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
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.
Do i need winter tyres ? Everything you need to know about cold weather tyres.
A great question.Hence, that I have tried to answer a million times. We all live very busy lives. Therefore, we do not like to be hampered or hindered in our daily dash.Thus, from home to work or home to school.
The roads in the UK are packed to the brim with our cars. Every family now owns two or three cars. We just cannot do without them?
On the other side of the coin. We all want safer cars and safer roads. Our families are very precious to us.
This in my opinion is where I answer the question “do I need winter tyres”.The answer is a big fat YES we do need winter tyres.
The past five or six winters here in the UK. Of course, have shown us all just how bad winter can be. As I am sat here writing this. The weather forecast is for snow to fall. In parts of the UK and this is usually in the Halifax area of Yorkshire, where my tyre business is.
Do I need winter tyres
A good point to remember is that a winter performs much better when the temperature drops to bellow 7 degrees C. The tyre stays more flexible, because of certain additives in the tyres compound and enables the tyre to grip much better in cold winter weather, This makes winter tyres much safer to drive on in the winter time.
My winter tyre business has built up because of “word of mouth” from the customers that have bought winter tyres in the past, and have spread the word, about how good the really are.
To summarise winter tyres are a major safety asset for your family and yourself.