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Lockdown-Caring for Your Car During Lockdown

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How to Care for Your Car During Lockdown

Between heading out and staying at home, the latter is the favourable choice these days, which means that you’re probably not doing a whole lot of driving. But just like your body needs exercise to stay healthy, your car isn’t designed for prolonged periods without movement. 

The more time it spends in one place, the higher your risk of facing an unwelcome repair bill come the next time you turn the key. The good news is that you don’t have to do much to keep your hatchback, van or people carrier in shape. Below are some tips to care for your car during lockdown. 

Keep it Charged

Without a regular boost from the engine, batteries are prone to running flat. The easiest way to prevent this is to go for a drive, but idling will also help. Batteries in older cars and those parked outside in cold or hot weather will drain the power faster. Hooking up your car to a trickle charger can keep it juiced up over longer periods. 

Check the Tyre Pressure

Staying in one place can cause your car’s tyres to develop flat spots, so it’s a good idea to go for a short drive every now and then – which is also important for maintaining the circulation of fluids among mechanical parts. Be sure to check your tyre pressure (including the spare) and make the necessary adjustments. 

Add a Personal Touch

You probably have some extra time on your hands as of late. And with less money going to fuel, perhaps a little more cash, too. Think about whether there are any personal touches that you’ve been wanting to add to your car. It can be something as simple as slipping on some new seat covers or a complete colour change with a wrap. 

Another great option is to get your own custom number plate. A local company like Number 1 Plates makes it easy to create your own legal pressed number plates through their online builder. They sell high-quality metal registration plates with a range of customisation options. Plus, your new pressed plates will be delivered right to your door. 

Avoid Using the Parking Brake

Cars parked in humid and coastal areas are particularly susceptible to corrosion, as are older models. One way to reduce your risk of rust is to avoid engaging the parking brake, since this can cause damage to the system over time. Of course, this only applies if your garage is on flat land.

Choose Your Parking

Another potential source of rust comes from parking on soft surfaces such as fields, as this can cause moisture to travel up the undercarriage of your car. If you can’t get on a pavement, then gravel is your next best option. Consider the safety of your parking area. It’s always wise to remove any valuable items from your car when you’re not in it. 

Taking the above steps will go a long way in keeping your car in tip-top shape during lockdown. Don’t forget to give it a good wash when things go back to normal.

Bald Tyres

Bald Car Tyres- Bald tyres are lethal and also dangerous to ALL road users.

Bald Car Tyres

Dangerous Part-Worn Tyres

Bald Car Tyres can be killers

So, Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. Incredibly, so have never seen so many bad tyres. Removed from customers wheels. Hence, in 40 years of trading as a tyre business. These bald tyres are a danger. Hence, to all other road users.Of course, and the people who drive about with them on. Car tyre prices have escalated threefold. In the past two years. Consequently, due to the cost increase in the raw materials. Hence, that go on to making tyres. Also, cheap tyres are flooding the European tyre dealers. So, causing a battle for cheap car tyres. Therefore, between all the tyre manufacturers, This is helping to stabilise the price increases. But only very slowly.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times, but to cut back on buying car tyres will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger. Everybody should change their tyres before they become bald tyres. There is nothing worse.Then coming across a heavy shower, after a beautiful sunny day. Hence, a car with bald tyres. Will start to skid on the wet surface.Thus, and could cause an accident through aquaplaning. For this reason, this is when the tyre is separated. Thus, From the road surface on a wet road, sometimes due to a bald tyre on a wet road, this causes the tyre to lose grip and then the loss of the cars steering causing an accident tom happen.

Bald Car Tyres

When your bald tyres are separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. So, your tyre does not grip because of the absence of tread on the tyre and the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied, according to R.O.S.P.A this is the cause of many motorway crashes.

Also, you may have seen F1 cars during a race, in dry weather the racing cars are fitted with bald tyres (called slicks), but when the weather turns wet, the cars are changed to tyres that have a tread pattern. This is the same for an average car; it is highly dangerous to drive on “bald” tyres and also illegal.

 Use your sense and buy new tyres, even cheap tyres are better than having “bald tyres.”

 

A large section of the public car drivers do obey the law when it comes to replacing their tyres, we have been very busy since last November, and it is not all the people that run about on bald tyres, far from it. Many of our customers are looking for, car tyre prices, only to find that we can compete with our top internet competitors.   

Insurance !

Importantly, it is wise to know that bald tyres invalidate insurance. Also if you are stopped by police for bald tyres you will eventually be fined and be penalised with three point s per bald tyre. Incredibly, this could mean 12 points for all 4 bald tyres (should you have any).

 Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

 

Caravan Tyre Problems-Christmas holiday season time again to check your tyres?

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan Tyre Problems; Information about your Caravan Tyres

Caravan Tyre Problems start with your tyres that must be inflated, checked and adjusted and only when the tyres are cold before your road trip heats them up.

In fact. We recommend that the owners of trailers and Touring Caravans. Should take off the complete wheels. Thus, and bring them to the garage or auto

Caravan Tyre Problems

This tyre had a blowout on a caravan.It was a car tyres with low load ratings; I do not have proof, but I believe that this is why the tyre had a blowout, it was probably under pressure and the wrong load rating, a double disaster. Luckily no one was injured.

Centre. Hence. that they use and have them checked by a qualified member of the staff.For this reason, this will ensure the complete unit will be  verified correctly.Hence, with the safest possible outcome for you and your caravan. Alleviating any Caravan Tyre Problems

The wheels will be checked for rust and alloy flaking off. The tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for any internal cuts or other damage.This is very important.Naturally, as hidden damage can turn a simple journey into a nightmare scenario.Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty miles per hour. Thus, and losing complete control of the caravan due to a tyre failure.

Caravan Tyre Problems

The tyre fitter will check the outside of the tyres for damage.Hence, to the tread and the side walls. So, for cuts and cracks and look for signs of Caravan Tyre Problems. Also important is to check the age of the tyre. This can be easily done by an expert fitter. They do become out of date after six years. For this reason, and are affected by ageing in the rim areas.

Cracks start to appear round the rim area. Hence, due to them being stood in the Sun. For long hours during the Sunnier months and in time, the “carbon black”, that is used in the rubber mix of the tyre. Thus, starts to break down. For this reason, and deep cracks begin to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Indeed this is one of the most common causes for tyre failures on caravans and trailer tyres. Any with cracks and cuts should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is in good order, the air pressures and valves should be checked to the correct readings for your type of vehicle and trailer. One of the best brands of motor-home tyres are made by Michelin and are made especially for the job with all the correct weight markings.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan with new tyres

Another important point. Is to have the vehicle load index checked. Thus, for the weight that you will be carrying. To make sure that they conform. Hence, to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Many trailer owners make this mistake and fit the wrong type. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty ones to give the additional loading; your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by recommending you fit re-enforced or larger ply rated tyres, six or even 8ply tyres are available.

 Caravan Tyre Problems;Finally, to sum up, you should have your tyres checked by a tyre expert

Try to stick to new tyres if you can afford. Always load your vehicle and trailing vehicle evenly. Thus, to give a more even weight distribution across the axle. Make sure that your tyres have the correct load rating. Hence, for the full weight index of your caravan or motor home, and also necessary fix yourself up with a spare wheel that has a tyre to match the ones you have on the vehicle. Most Caravan Tyre Problems are common sense, but we still see piles of wood on the side of our roads in the summertime due to blow outs.

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 Michelin Caravan Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre

Caravan Tyre Problems

Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

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.

General Van Tyres- Well known German tyre company Bring Out New “VAN TYRE”

General Van Tyres

Euro Van 2 new tyre from General Van Tyres

General tyres (part of the Continental tyre group) are keeping up in the lucrative van tyre market with a splendid new tyre, the Euro Van 2 tyre. The market for this product is huge, with the massive increase in the modern van market surging ahead.

Tyre manufacturers. Have now to make heavy duty versions of new car tyres. Because of the speed and comfort, that the new vans are capable of doing. Therefore, gone are the days of the smoky old diesel vans. Chugging along, holding the rest of the traffic up. For this, reason, these days vans can out perform, many cars and the tyres need to be of higher speed.Thus and load ratings. To cope with the extra performance that these modern vans can supply. General Van Tyres have taken all this into consideration.

The new General tyres Euro van is no exception. The newly developed tread pattern helps give the tyre higher mileage and better traction giving the tyre excellent handling on dry roads and a more improved braking performance.

General Van Tyres

For better comfort. General Van Tyres have developed the tyre with staggered tread grooves. Thus, on the shoulder reducing the noise. Giving a better comfort level to the driver. Noise reduction is also important for the green credibility of the tyre. In particular. With the new tyre labels coming out soon. Hence, that gives all tyres noise pollution levels. naturally, to help verify how green the tyre is.

As far as van tyres go this General Van Tyres product is one of the best van tyres that I have come across. People think that there is not much difference performance wise in van tyres, but they would be wrong in thinking that. The most important thing is to look at whatever make of tyres that you have on your van. The van tyre market is one of the most neglected of all the tyre markets. Van drivers usually work for other people, and they do not look after their tyres. So having a good brand of General Van Tyres in the first place is critical, because they are going to get abused, running at low and high pressures at high speeds are usually the norm for the van, only coming to garages when the need replacing due to lack of care.

The new General tyres van tyre will cover almost 90% of van tyre sizes

General Van Tyres

 

 

Eric Roberts

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems- TPMS systems will be fitted to most makes of cars in the future.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tyre pressure monitoring systems will be the “Norm” for all cars

Electric Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are fitted to many car models now. They warn the car driver when a tyre is deflating or flat.Thus, through a warning light on the cars dashboard. Check this link for further informationhttp://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Tires/Tires+Rating/TPMS

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems; typical TPMS display

 

These devices are excellent and  save you money in the long run. The system ensures the driver that the tyres are correctly inflated . Thus, then you will find that they will wear much better.Therefore, many cars on our roads are driving about with ones that are very much under pressure, this causes them to wear badly and the car not to handle correctly in cornering and braking.

Also, a partly pressurised tyre is more subset able to picking up a nail or other object and causing a puncture or even a blow-out. On the other hand, yours may be over inflated causing the vehicle to roll about when travelling and also creating premature tyre wear due to the over inflation. Picked up with a Wireless Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted to your car.

Correctly inflated tyres.Hence, will also save you costs on your fuel bill. Thus, called “rolling resistance”. Because when your wheels are correct. Then you can save as much as 25% on your fuel bills. So any gadget such as a Tyre Pressure Monitors a tyre monitoring device is well worth it.

Tyre pressure monitoring systems can save your life

To sum this up. The system also ensures that you get better mileage out of your tyres and the vehicle uses less fuel and is, therefore, more economical to run.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Tyresure-Tyre-Pressure-Monitoring-Systems-For-Cars,-Trucks-and-Buses&id=2498053

 

About Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.Hence, we are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee. For all our work and parts.Also, We also sell Michelin Car Tyres online. From our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Customers can use our courtesy cars. Especially, to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Naturally, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Who carry out, equipment and workmanship quality checks.

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES- fitted to this great “vintage LANCHESTER”

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES, Michelin and Avon tyres were all used on the Lanchester

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Dunlop Tyres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This car was originally owned by a family of mill owners.Hence, from the Halifax area of West Yorkshire. The car was bought for the Lady of the house.For this reason, was restored by a West Yorkshire restoration company.Run by the owner and his son John Horsfield http://www.horsfieldsofhalifax.co.uk/projects.htm. The company carry out fantastic restoration jobs. Hence, as well as running a wedding car business.

This short article. Shows the diversity of cars that are booked in for servicing and MOT testing. Accordingly, at  Pellon Autocentre. We would like to thank the owners of these cars.Of course, for trusting them with such valuable cars into their care.

The “LANCHESTER” was designed by Mr George Lanchester. Who created an upmarket version of the” BSA ten” from around 1933. They also developed a model of car known as theRoadrider”. Before the beginning of the second World War. Lanchester was later bought out by “BSA”. Hence, the owners of Daimler and the Lanchesters were made to take second place to the new Daimler models. Sadly in 1956. Because the last model of the Lanchester known as the sprite was phased out.

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

The original holding company were facing financial difficulties.The bank called in the companies overdraft.Thus, calling for an immediate seizure of the companies assets. Lanchester cars were then produced at the BSA factory in Sparkbrook a (suburb of Birmingham), and because of this deal was struck to sell the Lanchester business to “BSA”. A deal was made in 1931 and Lanchester cars were bought out by BSA for £26,000 a significant amount of money in those days.

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Avon Tyres Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lanchester was now the same company as Daimler and production were transferred to their factory at Radford.

 

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Lanchester parked ready for a MOT test DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

The DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES were also followed by Avon tyres the “Avon Turbospeed tyres” and also Michelin tyres appeared on the market. 

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre, and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. Thus we are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

4×4 SUV Tyres-Which Ones to Choose depending on where you drive?

4×4 drivers are getting far better at choosing the correct 4×4 SUV Tyres for their vehicles.

With the addition of SUV drivers, the market has become much more challenging on deciding which 4×4 SUV Tyres to buy and which time of year to change. This time of year we are approaching Winter time, and it would be advisable to buy 4×4 SUV Tyres with a stronger tread pattern to help cope with the weather ahead. Choosing the correct 4×4 SUV Tyres can be difficult. Different makers

4x4 SUV Tyres

Modern SUV vehicles like this one now fit 4×4 type winter tyres

make their tyre compounds using their technologies and materials and so each brand of tyres may differ.

 When choosing the correct 4×4 SUV Tyres for the proper season, it would help if you consult a local tyre dealer.

Such a trader is Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. If you have enough tyre knowledge, you may be confident in choosing your tyres. To help customers select the correct 4×4 SUV Tyres. Therefore, a “one to ten” graph has been designed to help sort out the type of tyre you are looking for, i.e., the difference between “off road tyres “ with a “rough, tough tread” and “On Road Tyres” with a more typical “road type” tyre. The standard selection for the best of both Worlds is a tyre with a four rating these tires are more suitable for road use, but will help tyre traction in “Winter situations”, or parking in a field. I hope this guide helps 4×4 tyres are available online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

4×4 SUV Tyres; General Grabber AT

  1. We find that because we are operating in a hilly environment. Then the most modern 4×4 SUV Tyres fitment is the 50% on road tyre and the 50% off road tyre. The most popular one is the General Grabber AT tyres.
  2. Our customers come from a mixed background.Thus, and vary from farmers and builders to the average Joe public. Who just want to be able to get around the hilly terrain that the Pennines throws at us. Consequently, the General AT provides all types of users. Hence, with a solid grip and offers the users excellent handling when on and off the road situations.
  3. The AT tyres are built to highly durable standards. Thus protecting them from rock and stone damage. Consequently, both on the tread area and the sidewalls. Hence, in fact, I cannot remember seeing an AT with any of this type of damage. They usually wear out first. After a high mileage is recorded because of the compound used in this tyre to also give extra safety when driving on asphalt and off-road.
  4. The latest tyre to the grabber range is the AT2, which has been developed to provide a quieter ride and better wet road braking to cope with the popularity of the SUV vehicles, using this type of tyre in the winter time.

 

4x4 SUV Tyres

4×4 tyre grading chart

 

 

BMW Runflat tyres-“How they Work” they really are a great safety feature.

BMW Runflat tyres  are now a common feature on today’s modern cars. This advice is given by Pellon tyres of Halifax West Yorkshire.

Higher safety levels with BMW Runflat tyres

Here at Pellon tyres we sell all types of car tyres. Of course, including the BMW Runflat tyres. Thus, found on many of today’s BMW and Mini cars. The usual thing that happens when confronted with having to buy

BMW Runflat tyres

The difference between a runflat tyre and a normal tyre

replacement runflat tyres. of course,is the moaning customer complaining about the cost. This is from people who have bought second or third hand cars.Accordingly, such as BMW minis or older BMW’s and Mercedes saloons.

I suppose you can’t really blame them in these days of recession. Of course, the idea of BMW Runflat tyres was to give the car added safety features.Because, that’s what these tyres do. So it’s understandable that the price of the tyre is more expensive. Because the tyre has more materials in during their manufacture.As a result, with research and development costs to recover.

The runflat tyres have special side walls that are made to take the weight or your can when driven on in a deflated state. (IN OTHER WORDS IF YOU HAVE A PUNCTURE, THE TYRE WILL NOT TEAR UP AND ALLOWS YOU TO GET HOME AT A LOWER SPEED).

If you have a puncture this will sometimes be detected by a tyre deflation warning light.(TPMS) Some drivers are not even aware that they have a puncture, only noticing later that the tyre “looks flat”.

BMW Runflat tyres

If you have a flat tyre do not travel long distances or at high speeds. You can check the correct speed from your local tyre dealer or tyre manufacturers, the usual limit is 50mph but check this out for yourself, check for the speed and distance, then you can travel home safely with the flat tyre. Check your runflat tyres regularly

It is important to check all tyres on a regular basis.Thus, preferably at least every week. This is especially important with runflat tyres. If you don’t have a TPMS system you will not notice that the tyre may be flat or at best have low pressure. When run on, “under inflated” tyres may cause the “inner tyre” to be damaged without detection. But this will be detected with regular pressure checks.

To sum up the BMW Runflat tyres are a great invention.But, I can foresee that all cars will have this safety feature in the future. You must expect to pay more for your runflat tyres because you are getting much more for your money and check your pressures at a regular interval at all times, remember you don’t have a spare wheel.

Kumho tyres offer an excellent runflat tyre.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre 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 for BMW Runflat tyres Prices. 

BMW Runflat tyres

Kumho runflat tyres

General 4×4 tyres- a “Great tyre” at a “Great price” from Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK

General 4×4 tyres (Grabber HP 4×4 tyres)

General Tyres have always been a favourite of Pellon tyres, one of Yorkshire”s leading 4×4 tyre centres. The feedback from their trade and retail customers have helped General 4×4 tyres in producing a class-leading 4×4 tyre such as the legendary XP2000.

General 4x4 tyres

1940 (Photo credit: aldenjewell)

The end result of harnessing all the attributes from their past products. Thus using the latest technology brings you these new high performance road tyres. These products are perfect for the SUV ,owner.  Who wishes to have the best performance for their vehicle also gaining themselves exceptional value for money.

Both the HP (High Performance) and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyres offer fantastic levels of grip. Also road holding and steering response. They are also exceptionally quiet on the highway. Once again these General 4×4 tyres are a very good mid-range tyre. They are highly recommended by Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire.

General tyres(Grabber UHP 4×4 tyres)

  1. General  tyres have used the XP2000 to help develop the Grabber UHP. Therefore General tyre has always been very well respected by the trade and retail consumers alike.
  2. General 4×4 tyres are well known for producing top class, pure-road 4×4 tyres such as the legendary XP2000. The end result of putting all the attributes of past products and using the latest technology bringing you these new high performance road tyres.
  3. Specially suited and perfect for the SUV, owner who wishes to enhance the performance of their vehicle and gain exceptional value for money. Both the HP (High Performance) and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyres offer fantastic levels of grip, road holding and steering response. They are also very quiet on the highways and motorways. These tyres are not off-road 4×4 tyres, but road tyres with off road advantages. This tyre is not in the economy tyre range but comes highly recommended by Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire.

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

General 4x4 tyres

The fantastic  UHP General 4×4 tyres

– 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.