Vehicle tyres, were originally made to provide the vehicle with traction that could go anywhere. They were developed to give the 4X4 driver excellent durability whilst also giving good wear and traction in any weather that the vehicle could come up across, including heavy snow falls.
Most tyres, were technically designed with the help of racing tyres and were derived from a “cut-chip and tear-resistant tread compound”. This would give the tyres tread exceptional grip and wear resistance when driving on roads that would normally tear tyres to shreds, such as gravel roads.
We are the half way stage of winter here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. I must admit that as the owner of a successful tyre business, I still feel the need to write about the important of winter tyres versus summer tyres, as the beginning of winter approaches in November.
I am not the only one in fact there are thousands of safety conscious tyre manufacturers and tyre retailers who like me try to get the driving public to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres as the winter approaches.
In general I am pleased with the response of the public over the past five winters, there has been a growing trend to fit winter tyres, by the public, as they realise how much safer they are when coping with the winter weather, including the growing amount of snow that we are having these days.
In the old days we would only ever see the rich customers, who were going to drive to Europe, probably skiing. These drivers would have to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres because it was the law in countries like Austria and Switzerland, where the ski resorts were located. The tyres then were just summer tyres with a heavy tread pattern, making them noisy on tarmac roads, but effective in the snow.
I must admit that we were all excited when a customer ordered some snow tyres, as it was a change from our normal routine of fitting the same old tyres to the same old cars. Older tyre depot owners will recollect this and know what I mean?
As time went on more and more European countries would have to fit winter tyres by law and so the tyre manufacturers had to come up with a better winter tyre product. Cars were getting faster and more comfortable to drive and so different materials were used in the tyres compound to make them more flexible in cold weather.
Winter versus summer tyres-Silica introduced
The introduction of silica into the tyres compound helped to solve this problem. Also the tyre companies had to come up with ways to dissipate the water and slush that clogged up the tread which had previously been done by fitting a heavy tread with big lugs, for grip. The big lugs were affective but would build up road noise at speed.
Tyre companies started to experiment by using more tinier slits, that were previously used, which would open up and release trapped snow and water, enabling the tyre to grip on the surface, they allowed a bigger surface area to give the tyre better grip and traction. These are known as “sipes”, I talk all the time about sipes but they were an important evolution in the development of the modern winter tyre.
These two combinations the silica and the addition of a much effective tread pattern were the key ingredients that help develop the modern winter tyre versus summer tyres. These tyres are now also available in all sizes to fit all cars including SUV and Crossover cars.
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 Winter tyres Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.
NHS Blood and Transplant has adopted Michelin CrossClimate + tyres for its 45 Ford Focus Estate rapid response vehicles.
Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant
An article from the “Fleet news” about the choice of the Michelin CrossClimate + tyres for the NHS blood and transplant vehicles. For this reason, these cars are always seen going flat out with their valuable cargo from one hospital to another.
To me it is a non-brainer. Hence, to fit the safest all round tyre. Thus, for the purpose of emergency delivering at a high speed. Therefore, it does not stand thinking about. These vehicles should have the best tyres available for the job.
Well worth a look at if you are thinking of a new set of tyres. Michelin have come up with a great and safer tyre product.
Michelin will be rolling out its puncture-resistant Self-seal tyres around the world starting 2015.
It is not just the inconvenience of having a puncture, but the dangerous situation you can find yourself in when running over a screw at say 70mph?
The Michelin self-seal will repair itself instantly and get you out of trouble. It cant however help you if you have a sidewall problem, in that scenario the tyre will deflate like any other tyre would, but it is a step in the right direction, but is not as safe as a run flat tyre.
Continental tyres and Michelin tyres launch a new type of self-seal tyre
Both these giant tyre companies have up with a similar type of product that will give the motorist some kind of protection against their tyre deflating, when the tyre picks up a screw or nail in the tread area of the tyre.
Both companies use a type of soft compound that is located inside the tyre below the tread area and resembles a thick layer tar? The tar looking substance is very sticky and as I have said covers the inside of the tread area and stretches from shoulder to shoulder.
The compound protect against penetrating nails and other Sharpe objects that are up to 5 mm in diameter, but only in the tread area. When a nail goes into the tyre it seals instantly and eliminates the need to stop and change the wheel or even having a tyre repair done at all. This will be bad news to the larger tyre repair companies such as Rema Tip-Top, who have spent years developing different tyre repair materials that we use for repairing punctures with.
Even when there is just a hole in the tread, say if a nail goes in and comes back pot, then the repair material will still seal the hole almost instantaneously, the tyre will not require another repair and can be used without requiring a roadside spare wheel change.
Self-sealing tyre reduces the risk of a flat tyre
These tyres do have their limitations and drivers are still advised to check their tyres at regular intervals for cuts and lumps and bumps, remember the tyre seal does not protect you against any sidewall problems, but only the tread area. They are also not a run-flat tyre and must not be run on if the tyre loses any pressure at all.
Michelin tyres self-seal system is pretty much the same.
The special compound, that sits inside the tread of the tyre and seals nails and screws that penetrate the tread area. Once the hole is sealed Instamatic by the sealing compound then the tyre is deemed to be repaired and as long as no pressure is lost the tyre can be continued running on as a normal tyre.
Michelin say that the self-seal tyres will be used this year (2015) on some VW models and that there is no reason why the system cannot be used on any of its tyre range, without any compromise to tyres performance abilities.
It is important though to remember the self-seal tyres are not the same as run-flat tyres and for the sake of repeating myself they should be checked by a professional if they lose any pressure.
In my opinion for what its worth, I think it only confuses things from a practical point of view? When we have to repair a self-seal tyre, then we have to buff of the area where the repair is required, (a very messy job) before carrying out the repair. Once the tyre is repaired then it can be no longer classed as a self-seal. In fact we have come to a conclusion that like the run-flat tyres the self-seal is not worth repairing and we offer the customer a new replacement tyre.
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 Self-Seal Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.