Winter Tyres a Brief History

Some manufacturers of winter tyres  were slow to start

 winter tyre
This Goodyear winter tyres shows the complex tread pattern

There is no doubt about it, that in recent times the winter tyres as we know them today, have taken off big style, with motorists here in the UK.

I can actually remember another window in time, when I was a tyre fitter for one of the national tyre companies in a small town called Dewsbury, in Yorkshire UK. From what I can remember, we must have been going through a spell of cold winters then because I can clearly remember that we were fitting winter tyres.
The tyres were mainly remould tyres, because the drivers did not want to run these tyres in the summer months. The winter tyres then were really summer tyres with a very heavy tread pattern attached to the tyres carcass. The tread patterns were usually derived from the old tread patterns as used by the new tyre manufacturers. The old Firestone and Goodyear tread patterns were very popular. The tyre remould company would buy the old tyre moulds from these companies and use them to remould their tyres from old casings.
The remoulded winter tyres were very noisy and because of the big tread patterns they would also over-heat. The over-heating was caused by sheer friction, between the tyre and the road surface and the sound they made was a constant drumming noise, inside the car. The friction also caused the remould tyres to separate; this is when the tread parts with the casing part of the tyre. This is often seen on our motorways, when a huge chunk of tyre treads strips off and is often left at the side of the road or the grass verge.
The first so-called winter tyre was invented as long ago as 1908 when a Frank Seiberling, cut an extra deep groove in an early tyre to discover that the tyre gave a better grip on a wintery road surface.
Nothing much happened after that until the first modern type of winter tyre was introduced by Nokian tyres of Finland, which was a range of winter truck tyres named as the “kelirengas” translated as “weather tyre”. This was in 1934 and in 1936 the Fins launched a winter tyre for cars which was known as the “Lumi-Hakkapelitta”.

Other winter tyres companies

were slow to follow, and did not really start to develop winter tyres until the early 1950,s. These included Goodyear tyres in America, who brought out the “Suburbanite” whose excellent early TV, advert can be seen on this blog post.
Also at the same time Continental tyres were bringing out a winter tyre known as the M14. These types of tyres were very heavy on tread rubber, but they are the beginning of the modern-day winter tyres that we see today. The main difference is that the tyre design has had to change to meet the demands of the modern car and more fundamentally the tyres now have added ingredients in their tread compounds that were not known about in the early days, primarily silca based compounds that now help the tyre to carry on flexing in cold temperatures.

Yokohama also make an excellent winter tyres the W drive winter as seen on this video.

Vredestien tyres from Holland were also a pioneer of the winter tyres, first bringing out the Snow + winter tyres in the 1960,s.
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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 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.

 

Hello tyres world-Winter Tyres blog as part of the Pellon Tyres Family of websites.

Hello tyres world

Hello tyres world-Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! Winter-Tyres Yorkshire is a part of the family of blogs. Hence, that were started and created, by founder and managing director of Pellon Tyres. Eric Roberts. Our business has grown from just tyres to anything to do with cars. The only thing that we don’t do is Car body work. Consequently, another of our sites cover batteries, for all types of vehicles. From children,s toys to huge trucks and tractor batteries. I decided to make a winter blog because of the large interest in the product over the past ten years.Hello tyres world

Effectiveness-Winter Tyres-Tyres to fit in the Frozen Britain

Effectiveness-Winter Tyres

For maximum safety winter tyres should be fitted to all four wheels. However, it is possible to fit them on your drive wheels only. Drivers, can’t always afford to buy a set of four tyres and so two winter tyres is better than none.

Mixing summer and winter tyres could result at either end of your car sliding, or spinning causing you to lose control. This is unlikely but it could happen in unfortunate circumstances. The wrong time and the wrong place.

This year I fitted winter tyres to my car before the bad weather hit. The difference when driving in snow is incredible compared to summer tyres. Drivers have raved about the safety and effectiveness of their winter tyres in snowy conditions.

Because the temperature only has to fall below 7 degrees, winter Effectiveness-Winter Tyrestyres are more efficient the summer tyres. Winter tyres should go onto your car from November to March. Consequently,  the whole of the UK should be fitted with winter tyres.  Furthermore, there would be fewer accidents and travel chaos. This chaos happens every time it snows on the motorways and hilly areas.

Effectiveness-Winter Tyres

Winter tyres are not illegal to use on British roads. Indeed, we are one of the few European countries where fitting winter tyres is not a legal requirement.

There are many excellent brands of tyres available in winter patterns. Different tyre retailers sell different products. Take it from me, they are all worth fitting  for your safety. The video shows just how effective these tyres are in bad conditions.

We here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK fit thousands of winter tyres every winter. We sell most brands of tyres. Finally, we recommend that you bring down the cost, by fitting mid-range winter tyres. Brands that we recommend are Apollo, Vredestein, General and Jinyu.

Fitting Winter Tyres Could Save Your Life

Winter Tyres versus 4×4: which is best? – A great comparison from Auto Express

Winter Tyres versus 4×4

Winter tyres are going to be on a lot of minds of many motorists this year – It is always possible that Great Britain could face a particularly harsh winter this year. It is possible that we could have snow falling from as early as November. Motorists who have bought a four-wheel drive car,  probably think that they are  properly prepared – but are they?

AutoExpress, went up to Tamworth Snowdome. This was  to find out if a front-wheel drive car with winter tyres has more traction in the snow than a 4×4 with summer tyres fitted. They used two Ford Kuga, cars, both with 2.0-litre diesel engines and manual gearboxes. But one is front-wheel drive and the other all-wheel drive. The 4×4 Ford Kuga costs £1500 more than the normal model.

I am always telling my customers, that in snowy conditions, the rubber in summer tyres gets harder and does not grip very well. Winter tyres use a softer compound and a tread pattern that’s designed to pick up snow and dissipate it- improving the grip in these wintery conditions.

In their first test, we saw that the front-wheel drive car on summer tyres was hopeless in the snow.  However, when fitted with winter tyres, the car did much better. Furthermore, they also tested the 4×4 on summer tyres – and the results were very surprising.

With the winter tyres fitted, the normal Kuga went 110 metres up the slope, While the 4×4 car only made it 13 metres up, before sliding back down 9 metres. In the end, it ended up no further than the standard did with summer tyres.

Winter Tyres versus 4×4

They also tested the four-wheel drive Ford Kuga. This was fitted with winter tyres. As a result, the difference was astonishing. There was plenty of grip and the car drove all the way to the top of the steep ski slope, without any real effort.

Obviously, the best solution for driving on snow is to have a 4×4 fitted with  winter tyres . It was proven, that without the correct tyres fitted then a 4×4 is just as useless in snow and ice as the average two wheel drive car. We recommend using General Grabber AT2 Tyres for your SUV or 4X4.

Mercedes-Benz Switching Winter Tyres-Mercedes-Benz UK

Mercedes-Benz Switching Winter Tyres

When November arrives and with winter approaching it will be time to think about switching to Winter Tyres for your Mercedes-Benz . This excellent video shows just how much difference Mercedes-Benz Winter Tyres can make, up to 50% reduced braking distance on snow. Winter tyres are made with a higher percentage of natural rubber meaning they remain more supple at temperatures below 7º C.

When fitting your Mercedes winter tyres then there is doubt and a sensible thing to do.

Most noteworthy, it has been proven many times over, that fitting Apollo Winters, will be a wise thing to do. Especially just before the onset of winter. Furthermore, by fitting winter tyres before the onset of winter, will help you get from A to B without too many problems.

This means that your Mercedes car will cope with most things that the inclement weather could throw at it. However, you will have to be careful in a really bad blizzard.  You will drive safer, even in the worse of snow. and in some conditions even with winter tyres fitted to your car, then you should still drive with care, do not get

Mercedes-Benz Switching Winter Tyres

You must appreciate that total care must be taken. In some extreme conditions even with winter tyres fitted to your car. Consequently,  you should still drive with care.  Your winter tyres will give you the grip that you need, but do not get over confident.

You should still drive your Mercedes car with care in snowy winter conditions, even with snow tyres fitted. They are not a license to be reckless. Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Uk, we do sell thousands of winter tyres to our customers. We recommend that they fit General winter tyres and Apollo winter tyres.

General tyres are made by Continental who are proud to promote the General tyres brand.

 

Winter tyres versus Summer tyres – Michelin compare the two types of tyres

Winter tyres versus Summer tyres

Winter tyres versus Summer tyres; We take you on a journey of discovery to understand the difference between winter and summer tyres in all road usage conditions. Michelin, in my opinion, are the world leaders in tyre design and development. They are experts in compounds and know exactly what the car market is looking for in tyre technology.

Find the right summer or winter tyre for your vehicle:
http://www.michelin.co.uk/  

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Worn Dunlop winter tyres- UK test and basic review of the benefits of using winter tyres

Worn Dunlop winter tyres

Worn Dunlop winter tyres; Driving in light to medium winter road conditions to test the capabilities of Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tyres. There is still about 3mm of Sips and a further 2-3mm of tyre depth beyond that marker on the front tyres after over a year of driving. An excess of 10,000 miles has been covered in that time.

This road test is one of the best ones that i have seen. It shows the benefits of fitting winter tyres, that when changed in November, can last for three or four years.

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK, we operate a tyre-hotel. This was an experiment by our boss Eric Roberts about five years ago. We had heard about this operating in the Nordic countries. I thought that it could work in the UK, and so gave it a go.

It has been so successful that we are completely full at the moment, but we are creating some more space for the future. Customers can have their summer and winter tyres exchanged at the correct times and we will do all the work for them.

Our customers will then get the full use of their winter tyres, right down to the last millimetre. This video shows that even worn winter tyres are worth using.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=winter+tyre+hotel

Porsche Winter tyres: enjoy your Porsche year-round try winter tyres

Porsche Winter tyres

Porsche Winter tyres;  In cold or wet conditions, summer tyres are no longer optimal equipment for your Porsche. Using the facilities of the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, watch Chief Driving Consultant Gordon Robertson demonstrate the improved safety and stability offered by Porsche winter tyres.
For more information on Porsche winter tyres, contact your local Tyre Centre.

Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK offer a great variety of winter tyres that are suitable to fit the Porsche family. The best way to describe the Type of person is this? They will live in Germany and have a top job, probably at the German stock exchange.

They will drive about on summer tyres in the summer holiday season, probably driving down to Greece, for their summer holidays. In winter they will go skiing in Austria and the Alps.

To do this they will have to fit a set of Porsche winter tyres. They will drive down the Autobahn at well over 100MPH and then climb the steep snow covered mountains to the ski resorts.

*Combined fuel consumption in accordance with EU 5/6: Boxster models: 9.0 – 7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emission: 211 – 180 g/km; Macan models: 9.2 – 6.1 l/100km, CO2 emission 216 -159 g/km

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=porsche+tyres

Tire Rack Tire Test – Winter/Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires on Ice

Tire Rack Tire Test

Tire Rack Tire Test;  Firstly, we compared all-season and winter/snow tire performance on our snowy test track. Now watch as Tire Rack compares the difference between winter/snow tires, all-season tires and summer tires by evaluating acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities — this time using an ice rink as our test track.

My own opinion is that the tougher the climate where you live then the tougher the type of tyres that you should fit. Also, the further north that you drive in ,then the colder it usually is. Therefore you should fit the winter tyres.

In places like Spain or Portugal then i think that the all-weather tyres will be the best option. These tyres are excellent in heavy rain storms and also snow or sleet showers. If you live in a mountainous area then snow tyres will be the order of the day.

We are in a similar position here in Halifax in the UK. Some winters we experience heavy snow and other winters practically no snow at all. To be on the safe side we do recommend that our clients fit winter tyres in November at the beginning of the winter driving period.

There is no doubt that all-weather tyres are getting more and more popular. In my opinion, many parts of the UK would be better fitting the all-weather tyres. Flat areas, such as Lincolnshire, would not require winter tyres. All-weather tyres would be a much better option due to the long road stretches and then leading to a sharp bend.

All-weather tyres would cope much better in really wet winter weather, that the standard summer tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/3957/GT+Radial+CHAMPIRO+WinterPro+20555R16

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