Nokian Winter Tyres Winners-Winter Not yet Over? A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Nokian Winter Tyres Winners)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters. Over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area. Of course this is where where my tyre-centre is situated.Polish people are familiar with the need for winter tyres. In fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march. Hence, the same as some other European countries.

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways. Either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations. Of course, as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Scenes like this will be common in the UK the first week of March 2018

The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations. Because they have received good advice and service in the past. Subsequently, we know this because we do not advertise as such. Perhaps, only through social media sites and internet directories.

In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

We were very happy to open an account with Nokian Winter Tyres . Because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Nokian Winter Tyres Winners and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads. Especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Nokian Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H  Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

Car fitted with winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts

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

Apollo Winter Tyres to the Rescue in Yorkshire Crematorium for Halifax Funeral Company

Apollo Winter Tyres

Apollo Winter Tyres to the RescueApollo Winter Tyres


In early November we received a phone call from a local undertaker. Melia Funeral Services,here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in England UK.

winter tyres

Hearses with their new winter tyres  fitted

No problem there. Because throughout the year the company normally just have a puncture fixed now and then. This is due to the fact. Hence, that their hearses do not do much mileage. Usually drive at a snail’s pace, when driving to the cemetery or crematorium.

However this call was different. Melias wanted to buy two sets of Apollo Winter Tyres for their hearses. The reason for this was that the hearses were getting stuck on the incline to the chapel in Elland crematorium, and were getting a little embarrassed when getting stuck.

We thought it was a bit funny at first but they had obviously given the problem some thought and were not prepared to get stuck this coming winter. I actually visited this crematorium  to take a look for myself, but the incline is not that steep. I think it is because the hearse drives really slowly. In a normal car you could probably take a run at this and clear it easily, even without special Apollo Winter Tyres fitted.

Apollo Winter tyres fitted

The strange thing is that last winter was the mildest for twenty years and the snowfall was minimalistic. The funeral company have kept the tyres on all year round and now that we are approaching the new cold spell, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

Here in Halifax we are in a very hilly area and sell many sets of these wheels but this is the most unusual reason that I have heard of, the hearses came in and we fitted 2 sets of 22560R16 Apollo Winter Tyres and the hearses won’t get stuck again.(we hope?) .

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Having worked in the Garage and Winter Tyres Business and Battery business now for 40 years. So, I worked for a couple of national tyre companies. Hence, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business.


Apollo Winter Tyres

Park Wood crematorium in Elland

SUV Winter tyres-even more important for SUV drivers – UK Net Guide-Pellon tyres

SUV Winter tyres
SUV Winter tyres,winter tyres

SUV Winter tyres even more important for SUV drivers UK Net Guide Indeed, speaking to the Telegraph, Guy Frobisher, marketing director at Continental, notes that a significant proportion of accidents could be avoided if only drivers invested in some…


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SUV Winter tyres for extra safety

It always amazes me the amount of SUV drivers that visit my garage here in Halifax UK, are not aware of the dangers that they face when driving in any kind of winter weather .SUV Winter tyres

Even if it does not snow.So, the cold and wet weather will affect the way that their SUV vehicle. Hence, will perform on the roads, and they will be much safer. Thus on SUV Winter tyres.

I can now say without doubt, that this is a true fact. The article says that the SUVs on summer tyres. Are involved in more accidents relating to the weather conditions. Than on normal type saloon cars. The tyre sizes and overall diameters. Making the SUV vehicles more vulnerable in winter weather. Therefore, there is no doubt that SUV Winter tyres. So, will enhance the safety of the vehicle in winter weather.

SUV Winter tyres

Also many SUV drivers are not aware that their vehicles are only fitted with summer tyres. Of course, when they are first purchased. SUV Winter tyres have to be bought separately. They seem to be lulled into a false sense of security.Especially, when they see that their cars are fitted with big fat wheels and tyres. So, the truth is that this type of tyre will act in the opposite direction. Of course, when they are faced with cold temperatures and rain and snow. Indeed this type of tyre with its wide tread area acts exactly in the wrong direction, and makes the vehicles unstable on the icy and wet winter roads.

As the article states last year the AA alone had to rescue 8000 motorists who were stuck in ice snow and mud, and all this could have been prevented if the vehicle owners had fitted winter tyres. So if you take my advice it is not too late to fit a set of SUV Winter tyres on your SUV particularly, but on any vehicle, foe a safer winters driving.


About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Having worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery  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.
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Winter tyres rush-Massive Push for Winter Tyres

Winter tyres rush

Massive Winter tyres rush

This past few weeks has been hectic to say the least. I think that one of the contributors to this.Was the front page warning of a cold and  snowy weather here in Britain. To arrive over the next six weeks.Consequently, as my readers well know. I am always advocating the need for drivers to fit winter tyres. Of course, onto their cars in November,

Winter tyres rush

Nissan Terrano having 4 Yokohama winter tyres


Winter tyres rush

Honda CV having 4 Dunlop Grandtrek tyres fitted

 A popular request was for Nokian Winter Tyres but my customers in Halifax thought they were a bit on the expensive side and so went for our favourite winter tyres, the General Winters.

Winter tyres rush

Of course, we have been selling and stocking Yokohama tyres now for three years. Therefore, we are very pleased at the quality of the products and the competitiveness of the prices.

I have decided to do a sort of collage of some of the cars that have had winter tyres fitted in the past Winter tyres rush weeks, just out of interest really.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Consequently,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Thus, before starting my first business. Naturally, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Now blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.naturally, are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter tyres rush

Citroen Xsara Picasso having a Winter tyres rush buying 4 Yokohama winter tyres fitted

MICHELIN WINTER TYRES – BMW M5 Calls in at Pellon Tyres for a new set


As the owner of a Tyre centre here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, I am always pleased to see what I would call a special car call in for some servicing or repairs and also for some new tyres. This particular car was a BMW M5 in silver, the guy had heard about how good Michelin winter tyres were,especially Michelin Alpin Winter tyres were and so called into the depot and spoke to my son Aaron.


BMW M5 with its new MICHELIN WINTER TYRES fitted

Apparently these tyres were like gold to get hold of so the guy thought that he would give us a try after he was let down by one of the larger tyre companies, who said that they could get the tyres but after a few weeks. Eventually they admitted that the tyres were unavailable and so he came to us to give us a chance to find the tyres for his M5.

The tyres he wanted were 295/30R20 and 265/35R20 Michelin Alpin winter tyres. One of the problems was the fact that this M5 was fitted with 20inch wheels and not 18 or 19 inch wheels. However we knew that the Michelin winter tyres were available in Germany and because we are a member of a tyre dealer group known as Point-S tyres, we were able to contact a German tyre company who were able to supply us with the Michelin Tyres.

The guy was very pleased with our detective work and Aaron promptly ordered the tyres. They arrived in four days and the guy brought his car in to us for the Michelin winter tyres fitting. The guy is a business man who often travels to Europe and was recommended to buy the Michelin winter tyres for his BMW, as Michelin had put many hours of research and development into the building of these tyres to compliment the BMW M5.

If you own such a car as an M5 only use the recommended winter tyres for that car

In my opinion tyres play a great importance to the car, especially when it comes to high performance cars like this BMW M5. Companies like Michelin Tyres put many hours into developing the right tyres for the right car. Michelin use their great expertise into their racing tyre division and into supplying tyres in massive racing events such as Le -Mans 24 hour’s race in France. All the expertise and development that Michelin gain in these events will be used in developing tyre products for companies like BMW and Mercedes, to be used on their premium cars.

To finalise I would totally recommend that if you are the owner of such a car, then you should stick to the tyres that are on the car from new and when buying winter tyres only use tyres that have been proven for your model, as our customer did on his BMW M5.Michelin winter tyres

Article by Eric Roberts..member of

Tyre Safety-Your Tyres are a critical element in your car’s safety – Hamilton Spectator

Tyre Safety – a critical element in your car’s safety
Hamilton Spectator
They can also help you maintain your tyres in peak condition with precision wheel balancing and alignment services.

Be responsible when it comes to your tyres

The word responsible is a good word to use because your tyres are the only thing to come between your car and the road, and along with braking is the most important part

of driving and looking after your car. One of the best web sites for checking about your One of the best web sites for checking about your tyres is  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety is  they look at all the recent trends to do with Tyre Safety.

You should always check the condition of your tyres by just having a look for cuts or bumps “eggs” as some people call them, I have put a good

Tyre Safety.

This tyre was sold as a part worn and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

example in the picture, but they are usually smaller than this. The next thing is to check the tread depth, the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm across ¾ of the tread from the centre outwards, but to be truthful the safest tread depth to use will be 3mm, this is because some companies allow the grooves and sipes, (which are the tiny slits in a tyre, that help it to dissipate the water) to run out at 3mm, making the tyre virtually bald but still legal in the eyes of the law.

The next thing is to make sure that your tyres have the correct pressure in them. Tyres with the wrong pressure will de-stabilise the handling of your car, I am sure that we have all experienced this sometimes in our driving life, a car with a tyre say half flat will give the car a drifting feeling especially say on a motorway at speed. Also the correct  pressures will give your car the best fuel efficiency if they are inflated correctly.

Finally if you cannot check the tyres by yourself or do not know of  good Local Tyre Centres to do the job for you, then look online for www. tyres and you will be able to check their nearest tyre centre in your area.

Thanks Eric Roberts…

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Snow Tyres- Are they More Important than AWD in the Snow? – Carscoops (blog)

Snow Tyres

Are Snow Tyres More Important than AWD in the Snow?

Carscoops (blog)

There’s a common misconception that an all-wheel drive car is all one needs to be safe when driving in winter.

Eric Roberts says

SUV owners should be looking for winter tyres

It is a huge misconception that the owners of SUV vehicles are safe when driving in the winter time. These large vehicles are normally fitted with some kind of sport

snow tyres

Nissan terrano for 4 Yokohama snow tyres fitting

summer tyres and because they have big wheels and wide tyres, the owners think that they can go any ware in different driving conditions.

I remember a few years ago when we had our worse snow for a few years. The phone was red hot with SUV drivers trying to get some winter tyres. As luck would have it we deal with a German tyre company and were able to pick up some stock, but there was certain sizes that were completely unavailable.

What the public don’t realise is that the tyre manufacturers make winter tyres in summer and most of them are sent to the countries that have to have snow tyres fitted by law. These include Germany, Switzerland, Austria and a few more that slip my mind. We and the rest of Europe have to take

Things are now getting better with the importing of many snow tyres coming from the Far East. Yokohama from Japan are also an excellent winter tyre and are available in many sizes including tyres for the SUV vehicles. We also recommend General winter tyres but they only make the tyres for the average saloon car.

So the moral of this article is to get yourself some snow tyres for your SUV before they start to run after the first snow.

Eric Roberts

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Winter tyres grip-can help you get a grip in the cold and the Snow- Evening Telegraph

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip can help you in the cold
Evening Telegraph On damp or wet roads, tyres grip differently — and the braking distance is substantially longer.

Winter tyres

It pleases me very much to see how the British public have responded to the efforts of the owners of tyre outlets and the many motoring publications, that have been

Winter tyres grip

Citroen fitted with 4 Yokohama winter tyres

advising the public about the advantages and safety features of fitting winter tyres to your car.

What started me off committing myself to this subject was the massive increase of traffic on our roads, combined with the worsening winters that we were getting. This in my eyes makes road safety, especially where brakes and other road safety factors are concerned. Cars are travelling and accelerating at much faster speeds and therefore requires better braking systems and tyre technology. The latter is probably my specialist subject and a subject that I am passionate about, therefor the advice that I give to drivers and my customers is in their best interest.

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip (Photo credit: Travelling Steve)

The subject of whether or not to fit winters in November time or not, to me is a “no brainer”. Here in West Yorkshire winter will shortly arriving , in fact this morning the local council gritting trucks are out gritting the icy roads. Winter tyres have a special compound that has silicone added to the rubber compound.

Winter tyres grip

Of course,this ensures that the winters remain flexible in freezing weather conditions, and are still able to maintain there grip on icy or snowy roads. On the other hand a summer ones that do not have additives will begin to harden when the temperature drops below 7 degrees centigrade, when Winter tyres grip . The effect is similar to your wiper blades, we all know that in cold weather that your wiper blades become very hard and will not clean the windscreen, all other rubber items have the same affect, and do not work correctly in cold weather.

If the tyre does not flex because of the cold, then the tread will not be able to do the job of gripping, especially in cold weather or on a very dirty rainy day when you may be traveling at 70 mph on a motorway. Winters will flex and give you the full tread onto the road, together with a much better designed tread pattern made especially for wet and snowy winter conditions, there is no doubt that Winter tyres grip . You owe it to yourself and your family to be as safe as possible on our very busy roads in winter time, none of us know what the weather will throw at us on any given day,(not even the weather man)

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

Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show – Tyre Business

Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show Tire Business The tire maker said its exhibit will introduce the company’s concept of “The Science of Tire Grip Performance,” and highlight its “advanced technological capabilities and its corporate…


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Yokohama car Tyres

Yokohama car Tyres are probably one of the most forward thinking tyre companies in the World. One of the ways that the company will show of its prowess will be to exhibit through a stand at the Tokyo Motor Show.

yokohama tyres

Yokohama Advan F4 racing tyres


The company will demonstrate to car drivers. On how it strives to create a better tyre grip. So, on all its tyre products and all its tyre categories. Yokohama Japan have also been striving and succeeding in the development of lighter fuel efficient tyres. Subsequently, by the use of new compounds combined with new materials. Such as the addition of “orange oil”. Yes Yokohama car Tyresorange oil! Yokohama car Tyres has been using this as an alternative to petroleum based oils for over 20 years. The first Yokohama UK tyres to use this were in a compound used for racing car tyre slicks (these are tyres that have no tread, for use on dry race circuits to give more grip and for a softer compound), the orange oil helps the tyre to become sticky when they get heated up to give more traction.

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Yokohama car Tyres is also developing a new tyre that will grip on ice, without the help of studs, very useful in the very cold countries that normally have to rely on studded tyres. The booth will be well worth visiting and will include a concept car that is an electric car, to show off some of the new technologies, including its own super light tyres known as “fin tyres” that reduce air drag and help control the cars air drag by reducing it.


Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

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