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All Winter Tyres Stuff

All Winter Tyres Stuff

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.

Winter tyres-General-Get your car ready for winter weather

Winter tyres-General

Winter tyres-General
Winter tyres are imperative, if you are to travel up the mountains to the ski resorts.

WITH the first of the winter snows seeing ski stations opening for the November 11 holiday weekend, drivers are also having to think about winter tyres and whether to use snow chains. There is a mind-boggling variety of options – winter/snow tyres, ice tyres, studded tyres or the choice […]

Winter tyres-General

This looks at winter tyres from the French angle. hence, this is most applicable to the Britains that will taking their annual winter vacation to the snow resort in the French Alps.

Millions take the pilgrimage, year after year. Winter tyres are imperative, if you are to travel up the mountains to the ski resorts.

WITH the first of the winter snows seeing ski stations opening for the November 11 holiday weekend, drivers are also having to think about winter tyres and whether to use snow chains.

There is a mind-boggling variety of options – winter/snow tyres, ice tyres, studded tyres or the choice between chains or snow socks – but the basic decision depends on where you live.

Of course you will require more than winter tyres. In all cases, drivers should stock up on de-icing accessories and take warm clothes, gloves, blankets, water and food in case they break down. A fluorescent vest and a warning triangle are already compulsory.

Winter Car Care-How to look after your car during the winter months

Winter Car Care

Brrrr! Winter Car Care; Here it comes again, winter and all the horrors that go with it, from black ice to carol singers. It’s a tough time, not just for the car but for the driver too. It makes sense to check the car now and take some precautions before you find […]

This is a thorough and extensive article. Hence, about the correct way to winterise your car. Because the better prepared your car is then the safer you will be when driving in the harsh winter conditions. Here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK we have already seen possible signs of a hard winter.

Of course, we have already witnessed a snowfall in early November. It was enough give a five inch covering of snow .Consequently we were inundated with motorists wanting to buy winter tyres. Our winter tyre hotel soon emptied of snow tyres as our customers flocked in the change into  their winter tyres from summer tyres.

Check the tyres and if they’re even near the limit replace them – you’ll be glad you did when you have to brake hard on an icy road. It might be worth considering a set of winter tyres, something that is much more common on the Continent but which can make all the difference in the harsher months. If not, then a set of snow chains can be very effective if you’re in a rural area.

Winter Tyres-Rental Cars-If you rent a car in winter for skiing then ask for winter tyres fitting.

Winter Tyres-Rental Cars

Winter Tyres-Rental Cars

Winter Tyres-Rental Cars

Before the start of the winter. Hence, you should consider a set of winter tyres. As a result, the best way to keep your vehicle moving and safe. Of course, on the roads during bad weather times. Especially in areas where it is difficult to get around in a vehicle fitted with regular summer tyres. Hence, once you leave the city into open country or a hilly area. Then your need for winter tyres will increase.

Many of our customers are looking at all-season tyres. Because they are a mix of summer and winter tyres. As a result, I am not so sure if all-season tyres are beneficial where snow may be imminent. It has been proven that in dry cold weather with the temperature at 5C. Then the winter tyres outperform the all-weather tyres by a mile.

As a result, a study put out by the Quebec Ministry of Transport. Showed that proper winter tyres can improve braking by up to 25%. Compared to the all-season tyres and can consequently improve accident avoidance by about 38 percent.

Winter tyres generally have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows snow and slush to be cleared as the car drives through the snow. Winters are made with a specific rubber compound that includes a silica compound. Hence, that stays softer and more flexible in the cold weather. As a result, that provides more contact to the road surface and thus more control.

Subsequently, winter tyres are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. If you are lucky enough to be going to the local mountains to ski. In fact some countries snow tyres are often mandatory. Consequently, winters have to be fitted from March to November.

Winter Tyres-Rental Cars

This advice is also applicable to rental cars. Consider renting one with snow tyres in any mountain area. Including vans. Sometimes it will cost a little extra, but it is well worth paying.

When getting out of the city in any higher elevation it is likely you will encounter winter conditions and therefore will require snow tires to get you to where you have to go safely.

Our terrain here in Halifax is very hilly and rugged in places. Thus many of our customers do fit winter tyres. Especially, with the rise of the SUV vehicle. SUV’s are notoriously bad at gripping in inclement weather conditions. As a result, these Nokian Winter SUV tyres are the most popular tyres that we fit.

 

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres-Similar types are offered here in the UK with different names.

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Of course, this top ten is compiled in the USA. Thus, we do have similar products here in the UK. Hence, some of the tyre types are the same.Especially, tyres from the European tyre manufacturers. Therefore, this video gives a guide and an insight into what goes on when testing winter tyres.

Therefore, Top Ten Best Winter Tyres, give the consumer. Naturally, some of who are our customers here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

10-Gislaved Nord Frost 100
09-Falken Eurowinter HS439
08-Dunlop Winter Maxx
07-Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c
06-Toyo Observe GSi5
05-Continental ExtremeWinterContact
04-Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II
03-Michelin X-Ice Xi3
02-Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
01-Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8

Video music source credits:
Mike Chino – Dream Chaser [Creative Commons]

Top 5 Best winter tyres- 2015-2016 -One of many tests and opinions-but worth a look- PMCtire.com

Top 5 Best winter tyres

Top 5 Best winter tyres

In my opinion it is always handy to have a look at the market plce. So that you can see what is on offer. Therefore, this is no different when looking for winter tyres.

I like the video format now. because it shows real life performance attributes. Accordingly, the tyre buyer can  look out for a tyre product that suits his or hers pocket.

I can also add to the tyre tested, Vredestein winter tyres and an economy winter tyre, the Jinhu winter tyres. These would be behind the leading makes, in tyre tests. Because they are a budget winter tyre. For this reason, the Jinhu winter tyres are sold by my tyre company, Pellon Tyres, Halifax, UK.

Over the years they have proved to be a good reliable product and at a winter price that is affordable. This is very important. Because most drivers cant afford to buy winter tyres. The ones that can afford to buy winter tyres do go for the makes that are test winners.

This also includes the excellent Apollo-Vredestein winters. In the list bellow the Hercules Avalanche RG2, is not available in the UK. Also, the Michelin X ice Xi3 is the same as the  Michelin Agilis X-Ice North.

Our opinion of the Top 5 Best winter tyres

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 can be replaced by the Bridgestone Blizzak LM32, here in the UK. As expected, the Yokohama ICeguard IG52c, is available in the UK.

Evaluation of the 5 best car winter tires 2015-2016. The PMCtire.com team evaluated the Michelin X Ice Xi3, the Hercules Avalanche RG2, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, the Dunlop Winter Maxx and the Yokohama ICeguard IG52c. All detailed evaluations of winter tires are available here : https://winter-tires.pmctire.com/enw/tire-info/evaluations-winter-tires.tire

* Please note that Nokian tires are not evaluated because the manufacturer refuse any online sales of Nokian’s products.

Snow in the Weather Forecast?Rushing out for winter tyres? No need – Or is there-FleetPoint-Eric Roberts

Snow in the Weather Forecast
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Snow in the Weather Forecast, Now is the winter of our discount tyres… or is it? Martin Wedge, MD of OVL Group, argues otherwise

Source: www.fleetpoint.org

As a tyre dealer and safety conscious driver I totally disagree with this guy’s comments about winter tyres in the snow.

www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

We all have an opinion but when winter and snow arrive can we compromise safety
I will be the first person to admit. Hence, that everybody is entitled to their own opinion and this article. Slightly turned my blood. I think that it may have been written to do a bit of stirring. But even so I would like to defend the drivers.  Who are sensible enough to go for the safe option. Hence, and fit winter tyres in November, before the onset of winter and the dreaded snow.
When the wet and winter weather arrives. Then the accident rate increase dramatically. In fact it rises 267%. By fitting winter tyres you can avoid many of these accidents that are caused by other drivers.

Cars are been build heavier now and this ads to the inertia, when trying to change direction or slowing down, which gives your tyres much more work to do, especially on slippery or on wet roads.
This combined with wider tyres and a bigger footprint can make the job of stopping your car, much more difficult in adverse weather conditions. I am sure that we have all been in the situation where we have lost control of our cars on black ice, well a set of winter tyres will drastically reduce the risk of this happening.

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You can see the many small slits(sipes) in this winter tyre, these will dissipate the slush water and snow to give the tyres a better grip in winter weather.

The guy who wrote the article. Of course, states that the British public panic when we get a bit of snow. But the majority of sensible drivers fit their winter tyres. Before the snow arrives. This must contribute to less schools and businesses closing now when the snow arrives.

Snow in the Weather Forecast;Winter tyres are not only for snow?

Another myth that needs dispelling. Is that winter tyres are only for dealing with winter conditions . In fact conditions are only a small part of the safety aspect. Also the  protection that special tyres will give the driver.Thus, over the winter period, which ever country you live in.

The compound in the winter tyres is partly made up from silica. Which keeps your tyres (and therefore gives a better grip) flexible in temperatures below 7c.
The freezing of the rubber gives your car more grip and when the snow does arrive they make for a much safer controlled drive, as any driver who has had winter tyres fitted will tell you.
To finalise my reply to this guy, then I think that he giving irresponsible advice about winter tyres, they of great benefit in most parts of the UK and are much safer to use in any bad weather situation including just heavy rain and flooded roads.

 

Tyre Manufacturers compete for the “Best winter tyres”

tyre manufacturers

What’s the best winter tyre on the market? Here are the results from our winter tyre test

Source: www.evo.co.uk

A good article with a write up about different winter tyres that are made by the tyre manufacturers and available in the UK>

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/About+Winter+Tyres+and+Summer+Tyres

Tyre manufacturers are now fighting for the best winter tyres
The article on the link reminded me that not long ago the major tyre companies, were not all that concerned about the winter tyre trade, especially here in the UK. I know that I have written about this before but at one time the only people to buy winter tyres were the well-off drivers who went skiing for their winter holidays. Farmers and other country folk would also buy winter tyres, especially near the hills of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
One of the reasons in my opinion is that the tyre manufacturers were then all based in the UK. They also produced the tyres here in the UK and would have concentrated on the home market. All the leading and some smaller tyre manufacturers had tyre factories here in the UK. The same would so in the other European countries, Michelin produced most of their winter tyres for the French and German ski industry and therefor began to develop some excellent winter tyre products, include a winter version of the Michelin “X” tyre the “X” M+S 89 tyres, and also produced the “XM S100S winter and rally tyres.
The French tyre manufacturers are to this day one of the most innovative tyre designers and winter tyre producers in the world, making excellent products such as the excellent Michelin Alpine 4 range of winter tyres.
Avon tyres here in the UK had a good range of winter tyres just as they have today. I can remember that one of the most popular cars was of course the Mini and the Mini Coopers. These cars were good in snowy conditions, but the tyre Manufacturers started to bring out winter tyres for these little cars, something to do with the fact that these cars were doing very well in rallying.
Avon tyres brought out a tyre that was going to become popular with mini owners, known as the “Arctic winter range” these came out originally in the 145×10 tyre size, but as the wheels were becoming wider there was a version on a 165/70×10 tyre size. Avon also make a modern day winter tyre range known as the “Avon Ice Touring ST” range of tyres, which come out on many sizes.
Dunlop tyres were also starting to take an interest in motorsport and rallying and they brought out a rally tyre/winter tyre called the Dunlop “Weathermaster” tyres which were a cross ply construction, which was then followed by the SP44 Weathermaster in a radial ply construction. Dunlop at that time were becoming one of the country’s leading tyre manufacturers and have continued to grow their winter tyre range right up to now with their “Wintersport and Winter response” tyre ranges.
Other early pioneers of winter tyres were Goodyear with their “Ultragrip”, which came out in a X ply size and then was used for rallying with a radial version. KellySpringfield brought out their “Explorer” winter tyre and later became part of Goodyear tyres, followed by India tyres with their “Supr Multi-grip” tyres, soon to be bought out by Dunlop tyres. All these tyre manufacturers and many more have gone on to make excellent winter tyres to serve the whole of Europe, only Avon still make tyres here in the UK and also Pirelli have a tyre manufacturing plant in Carlisle Cumbria.
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 Avon Winter 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.
For the older tyre guy like myself it would interest to look at an excellent historic page…http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/february-1966/34/winter-tyres

Winters to the Rescue-Winter tyres prove their worth in snowstorm – Scottish Daily Record

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Maggie Barry tests out Continental winter tyres on her rear-wheel-drive BMW as a snowstorm caused chaos on the roads.

Source: www.dailyrecord.co.uk

 A Winters tale from Scotland but every little story about winters :is a positive to me.

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/

It makes me proud to think of all the safety conscious drivers who have fitted winters to their cars. I call it winters now because it shortens (winter tyres) the subject of which I write a lot.
This article from Scotland proves to me, (not that I need any proof) that winters are one of the best things that a driver can spend on his car.

Winters have been developed and improved over the recent years.

Tyre manufacturers have had to keep up with the demand for greener and more fuel efficient cars, and this includes winter tyres.
This is one of the reasons that winters are now made of different materials that was used to make their predecessors. The main breakthrough was the use of “silica” to blend with the rubber compounds that makes up the bulk of tyres materials. Silica helps keep a winter tyre flexible in lower winter temperatures. This along with the modern tread patterns that are computer designed, helps make winters what they are today, a tyre that is ready and capable of coping with extreme winter weather.
Winters were originally designed for the drivers of Europe who take a winter break to go skiing. Most prominent were the Germans, who would shoot down their Autobahns, (without a speed limit) to enable them to do a weekends skinning up the Austrian and Swiss mountains. For this they would need a special tyre that would perform well in all the conditions, including high speed and then having to drive through snow and ice.
This is why the winters of today were developed and we now all take advantage of these wonderful things. Because of them drivers will be driving much safer than the ones still using summer tyres. One of my customers had a set fitted to his car just before we had our first snow and was so impressed with their performance in the snow that we had them fitted to his fleet of vans.
I could tell you many similar stories; we now have whole families that have fitted winters, just because of word of mouth from a relation who has had these wonderful products fitted and has told them how good they are and how much safer they have felt, being able to keep control of their vehicles when cars around them were skidding all over the place.
This winter is turning out to be a bad one with more snow and ice forecast for the next few weeks, so you still have time to enhance your winter driving experience and buy a set of winter tyres.
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. 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.