Maggie Barry tests out Continental winter tyres on her rear-wheel-drive BMW as a snowstorm caused chaos on the roads.
A Winters tale from Scotland but every little story about winters :is a positive to me.
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.