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Tyre Laws driving Spain

Tyre Laws when driving in Spain

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Tyre Laws when driving Spain is A good article reminding visitors to Spain ,including the people who live there about the responsibility, within Spanish tyre laws  to look after and maintain their tyres.

Although the actual tyre laws a very similar to the UK’s because of EU tyre laws. However it is still important to remind people to check their tyres, even if they hire a car, should the police pull the car over then, it is the drivers responsibility, to make sure the tyres are in good legal order? Happy holiday

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Spanish Tyre Laws driving Spain;  come under the banner of the European Union

Going back many years I was lucky enough to be able to go on a package deal to sunny Spain. In those days, Spain was a very under developed country. I say this because I have always been interested in cars and transport and I will never forget the state of the roads.

Only the major roads were surfaced with concrete or tarmac. The rest were dirt tracks? The type of dirt roads, that we were used to seeing in cowboy movies. People were still using donkeys to carry goods and people about.

I also remember that cars were driving about on slick tyres. These are tyres that have no tread left on them?

However I fell in love with the country, it was everything that a young man could possibly want. Sun, sea, sandy beaches and azure blue sea. Later on in life when I owned my first tyre centre, I was lucky enough to buy my own villa and had some wonderful holidays with my wife and children! Happy days indeed!

Spain had joined the Common market by then and became part of the every evolving mountain of regulations that were coming out of Brussels. I also noticed that the EU was contributing billions of Euros into restructuring the Spanish infrastructure, including a new motorway network.

Tyre Laws driving Spain

Many of the Spanish cars looked to be in dis-repair and having my own tyre company, I could not help looking to see the state of their tyres. Spain like the rest of the EU had to implement new New Tyre Laws to control the safety of cars on the European roads. Both roads and cars were becoming faster and there was a need to improve standards of cars.

I also noticed that the Spanish car owners took little notice of these new laws and some of the worst offenders were the coaches that picked up tourists from the airports and took them to the resorts. They were no longer driving down dirt roads but on nice new motorways. I remember asking a coach driver, who spoke English about his bald tyres. He said that in Spain it very rarely rained and the bald tyres worked perfectly well?

Tyre Laws driving Spain

I know now that things have improved and car drivers in Spain have become more responsible, but some of the older guys still think in the old days and breaking the law is just part of everyday life. They will still drink and drive and continue not to change their tyres until they fall off the wheels.

The Tyre Laws when driving in Spain are very much the same as the Tyre Laws UK here in the UK, but when you are visiting the country please be aware that the guy in the car in front of you may have bald tyres and in torrential rain, he could aquaplane, so give yourself plenty of room between cars, especially on a rain soaked motorway.

If you hire a car, make sure that the tyres look good. A quick glance at each tyre will give you some sort of idea about the condition of the tyres and although I may sound a bit boring, check the cars tyre pressures as soon as possible especially if you have a long drive ahead of you.

The cars that operate under Tyre Laws when driving in Spain have only to carry out an MOT every two years and so the condition of their tyres and cars in general are generally not as good as in the UK?

 

LUMP on your TYRES How Can One of Your Tyres Develop an EGG on the sidewall?

 

Why Can One of Your TYRES Develop a LUMP on your TYRES

Most car drivers have seen a  lump on your tyres. These lumps may  appear on one of their tyres at one time or another. The first time that I came across tyre with a bubble was in the early 1970s when radial tyres were becoming more popular and taking over from X-ply tyres. The tyre market was a different world in those days. Most of the large tyre companies were American, the likes of

lump on your tyres

The area that has worn out on this tyre is due to an egg forming but the customer knew nothing about it?

Goodyear and Firestone, with Michelin tyres  representing most of Europe along with Pirelli tyres.

The first radial tyres to come onto the market were mainly textile radials; these were radial tyres without any steel belt in the tyres construction. In the early days, Michelin Tyres UK was the only tyre company to have a steel belt in the tyres construction.The first being the famous Michelin X, who soon built up a reputation for the high mileage that their tyres produced. These tyres were renowned for doing 60 and 70 thousand miles, before requiring replacement.

Michelins competitors were far behind, with the textile radials doing only half the miles and the race was on to incorporate a steel belt in their own brands of tyres. I can remember some of the disasters that some of the American tyre companies were having in their quest for a steel belt and higher mileage.

In the early days of radials, Firestone had a factory in Liverpool producing car tyres and went into the production of steel belted radials. The tyres that were made in the American factories were known as the “Firestone 500, but Firestone made one hell of a mistake and built the new steel radials in “bias belted” tyre molds, this together with the wrong type of steel used in their construction, caused a production catastrophe and a massive tyre recall due to the  belts separating which gave you a lump on your tyres .  

Similar problems were experienced in the Liverpool factory. This was to be the first time that I had experienced a  lump on your tyres also known as a bubble or egg appearing on a tyre. The steel belts that were used were not coated with a protective coating of brass and because of that the steel rusted and caused them to come apart and some of them developed a huge  lump on your tyres tread areas. A similar thing happened at Goodyear tyres. Michelin had kept their formula for the steel wire coating a patented trade secret since 1948 and the next twenty years but eventually they relented and leased out the trade secret to the other tyre companies, but the other companies never overcame Michelin supremacy in the steel belted tyre market.

Remoulding companies then started to make the steel belted radials, but many of their tyres would fall apart because they were using the wrong type of steel belted casings and once again the tyres began to develop a large lump on your tyres or  eggs or bubbles. This would give the remoulds a bad name for many years to come.

I can remember working for a Goodyear retail outlet at the time and we had to change hundreds of faulty ones  due tyre separation and large  lump on your tyres developing giving the cars a very

lump on your tyres,michelin tyres

The very first Michelin man (scary)

bumpy ride indeed.

Eventually all the tyre companies sorted themselves out but at a great financial loss, in fact Firestone lost that much money that they were sold to the Bridgestone company in 1988, who still make the Firestone tyre products to this very day, Car remoulds had got themselves a very bad name and were eventually killed off by the “cheap tyre” imports from China. This

lump on your tyres

This is still the Grandad of all lump on your tyres

reduced the price of a new budget tyre and so it became a false economy to buy remould tyres.

Why do we get LUMP on your TYRES in today’s modern tyres?

The problem of the eggs on your tyres is still with us but because of the materials that they are now made from and the hygienic factories that tyres are made in, and so the egg on a tyre is becoming very rare. The most common cause is that a nail or screw can penetrate the tyre tread and damage the protective coating of the steel belt, this will allow tyre steel to become rusty which in time oxidises and allows oxygen and air to become trapped in the layers, thus causing an egg to appear eventually, similar to the one on our recent pictures of the car that was recently presented for an MOT test in our Halifax tyre depot. Needless o say that if you have a  lump on your tyres anywhere  then the tyre must be replaced as soon as possible.

 Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Car Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of 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.

Mixing Tyre Technologies-Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The question posed by this article in “The Business Times” is about the mix of tyre manufacturers technologies. Hence when it comes to mixing different tyre brands to the larger and now popular SUV vehicles. In my opinion it is yet another grey area in the crazy world of tyres. “Should we do this” and “can we do that” is a question that I hear every week.

So, the advent of the SUV has certainly opened up a new can of worms. Over the last decade tyre manufacturers have introduced a string of new tyre products. Consequently, pressure was brought on the tyre makers from governments wanting the car manufacturers to make greener and leaner cars. As a result, then tyres had to become lighter in weight and larger in circumference to give less “rolling resistance“.

Coincidentally, the SUV’s came out about the same time. The SUV’s had much larger tyres and it looks to me that new technology tyres were to be developed with these vehicles in mind.

Tyre makers were looking for all types of new materials to add to the rubber latex. Thus, trying to lighten the tyre weight. Continental tyres came up with the milk like substance extracted from “dandelions“. It was found that the milky substance found in the dandelion was of the same molecular make up as the latex . Now Continental are growing vast areas of these plants near their German tyre factories.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Other finds include the Yokohama tyres use of orange peel oil. However I dont really want to get too technical. The issue is should we mix these different tech tyres on the same vehicle. Especially if the tyres were developed along side the car manufacturers. Of course the SUV’s are now big and powerful, made by all the worlds leading luxury car makers.

Have we now got to the stage when it is important that we stick to the same tyres as the original equipment ones. As a tyre dealer for over forty years, then I am beginning to think so. The attached article explains about the specific tyres that are made for certain SUV’s. Thus, tyres like the Bridgestone Alenza and Italian brand Pirelli’s Scorpion series.

This class of vehicle are also fitted with specific tyres such as the Yokohama Blu-earth RV-02. So, even Nokian are making a winter tyre for the SUV the Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Should the specific tyre types be compromised. Personally I do not think so?

When I am on the front line dealing with customers, then I always tell them to the best of my ability. In this case then I would recommend that the car should be on the same tyres that were fitted as original equipment. If they choose not to then it is their responsibility going forward. I suppose looking at it then this is a problem with buying your SUV tyres online.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The registration number lookup only tells the buyer the size of the tyre and not what the SUV should have on. Subsequently, the best way is for the car owner to take the information from the tyre sidewall and order exactly the same tyres. Definitely a very grey area?

Eric Roberts

THE BUSINESS TIMES – WHEN was the last time you wore your Manolos to go jogging? Chances are, never (unless the loss of some bet was involved). By the same token, it’s just as easy to have the wrong tyres fitted to your car.. Read more at The Business Times.

Source: Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

Tyre Care for Women-(This includes Everyone really)

Tyre Care for Women-Don’t think that because you are a woman you are exempt from checking the tyres on your car and making sure it is running well.

While many notice odd sounds as they drive or shaky handling during a trip, tyres tend to get overlooked until you hit a pothole and wind up with a flat. What you don’t realize is that tyres are important in keeping the car in control during a ride. They grip the road and keep your automobile firmly on course. But tyres need care just like any piece of equipment and it really won’t take too much of your time to keep them working well.( We promise).

Point-S logo on Pellon Tyres depot in Halifax Uk

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Inflation

Make sure your tyres are properly inflated. Not only will this ensure they will be performing the way they should, but it will also increase your fuel mileage, which translates to fuel savings. And we just love the word savings, don’t we ladies? To check the Air Pressure on your own, use a pressure gauge which can easily be purchased at just about any car equipment store. Make sure to check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold or wait until 3 hours after you’ve driven to check it. Insert the pressure gauge into valve stem of your tyre. The gauge will pop out and indicate a number which will refer to the tyre pressure. To figure out the recommended  pressure for your tyre, look at the sticker found on the driver’s door of your vehicle or in your owner’s manual.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Rotation

We’re all for extending the life of a tyre if that means we can defer the expense further into the future. Tyre rotation is one of the recommended ways with which you can get the most out of Tyre Care for Women.  When the tyres are rotated and moved to a different position on your car, this allows them to wear evenly and equally. The recommended  rotation is every 6 months.

Tyre Care for Women-Tyre Balance

Now it sounds odd, but wheel Dynamic Balancing is exactly that- after your wheel is mounted, it is checked for areas that are heavier or lighter. Weights are then added to the interior or

Tyre Care for Women

Correct wheel balancing is also important

exterior of the wheel to balance it out. Why do the wheels even need to be balanced, you ask? An off balance wheel can result in wobbly handling of the car or bouncing. This results in uneven tread wear, increased vibration and unnecessary stress on your vehicle. Tyres should be balanced when your purchase new ones, when you have a tyre replaced, or when a

Correct tyre pressures are very important Tyre Care for Women

weight is dislodged or removed.

Tyre Alignment 

As technical as it may sound, this is simply adjusting the angle of the wheels in order for the wheels to work as they are intended. Proper wheel alignment will allow for the correct tread wear and will allow the car to travel straight without pulling to one side. While newly purchased cars have their tyres aligned going out of the factory, you should have your tyres aligned if you have hit something substantial like a large pothole or an embankment, if you notice a difference in the handling of your car from before, and if you notice a wear pattern developing on the outer edges of the tread area.

Now that you know what to do to keep your tyres working well, do remember that except for checking your pressure, the other items need to be handled by professionals and experts when it comes to all things that have to do with tyres. Just like you know how to keep your teeth healthy, you’re not going to try and fill a cavity on your own, are you? You would want a professional who knows what he is doing to take charge. The same should be said of your tyres. After all, the tyres are what keep your car gripped to the road. You want them to be handled by someone who knows a thing or two about Tyre Care for Women.

Tyre Care for Women

So where do i start ?

Luckily Point-S has over 160 centres across the UK for your tyre check up. And because they know everything and anything that has to do with tyres, you know your tyres are in good hands.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry 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.

New Tyres Fitted-WHERE DO YOU FIT THEM ON YOUR CAR ?


When you have some New Tyres Fitted which way should you choose to fit them on to your car?

The best advice when you have New Tyres Fitted would be to fit them onto the front. This is of course if you are buying two tyres. If you were buying four then there would be no problem, they would simply go straight onto the four wheels of the car.

Before front wheel drive cars came along, we would have your New Tyres Fitted  onto the rear drive wheels. This was to give more traction to the car, but in some cases could cause over steering and New Tyres Fitted,assymetric tyresother handling problems, especially on a fast powerful car, as the good tyres on the rear were constantly pushing the car along and sometimes on a wet road the car would not go where you want it to go.

This is similar to the problem of buying just a single new tyre? You are mixing a new tyre with an old tyre and in some cases the two do not mix, and the tyres will fight against each other causing irregular wear and premature tyre wear. I would recommend that you have two New Tyres Fitted and buy them in pairs, make sure that they are of the same construction, (see the next paragraph for more information) and they should be fitted to the front, because this controls your steering and handling of the car. Please also ask for the  wheel alignment checking, most tyre centres will check your Laser Wheel Alignment for free while your car is up on the ramp.  

Try not to mix you new tyres ?

Modern car makers have got together with tyre manufacturers to develop new types of lighter and more fuel efficient . This has brought into play different  designs. We have all heard of

 New Tyres Fitted

B F Goodrich directional tyre clearly showing the chevron design

but now we have another type called the asymmetric tyres,  such as the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric. These  look like normal tread patterns but if you look closely the tread pattern is different across the width of the tyre. These  have a special way that the  New Tyres Fitted should be positioned onto the car. On one side of the tyre it will say inner and the other outer. These  should be fitted the right way round and preferably in sets of four. On directional tyres the tread has a chevron style tread pattern the New Tyres Fitted should only be placed with the arrows on the sidewall pointing in a foreword direction.

One of the problems that we find when cars come to us for advice, is that they have bought part worn tyres and the companies who sell them do not have a clue about tyres such as What Is Asymmetrical and do not care which type of tyre they fit onto your car, they can be a specific science and they now come in many different shapes and sizes, so my advice is to seek the advice of the experts.

If you do not know of any local  retailers in your area it would be wise to look your nearest Point-S Tyre experts and you can even buy yours online at superb prices.

Thanks Eric Roberts member of POINT-S TYRES  

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Online 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.

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): http://t.co/RqxunutI0M #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.

For more reading…  http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/tyre-talk-the-new-michelin-energy-e-v-tyre-to-equip-the-renault-zoe#sthash.YLRXjJG9.dpuf

 

Michelin news from Eric Roberts…www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

 

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 www.pellonautocentre.com 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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Point-S Europe-About Point-S-for- Independent Tyre Dealers

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

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

Point-S Europe  came to Britain about three years ago in 2010. We as a country joined the massive European group along with Holland and followed a strong contingent of other independent tyre dealers across the continent.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Holland

The original idea started in France in 1971, when a group of independent tyre professionals who at the time were trading as solo tyre dealers, decided to join forces and create an organisation that combined a better image and more corporate image 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 and the same thing was happening again 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 told me about Point-S Europe. This was just what I was looking for a dealer network, that allowed 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 a year and instead of been a local tyre depot in Halifax, I now feel that we are part of a national group with all the advantages that go with it, and I am looking forward to a great future with Point-S Europe. Any tyre dealer in the UK, 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. 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.

 

Michelin Race Tyres may have Tested F1 Tyres in Le-Mans during the testing time?

 

Could Michelin Race Tyres Return to the F1 big boys ?

Michelin Race Tyres

Michelin Race Tyres famous racing brand

Michelin Race Tyres are probably the most active tyre company to participate in Motor sport. Michelin tyres have also been dominant in the famous French 24hr race at the Le Mans racing circuit. One of the highlights of travelling through France was when we were diverted on a family holiday, and found ourselves driving along the race circuit, I did not realise that the circuit was run on ordinary roads , which were closed when the racing took place, it was in the middle of the night and I thought that I had taken the wrong turning, but I felt better when I saw other cars on the road coming towards us. Michelin Race Tyres show their class and tyre expertise not only when making standard car tyres (if there is such a thing these day’s) but also in the field of motor sport. Michelin have been the most successful on the Le Mans circuit over the past 16 years they have been the tyre supplier and partner to the winning car a great achievement. This is due to the fact that Michelin Race Tyres produce a tyre that can complete the 50 laps without having to be changed.

For more information at…http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/race-series/24-Hours-of-Le-Mans
There are strong rumors from inside the racing fraternity, that Michelin Race Tyres will be competing for a bid to take over in F1 racing from Pirelli tyres, and that some negotiations have taken place. But these are only rumors. It is well known that the F1 bosses want to return
to the 13 inch wheel with high profile wide tread and that Michelin Race Tyres have said that they are prepared to produce this tyre if necessary.
Michelin is thought to have tested tyres that would give them data to build tyres that would be suitable for the heavier F1 cars that
produce heavier down-force and faster cornering speeds. The tyres were tested on the track using an Audi.

 

Michelin tyres don’t want to go alone

According to the online magazine www.racecar-engineering .com…

Michelin Race Tyres

Michelin Race Tyres in action at a race meeting

“There are still obstacles – Michelin tyres has always said that it does not want to be a sole tyre supplier, and the comments from Korean management suggest that a prospective deal with Hankook tyres is off. And it would have to be a partnership, or there would be a tyre war, although how that would pan out would be interesting – what’s the criteria? Who can build the best tyres over a ten-lap run? The prospect of Michelin Race Tyres going to F1 could have ramifications for Le Mans – Michelin is the tyre of choice for Audi, Toyota and Porsche in LMP1 alone. In the GTE classes, Michelin Race Tyres supplies all the teams and only Dunlop competes against them in LMP2. A Formula 1 contract could stretch Michelin beyond capacity. Lest we forget, Pirelli still has a number of promotional contracts in place in Formula 1 in 2014. Regardless of the listed rumors (and they are only rumors), are these contracts that they would easily give up?”…

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/blogs/cottonballs-michelin-on-the-verge-of-f1-announcement/

In my opinion only time will tell ? But it’s all very interesting stuff, I don’t think that the tyre industry has been through such big changes in recent times, with take overs and acquisitions happening all the time.

Article written by Eric Robertswww.pellonautocentre.com

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.

Car Safety Servicing-CAR OWNERS Must Keep Up With it For SAFETY REASONS?

 

Car servicing will ensure your car is safer to drive.

Car Safety Servicing

These tyres were removed from a BMW that had not had Car Safety Servicing for two years

Please let me go through some basics about your car. Your car no matter what make or type and no matter how much it cost or how much it’s worth, is a highly sophisticated machine, made up from millions of different parts, so that it can take the occupants from A to B in the “safest” possible way.

I use the word”safest,” because at the end of the day that’s what your car is all about, moving us all around, without breaking down or crashing into other car users, because the steering wheel fell off ?or the brakes failed, this is what happens when not Car Safety Servicing at regular intervals.

If you look at the top ten reasons why cars crash in the UK, you will not see mechanical failure as a reason, but if you look at this next link you will see that mechanical failure does not make the “top ten”, but is very close and should be taken into account…

“Not making the list but very important to mention is “Mechanical Failure”. While many car accidents occur due to mechanical failure, the vast majority of mechanical failure accidents are due to poor vehicle maintenance. Car design malfunction account for a very small percentage. Many car owners fail to read their owners manuals which results in poor Car Safety Servicing. They skip important chores such as regular oil changes, brake maintenance, Servicing a Car, tyre inspection and proper tyre inflation, as well as topping up important fluid levels. Keeping these points in mind can make you a better driver, prevent you thousands of pounds or dollars in repair fees or most importantly save your life. Simply put, Stay alert to stay alive”…http://mintinfo.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-causes-of-Car-Accidents

Car servicing helps ensure that your tyres and tyre pressures are safe.

MOT Testing stations a usually reliable sign that you can trust the garage

According to the website www.safemotorways.co.uk a staggering 164 crashes were caused by under inflated tyres in the last 5 years, and a tyre pressure campaign carried out by the very prestigious  company Michelin across Europe showed that the UK ranked 25th out of 27 countries, the only two to fair worst were Greece and Latvia, this really shows how bad as a country we are when caring for our cars. This survey was done in 2008, but in my opinion and due to the recession things have not improved, this is because of the number of completely “bald”, tyres that we are removing from our customers cars.

Although tyres are a very important part of Car Safety Servicing, many other mechanical parts are also very important the obvious ones are your brakes and the steering. It is all these things that will be picked up by your garage when having your car serviced and on your cars MOT test, (in the UK).

More Reading…http://www.crashforensics.com/mechanicalfailure.cfm .

This article is to try to instill the importance of Car Safety Servicing your car at the garage of your choice, if you have recently moved into a new area or have not used a garage, perhaps it may be your first car ? Then you can find a good garage near you by logging onto the Unipart Car Care Web-site and finding the nearest centre to where you live.

Members of …Tyresafe.orgCar Safety Servicing

Article 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. We also sell Pirelli Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.

               

Yorkshire Tyre Dealers-Give us a Great Day Out at York Races

 

Not many trips from Yorkshire Tyre Dealers these days (times are hard)

Here we go again ?, back in the 70’s and 80’s, organised trips were all part of the norm for us tyre retailers. Part of the deal when dealing with a tyre manufacturer would be to have some

Yorkshire Tyre Dealers

Goodyear tyres early G800 Grand Prix radials

kind of an organised tour and your name or company name, would be put down for the following year and certain targets would be given to you, say for a certain amount of tyres and for a certain brand that the manufacturers wanted pushing.

For example Pirelli tyres owned another brand called Courier tyres. Pirelli wanted us to sell the Lee brand rather than Pirelli, probably because they owned a retail outlet just down the road that sold the Pirelli brand, (Central tyres are no longer in existence). We were invited to a corporate day out at York race coarse and wanted for nothing. We even had a TV racing pundit to advise us which horse to choose to bet on, (his tips were rubbish and we didn’t win a penny).

Goodyear Car Tyres were the best company when it came to offering it’s Yorkshire tyre dealers trips as a reward for selling performances. I can remember going on a trip to Florida and embarking on a Caribbean cruise. This was practically unknown to a “kid from Dewsbury”, who didn’t have a clue where the Caribbean was never mind go there. Goodyear  sold us the Kelly brand a lesser known tyre company that they had acquired in America and a little later we sold Lee tyres.

Many more trips would come my way over the following years. The tyre companies started to incorporate their complimentary trips with factory visits or tyre testing trips. Vredestein tyres were in my opinion one of the best at this. On one occasion we visited the Vredestein factory in Holland and were treated to a tourists treat of Amsterdam, and on another trip we went to Austria to help test a new tyre that was to be used for SUV type vehicles. This tyre was to be known as the “Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme” and was designed by “Giugiaro Design”, a well known tyre and car designer, who have worked for Vredestein on many occasions.

Different tyre companies offered us many incentives over the years, including yet another cruise in the Caribbean with a subsidiary of Continental , known as Semperit . This was a great trip ,probably one of my best because some of the other participants became life long friends. Over the years these trips have declined for the Yorkshire tyre dealers somewhat. This, in my opinion is due to the increased power of the tyre wholesalers and the decline of the tyre manufacturers supplying the tyre retailers direct.

However things always go round in circles and we are been offered more and more chances, especially with the arrival of independent tyre networks, such as POINT-S that are now offering the Yorkshire tyre dealers to once again buy off the tyre manufacturers, because or there combined buying strength. We are once again able to take advantage of tyre trips, indeed recently our Ryan Linton went on a “race day” trip with Yokohama tyres, and a great day he had too.

More recently a day out at York races with Bond International tyre dealers.

Great day at York races

More recently we experienced a fabulous day out at York Races in Yorkshire UK, by Mr Reg Bond and his Family, Charlie Bond and Lindsey Bond. We were treated like Lords and had a wonderful day, just about breaking even with the betting ?. Reg Bond sure knows how to look after his Yorkshire tyre dealers, and if your are ever invited I would recommend that you should not turn it down, it truly is a great day out.

Post written by Eric Robertshttp://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/

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 Vredestein Car 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.