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Michelin Tyres Dominant at “Renault Event” at Silverstone Race Track

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Dave Smith of Pellon Tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. Enjoyed a great day out at the Silverstone race track on Sunday. So, Dave took along his two children. Because although the car racing was good, there was also a funfair. Including, plenty of good eating places. Of course, Dave also took a few pictures for the Pellonautocentre blog, (a splendid idea, ).I thought.

Michelin takes a significant part in the Renault event.  Mainly I think because they are both French companies. It still shows though that the most well-known tyre company in the World. Consequently,  still take part in many events. In the past this has made them one of the best tyre products on today’s cars. Including, both production cars and racing cars tyres. I still can not praise them enough. So, in my early days of been a tyre dealer I hated Michelin tyres because their business plans never included the small guys.

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

All their efforts went to selling the tyre products to larger companies, however over the years I have slowly grown to like and indeed admire the enormous effort and resources that they have put in to help develop today’s modern tyres. We at Pellon sell Michelin tyres at competitive prices online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

Michelin racing tyres are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again, by supplying tyres to other types of racing, including the FE Championships, which are, of course, the F1 version using electric cars.

“Michelin is back as the official tyre supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four levels in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia goes alongside the sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Pirelli Cinturato Radial Tyres-“Born”from Lancia Cars

Pirelli radial tyres were born from the need of Lancia Rally division. Hence, who wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their “Lancia Stratos” rally car. Accordingly, this leads the designers to create a much more durable tyre construction. As a result, both wider and with a much lower side wall. Hence, this Pirelli Cinturato design became very successful. Of course, giving a significant boost toLancia racing”. Indeed Porsche also started to use the Pirelli Cinturato tyre in its racing division.

Pirelli Cinturato to compete with the steel of Michelin

Pirelli Cinturato,Lancia Rally 037

Lancia Rally 037 on Pirelli Cinturato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new Pirelli design leads to the creation of the Pirelli Cinturato. This tyre was created in the 1950s.Therefore, and was originally made from a textile belted construction. This tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities but as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage and could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Eric Roberts remembers fitting these Pirelli Cinturato tyres in the 1960 s. Eric, was a tyre fitter in Dewsbury. These tyres were mounted on Lancias and for some strange reason were fitted to some MGBs.

The earlier Pirelli Cinturato were used as original equipment on most Italian-made production cars such as the Alfas;

Pirelli Cinturato tyres mounted on MGB GTs

Eric remembers the first time he saw these tyres. They were very unusual at the time.Hence, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres. and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. Thus, the most common size been the 165×14. Pirelli now competes on the World stage with the steel belted radial fitted to modern cars.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Thus, we are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Naturally, also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.  We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear-World Contender Goodyear Tyres release new “Efficient Grip”tyre

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear; have introduced their latest new tyre,the Efficient Grip.

Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Auto centre in Halifax UK. Which is the latest from Goodyear’s  long list of excellent products; Hence, the Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear.

Goodyear  started out making one of the first steel radial tyres the G8. Therefore, this was an effort to catch up with another leading tyre manufacture.As a result, Goodyear begun having problems in the structure of the steel belt. 

The next generation tyre from Goodyear  was the G800+s this tyre had teething problems but these were overcome and Goodyear regained its reputation as a world leader in tyre Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyearmanufacturing .Many other tyre types all with improvements in tyre tread design, indeed Goodyear were the first to bestow the advantages of tread patterns that combat aquaplaning. The  Grand Prix was another famous car tyre to come out of the Goodyear factories. The main target in car tyre production was to combat aquaplaning.

 Kicking off, with a massive extensive advertising campaign. Goodyear tyres were the leaders in World tyre sales.

The arrival of Goodyear tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

New tread designs followed.Consequently, the next series of car tyres were to be the Eagle range. As a result, there is no doubt that Goodyear, have always been at the forefront of tyre technology and innovation. World leaders all the way in tyre design and technology.Hence, keeping up with the new speed and road conditions. 

The latest arrival to Goodyear innovations is the new Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear. This has been with low emission greener cars in mind, cars like the new Renault electric vehicle , that require a tyre with much lower rolling resistance. The giant tyre company have managed this by making this Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear a lot lighter. This has been achieved by using lighter plastic materials in the construction, reducing the weight by 10%, also they have added a new material into the compound creating less heat generation and therefore reducing a lower rolling resistance and better performance. More information can be found at www.goodyear.eu/uk and this excellent product can be purchased at Pellon Tyres Halifax UK.

Eric Roberts…member of ...Point-S Tyres


Firestone Tyre Recall-1978 “Massive” Tyre Re-call-Cost the tyre company millions

Firestone Tyre Recall

In modern times, starting in the 1970”s Firestone have had mega problems in their Firestone Tyre Recall.

Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are once again an excellent product and take part in many motorsport events.

Firestone tyres originated from Akron Ohio USA.

Of course they originated from the home of Goodyear in Akron Ohio,USA..The company started its life as a tyre maker with just 12 staff.Naturally, they expanded at a very fast rate when they won the contract to supply the new model T Ford. This was in 1906 and they were chosen by Henry Ford himself.

The Firestone tyre company soon expanded to other parts of the World.This including a new factory in Canada and in 1928 they built their first factory here in the UK at Brentford. In the

firestone tyres

Firestone vintage poster before their problems

second world  war years Firestone  were  making other vulcanised rubber products, but after the war reverted to making tyres.

Big problems for Firestone tyres as “tyre treads” began to separate from the main tyre

Firestone tyres were like most other  companies.Thus, trying to play catch up with Michelin  and the “steel belted radial”. 

Firestone Tyre Recall

The result was horrific. Firestone tyres began having major problems leading to a Firestone Tyre Recall with their products.Because, they were  losing their treads at high speeds causing many problems. The problem was thought to be caused by tyre bonding cements allowing water into the steel belt area causing the steel belts to corrode and separate and lift off, usually at high speeds causing many accidents. This Firestone Tyre Recall was a  first major problem, causing over 7 million tyres to be recalled. This problem also occurred in the UK, I remember having to change many defective buckled up tyres in my early days as a fitter whilst working for National company in Dewsbury.

In 1978  Firestone Tyre Recall  had a second massive  recall. Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are now back to be a reputable tyre brand.

Bridgestone Tyres UK  after failed negotiations with Pirelli  of Italy.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

 

Michelin Tyres Success Story- the great Success Story of the renowned French tyre company

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Eric Roberts 24-7-2011.

Part 2; The great Michelin Tyres X radial car tyre was “born.”

The next significant milestone for Michelin was the introduction of carbon black in the rubber compound mixture, this not only gave them their black colour but changed the chemical

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story; Michelin man sat in a Paris book shop window

The combination of the compound which resulted in the greater longevity in their life. This change happened in around 1917 and in 1919 came the introduction of parallel textile cords this would be known as the “comfort” tyre a few years later and was to become the first low pressure one. Later in 1935 yet other improvements were made, and the “Super-comfort” tyre was born. This procedure enabled tyres to work at even lower pressures for a more comfortable ride; these were the first of their kind in the world. These improvements were of great benefit to Michelin tyres, leading to their next great innovation.

The next great Michelin innovation was to become a World leader and set a standard for the rest of the tyre manufacturers to try and follow. Known to be the Michelin X tyre.

Michelin part owned the then ailing French carmaker Citroen and developed the tyre partly for the new Citroen 2CV. The Worlds first radial was born, the plies that ran from bead to bead were of a textile material, but the tread belt that ran radial around the tyre bead of steel. The French tyre maker could not believe what it had created. Indeed, cross plays the Michelin “X” gave better handling, better cornering, better braking. Michelins were giving double the mileage compared across-ply” tyre.   They gave a much lower fuel consumption and because of the flexible and resilient side walls gave much-improved comfort to the ride of the car, a truly “great invention”.

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Steel belted tyres were the World standard and was creating interest from European car makers. So much so that Lancia became the first car manufacturers to use the Michelin on their Aurelia model. The pattern was soon to be followed by Mercedes and on their 2CV models.

While this was all happening in Europe, the Americans were pursuing a different tyre strategy, but this is in part three. Arthur W Savage was the first man to invent and patent the radial, but when his patent ran out Michelin were the first to pick it up and develop into the “X”. His American contemporaries were not interested in the radial tyre, so the innovation went to Europe and Michelin.

Eric Roberts

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners-Check Your “Caravan and Motorhome Tyres”before your journey

 Easter Getaway for-Caravaners can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Us tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailer vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels and take them to their favourite garage or auto centre and have them checked by a professional member of the team, it is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

outcome. The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed, we can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the effect of ultraviolet light acting on the carbon black in the makeup of the tyre when the caravan is parked and is more common in Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motorhomes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion and the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage, this is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Tyre (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then check the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by ageing in the sidewalls.
As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours during the Summer months and eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down and small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard, indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked for the correct loading of your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either General re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Tyre pressures should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt, replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

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 Caravan 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 a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; heavy rig having his caravan tyres checked

– This includes Motorhome tyres- before your journey

 

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES; West Yorkshire can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailed vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels .Then take them to their favorite garage or auto centre. Check Your CARAVAN TYRESThen have them checked by a professional member of the team. It is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible outcome. So Check Your CARAVAN TYRES . The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed. We can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the affect of ultra-violet light acting on the carbon black. This is in the make up of the tyre when the caravan is parked, and is more common on Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motor-homes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion. Then the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage. This is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario. Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

Tire (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then Check Your CARAVAN TYRES, the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by aging in the sidewalls.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours. Especially, during the Summer months. And eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down. Small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area. This will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard. Indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre .Finally if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked to the correct loading for your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicle require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Check Your CARAVAN TYRES pressures, which should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

Pirelli Tyres History-a “Brief History” of their tyre Manufacturing Excellence

Pirelli Tyres History – famous for the manufacture of both tyres and underground cable they were founded in Milan in Italy in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli.

Pirelli tyres have been making tyres for over 100 years and although Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Autocentre has not been around for that long, he says”that in all his experience in the tyre trade these Italian  tyres have always given motorists good service and good mileage, and are one brand name that commands respect and loyalty amongst the Pirelli tyres users”. This is indeed praise from such an established tyre dealer( who also have Pirelli Girls Calendar) to this day stills sells these tyres at his Halifax based tyre depot.

Pirelli Tyres History

Pirelli (Photo credit: NA.dir)

Much of the Pirelli Tyres History 

was born from the need of Lancia rally. They wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their Lancia Stratos rally car. This lead the designers to create a much stronger tyre construction. Both wider and with a much lower side wall. This design became very successful and a great boost to lancia racing. Indeed Porsche also started to use tyre in its racing division.
This Pirelli tyre design lead to the creation of the  Cinturato. The tyre was developed in the 1950s and was originally made from a textile belted construction. Consequently, the tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities but as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage and could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin tyres who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Pirelli Tyres History

The earlier cinturatos were used as original equipment. This was on most Italian made production cars such as the Alfas. They were also fitted to sport and rally cars using using 165r400 cinturatos. These tyres are a great part of the Pirelli Tyres History. Eric Roberts remembers the first time he saw these tyres ,”they were very unusual at the time, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres, and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. These Pirelli  tyres are still the only tyres to be used in certain types of motor racing. The most common size been the 165×14. These cinturato tyres were commonly seen on early MGB GT’s and can be bought at specialist tyre dealers from the internet.

Pirelli Tyres History

English: Lancia Stratos Group 4. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the mid 70s Pirelli tyres started bringing out steel belted tyres and introduced a new range called the P8. This made Pirelli Tyres History and was Pirelli tyres first low profile tyre,

this tyre gave the cars of the time much better road handling, This  helped Pirelli in the fast moving technology of tyre development during that period. Then we had a Middle East oil crisis. The rush was on to develop a new type of tyre that would save fuel costs, very much like the situation that we have today. Pirelli tyres came up with the P8. This tyre was built for a much better rolling resistance and therefore saving the motorists on fuel costs.
 The next part of the Pirelli Tyres History came with the development of the P-Zero range. Because this tyre that was made for the bigger faster cars that were and still are for both competition and road use cars.  Like the BMW’s and MERCs. These new Pirelli tyres were built with extra strong ply’s and were ultra low profile.
This tyre is still been modernized as newer cars are further developed . Once again Eric Roberts has always been highly satisfied with the quality and standard of the Pirelli tyres products. From their first cinturatos to their present day range of PZero tyres. Keeping the jobs going at Pirelli Carlisle.

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson- A Brief History Part of their Beggining

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson-Pirelli Tyres are famous for the manufacture of both tyres and underground cable they were founded in Milan in Italy in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli.

Pirelli tyres have been making tyres for over 100 years. Although Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Autocentre has not been around for that long. He says”that in all his experience in the tyre trade these Italian  tyres have always given motorists good service and good mileage, and are one brand name that commands respect and loyalty amongst the Pirelli tyres users”. This is indeed praise from such an established tyre dealer( who also have Pirelli Girls Calendar) to this day stills sells these tyres at his Halifax based tyre depot.

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson

Pirelli (Photo credit: NA.dir) Pirelli Tyres History

Pirelli  tyres were born from the need of Lancia rally. Who wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their Lancia Stratos rally car. Consequently, this lead the designers to create a much stronger tyre construction. Both wider and with a much lower side wall. This design became very successful. Therefore  a great boost to lancia racing, indeed Porsche also started to use tyre in its racing division.
This Pirelli Tyres History design lead to the creation of the  Cinturato. This tyre was developed in the 1950s. And was originally made from a textile belted construction. This tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities. But as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage.  It could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin tyres who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson

The earlier Pirelli Tyres History cinturatos were used as original equipment on most Italian made production cars. Such as the Alfas, they were also fitted to sport and rally cars using using 165r400 cinturatos. Eric Roberts remembers the first time he saw these tyres ,”they were very unusual at the time, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres, and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. These Pirelli Tyres History are still the only tyres to be used in certain types of motor racing the most common size been the 165×14. These Pirelli Tyres History cinturato tyres were commonly seen on early MGB GTs and can be bought at specialist tyre dealers from the internet.

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson

English: Lancia Stratos Group 4. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the mid 70s Pirelli Tyres History started bringing out steel belted tyres. Pirelli introduced a new range called the P8. This was also Pirelli tyres first low profile tyre. This tyre gave the cars of the time much better road handling. This helped Pirelli in the fast moving technology of tyre development during that period. Then we had a Middle East oil crisis. Consequently, the rush was on to develop a new type of tyre that would save fuel costs. Very much like the situation that we have today. Pirelli tyres came up with the P8. This tyre was built for a much better rolling resistance and therefore saving the motorists on fuel costs.

Pirelli Tyres History Lesson

Then came the development of the PZero range this tyre was made for the bigger faster cars that were and still are for both competition and road use cars like the BMWs and MERCs. These new Pirelli tyres were built with extra strong plys and were ultra low profile.
This tyre is still been modernized as newer cars are further developed . Once again Eric Roberts has always been highly satisfied with the quality and standard of the Pirelli tyres products from their first cinturatos to their present day range of PZero tyres, keeping the jobs going at Pirelli Carlisle.

Pirelli tyres can be bought online at Pellonautocentre.com

 

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes.

travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts