Illegal tread tyres- in car crash that killed two young girls – Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Illegal tread tyres

BBC News Illegal tread tyres in car crash that killed two young girls Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Norwich Crown Court heard that two tyres on the car had illegal tread and all four tyres had been wrongly pressurised which a police accident…


eric roberts‘s insight:

Illegal tread tyres do cause accidents  

if not checked at regular intervals.

This fatal accident is just part of the reality that sometimes strikes home when we find out the horror that can result in motorists operating on Illegal tread tyres and not checking their tyres at regular intervals. We

Illegal tread tyres

Checking your air pressure could get you out of a sticky situation

only have to be in the wrong time and the wrong place, for an accident to happen. When our cars are in good condition and serviced at regular intervals we have a better chance of getting out of a sticky situation when driving.

AT first I did not want to blog this accident because of the fatalities, but I think it important to point out that these things happen and it could be that if this car had good tyres at the correct Air Pressure, then the outcome could have been different. We in the tyre trade are always preaching to motorists about checking their tyres and tyre pressure, but accidents like this are proof that bad things can happen if you do not service your car and check the tyres at regular intervals .

I would like to pass on my condolences to these girls family.

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 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre

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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…

Changing car tyres-When Should You Change Your Car Tyres? | Automotive Tools review

Changing car tyres

Some people know that they should be checking their tyres, but they have no idea what to look for and they just glance at Changing car tyres and then report that they regularly check them. Here is a list about what you should be …


eric roberts‘s insight:

When indeed do we think about  Changing car tyres?

This is an interesting article from Automotive Tools Revue. You would think that it would be easy to determine when your tyres need changing, but it is the same as everything in life, some people know what to do, or what they are looking at and other people do not and have to ask for advice.

Watch for the Point-S sign

Fortunately we are one of those trades that are only willing to help people with their tyre problems and most companies are only too willing to give a free tyre report for their customers. Many independent tyre retailers are affiliated to an organisation called Point-S, and the members can be found on the Point-S web site, where you can find your nearest tyre retailer, who will only be too willing to give your car a free tyre check and recommend when you should be Changing car tyres.

If you do not have a Point-S tyre retailer in your area, then I am sure that a local garage will do the job for them at no cost to the customer.

The first thing to look at before Changing car tyres is to see if your tyres are worn on one side, they will look as if they have no tread cut into the tyres. This is a sure sign that your tyres will need replacing and the car will also need a wheel alignment. This is a sign that the tyre have been scrubbed off at one side, because the wheel alignment was not set correctly.

The other way to check to see if it may be necessary for  Changing car tyres is to look for the small bumps of rubber that are set between the tread at 1.6mm deep, this is the British Governments law for the tread depth that your tyres should be at, although we in the trade think that it should now be 3mm because of the change in driving conditions since the last tyre laws were passed. These laws are pretty much the same in the USA and much of Europe to help keep the high standards of safety.

To conclude the best way  to check your tyres is to take your car to your tyre retailer and they will check them for you free of charge.


Car Tyres by 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 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.

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Car Repair Garages-This is the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

Car Repair Garages

Smart receptions in the car repair garages like this should be the norm in 2013

If your heart sinks every time you know that a trip to the Car Repair Garages for a minor car  repair garages, scuff or dent repair is needed, you’re not alone. (Is this the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

For the car repair garages to survive they must have modern facilities for their customers.Car Repair Garages

This is a point I have been making for the past twenty years at least. The American companies were the first to supply their customers with a reception and waiting room for the car repair garages. This was picked up by Tom Farmer when he visited America and on his return home decided that this was the way forward, and implemented the new style reception areas into his early Kwik-fit empire.

After that Car Repair Garages UK all over the UK began to copy his style of operation, but many of the Auto Repair Services and car repair garages were too small and half of them were just back street dirty places and would not have warranted money spending on them. Altogether though it was a huge improvement and many tyre depots and Car Repair Garages where brought into the twentieth century and were fit for motorists to sit in while their car was been repaired, or their tyres were been fitted.

As time went on more and more ladies were taking up driving and the move to step up the facilities in the car repair garages was imminent. The customers wanted a better experience when visiting the garage or tyre depot for work doing on their cars. The main dealer garages started to introduce courtesy cars, to loan to their customers while work was been carried out on their cars, a good idea!

The courtesy car idea became a little tarnished when some of the garages started to charge for their use, or for insurance. I thought this was a negative affect and was not in the spirit of the idea. We at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre in Halifax UK provide courtesy cars for our customers, mainly because we are about two miles out of the town centre, and it allows our customers to go shopping or to work, while their car is been repaired.

Many of the switched on Car Service Garages offer their clients  a free coffee machine in their reception as well as a TV and up-to-date magazines for their entertainment while they are waiting for a Car Repairs or an MOT or a tyre fitting. In my opinion this is what today’s modern consumer wants, this coupled with the fact that as I have said earlier, many of our customers are now ladies and they do not want to turn up to a dirty old Car repair garages in their nice clean clothes.

So this standard is the way forward and any garage or tyre fitting station that does not have customer facilities will fall behind and eventually perish.  

Eric Roberts …

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 repair garages

A smart reception like this one will be important for the car repair garages survival in the future

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Poor tyres-Could cost you your life? – A look at tyre safety from this is

Poor tyres

Poor tyres
This accident was caused by poor tyres.


this is east

Poor tyres could cost your life

Motorists who drive with illegal tyres could be hit with three penalty points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre.

Poor tyres are the cause of many accidents

There is no doubt about it. That tyres and brakes are a major cause of road accidents. Hence, not just here in the UK but all over Europe. One of the main offending groups in my

poor tyres

More Police action checking tyres is what is needed to make drivers aware of the huge problem or poor tyres here in the UK.

opinion . Consequently, it is the young Sound Drivers. This is the category of drivers that we do not see buying  tyres. Or at least new tyres.

There is something happening to make the younger driver want to risk their life. As a result, perhaps they just don’t care about their own safety. Hence, by using Poor tyres and the other road users. We all know the massive cost of insurance policies for young drivers. Subsequently, a young guy who works for me in our tyre department is having to spend £3000 to insure a small Vauxhall Corsa, but young drivers should weight all these things up before they decide to buy a car and take to the road.

The other alternative, “which in my opinion is just as bad “is that perhaps they are buying Poor tyres part worn tyres, or their parents are forever bailing them out. I think the later will be the case, but we still don’t see many young men calling into us to buy new tyres, perhaps you know better ?

Eric Roberts member of TYRESAFE.ORG


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poor tyres

Check your tyres tread for wear as often as possible make it a good habit, and while your at it check out for cuts or bubbles at the same time.

Waste Tyres Piled-Business illegally stock piled 45000 scrap tyres – Daily Echo

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled- 45000 tyres
Daily Echo
A HAMPSHIRE tyre business has been fined thousands of pounds for illegally stockpiling 45,000 of waste scrap tyres at an industrial estate.

Eric Roberts says…

What caused the scrap tyres problem?

“All this has stemmed from the fact that waste tyres do not have any value.So,in fact the opposite is the case. Having to pay anything from 50 pence to £1 for Waste Tyre Removal and to be disposed of.Consequently, at one time. When remoulds were very popular. naturally, we would actually sell our old tyres to the remoulding industry. So,also to scrap tyre dealers. Who would come round collecting the old tyres for money.

The most popular scrap tyres to sell were the Michelin tyres. Subsequently, in the tyre trade an old tyre is known as a “casing”. Of course, the Michelin casings were the best quality casings that you could get. The same applies today, Michelin are still probably one of the best quality tyres. Hence, that you can buy. Although more expensive than other  brands. Michelin tyres are probably still the best  on the market.

Things started to change. Thus, with the introduction of new cheap tyres mass produced from China.Including, other “far eastern” countries. These cheap imports were flooding the market. Consequently,could be bought for cheaper than a remould tyre. Of course, it did not take long before the remould companies went out of business. Some of the remould companies concentrated on the remould truck market. Continuing in business, but the car re-molders soon closed down due to the lack of sales.

This caused us all a big problem we have all seen the Waste Tyres Piled on road sides, because no body wanted the old scrap tyres, it became a huge problem and European Union soon started to introduce new laws about tyre

Waste Tyres Piled up Illegally

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled are still a problem across the world including the UK

disposal. This was followed by new companies setting up to dispose of the Waste Tyres. The most significant new law  would not let scrap tyres be used in landfill sites (tips). So solutions had to be thought of quickly. Germany had already started using old scrap tyres to burn in cement kilns to turn the liquid cement into the powder that we use in building things, but here in Britain we were a bit slow, but we are now looking at similar ideas. Most are now shredded and used in all sorts of applications including mixing the shredded rubber with tarmac to be used on road building.

All this however did not stop illegal Waste Tyres dumping and we still have the problem today. we have all seen old ones piled up in the country side or on waste land, and guys like the one who rented a large building or just land to fill with scrap tyres and then when they are full they just walk away and leave the problem to the owner of the building. One old mill in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire was filled with over a million scrap tyres and then the culprits just walked away leaving the problem to the environment agency, which in the long run has to be paid by the tax payer”.

Article by Eric Roberts…

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Uneven wear indicates the need for a wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check the tire pressure and tread depth once a month.


eric roberts‘s insight:

Car care all ties up with the UK tyre safe Month

As October Car Care Month nears the end and the really cold and bad weather approaches, we all still have time to have a real good look at your car tyres. It is important to have the correct tyre pressures, which is essential for your family’s safety when driving on our busy roads. The last thing that a driver wants is to have a tyre blow out on them while driving down a busy Motorway, or in rush hour traffic, so take the first step and please check yourTyre Pressures.

Another point about under inflated tyres is that they  will not last as long, they wear at a quicker rate, without the Correct Pressures. Also you will use

Car Care Month

Car Care Month;check your light bulbs

less fuel if your tyres are not at the correct pressures and the car will not handle as good and could cause you to lose control of your car when cornering and braking.

This month, October Car Care Month is the time to start the habit of checking your tyre Air Pressure and then you can get into the habit of checking your tyres on a monthly basis, if you are not sure of how to do this, or some people may not want to get dirty, you can call into your local Tyre Car Care Centre and you will be able to get a FREE tyre check, it is well worth the ten minutes of your time and could save you money on your fuel consumption.

If you are struggling to find a good tyre dealer in Car Care Month, you can do so by looking online to find a member of POINT-S Tyres.

Thanks Eric Roberts a member of TYRESAFE.ORG

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Continental tyres boost-high-performance tyres at Korbach plant –

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost high-performance tires at Korbach plant

KORBACH, Germany—Continental A.G.


eric roberts‘s insight:

Continental tyres keep on moving forward

This is just one of the expansion plans and is a Continental tyres boost for the giant tyre company of Continental.The Continental Car Tyres company and all its subsidiaries have leaped ahead of most of its

Continental Seal tyres protect the tyre from nail penetrations like this onecompetitors in recent years due to some innovative new products such as the “Seal Tyres” that contain a protective layer of sealant made of polymers, that stop the tyre from deflating when penetrated by a screw or a nail.

Continental tyre Sport ContactsThe protective layer is inside the Seal tyres,  just underneath the tread area. Other products to giva a Continental tyres boost include “runflat technology” and new tyres that are greener and lighter to save on emissions for new EV and electric vehicles, altogether an impressive portfolio of products.

Continental tyres boost their market share by continuously adding new tyre products to their range. One of their latest tyre products is a new winter tyre the TS850. 

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. Hence, before starting my first business. Consequently,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Eric Roberts

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Flat Tyres Past Thing -In the Future Self Healing Polymer Will Make Flat Tyres Things of the Past

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Remember how the T-100 terminator robot from Terminator 2 could heal itself? Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to own something that would do the same thing, like busted plastic pipes or flat Flat Tyres Past Thing …


eric roberts‘s insight:

Is an end to puncture repairs what the tyres industry want ?

I have been in the tyre business now for a long time. Therefore, one of the things that we do on a daily basis.Hence, is to repair punctured tyres. I have always considered repairing punctures as part of the wider service that we offer to our customers.

Flat Tyres

Flat Tyres requiring a repair

It is nice to see a smiling face. As a result, we tell our customers that their tyre will repair. Consequently, instead of the bill for a new tyre. They only have to pay a small amount for their tyre repairing. So, making them very happy customers. Also we can get drivers calling in with Flat Tyres that do need a new tyre. That’s tough but its all part of repairing tyres and the service that we offer.

There have been many attempts.By companies to provide different cans of chemicals to repair Flat Tyres .In my opinion the system has failed. Accordingly,with the advent of the cars without spares and runflat tyres. Then tyre companies are always on the lookout for new materials. Thus, that will seal a nail hole or screw hole. Of course, when the tyre is penetrated known as Run Flat Tyres Repair.

Continental have come with a special tyre that may protect the driver from a penetration in their Flat Tyres, but now it looks like they are experimenting with polymer materials which replicate our own skin by healing themselves, providing the damage caused is not too great.

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres

Sicherheitsreifen, safety tire, runflat system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As thus article states some of these polymers have been around since WW11 and were created when there was a shortage of rubber. Scientists in Spain are experimenting with new polymers that can regenerate similar to human skin, therefore healing Flat Tyres that has been penetrated by a foreign object. Please read more…

It could be the end of the tyre repairing as we know it, I am all for safety but I am not sure about these developments.

Written by 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.

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Michelin EV Tyres-TYRE TALK-Twitter / Michelin Tyres: Here’s a first look at the …

Michelin EV Tyres

Michelin EV Tyres ready for action

RT @BaronVonClutch: The #Michelin EV tyres developed for @FIAformulaE (via @michelintyres): #FormulaE


eric roberts‘s insight:

Also the new Michelin ev tyres will fit regular EV Vehicles.

Michelin Tyres UK are probably the most pro-active and innovative tyre company in the World. This new  development is no exception. The new Michelin EV Tyres are much lighter in

Michelin EV Tyres

The world famous Michelin man

weight; this is also to reduce the weight of the vehicle. This new Michelin EV Tyres does not skimp on performance with excellent grip and cornering, giving the car stability when cornering. This  will undoubtedly help the car reduce emissions. The new Michelin EV Tyres will be coming out as original equipment on the new Renault ZOE EV car. The new tyre from Michelin is not a cheap car tyre, but will be cost effective when it comes to lower emissions and savings on fuel, due the help from the Michelin EV Tyres lightness in weight. It will be fitted on many other cars including the other Renault range of cars such as the Renault Megane and many other brands of EV’s. I have noticed recently that some of the Continental brands are very light indeed weighing a third lighter than their predecessors.

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Michelin news from 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 tyres online from our website 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.

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