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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

Quality Car batteries- And other top tips for driving your CAR in the wet winter conditions

Quality Car batteries; driving the car in winter conditions

One of the most obvious but important parts of winter driving is to prepare  for the bad weather that will be certain to affect us.

Every winter we are bombarded by bad weather, and most of us will get caught out and unprepared for the journey back home from shopping or from work. This happens time and time again to many motorists who get caught out in heavy rain and flooding similar to the weather this week, or a really fast and heavy snow storm. I f you check your car out you will eliminate most of the worry of bad road conditions, and feel safer and glad that you were prepared.Qaulity Car batteries

  • It always pays to have your car checked at a Unipart Car Care Centre for a pre winter check. This takes the form of checking your levels for antifreeze to make sure that it is the correct strength to withstand freezing temperatures, also your screen wash and oil levels must be checked. The early dark nights also call for your lights checking, how many times do you see a car with only one head on, that looks like a motorbike from a distance ?.
  • The most important things to check are your tyres. I know that I harp on about it, but please buy a set of winter tyres, this alone will help you on wet and snow covered winter roads and give you much more confidence when traveling out to work or to the shops. Many more drivers are now switching to winter tyres and are spreading the news to their relations and friends, they really do make a massive difference when driving on roads in winter time.

Check the depth of the water before going through in your car

Other advice now relates to flooding. Flooding has now become a common scene here in the UK. When you approach a flood please take care not take your vehicle  in too deep. Try to avoid the flooded road if possible and if you must go across the water make sure you stop and check your brakes on the other side, a minor point is that water could damage your exhaust pipes and catalytic converter a few weeks later. Another part of the car that is neglected in winter is your car battery. You can easily be caught stranded away from home if your battery lets you down. If your vehicle is over 5 years old it may be better for you to change the battery for a new one before your old battery lets you down. Remember it always happens when you are away from home and will cost you less to replace it , than expensive breakdown charges. if you do have to buy a new battery do make sure that you chose Quality Car batteries. They often come with a better warranty and will last longer

For more reading…

“ Quality Car batteries rarely last longer than five years so you may want to consider replacing your battery for the winter season. If you see any corrosion around the battery’s Qaulity Car batteriescontact points, clean off with a wire brush to ensure a strong connection”… http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/driving-in-snow/prepare-your-car-for-driving-in-snow/

And also…

“Winter has well and truly set in now, with flooding in some parts of the UK and snow and ice forecast. So what can you do to make sure getting from A to B is as safely as possible?”… http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/11/top-10-tips-for-driving-in-winter-conditions-303791/

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Fitting Winter Tyres-for your Families Safety and winter mobility

Fitting Winter Tyres 

There is no doubt about it almost all of Europe including us here in the UK are now prone to very sharp cold and snowy conditions during the winter months. The effects of Global warming are now starting to take there toll and climate change is starting to happen big style. We have all seen the effects of the heavy rains and flooding that have hit most countries of the World, with devastating and disastrous effects. In my opinion it will be only a matter of time, before we all get caught out in bad winter conditions, such as mega freezing conditions and blizzards.

Fitting Winter Tyres

Snowfall in the Pennines Fitting Winter Tyres is important for safety

North Americans are used to getting two foot of snow and in general prepare their cars for the winter to come, fitting winter tyres is one of the priorities that prepare them for the winter to come, we have all seen the recent snow fall that affected New York after the Hurricane struck the East coast. This could also be the norm for Northern Europe with colder winters and heavier snow falls, so we too should be well prepared, by fitting winter tyres, after all it makes good sense to be safer and able to get home or to work if snow is in the weather forecast.

Many countries in Europe have got be Fitting Winter Tyres by law and in my opinion this law should be rolled out across the rest of the EU countries.

A good a article to look at is by a Skiing enthusiast and motorist Otto Imken, who gives good advice about the best top 5 winter tyres…

 “The snow is starting to fall in parts of North America and full-on winter is right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about all things icy: Do I need a new jacket? Where did I stash those goggles? Is it gonna be Utah, Colorado, Montana or B.C. this February? And of course, what kind of snow tires should I get?”…http://www.liftopia.com/blog/top-5-snow-tires/

Also more reading about Fitting Winter Tyres

 “Thanks to my job, I have had plenty of experience on snow tires, and I can’t believe I ever lived without them. Snow tires make an enormous difference, and if I still lived in a place where it snowed, I wouldn’t even consider driving without them. Well, that’s not true… I would consider it, because I’m cheap. But I have no doubt that snow tires make you safer. If you’re on the fence about investing in snow tires”… http://cars.about.com/b/2012/11/14/should-you-buy-snow-tires.htm#comment-193772

  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 Winter 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.

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres- Which winter tyres would you choose?

Post Updated 10th Nov 2014

Any winter tyres its Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

This is a question that I am always asked. If I told the truth as a  retailers  I would switch you on to the winters because they are far safer in bad weather driving, their is nothing more to it.

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

Bridgestone Blizzak winters an excellent choice Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

It is worth Worth Fitting Winter Tyres in these days of heavy traffic on our roads. This is the answer I usually give. I tell them that the best winters  for them are the ones that they can afford and if they need any new ones  at the beginning of winter then they should buy winters  and then they can keep them on the rest of the time if say they can’t afford another set of summers, in my opinion it is Worth Fitting Winter Tyres they are much safer and would be more value for your money if you require new ones just before the bad weather comes along.

We try to have an open mind about what make of winters  to keep in stock, and I always go for a budget brand because this keeps the price lower for the customers, and makes them more affordable for our customers who are on a lower budget, but appreciate the safety aspects of this product. For this purpose I always keep in something like a Apollo, we also try to source other tyre makes such as Avon or this year we have had some good deals from Yokohama of Japan.

Worth Fitting Winter Tyres

hundred of winter tyres in stock

 

An interesting fact that persuaded me to go down this line is the fact that re-manufactured tyres are used on many of the large truck fleets in the world, and most of all major Airlines also use this type  on their planes, a great indictment for this product.

Some of our customers ask for recommendations as to what winter tyres are best for their specific cars, such as this letter to the “Honest John” web site. He recommends that they buy a spare set of wheels with winter’s fitted, to me this is the best option, than you can change your wheels to winter tyres from say November to March and drive with safety.

More reading…

My wife and I have just bought a 2010 Ford Focus 1.8 petrol. It will be used as our general workhorse during the summer, but will also be used to take us to our winter home in the French Alps. While there it will be kept in an underground car park, but used occasionally for shopping trips to the valley below. As we intend to keep the car for many years, we are thinking of buying a spare set of wheels and winter tyres and my query concerns sizes. At the moment the car has 205/50 R17 tyres and the alloy wheels are fastened with five studs. Would it be possible to buy 16-inch wheels for the winter tyres and, if so, which tyres should we buy?”… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/caradvice/honestjohn/9555525/Which-winter-tyres-for-Ford-Focus.html

Eric Roberts…http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/

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

Winter Tyres Europe-To Become “LAW” in Some European Countries

Winter Tyres Europe

Winter Tyres Europe; great news for the tyre makers

Great news for the tyre industry in Europe.Subsequently, when Luxembourg announced that it would become law to fit Winter Tyres.Therefore, during the winter season.As a result, this was great news for the tyre companies. This means also that anyone travelling through the country should also be fitted with winter tyres.Consequently, we have been hammering on for years .About the extra safety and benefits that winter tyres bring.Thus,to our roads.In my opinion, this is a great move forward for the EU country.Moreover, and may encourage other European countries to go down the same road.

Winter Tyres Europe

winter tyres may become law on all of Europe’s roads

Other countries.For instance, are thinking about going down the road.Also, of winter tyres.These are Belgium,Turkey and Poland. More good news for tyre companies.Of course, is that the European Union.Are also considering the use of winter tyres.Throughout all the member states.Indeed, this will be a great boost to all tyre companies.Especially, in these days of recession and falling tyre sales.

Without doubt, this news lifted the share price.Of course, of the major tyre companies.Such as Michelin tyres and Continental tyres.Rising share prices between 30% and 45%. Another tyre company to benefit were Nokian tyres.Hence, a leading player in the winter tyre market.As a result, their shares rising 4% on the news.

Winter tyres also boost revenue

In general Winter Tyres.Therefore cost about 25% more than normal summer tyres. So this will give a boost to the tyre companies revenue.Adding as much as 2 billion Euros to turnover…

More great reading…

“Luxembourg slapped a 74-euro penalty on drivers.Hence, not complying with its snow-tire rule. Polish lawmakers have proposed a 500-zloty ($158) fine for drivers.Not using winter tires from November through March. Turkey and Belgium are mulling similar laws. Germany mandated winter tires two years ago. Winter tires have deeper treads than regular tires.As a result, for better grip and softer rubber.That performs better in cold temperatures but wears more quickly in the summer months. In Sweden, which started requiring winter tires in 1999, the tread must be at least 3 millimeters deep” http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-04/european-tiremakers-get-boost-from-new-winter-tire-rules

Profitable Winter for tyre companies Winter Tyres Europe

“The European Commission.Is considering a standard definition for winter tires throughout the region. The rules could be finalized next year. According,to Fazilet Cinaralp.Secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association in Brussels. As soon as the definition has been clarified.Indeed,we’d like to see a broader mandate on winter tires fairly quickly,” Cinaralp said. “Countries such as Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Poland and the U.K. should have mandatory winter tires”http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-04/european-tiremakers-get-boost-from-new-winter-tire-rules

In my opinion. This will be great news for the whole tyre industry.Thus, creating an all year round industry.Accordingly, helping the smaller tyre companies to increase revenues…

Eric Roberts www.pellonautocentre.com

General Winter tyres- Part of the giant Continental tyre group

General Winter tyres

General Winter tyres;Winter tyres are a must have safety item

Almost all the vehicle owners. Hence, will have to consider about their tyres and wheels during the winter season. For this reason, traditional summer tyres will not be able to perform well during the winter. So winter tyres become a popular topic and choice among the vehicle owners. Therefore they tend to buy a new set of steel wheels. Together, with winter tyres for the car during winter. Thus, it will help to assure the safety of the car during winter.

general winter tyres

winter will soon be here get your car prepared

A wide range of winter tyres can be seen in the present world.Naturally, they have the ability to fit many car models. Winter tyres come with steel wheels. For this reason, they come to direct contact with the road in a snowy winter.General Winter tyres are made out of a rubber mixture. Along with steel and fabric. Of course, they have the ability to survive under tough conditions in the winter. If you install Cheap Winter Car Tyres for your car during the winter, Then you will get the opportunity to have a safe journey. Thus, with your family members during the winter. Therefore millions of customers from every corner of the world purchase General Winter tyres .

General Winter tyres

Plenty of winter tyre manufacturers have started their businesses because of the popularity of them. There is a high demand for winter tyres during the pre-winter season. People can look for the perfect tyres for them from the available variety. General Winter tyres are one such popular brand of winter tyres and it is recognized as a budget brand. Apollo winter tyres and Vredestein tyres are the leading brands in the world and they have gained a good reputation by providing quality tyres to the clients. You can find the perfect winter tyre for you from the local market after considering your requirements.

After purchasing the  tyres, you should follow some steps in order ensure its safety and use it for a long period of time. You have to check about the tyre pressure at least once in a month. All the tyres are designed to perform well at a specific temperature and a pressure. For example, the Apollo winter tyres are available in different sizes and they have different pressures.

Tyres can be subjected to both over inflating and under inflating. Therefore you should pay some extra attention towards the air pressure on tyres and the service manual will assist you with that. You must also align the wheels of your car in a proper way to reduce the wear and tear. These steps will assist you to use the same set of General Winter tyres for three or four winters with no problems. Car owners can change their set of tyres during October and have the peace of mind and safety to have a pleasant journey.

Winter tyres storage at Pellon tyres in Halifax

We at Pellon tyres also offer a tyre storage facility, we will fit your  tyres for winter and re-fit your summer tyres in spring time, this gives you 3 or 4 years of use out of your General Winter tyres and you will be much safer whatever the weather throws at us.

 Eric Roberts

Car Tyres Safety Tips- Care tyre advice for a safer driver experience

Nokian Winter Tyre benefits

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

Car Tyres Safety Tips

Car Tyres Safety Tips-Fitting Winter Tyres

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Consequently, then it is most people who drive and own their own car. Of course, that will  know that their tyres are one of the most important parts. Especially regarding important points about of your car’s regular maintenance. Important to realise, that your tyres have to take the all the weight of your car. Secondly, they also help to move your car along. So, keeping your tyres in top condition is very important to your safety.

As a result, if you are experiencing problems with any of your tyres. So, it is important to get them checked straight away. Of course, by a professional  company.Thus, to ensure you are still safe to drive with a defective tyre. Although there could be a cost attached. Then, there are a few things you can do. Naturally, to maintain and keep your tyres in their best state of condition.

Not all tyres are of the same type of construction. Most importantly, different tyres are suited to different driving conditions. Most strikingly, in winter when the weather is wet and cold and often snowy ! So, in these conditions then different tyres are required called winter or snow tyres. For-mostly, these winter tyres are very different from dry and hot summer conditions . Of course, different types of weather conditions could affect your safety! Especially when it comes to fitting the correct type of tyres to suite winter conditions.

 

Winter Conditions and other Car Tyres Safety Tips

Due to very different climatic conditions, you must consider the possibility of using two sets of tyres. Firstly, one suitable for winter conditions. Secondly,  your normal summer tyres for the rest of the year. Winter brands are now supplied by all the leading tyre manufacturers. Including  the Cheap Tyre and budget brands. So winter tyres, do not need to be an expensive item. As a result, If they are changed tyres after the winter. They will last you about three years, good value I think?.

More expensive brands include the excellent Nokian winter tyres . Nokian are test winners for their winter tyre product year after year and are now available in Halifax at Pellon Tyres.

Make sure your tyres are the correct ones for your vehicle. Replacing your old ones with the same size and type, you may use different makes  if required, but the safest scenario is to replace yours  with exactly the same as you have removed.

Car Tyres Safety Tips; Some simple advice on your tyres care are as follows:

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Check your tyre pressures at regular intervals. they will be in the handbook of your car. Especially if you are fully loading your car.Thus, the pressures can alter dramatically when the car is loaded.

Make sure your tyres tread are on the legal limits: The legal limit requires a tread depth at 1.6 mm. As a reult, all the way around the circumference of the tyre for ¾ of the width of the tread.

Check the side walls for bulges, and the tread for tears or rips in a tyre, these can be illegal and unsafe to drive. Look out for unusual tyre wear at the edges this could be a steering misalignment or some other defect to the cars steering parts. If you have any such problems please have your car checked immediately at a garage or by a professional mechanic.

Check the age of your tyres or let an expert check this for you. Tyres deteriorate if they are over six years old and because they are a natural product and will start to crack in the bead area.

Most tyres are now of the same construction and this comes into my sentence about correct tyre usage.

This advice comes with years of experience (40 in fact) so if you experience tyre problems in the Halifax area of Yorkshire then contact a reputable tyre centre for free advice. 

Eric Roberts

 

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher-Damn You Pothole and Other Important Tyre Developments

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again

 

Post Updated 4th March 2018

Can potholes damage your tyres?

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Eric Roberts says…We are all plagued by the potholes in our roads. Many of our local government councils have had their budgets reduced by central government.

Because of this they are not carrying out essential road repairs, such as correctly filling in the holes. On Station Road where I live there has been a huge increase in the number of potholes appearing from nowhere. Of course with the added hazard of snow and ice, then these holes are dangerous and will damage cars suspension and tyres.

Nokian Tyres from Finland may have the answer

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Of course this is happening all over the UK.  Putting a strain on the road traffic that uses our roads. Hence, in the past two weeks alone we have seen cars with broken steering parts. Especially, springs and ripped tyres due to the size of the holes in our roads. Leading to many Pothole Claims. Since I wrote the original article.

So, tyre companies have been striving to produce tyres from stronger and lighter materials. Therefore, one particular tyre company “Nokian” the inventors of winter tyres. Have come up with a stronger safer tyre that could aid drivers in the battle against pothole damage.

Nokian have come up with an added ingredient to their summer tyres sidewalls. The Nokian E Line and Z Line range of SUV tyres now use “Aramid“. Aramid is a material used in “bullet proof vests” and is very strong indeed. I am not saying that these tyres are the “Holy grail” when it comes to protecting us against all potholes. But it is a good step in the right direction.

I am convinced that these tyres are a safer tyre than the ones without aramid and are an added safety feature.

Many potholes cause small chunks of sidewall damage. Enough to warrant the driver having to buy a new tyre. So, I am convinced by the tough tyre testing of this Nokian SUV tyre. That they have enhanced safety features and well worth the investment for your families safety.

Eric Roberts