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Winter Tyres-A Women’s guide

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

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This customer is having winter tyres fitted in preperation for the bad weather

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.

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Firestone winter tyres similar to the ones fitted to Mr Knights car in the late 1960’s

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.

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Scenes like this from two year ago can remind us just how bad it gets.This was in Sowerby north of Halifax UK

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.
Eric Roberts
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.

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Some manufacturers of winter tyres  were slow to start

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This Goodyear winter tyres shows the complex tread pattern

There is no doubt about it, that in recent times the winter tyres as we know them today, have taken off big style, with motorists here in the UK.

I can actually remember another window in time, when I was a tyre fitter for one of the national tyre companies in a small town called Dewsbury, in Yorkshire UK. From what I can remember, we must have been going through a spell of cold winters then because I can clearly remember that we were fitting winter tyres.
The tyres were mainly remould tyres, because the drivers did not want to run these tyres in the summer months. The winter tyres then were really summer tyres with a very heavy tread pattern attached to the tyres carcass. The tread patterns were usually derived from the old tread patterns as used by the new tyre manufacturers. The old Firestone and Goodyear tread patterns were very popular. The tyre remould company would buy the old tyre moulds from these companies and use them to remould their tyres from old casings.
The remoulded winter tyres were very noisy and because of the big tread patterns they would also over-heat. The over-heating was caused by sheer friction, between the tyre and the road surface and the sound they made was a constant drumming noise, inside the car. The friction also caused the remould tyres to separate; this is when the tread parts with the casing part of the tyre. This is often seen on our motorways, when a huge chunk of tyre treads strips off and is often left at the side of the road or the grass verge.
The first so-called winter tyre was invented as long ago as 1908 when a Frank Seiberling, cut an extra deep groove in an early tyre to discover that the tyre gave a better grip on a wintery road surface.
Nothing much happened after that until the first modern type of winter tyre was introduced by Nokian tyres of Finland, which was a range of winter truck tyres named as the “kelirengas” translated as “weather tyre”. This was in 1934 and in 1936 the Fins launched a winter tyre for cars which was known as the “Lumi-Hakkapelitta”.

Other winter tyres companies

were slow to follow, and did not really start to develop winter tyres until the early 1950,s. These included Goodyear tyres in America, who brought out the “Suburbanite” whose excellent early TV, advert can be seen on this blog post.
Also at the same time Continental tyres were bringing out a winter tyre known as the M14. These types of tyres were very heavy on tread rubber, but they are the beginning of the modern-day winter tyres that we see today. The main difference is that the tyre design has had to change to meet the demands of the modern car and more fundamentally the tyres now have added ingredients in their tread compounds that were not known about in the early days, primarily silca based compounds that now help the tyre to carry on flexing in cold temperatures.

Yokohama also make an excellent winter tyres the W drive winter as seen on this video.

Vredestien tyres from Holland were also a pioneer of the winter tyres, first bringing out the Snow + winter tyres in the 1960,s.
Wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk has been set up as an informative web site about all tyre subjects and other stories of interest to the garage and auto-centre owner.

Eric Roberts
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.