, in the eye’s of the tyre buying French public.

After several meetings the group came up with the name POINT-S and was promoted as their national brand. That was 42 years ago, and the organisation has spread to every other country in Europe, becoming the largest independent tyre network and now includes the USA giving the group 2530 outlets up to 2011, the groups 40 year anniversary.

I started my first tyre business in 1979, eight years after Point-S Europe started.

We expanded to three depots in a nine year period, but were soon to start getting our tyre numbers affected by the beginning of the “tyre wholesalers”. These were large companies that sold their tyres to anybody, I know we had no right supply the whole of the public with tyres , but these people drove down the tyre sales in our retail depots.

At that time we were able to buy tyres from the tyre manufacturers, getting good deals and making a healthy profit, but when the wholesalers began to flood the area, we were having to compete and this drove down car tyre prices and profit margins and one or two smaller tyre companies closed down.

The reason I talk about this is because we would have loved to have had an organisation like Point-S for us to join, I feel that being part of a group would have given us a better corporate image. However as is the case now, the general business strategy was becoming “big is better”, similar to what is happening today. We were bought out by Shell oil who were building a network of tyre and auto-centres called “Superdrive”. “Superdrive” were to compete directly with “Kwikfit” but they soon found that it was not going to be very easy handling so many tyre depots and sold them all off to “Kwik Fit Tyres” at a discount price, all within a couple of years ?.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Germany

I then bought the tyre centre that I still own today.

So, with the same thing was happening again. Just as it did in the late seventies and eighties. The business philosophy once again is “big is better”. The large wholesalers that began life in the seventies,  had now become multi-national tyre companies with the backing of big banks. The difference this time is that they now wanted to own retail sites. These tyre companies started to build up large networks of retail tyre depots to supply from their own wholesale divisions. All this kind of activity was also happening across Europe, but the difference was that Europe had an organisation called Point-S Europe .Many small and medium sized tyre retailers were able to join, this gave them the corporate image that could and did help them compete with the big boy’s.

Pellon Tyres- join Point-s in 2012

1.      This brings up to today’s situation. We as tyre dealers were now looking at a new threat to our existence, “the internet”. Hundreds of web-sites are springing up selling “cheap tyres online”. Most small tyre retail companies started to develop their own web-sites, but the problem was that we were buying our tyres from the very same people who were competing with us on the internet, not a very good state of affairs. The tyre manufacturers would not deal with us because we were too small. Things were not good ! We were working for less and less and longer hours just to make ends meet. Then by chance I was speaking to a friend of mine called Lenny, the owner of Link tyres. Lenny (now passed away)told me about Point-S Europe. This was just what I was looking for a dealer network. Allowing us to buy better, direct from the manufacturers and with a corporate image, they also have an added bonus a competitive web-site that enables us to trade and compete online, one word- FABULOUS.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in France (closed for lunch)

I have been a member of Point-S now for just over seven years.

Looking nationally, instead of been a local tyre depot in Halifax. So, I now feel that we are part of a national group. Including all the advantages that go with it. Heres looking forward to a great future with Point-S Europe. Of course, any tyre dealer in the UK. Ambitiously, with the same feelings should contact Point-S.

Eric Roberts

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

 

Tyres Online Halifax- Most Local Tyre Companies now Sell Online-So Check Them out

Tyres Online Halifax

Tyres Online Halifax

Buy Tyres online at Tyresales.com.au. Compare tyre prices across all the top tyre brands and buy Tyres Online Halifax to save. (#Goodyear #EfficientGrip #tyres put to the test.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Tyres Online Internet companies tyre prices are leveling out as local tyre shops catch up with prices (Tyres Online Halifax)

 Prices in the biggest internet tyre companies are now leveling out. One of the reasons for this in my opinion is the fact that local tyre companies are now competing online with the big boys.

We at Tyres Online Halifax UK can now offer  online products at the same or even cheaper tyre prices as the well known internet sellers. The customer also has the added knowledge that not only is he getting a very competitive price, but his local tyre depot can give him the re-assurance that if a problem arises (and they often do), then the problem will be resolved at a local level, without having to battle it out with e-mails, because half these companies are not on the phone and e-mails are the only way to contact them. In the short time that it has been since writing this post, then things have changed. in fact things concerning buying your Tyres Online Halifax are speeding up, so to say?. I am referring back to the local tyre company theme and “what comes round Goes round”. it is not rocket science that the only winner in this online tyre war is the consumer. The internet has cut the cake up into many small pieces and lowered the margins of most companies that sell them for a living, using the traditional methods.

A few years ago a similar thing happened, but that time it was the tyre wholesalers that cut the price up and selling cheap car tyres to any Tom,Dick and Harry and lowering our profits once again. Well this time it is the giant internet companies who have now being joined by the likes of supermarket chain ASDA under the name of ASDA Tyres. Luckily for the smaller independent tyre retailer the cost of running your own priced up website has come down considerably and we can now all compete with the big companies that trade online. This is where we all are today and God only knows what the future will bring, but at least we can now compete and service our customers at a local level once again, only time will tell. 

  So when you are thinking of buying Tyres Online Halifax look for a “LOCAL” tyre company who will sell the same product as the big boys at the same price or less. Also you can look up www.point-s.co.uk for a local company in your area.

As an update Blackcircles have been bought out by Michelin tyres and tyre wholesalers are buying up retail tyre depots, to try keep their market share.

Thanks Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Apollo car 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.

See on www.tyresales.com.au

Bald Tyre Problems-More defective TYRES causing accidents

Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; illegal tyres causing more crashes

For my sins. I decided to join an online social business site called Linkedin. Of course, I am now glad that I did. Hence, we get some good feedback from the groups that I am in. One group that I joined

Bald Tyre Problem

Bald Tyre Problem; This bald tyre was on a TAXI?

is a tyre-related group. Therefore, I get some interesting things relating to the Bald Tyre Problems. Thus, that are involved in auto accidents.This guy is in America. naturally, the same things relate to us here in the UK.

He says that many of the accidents. Therefore, he has brought in for investigation are tyre related. We often see crashes on our Motorways. Consequently, never get to see what has caused them. In his case.He sees the cars when he tows them to his garage. So for the police and investigators to check the cars out. He can see that the cars have clear  defects that were more than likely the cause of the crash.

Many accidents are caused by illegal tyres, when-when they are  getting near to the end of their  life, it will pick up more sharp objects as they would with a decent amount of tread on, most wheels that come to us for punctures are almost bald, there is no resistance to objects when the  tread is so low. Continental tyres have started to stop their sipes (that is small slits in the tread that dissipate the water) at 3 mm that’s double the legal limit here in the UK. This has meant that to be completely safe you should replace Continentals and other similar top brands at 3mm to be safe.

 Bald Tyre Problems

One of the main reasons that motorists are taking more risks with their tyres and road safety is because of the recession, people are avoiding buying new tyres and risking their lives

tyres

Tyres like these that were just removed from a Mercedes SUV can end up in the second-hand tyre market, we damage the sidewalls to stop this happening.

(and others)

There has been a record amount of convictions for tyre-related incidents (illegal tyres), with over 10,000 convictions in 2010 (I do not have the 2011 figures yet). But they will probably worse.

Many tyres are failed in MOT tests but tyres on the MOT test are a “grey area” and many testers are put on an “advisory”. This means that the customer is just warned that he needs to change some tyres, but they never seem to get changed until months later.

 Illegal tyres carry a maximum fine of £2500 and 3 penalty points for each one 

The UK tyre law states that. A car driven on the road. Must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.Hence, around its entire circumference. Surely even purchasing cheap tyres. It would be better than driving on illegal tyres. Hence, and facing such a large fine?

Your tyres also need to be checked for damage. Splits, cuts or cracks in the side wall can be very dangerous and cause serious problems. Blow-outs can be caused be any of these, however, the most common reason for a tyre to blow is the lack of the correct tyre pressure. When a tyre is underinflated it will bounce along the road, especially when the vehicle is travelling at speed or overloaded. Low pressure causes the tyre become overheated especially at high speed say on a motorway. Hence, when the tyre reaches a high temperature it may explode. In rare circumstances. Then it could even burst into flames. So the moral of all this is to have your tyres checked at regular intervals and don’t leave it too late.

For more good safety information please click on the link bellow

http://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2011

Eric Roberts

 Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; bald  down to the steel cords