To my surprise, Winter tyres were still very popular in the field of retailing tyres. Of course this type of tyres were more expensive, but would wear better.So, and their casing quality was second to none. The casing is the tyre that has used all of the tread and then can be used for remoulding. The remoulding option would give the original purchase a second and third life. This is the reason that these tyres are very cost effective in the long run.
Have been around a long time. But now it’s time for a name change.
Tyres for winter were known as Snow tyres in early days. From the nineties on. These tyres were developed to cope with better cars . So and better road surfaces. So away went the heavy tread patterns. That were associated with the old snow tyres. In came the tyres with more and more refined tread patterns. Complete with sipes. To get rid of the slush and snow from building up in the tyres tread.Also, they were now much better in just wet rainy conditions. Tyre makers also introduced silica in the tyres compound. Thus, to reduce the freezing affects when the temperature fell below 7 degrees. This has helped cars drive in winter time. Hence, with much better handling and steering. Which keeps the car on a straight course when braking heavily.
Also a tyres pressure drops by 10psi when the temperature drops below freezing a fact that is seldom mentioned. Also winter tyres are better designed to be fitted on the vast range of SUV vehicles that have emerged onto our car market over the past 10 years.
The old snow tyres would not have coped with the handling qualities of these specialized vehicles in winter time
they would have been too rigid and heavy on the tread pattern, it would have been like fitting heavy duty off road 4×4 tyres on to your SUV, they would have been very noisy and difficult to handle on a normal dry road in between spells of bad
Now that we have the development of the winter tyres, these vehicles act and can be controlled to a far better standard, you would not even know that you have had winter tyres fitted.
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When the budget is tight the car may end up staying in the driveway a few years longer than planned, and the temptation to plump for a cheaper set of winter tyres is strong. But Continental argues that it…
I agree that the better the winter tyre then the more expensive it will be. But in my humble opinion a cheap winter tyre is better than no winter tyres at all. The braking distances are important. But we are still living in a cash starved society. Most people will only be able to afford what they can. So buying budget winter tyres will be better than none .
Budget Winter tyres are better than none
At first this looks like sour grapes coming from Continental tyres. But in the end they are in a huge battle. To hold up their share of the tyre market. Also the bigger tyre companies are now realising. What a great job that tyre retailers have done. As a result over the past five or six years. In promoting the safety aspects of winter tyres.
The upsurge in the take-off of winter tyres has been a success for the cheap winter tyre makes. I can only speak for my own area, because different areas of the country have populations of varying wealth. Here I Halifax we on the lower side of the wealth scale, due partly to the fact that we are an old wool producing mill town and in my opinion we have been neglected by various governments over the years, as far as any re-development has been concerned, with many of the traditional large businesses shutting down or
This does not reflect on the great people of Halifax who have knuckled down and made the best of what they have. Anyway I digress? Going back many years we had a spell of very mild winters, with only a few days of snowfall in any given winter. Because of the very hilly nature of this area, there has always been a certain amount of the population who did fit winter tyres to their vehicles. These were wealthy company bosses and farmers. Who needed to get about even in bad snowy conditions?
As far as I can remember winter tyres were never a priority for the bigger tyre companies, they never promoted these products. Then we were hit by a run of very bad winters and it was the importers who were the quickest to respond to the demand of the winter tyre market. There are now hundreds of tyre manufacturers from China competing with the likes of Continental tyres and I believe that they are starting to feel the pinch.
We at Pellon Tyres fit budget winter tyres to all our vehicles and we never get stuck in snow and they are a genuine safety benefit to me and my drivers. If you require a new set of tyres on your car at this time of year, just before winter then please fit winter tyres, you know it makes sense and you will not regret it.
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 Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.
Bridgestone Tyres is actively encouraging motorists to switch to winter products. This message comes with the aim of boosting tyre safety in the upcoming cold months.
Bridgestone Tyres is actively encouraging motorists to switch to winter products. This message comes with the aim of boosting tyre safety in the upcoming cold months. With the conditions all set to become more and more unpredictable, and with the increasing number of casualties due to unsafe tyres, Bridgestone has taken it upon itself to educate people about the importance of tyre safety in winter.
In all my experience I have never known any winter tyre that stands out above the others. There are many reasons why our customers prefer a certain brand or even type of tyre. We have a few particular instances that stick out, one of them is a guy who imports and fits carpets. His work takes him to all over Europe, and he travels thousands of miles a year. His main destination is Belgium, because of their large carpet manufacturing industry.
The only thing that he will fit in his Mercedes Sprinter long wheel base van is Michelins. The guy just did not want any old Michelin’s he wanted Michelin Agillis Alpin winter tyres. The man insisted on nothing else and sometimes we have to get them from Holland for him. He says that he gets all year round grip and feels totally confident in all road conditions and any inclement weather.
Another thing that we always see. Some drivers will only stick to the make of tyre as original equipment. These tend to be middle-class gentlemen. A good example is the owners of new VW cars. These are the guys who ask for the Bridgestone brand of tyres.
Although Bridgestone tyres come out in all sorts of makes of cars. VW cars are one of the most modern cars to have these tyres fitted. Audi cars are also equipped with the Bridgestone brand. Again these drivers will stick to the same make of tyres. Consequently, the reason that we sell the Bridgestone Blizzak winter tyres because the customers who drive these cars will stick to the same make of tyre. My opinion is that it is good for business, and it would not be a good thing for us all to be the same, and all buy the same products.
There is no doubt that the large tyre manufacturers are getting more involved with their winter products. Here in the UK market. On the continent, drivers have to fit winters by law.So the tyre companies sell as many as they can make. It has to said though we have to battle for the crumbs of the left over tyres once they have supplied the rest of Europe, but we have been helped by imports from places like China and other Eastern tyre makers.
In my opinion the answer to this is a resounding YES. Hence,this type of pick-up truck do not grip the road very well at the best of times. As a result, of owning a Nissan Navarre and lost the thing on a few occasions. Even, in the summer time on a wet road.
I fitted a set of winter tyres (snow tyres)and the truck was a different animal in summer and winter.
For this reason, snow tyres are not just for SUV vehicles?
Therefore, in my opinion snow tyres and winter tyres are the same thing. Because, in the past we always associated snow tyres as being very heavy treaded tyres. Thus, looking more like today’s 4×4 tyres used for mud and slush. Especially, on farms and in fields.
The new breed of winter tyres are far from this and have to combine good grip in bad weather along with the ability to drive down motorways. In fact I believe that these tyres were first developed in Germany for the drivers who could speed down the motorway‘s and then have to climb up mountains to get to the ski resorts in ice and snow, usually in their BMW or Mercedes.
The old fashioned snow tyre would be too noisy for this, because of the lumpy heavy tread pattern.
The car would also have been difficult to control with these heavy tyres fitted. Anybody with an old fashioned 4×4 vehicle that is equipped with heavy duty M&S tyres will tell you how bad the vehicle is to handle and the noise that these type of tyres make, certainly no good for the modern car, that needs to be driven at speed and still retain the safety aspects that a modern winter tyre will give them.
The ideal time to fit your car with winter tyres is from October to Easter time, although the year before last gave us an exceptionally cold spell with heavy snow falls at the end of March. In general though, this is the best time period to fit your winter tyres (snow tyres), when the temperature begins to drop, below 7 degrees.
Although I am writing this article in early November there are signs that we may be running out of certain sized snow tyres, this is because winter tyre production is based on last year’s sales figures and once a certain sized tyre has sold out then that is it until next year.
Most tyres for winter use are pre-ordered by the countries that have to fit winter tyres by their countries law and that leaves the rest for the remainder of Europe to scrap over , including us here in the UK. Bridgestone Tyres have set out a list of 16 good reasons to fit winter tyres and I thought it would make good reading for our customers and readers…
“1. Winter tyres perform better in winter conditions like frost, snow or ice-covered roads
2. Winter tyres have shorter braking distances, better grip and improved steering performance on snow and ice-covered roads.
3. Winter tyres offer greater safety when travelling in winter conditions.
4. Summer tyres are simply not suitable for driving on snow or ice
5. In certain countries, driving on appropriate tyres in winter conditions is required by law and can be sanctioned if not followed.
6. These fines can be much higher if you disrupt traffic because your car has the wrong tyres.
7. Winter tyres are made using a special compound and tread pattern to make them more suited to cold weather.
8. Not even the most advanced car technology can compensate for tyres which are not suitable for the road conditions.
9. Modern winter tyres are just as comfortable and can be as quiet as summer tyres.
10. Winter tyres provide significantly higher levels of safety even in highly changeable autumn weather.
———————————————————————————11.At low temperatures even when there is no snow, summer tyres become less efficient
12. Even 4×4 vehicles need winter tyres in snowy and icy conditions.
13. All-year tyres typically do not perform as well in winter conditions as winter tyres but are still more effective than summer tyres.
14. Statistically in central Europe, if you add up all of the days where it was wet, icy, and frosty or snowing you have 185 days of winter weather each year.
15. Modern winter tyres cost more or less the same as summer tyres.
16. Fitting winter tyres saves you money because you aren’t using your summer tyres and are extending their lifespan”.
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This is the time of that I dislike driving at. I love driving my car and have driven all over Europe. But when the nights start to get darker and the weather turns colder. Thus, I am a little more uneasy when I am driving.
I am lucky in one respect that I own a garage. Therefore, my staff always keep my car in good shape. Before the really bad weather arrives. I always give the car a winter service. Consequently, making sure that the antifreeze levels are well up for the engine. Hence and also my washer bottles contain a de-icer liquid. So that I do not get caught out with the first bad frost of the year.
Winter Brings Colder Dark Nights
I always get some winter tyres fitted
The problem that we have with British winters is that they are so unpredictable. The 2013-2014 winters were the mildest for 20 years, but the three years before that were very bad. We had many periods of snow fall in those bad winters and push was on to get our customers to buy winter tyres.
As it happened we did not have to try very hard. Many of our customers who needed tyres anyway decided to go for the winter tyres. This made a great deal of sense because the cost of winter tyres has come down in recent years and they have become an affordable safety feature for their cars.
We all live in a very fast world these days and drivers are more aware of the need for winter tyres, because they now have to get to work and take their kids to school, in fact we found in recent winters that one of our main customers were the mums in their crossover cars and people carriers. The mums normally control the household budget and they made buying winter tyres one of their safety priorities for their families.
Winter Brings Colder Dark Nights-When the snow came the winter tyres were flying on
Once we had our first snow fall of the winter, then the word gets around of how good the winter tyres were, especially if you live in a hilly district, similar to Halifax here in Yorkshire UK. We have even had thank you letters from satisfied customers and all sorts of stories telling of tales about how they got out of difficulties in the snow, because they had winter tyres fitted. One guy run his sister home from Halifax to Leeds in a blizzard, when
hundreds of cars were stuck at the road side, because of the snow and he rang me up and thanked me personally for my advice to him about having winter tyres fitted to his car.
Not to exaggerate but we had three and four people from the same family buying winter tyres for their cars and SUV’s. We at Pellon Tyres operate a “tyre hotel” system where we store our customers tyres and change them from summer to winter tyres and back again in the spring, but the demand has been so great that we are almost full to busting and even now in October when I am writing this article, we have been fitting our customers winter tyres, so great was the demand.
Winter Brings Colder Dark Nights
One of the things that you should be aware of when buying winter tyres is to watch out for the car behind. I know that the matter is out of your hands, but if it is snowing and sticking to the road surface, then you will be able to stop with your winters on but the car behind with his summer tyres on might not be able to stop. There is nothing you can do but just be aware, if you see him coming towards you then you might just have time to take evasive action and get out of the way. Winter tyre time is normally November time but if you need new tyres now, then you would be wise to have winters fitted. You can fit them to the drive wheels only but the safest way is to have them fitted to all four wheels. We can offer cheap winter tyres or the more upmarket brand of tyres, whichever suits your pocket, so as I have said they are well the extra few pounds and you and your family will be much safer if you ever get caught out in bad weather this winter.
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How winter tyres work; As many of my readers know, I am a big fan of Dunlop Tyres. In my earlier career, I used to work for them as an office manager. At the beginning of 1970,s. Dunlop tyres were one of the leading tyre companies in those days.
Tyre manufacturers were more localised to their country of origin. Globalisation was a word that had not entered into the world of tyres. Most of the other large tyre companies originated from the USA.
The 1970’s were the beginning of the world car boom. People could afford to buy a car. Blue collar workers were entering the new car market, for the first time. Times were good in the Auto industry.
National automakers were doing well. Car sales were hitting new records. Higher car sales. Would mean that the tyres makers were seeing their market share rising. Tyre companies were starting to expand across countries. Michelin was very active in Europe and the USA.
Dunlop tyres were dipping their toes into the motorsport market. Michelin was also investing in motorsport to promote their tyre products. Dunlop became an important tyre supplier to the Prestige Jaguar cars.
Consequently, Dunlop was starting development work alongside the Jaguar engineers, to develop new products. However, this did not always work out the way they would have liked it. A new textile radial tyre had to be prepared for the Jaguar XJ6.
How winter tyres work
The XJ6 was having problems with road noise. A specific tyre size would have to be developed by Dunlop especially for this car model. The infamous ER70VR15 tyre. This was to be the textile radial tyre. The tyre had problems with the shape. Believe it or not, the tyres were not round?
To counteract this, Dunlop had to develop a unique machine. This machine would skim the tyre tread area to re-shape the tyre. I remembered clearly having to take the Jaguar cars to the Dunlop tyre depot in the centre of Leeds here in Yorkshire UK.
However, the Dunlop tyres of today are a vastly different animal. The tyres are of superb quality. This includes the SP Winter Sports 4D These winter tyres, exhibit excellent handling and grip for high-performance cars in wet and icy conditions. The fuel efficient design and enhanced snow and ice traction make it a popular choice amongst performance enthusiasts.
Not all makes of winter tyres are made to the same standards and can perform differently.
Just like any other thing in life that you buy, there are different
qualities at different prices.
The first point to remember is that all makes of winter tyres will give you better service in the winter months, than say summer tyres. Summer tyres are the regular tyres that are fitted to the car when the car is brand new. Even on SUV and X over cars they will be fitted with summer tyres. Winter tyres were once thought to be a luxury and indeed in the early days of my career, we only fitted winter tyres to let’s say, the better of type of customer. I remember very clearly, when I worked for a national tyre company, the first time I had ever heard of winter tyres. The guy was called Kenneth Knight and he owned a local newspaper shop,(everything was local in the late sixties). It was important to him because he had to collect the papers from the local train station every morning at 5 am, in winter he was probably one of the first up on the snow covered roads.
Mr Knight owned an Austin Cambridge car and wanted to two Firestone winter tyres. This was the first time that I knew they existed and the first ones that I had ever seen. I remember that they were special order and took two weeks to arrive at our fitting depot in Dewsbury, Yorkshire UK. When they arrived they were what I would call the old fashioned type of winter tyres with a very junky tread pattern, I also recon that these tyres would have been very noisy bit affective on wet or snowy roads.
This brings me back today’s driving and especially women’s cars and advice. Back in my early days Lady Drivers were a rarity, driving the cars was a man’s job, and few women owned cars or learned to drive. Today is a much different world and I would say that there is as many lady drivers as men. This is why I feel that it is important to educate all drivers in the benefits of fitting winter tyres to their cars before winter arrives.
Winter tyres for the SUVS and X OVERS
Winters in the UK have become more extreme in recent years, last winter 2013/2014 was extremely mild with practically no snowfall recorded here in West Yorkshire. Across the Atlantic North America was struck by many large blizzards and had their worse snow falls on record. The truth is that none of us know what the weather will bring and so it is hugely important that we prepare our cars for what may hit us.
The first advice I would give lady drivers would be to give their cars a winter service. This would include anti-freezing their engines and additives in their windscreen bottles to stop them freezing when the first frost arrives. Many of our customers ignore this advice and you would be surprised how many frozen cylinder heads that we get from lack of anti-freeze in the engine, costing over £1000 to repair.
The next advice is to change your summer tyres to winter tyres. The perfect fit for your car would be to change all four, but if your money won’t stretch to that then fit two to the drive wheels. I am not going to recommend any brand names, but in my opinion it would be better to stick to mid-range brands as they are excellent quality and would be cheap tyres compared to leading brands. Pellon Tyres in Halifax stock all brands of winter tyres.
These tyres are going to help you get about during bad weather in the winter months. We all know how important our jobs are now and taking the children to school usually becomes a woman’s job and so safety is paramount when it comes to your family and winter tyres will give you the edge in all types of bad weather and not just snow, although these tyres are fantastic when it comes to handling your car in snowy conditions, especially in hilly areas, such as here in the West Yorkshire Pennines.
So in the coming months you should be at least thinking about your car and your safety before the winter weather is upon us again.
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-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.
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 tyres 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.
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.
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.