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Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9-Selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9
Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9

Many consumers are worried about the wear and tear of their regular summer tyres. As a result many drivers try to avoid replacing tyres in winter conditions. Thinking that winter tyres are going to be very expensive.

Like any other tyre products them winter tyre prices can vary. Similar to any other tyres then you can buy a cheap winter tyre for your vehicle. In my opinion it is always preferable to use them. So. rather than slipping of the road and possibly losing precious lives.

We all know that during winter weather it is indeed a dangerous task to drive about. Major problems for a driver during winter include ice, snow and sleet. Therefore, It is very important for one to use winter tyres in order to avoid any disasters. Winter, tyres are designed and prepared specially. Hence, to perform well in cold and icy conditions, where driving can be more difficult.

Another reason why we should fit winter tyres. Is because winter coincides with the festive Christmas period. As I am writing this blog then we are expecting  a snow fall. This will come at the same time as thousands if not millions of drivers will be heading for the shops.

Snow fall and summer tyres do not mix?

It is a recipes for disaster ? snow falling and summer tyres just do not mix.

There are millions of little grooves that we call “sipes” on winter tyres. Ensuring that the traction is minimized on icy roads. Due to these  grooves. So, it has been proved that the grip is increased nearly 40 times.

When there is black ice on the roads then this is a different type of problem. Winter tyres are less effective but are still better as compared to summer tyres. Which, can slip off the road in extreme conditions. Indeed this week has seen wide spread black ice across the North of England.

Therefore, it can be a really bad experience to drive on such hazards as Black ice and snow without the fitting of  winter tyres on your vehicle. Many drivers do not realize the importance of new winter tyres.

Everyone should use winter tyres during extreme winter road conditions. Especially when out and about during your Christmas shopping. Safety and security are the buzz words when it comes to winter driving with the correct tyres fitted. They provide you with protective safety.

Winter tyres are not noisy

Many of my older customers. Think that winters are are a knobbly tyre that makes a loud noise when driving on normal dry roads? of course this cant be further from the truth? All because of the  advancement of technology. So, in recent years better tyres have evolved. Which help to face even tougher conditions with added  safety features.

“Silica” has been successfully added to the tyre compound. This silica helps to make the tyre more flexible. Especially in the cold days of winter. Summer tyres go hard and rigid when the outside temperature drops bellow 7 degrees. Not winter tyre though? winter tyres stay flexible. Because of the added silica compound.

Modern tyre manufacturing techniques have also enabled winter tyres to be made to include millions of sipes ( tiny slits) into the tyres tread area. As a result, these sipes get rid of all the water,slush and snow. Sipes also help reduce the tyre noise on dry roads.

Winters are ideal and safer on SUV vehicles

This was the old fear. Winter tyres were “very noisy” not any more. I must admit that some of the economy “budget tyres” are more noisy than the quality brands . This was a concern with the drivers of the larger SUV type cars. Because of the large tyre sizes and widths. Then people thought that winter tyre would be noisy?

Not any more? If you stick to quality brands such as Nokian and Michelin then noisy winter tyres are a thing of the past. I have first class experience of this. One our pool cars is a Jaguar F-pace. We recently fitted a set of Nokian winters to practice what we preach.

the tyre are brilliant? no noise on the M62 motorway, even on the concrete sections. Another customer of ours tried out a set of General winter tyres on his BMW SUV with the same results. General tyres are amid-range tyre made by Continental tyres of Germany.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9-Some countries use snow chains and studs

As the winter conditions differ from country to country it is difficult to suggest the correct time to change tyres, but usually people do this in late November or else when snow is in the weather forecast.

Further safety measures can be adopted by attaching snow chains and studs to the tyres. Chains fitted around the tyres help to break down the snow and thus provide necessary grip which helps to control the car in bad weather conditions.

Studs are illegal in the UK. however many of our customers travel o skiing holidays to countries that do allow  studs to be fitted to your winter tyres. Not all winter tyres take studs. However the Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9 tyres do take studs.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9- Fitting winter tyres means that we are all winners

To conclude. If I had my way then everyone would use winter tyres during extreme winter road conditions. Provide their family and other drivers safety. It can be a really bad experience to drive in winters without having fitted winter tyres on your vehicle. Drivers who have had them in past always recommend them to another family member or friend.

here at Pellon tyres we have a large following of customers who look forward to winter and having their winter tyres fitted. These drivers know it makes sense for safety alone.

Eric Roberts

Source: Nokian Tyres’ Hakkapeliitta 9 selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Continental Winter Tyres-Braking on Snow a great video

 

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Continental winter tyres one of the best

As winter approaches, then winter tyre advice starts to come along thick and fast?

And so it should?

The past few years have seen a great increase in the number of safety conscious drivers fitting winter tyres onto their vehicles. The most popular time is the November period.

October is the time when tyre writers start to put together their articles about the safety aspects of winter tyres and other related

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

products.

This particular video is  indeed produced by Continental tyres. Continental winter tyres are one of the best on the market and often come top in the international motoring magazine tyre tests.

I am fortunate that we are the Continental winter tyres dealer in the Halifax area of Yorkshire here in the UK.

One of the good things about Continental winter tyres, is the fact that they have a vast range of winter tyre products, including winter tyres to fit the huge range of tyres that are fitted to SUV vehicles. These  Continental winter tyres are becoming more and more popular as the drivers of this type of car realise that they do need winter tyres to drive more safely in the winter weather.

Another good point about Continental Winter Tyres is the amount of testing that they carry out. The tyres are tested extensively in all the

Continental winter tyres
New Continental winter TS850

types of winter conditions that are possible. When they are satisfied about the quality of the product then they submit them for testing against their competitors tyres.

This can be seen with the new ContiWinter Contact TS 850 tyre. This tyre came out tops in recent winter tyre tests in Germany.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/massive-push-for-winter-tyres/

Winter Tyres tested-We went to Finland to test winter tires in a giant freezer (before it even … – Autoweek

Winter Tyres tested
Winter Tyres tested

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again: If you live in a state that experiences winter, you should invest in a good set of Winter Tyres tested. Yes, even if you’ve been …

This is a great article that shows the length that tyre companies take to test their tyre products before they are released to the public for road use.

This particular article is about the new winter tyres tested, by Hankook tyres. The same also applies to other tyre companies, who rigorously teat their tyre products in real conditions, taking the cars used to their extreme limits.

I am lucky enough to experience such extreme testing conditions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Austrian Alps to witness winter tyres tested, at first hand.

The company was not Hankook, but one of the worlds top winter tyre producers, Apollo-Vredestein.

The winter tyres tested  were a new winter tyre to sell to the SUV winter market.

I was in a group made up from other independent tyre dealers from across the UK. We were all allocated to an SUV vehicle that were fitted out with the new tyres. The drivers were all test drivers from the world of motorsport. These drivers took the vehicles up the Austrian Alps and the new winter tyres were put through their paces.

We drove on snow and ice, and i must admit to have been a little frightened, by the extremes that these vehicles were driven, in fact i was glad when the thing finished and we got back to the hotel in one piece?

It was a great experience and showed that the  winter tyres tested were put through their extreme paces.

This winter we have decided to stock some Apollo/Vredestein winter tyres, along with the excellent Yokohama winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-were-gripping/

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Insight-Winter Tyres- Best Places to Buy Snow Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

Winter is just getting started! And, for those who drive their cars during this snowy season, it’s time to get your remote car starter ready and change your tires out for snow tires. It doesn’t matter if the snowy road you’re driving down is dry or wet; having quality […]

Insight-Winter Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

I am writing this article, with the threat of an imminent snow storm, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Hence, many of our customers are already well equipped with their winter tyres fitted to their vehicles.

This article lists some of the best winter tyres on the market today. Therefore, it will be well worth a click onto the web page below. We here at Pellon Tyres recommend a couple of makes. Thus, these are makes that we are very familiar with. Naturally, these are brands that our customers have fitted and are tried and tested.

Apollo-Vredestein are perhaps one of the best known. We have had good results from economy brands. These include Jinyu winter tyres and also General winter tyres.

SHOCK WEATHER WARNING: Coldest winter for 50 YEARS set to bring MONTHS of heavy snow to UK

SHOCK WEATHER

BRITAIN is facing the most savage winter in more than 50 years with months of shock weather will bring heavy snowfall and bitter Arctic winds set to bring the country to a total standstill.

The Express, a UK daily newspaper started to put out these shock weather warnings a couple of years ago,

I though they were scare mongering for some unknown reason. The thing that surprised me was that they began to get accurate with their forecasts. Here in the Yorkshire area of the UK we began to have shock weather conditions with very heavy snow and low temperatures.

I was ecstatic, because we sell winter tyres and car batteries, we could not have wished for nicer weather.

It was just right, drivers could just about get about in their cars, and

shock weather
This snow fell in November a couple of years ago catching many drivers off their guard.

they soon found that with winter tyres fitted, then the job got much easier to get about our very hilly countryside.

Now as the winter of 2015 approaches we will be watching out for another bad winter that the Express paper has already predicted in this article.

We also know that the weather people are predicting an El-Nino weather effect which brings rally cold weather to the UK, so hold on to your hats we could be in for a rough ride this winter.Oh and don’t forget your winter tyres?

This time of year is also very busy with our wise customers having their cars serviced. After the schools summer holiday break, then some drivers look to prepare their cars for the winter. We are already selling tyres for winter use . One tyre that is already looking popular is the Michelin CrossClimate tyres. We fitted a set of CrossClimate on a customers Renault last Saturday.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-can-help-you-get-a-grip-in-the-cold-evening-telegraph/

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Canada Weather Tough Tyres-Learn How to Drive for the Conditions

Canada Weather Tough Tyres

Snow and ice push our driving skills to the limit. Do you know how to drive properly in winter conditions? The following tips could save you from problems when you are out on the road: Maintain a safe following distance. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal […]

Learn How to Drive for the Conditions

Canada Weather Tough Tyres

In my opinion this is advice from a country that has one of the toughest winter weathers in the world. For this reason, if the Canadians can’t cope with winter then nobody can.

As a tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire, UK. I sometimes envy the amount of snow that Canada can get in most winters.

However, the same principles apply. As a result, do you know how to drive your vehicle the correct way in winter conditions? The following words of advice  could actually save you many problems when you are out on the road. Especially in sub zero winter snowy weather.

Winter tyre market in Belgium-that is expected to grow …

Winter tyre market
The winter tyre market is expected to pick up shortly if the El-Nino takes affect and gives us snow like this above Sowerby in West Yorkshire in 2013.

New report explores the winter tyre market in Belgium that is expected to grow …
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Winter tyre growth expected for Belgium

This week will see the start of colder night in some parts of Europe. The prediction is that the El Niño weather system will start again this year and affect the world’s climate and the Winter tyre market . Here in the UK it affects our winter temperatures and we suffer periods of very cold weather which bring us snow and ice.

Car drivers have in the past been caught out by these sudden snow storms and even whole motorways (M11) have been cut off with thousands of cars stranded with their summer tyres skidding and getting their cars stuck.

In my opinion the UK has woke up to our winters and we have seen a big surge of drivers fitting winter tyres to their cars and a large increase in the Winter tyre market . This has been a good move and now like the UK drivers in Belgium are waking up to the idea of fitting winter tyres.

Winter tyres are called all sorts of names, including snow tyres, all-season tyres and cold weather tyres. In general these tyres do the

Winter tyre market
Snow Flake emblem on the tyres sidewall the winter tyre marking

same job and are most beneficial to drivers in winter time.

Today’s winter tyres are a different animal to the ones when I first started in the tyre industry. Early winter tyres were virtually a summer tyre casing fitted out with a very tread pattern (similar to my image of an early Firestone winter tyre) new tyres for winter use have been developed through the tyre companies involvement in motorsport. Especially rallying, where tyres needed to grip in very bad conditions and bad weather.

The whole tyre structure had to be developed to give modern cars the ride that they were used to. This meant more flexible casings in low temperatures. Silica was going to be the answer? It enabled tyres to flex more in lower temperatures. This combined with modern tread pattern design, brought out new winter tyre designs, which performed very well on new car designs such  as SUV’s and luxury saloons.

Belgium like all the other European countries is no exception to the rules and the winter tyre market is expected to grow as safety conscious motorists lower their risks to bad winter weather.

The new revolution will be an improvement in the all-weather tyre. If these are fitted to your car then there will no need to fit winter tyres. These tyres will be fitted all the year round. I feel that this will be the main aim of the tyre companies in future. The trend has already been started with the excellent Michelin CrossClimate. This tyre is already proving to be popular and only time will tell, whether this type of tyre will replace the traditional winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-even-more-important-for-suv-drivers-uk-net-guide-pellon-tyres/

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Do winter tyres work? A good look at Winter Tyres by Autocar.co.uk

Do winter tyres work

Winter Tyres Safety Tools

Do winter tyres work

So, my answer to that would be definite yes ! After working in the tyre industry now for 40 years, I think I am qualified to give the answer.

Not just “do winter tyres work” but in my opinion the are now essential !what do I mean!

First thing to remember is the massive increase in traffic volumes on our roads. Therefore having the power to stop your vehicle is crucially essential. I personally fit winter tyres on all my vehicles. Indeed we leave winter tyres on our vans all the year round. Including the Ford transit van that I often drive about in.

Vans are a massive part of our traffic

With the increase in van traffic then good tyres are important. Many vans do carry some weight. As a result we have all been in situations when we have had to brake very hard. So, sometimes you only have to look away for a few seconds when the traffic in front has stopped.

This coupled with a wet or slippy road can be the difference between stopping an having an accident. The difference can be your tyres. In my experience then winter tyres have saved me on winter roads several times.

And I dont just mean getting out of snow. Although they do help in that situation. Consequently, winter tyres can be the difference to whether you actually stop the van or not.

Although I say “van” then its just as important for car drivers ! with winter tyres fitted you know that your are in a safer driving environment. Believe me when I say that they will get you out of trouble several times in an average winter.

So, van drivers mark my word ! you wont regret fitting a set of winter tyres and keeping them on all year round.

Eric Roberts

Two BMWs, two different tyres and lots of snow – we test the effectiveness of winter tyres. More videos at http://www.autocar.co.uk/VideosWallpapers/Videos.aspx

Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres-Good solid advice about Snow tyres- tested by autocar.co.uk

Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres

Winter tyres versus 4x4 tyres

Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres

This has always been a good talking point. However ,to me it is a no brainer. So, if you need tyres and winter is approaching. Then you must consider all-weather tyres or winter tyres.

Winter here in the UK can last as long as 5 months. Of course it has been known to snow in April and even May. So the investment will be well worth it!

Most compelling evidence to me is the great reports we have from customers who have had winter tyres fitted. It is important to realise the safety features that winter tyres have built into them.

Firstly, the tread is a special design

Tread is designed to be more tougher. These tyres look aggressive and actually they need to be! Secondly comes the actual compounds that the tyres are made of. Of course these days “silica” is a great new additive to give tyre more flexibility in cold weather.

Winter tyres do not go hard when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Sipes are the next great benefit! these are all the tiny slits in almost all winter tyre designs. Significantly, sipes are the thing that clears away the water, slush and snow as you are driving along.

This combined with the tread pattern helps clear away the dreaded winter weather that comes along every year. In my opinion November is the best time to fit your winter tyres. Here in Halifax we are a 1000 feet above sea level and the first snow usually falls in November.

So, if you live in a hilly area then winter tyres are for you. If am sure that you wont be disappointment ?

Eric Roberts

Which works best in the snow, winter tyres or four-wheel drive? We test two otherwise identical Skoda Yetis to find out which is best. Read a full Skoda Yeti review at http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/skoda/yeti

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts-Ontario: car insurance discounts for snow tires

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

ETOBICOKE, Ontario (Dec. 16, 2016) — The Ontario provincial government has mandated that companies that sell car insurance in Ontario offer their customers discounts for using winter tires. The winter tire discount mandate — which took effect Jan. 1, 2016 — is one of several ways the province is […]

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

This is something that I have written about in the past. Of course, we all know that winter tyres are much safer for drivers. Hence in the long dark winter days.

Canadian insurance companies have taken up this. Naturally, by offering motorists that fit winter tyres. Accordingly, a discount on their insurance policy. Of course, I think this is an idea that could be carried to the UK.

Winter tyres are safer, we all know that. Therefore it would give drivers an incentive of cheaper insurance if they fit winter tyres. A win/win situation.

The winter tire discount mandate — which took effect Jan. 1, 2016 — is one of several ways the province is seeking to help reduce insurance costs for Ontario’s 10 million drivers, according to Yvan Baker, the Parliamentary assistant to Minister of Finance Charles Sousa.

Eric Roberts.