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All Neutral Tyres Stuff

An old customer recently came into our tyre depot in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Fred as we will call him. Bought a second hand car from a lady whos husband had recently passed away. The car had been stood in a garage for a few years. Consequently, the car was in good condition. The mileage was 47000 and the car was a Vauxhall Vectra.
The vectra was in immaculate condition. However, Fred only wanted the tyres checking. The car had two makes of tyres fitted. Accordingly, two were Michelin zx and the other two were both BF Goodrich. The tyres had tell tale “cracking”. Hence, on the bead and shoulder area of the tyres. Cracking is a tell tale sign of aging tyres?

Cracked Tyres-Ozone-The Secret Enemy Of Caravan and Trailer Tyres

Cracked Tyres-Ozone

cracked tyres

Ever seen old tires, the rubber in them dried and deeply Cracked Tyres-Ozone? They were ripped apart not by the road, but by a greenhouse gas.

This is an excellent article. As a result, points out the dangers that the Ozone presents to the deterioration of your tyres.

Over the many years that I have been a tyre retailer. I have found that the biggest problem with the ozone affecting tyres. Can, therefore, be seen on tyres that are exposed to the climate. Of course, over an extended period. Hence, this includes things like tyres on farm vehicles, which are exposed to the weather for long periods of time of time.

Caravan and trailer tyres are also severely affected. Thus, with the cracked tyres syndrome. Because the tyres are exposed to the elements, over a period. Many a tyre dealer will tell you about the farmer who brought in a couple of tyres. He had left outside, to be fitted onto some loose wheels?

These tyres were always riddled with cracks in the bead area. Accordingly. This is what we call the crazy paving effect. Therefore, we had to refuse to fit them. This was because when we inflated them. They could have exploded apart, and I can remember one that did just that. The rear tractor tyre blew lifting me ten feet into the air. Luckily I was ok, but my ears were ringing for days after?

Cracked Tyres-Ozone

Are caravans the same? The danger is when the caravan(or trailer) has been exposed to the ozone, then the cracks from around the tyres bead area and become dangerous with the caravan owner NOT knowing anything about it. They then move the caravan out onto the roads and the cracked tyres, combined with heat buildup, cause the tyre to explode and in some cases, this can cause an unfortunate accident. We have all seen this, especially on bank holidays when the caravans are on the move for the first time.

To conclude it is always best to check your tyres on trailers and caravans before venturing out onto the road. Farmers will always be farmers, and if you fit these for them, they will just let you, as they do not like parting with their money. This article also relates to tyre pressure.

Another worrying aspect of this problem is that the cracked tyres are getting onto the part used tyre market, we have seen this recently and the fact that people are buying these worries me deeply.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/TyrePressure

Source: io9.com

Buy Best Tyres you can Afford-Spend money for Better Tyres

Buy Best Tyres

Nokian building successful few months

Buy Best Tyres

Before i comment about which tyres the public can afford. So, may i say that i think in general that most drivers DO buy the best that they can afford to pay for.

I am convinced of this by the big mix of tyres that we do sell. Another part of the jigsaw is the internet tyre market.

We find that most of the cheap tyres and mid-range tyres are bought through the internet. Some of the bigger SUV and 4X4 tyres are also sold online .

This is due to the fact the drivers who own these vehicles. Hence, are usually business people . So, who have little time to call into a tyre depot and so buy online and have them fitted either at home or call in to have them fitted on a weekend.

Most of our Blackcircles fitting jobs were on a Saturday morning and were up market cars for expensive tyres, usually Michelin or Bridgestone tyres.

On the whole though drivers will buy the  Best Tyres they can Afford . Always looking for a bargain and not necessarily cheap tyres. We at pellon tyre shop here in Halifax UK always give our customers the choice, especially on the bigger SUV and crossover tyres.

Another bonus that has sprung up in recent years is the growing popularity of winter tyres. These must also come into the category of  which Tyres you can Afford, but for the winter time.

To give an example Nokian tyres are usually more expensive than most other makes, and why not they are very confident about their excellent tyre products.

Winter tyre buyers, will also choose tyres depending on how deep their pockets are. This year i am expecting great things from the

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Michelin CrossClimate tyres, but they are not cheap tyres?

To conclude i think that you do pay for what you get, but the margins of quality are getting finer, so you should look out for bargains, especially in the mid-range tyre price bracket.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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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.

 

TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres, tyre safety advice for winter from www.tyresafe.org

TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres

TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres

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TyreSafe were set up with the responsibility of raising the awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

There is no doubt about it but tyresafe.org are the place to go. In the UK for good tyre safety advice. Thus this site is well worth a look.

 

Tyresafe is Britain’s number one tyre safety organisation.
They were first set up in 2006 and is a non-profit making organisation. Dedicated to alarming the public of important tyre safety matters.Thereupon,  towards the problems with the use of defective and illegal tyres.

The awareness campaigns that the group sets up. Are all in line with a current duty of care regulations.Of course, also the legislation that covers vehicles, here in the UK.
We at Pellon tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK have now been a member for four years.

As the owner of the tyre business. Tyresafe has given me much confidence to drive my ideas and grievances forward. Including my pet hate and that is the selling of illegal part worn tyres.

The organisation, have done much work in making the public more aware.Especially, of this growing worldwide problem. Which is the thing that I am always writing about. People are just not conscious of the dangers of part worn tyres.

Over the past few years. It was good to see that other important organisations have joined Tyresafe. Because of their recognition. As well as tyre manufacturers, wholesaler and retailers (like ourselves).

They have been joined by outside tyre groups such as car makers and equipment makers; such has been their impact on safety matters.
Tyresafe also works in close cooperation with other organisations. As expected, like the police and fire service. Thus are often coordinating with the Highways Agency and Roadsafe as well as giving advice to local councils.

Eric Roberts

 

Tyresafe helps to reduce road casualties

We at Pellon tyres here in Halifax UK are proud members of www.tyresafe.org.

www.pellontyres.co.uk.

Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre-On -Volkswagen Touran new models.

Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre
Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre

Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre

VW are looking to use the Falken tyre brand . Hence to use on their new Touran Models . Therefore, this article explains the process.

Eric Roberts

OE for Volkswagen Touran – Tire Business – The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

Studded tyres-Proposed bill requires permit for users – Still illegal in the UK

Studded tyres

studded tyres

A report just released by the Oregon Department of Transportation estimated that studded tyres cause about $8.5 million worth of damage to Oregon roads every year.

Studded tyres can tear up the road surface and are illegal in the UK

Studded tyres in the UK

One of the UK tyre companies that offer a studding tyre service is Avon tyres. The studded tyres, however, can only be used in an off-road situation. Here in the UK, Germany and France as it is illegal to use studded tyres on the UK roads. Because they do damage the road surfaces.
Other European countries and some North American states can use studded tyres.Thus at certain times of the year. But some states are trying to abolish the use of them. Because of the use of damage that they can do to the roads.
Different European countries, especially the alpine countries and Nordic countries, which have extreme winters.

Thus allow studded tyres to be fitted to their vehicles, to give them added grip in icy conditions. Ice can also be a problem for winter tyres because even winter tyres will struggle in some real ice conditions.
A few example countries are.

Studded tyres

Austria
If you will be driving your car in Austria. Then it is the law for your vehicle to be fitted with a full set of winter tyres. They should also have a minimum tread depth of 4mm this is from 1st November – 15th April and at other times outside these dates when there is snow, slush or ice on the roads, very sensible in my opinion.
More relevant to this article Studded tyres may be used from the 1st October until the 31st May. Special local requirements may extend this period.
Belgium
Strangely it is not legal to fit winter tyres in Belgium, but you can have stud tyres and chains provided when the roads are covered in ice and snow, I would say that this is a grey area?

Denmark
Stud tyres – which must be fitted to all wheels – and can be used from 1st November – 15th April.

Studded tyres

Finland, Estonia and Latvia.In Finland, Estonia and Latvia vehicles must be fitted with a set of winter tyres.This from 1 December to 28/29 February. But can be used as early as November until April. Minimum tread depth is 3mm but in poor conditions 5mm.
Studded tyres.

As well as snow chains.May also be used, studded tyres from November – April.Thus on all wheels and snow chains only during severe weather conditions. Also you must avoid damaging the road surface; I presume that it means that you should not ride on dry road surfaces with studded tyres fitted?

Norway
It is strongly advised that winter tyres or snow chains are used during the winter season from November to April. All vehicles should be equipped with winter tyres on all wheels, or the driver could be fined. You should also carry a set of snow chains in your car boot, or if you are stopped by the police, you could once again be fined.

As a side issue, you will be charged a fee by Oslo and Bergen, with stickers available for the period that you will be staying in the cities, How strange?
Switzerland
Stud tyres can be used in the winter tyre time but are prohibited on motorways and semi-motorways (DUEL CARRAIGWAYS) except for certain parts of the A13 and A2.
Sweden
Stud tyres fitted to all the wheels can be used from October – 15th April but some areas do not allow you to use them so you must look out for road signs as they may be banned on some routes.
Most southern European countries do not use studded tyres on the roads.

Source: www.kgw.com

www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Tyre Manufacturers Best Winter Tyres- compete for the “Best winter tyres”

Tyre Manufacturers 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

Tyre Manufacturers Best Winter Tyres

Tyre manufacturers are now fighting to produce the best winter tyres
So the article on the link reminded me that not long ago. Then 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 lets say “better off” drivers . Consequently, who could afford to go  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 was that the tyre manufacturers were then mostly based in the UK. Producing the tyres here for the UK market . So, would have concentrated on the home market only

All the leading and some smaller tyre manufacturers had tyre factories here in the UK.

The same would be so in the other European countries. Michelin produced most of their winter tyres for the French and German ski industry. Therefor began to develop some excellent winter tyre products. Include a winter version of the Michelin “X” tyre the “X” M+S 89 tyres.

Also producing the “XM S100 S 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 Alpin 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. Naturally, 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

Consequently, 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 “Winters-port 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. Kelly Springfield brought out their “Explorer” winter tyre and later became part of Goodyear tyres, followed by India tyres with their “Super Multi-grip” tyres. Of course, 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 .

Eric Roberts

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.

https://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.

 

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season-What to opt for: summer tyres or all-season ones?

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

This is getting easier as time goes bye. First, it depends what time of the year , that you are buying your tyres? At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I would say is the best time to buy all-season tyres.

if you live in an area that may have some snow fall then I would look at a good set of conventional winter tyres. For this reason I would probably choose Nokian winter tyres. Nokian have proved outstanding in winter tyre tests.

For regular motoring and the summer ahead of you. Then perhaps a set of normal summer tyres would be as good as anything. Believe it or not, summer tyres are still the popular tyres that we supply at Pellon tyres here in Halifax UK.

All-weather tyres are starting to get some momentum. Perhaps mainly because of the large amount of TV advertising. Hence, that Michelin Tyres have done in the recent past.

Eric Roberts

 

What to opt for: summer tyres or all-season ones?