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.
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We should all be having “fun in the snow”. I certainly did, when I was a kid. Therefore, they should be no reason why we would not do the same as adults.
I know what is not fun? thats driving in snow. Especially in a car fitted on summer tyres. Driving in snow with summer tyres is a miserable experience. We have all done this in the past. Hence, there were times when millions of us just could not get to work. As expected in snowy weather.
In my opinion, this should not happen in modern times. Winter tyres, are not an expensive item any more. The tyre trade has been trying to explain to the motorists about the safety features of fitting winter tyres. Thus , onto their cars, before the bad weather arrives.
I can see a big improvement in way that the public do respond by fitting winter tyres. Of course, word of mouth has been a factor of this. Including social media sites. There is no doubt that winter tyres are a major safety feature for the six months of winter. Trying to get out of the snow, very nice winter/snow tyres. In an audi A4. Fun in the snow, General Altimax Arctic Tyres
The General Altimax Arctic has many attributes. Therefore the tyre exhibits excellent traction in the wet. Including, snowy and dry driving conditions. Naturally, the Altimax is most suitable for urban drivers. Including the drivers of Sedans, CUVs and SUVs.
The tyre test was carried out,100 km from the Arctic Circle. Hence at a world-class testing facility in Sweden. Therefore the performance would replicate the conditions found during winter time. Of course in Northern Europe and Canada.
The most outstanding feature was the tyre scored an incredible 100 in wet traction. Naturally, the General Altimax Artic is designed with a directional tread pattern. Of course, which amplifies water evacuation. This design helps the tyre to resist hydroplaning and naturally, increase wet handling.
Another advantage of the tyre is a design feature of a multi-angle sipes systems. Thus ,to enhance the traction in high-angled turns and straight-ahead driving in snowy conditions. A great benefit for winter tyres. Thus earning a score of 97.7 in snow traction.
With the ability to drive comfortably in rain and snow, drivers can drive worry free with the General Altimax Arctic. A great tyre product from the Continental tyres stable .
Early November saw the first snow to fall here in Halifax, Northern England. Winter tyres were the order of the day?
I am not complaining, but we were very busy fitting snow tyres. One of our long standing customers. hence bought a new set of 185R60T15 General Altimax Arctic Tyres for a total of £284, installed and out the door. The customer took our word for the quality and endurance of these winter tyres.
The driver who made this video, went a step further, “Since it seemed hard to find reviews of these online, I thought I’d whip up a short video”. The guy came up with the following facts
General Altimax Arctic some facts
1. These are great on dry roads. Hence, I have been driving them on dry pavements for the last couple of weeks. Consequently, they’re almost unnoticeable. Contrast that to the Winterforce. So, where they would throw you from side to side for the first 1k to 1.5k miles (need to really wear them in).
2. Wet pavement: handle beautifully. Perfect traction during the two rain storms we had previously.
3. Sloppy wintery mix: Unreal. Just watch the video above. The deep tread throws the slush off the wheels so you don’t even notice it. Earlier, on this day, I was driving my all season tires on a different car and the slush would throw the car from side to side and create that nasty sound hitting the wheel-wells.
4. Grip: Perfect. Last year this Camry had pretty bad tires, so I’ve always viewed it as a death trap, in any type of winter weather. This test proved the complete opposite! Now the thing feels like it has 4-wheel drive. The grip really is nice. Early this evening I was driving my Honda Accord with all-season and was slipping and sliding on the side roads. The winter tires on the Camry? Nothing. Felt great.
I’ll post more reviews as we roll into the season and we get deeper snow. I’ll try to make them a little more exciting too:).
Have made extensive in-roads into the perfect winter tyre. of course, I mean that are most suitable for the larger and sportier cars. Hence such as the BMW’s and Mercedes.
Continental are of course a German company. Thus, they are interlinked with the German tyre manufacturers. This is of course a natural thing to do. Mainly because of the close proximity to each other.
Therefore, it makes sense to cooperate with each other. Naturally, in the compatibility of interlinking products. Of course, this could be just seen as progress. Indeed it probably is.
Car design and manufacturing is a fast moving science. Therefore, tyres have to keep up with the pace. The tyres of yesteryear would be no good for the modern fast coupe. Of course that is produced in Germany.
Tyre buffs, only have to look at the Cont Contact range of tyres. Each new car that is developed, now requires a tyre to match. Continental have always been at the forefront of tyre development. This meets all the qualities of the large German car Manufacturers.
This tyre development also includes winter tyres. Germans and other Europeans have an urge to head for the ski resorts during winter time. This means that these large cars require tyres that will go down the Autobahn at over 100 MPH and then drive up mountains to reach the snow slopes.
This where the Continental Winter TS850 Tyres, come into their own. These tyres were tested by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung , the ContiWinterContact TS 850 defended its title and again finished best in test.
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.
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.
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.
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 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