Testing Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS 06 -A new type of Summer-Winter tyre.

Testing Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS 06


Continental tyres do not like the term ,”all-season“. I too think that new terminology is required and is an old stale tyre term.

The term of “all-season”, in my opinion, means neither one or another. It reminds me of poor quality and performance in any weather. The tyre was originally made for the motorists who did not want to change over from summer tyres to winter tyres.

It became a sort of half-way house if you get my drift. You will find that this is still the case today. Although in recent years, we find that drivers are reverting to the real thing. Consequently, drivers are now buying winter tyres.

Also, companies such as Michelin, are bringing out a different winter/summer tyre combination, they call the  Cross/Climate. Continental tyres have also brought out the Continental Contact CT22. Different countries have different tyre requirements. Including Europe and the USA.

Testing Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS 06

The difference is in the north and south. The north being much colder and requiring winter tyres. The southern countries use mainly summer tyres.The different conditions, includes countries, like the UK.  In many parts of Europe, it’s the law for people to switch to winter tyres during the cold months or you’ll be fined.

The choice these days is fantastic. Tyre producers are bringing out new safer products all the time. There is a tyre out there to suit your driving conditions and pocket. If you are not sure, then call in to see your local independent tyre dealer.

Timing may be everything. Certainly, in the Ultra High-Performance All-Season category, the timing was right for Continental when they launched the original Extreme Contact DWS. Six years later it’s time for their next Ultra High-Performance All-Season tire, the Extreme Contact DWS 06.

The Extreme Contact DWS06 is not available on the European tyre market. However the ContiWinterContact™ TS 850 and the ContiWinterContact TS 830 are available to fit many car models.

Does this new design offer more than just a strong family resemblance?

Tyre Safety-Premium v Budget Tyres Wet Braking Test – Continental Car Tyres

worn tyres
This tyre was a car tyre fitted with a bubble on the tread without the owner knowing anything about it?

Tyre Safety-Premium v Budget Tyres Wet Braking Test

Many of our customers, who call into see us in Halifax. It is easy to see that they find difficulty in choosing a tyre.This can be can be difficult. They look similar and until you get them

In fact, it is true what they say, “they look similar” but until you get them onto your car. You pay your money but you do not know how they are going to perform out on the road. This is an excellent video to help inform you. it shows the difference between cheap tyres and more expensive tyres.

Watch this wet braking test to see the difference between a set of Continental premium tyres and a set of cheaper budget tyres that look similar but perform very differently on the road. This may help you decide which ones you want to spend your money on. we all have a choice?

The budget tyre took an average of 14 metres or 3 and 1/2 car lengths extra to stop. When the premium tyre had come to a stop, the car on budget tyres was still travelling at 31mph.

Michelin Racing Tyres returns as tyre supplier for STCC – TouringCarTimes

michelin racing tyres

Michelin is back as tyre supplier for the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship ahead of the 2015 season. ”We are happy to have reached…

Source: www.touringcartimes.com

Another good news story from Michelin racing tyres, they will take over from Yokohama of Japan shortly.


There is no doubt that some of the best tyres in the world. will now be driven by some of the best drivers in the world.Of course, from the Scandinavian countries. When Michelin racing tyres become suppliers of their excellent products.Thus, for the upcoming 2015 season of the Scandinavian touring car season (STCC).
The Scandinavian touring car championship was at one time split. Accordingly,into two different countries. The Danish Championship and the Swedish Championship. Of course, the event became more prestigious in 2011. Because, the two were joined at they became the michelin racing tyresScandinavian touring car championships (STCC).
Yokohama tyres were the suppliers to the STCC, but the tyre deal has now gone to Michelin racing tyres.For this reason, they will be sole suppliers to the Scandinavian cars. Yokohama tyres have a foreign involvement in the type of racing and are still tyre suppliers for the European Touring Car Cup (ETCC), and also the World Touring car Championships.Michelin racing tyres

Michelin racing tyres

Are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again.Thereby supplying tyres to other types of racing.Including the FE championships. Which are of course, the F1 version using electric cars.
“Michelin is back as the official tire supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four classes in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia is joined by sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.
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. Accordingly, give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell.

Michelin Racing Tyres

We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. By using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. naturally, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing.For this reason, we are also an official MOT testing station. Naturally, are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Continental Winter Contact Tyres-SI, Top tyre for winter performance Winter Tyre Review: !

Continental Winter Contact Tyres

Continental Winter Contact Tyres

Ca Question Winter Tire Review: Consequently, Continental Continental Tyres Winter Contact SI. As expected, are the top tyre for winter performance! !

As a result, if you own a BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz. Equally, or you are just an amateur of performance cars. naturally, even in winter? Therefore, be sure to have a look on the Continental Tyres Winter Contact SI! It’s a new model

ContiWinterContact TS 810 Sport

Accordingly, posts have to be up dated ! So, it may be that the tyre company have updated their range of products and entered the market place with something new !

In the case of this particular post then it is Continental that have updated their tyre range to include the ContiWinterContact TS 810 Sport.

because vehicles are becoming more specialized then so the tyres have to match . So, in this case then Continental have developed a cold weather tyre for the high performance car range.

A Pure winter tyre

Significantly, this new winter tyre has been added to the range for use in the winter months. So, with the temperature dipping bellow the important 7 degree C  then these specialist tyres are an important upgrade.

As we all know winter is not just about snow and ice ! Heavy rain and extremely wet roads can be just as hazardous . So Continental have developed the ContiWinterContact TS 810 Sport tyre. Combining  superb handling with good wet grip and safe driving characteristics on cold, wintry roads.

Engineered to include stiff shoulder blocks. Delivering outstanding cornering stability. So the band-shaped tread in the centre of the tyre ensures short braking distances.

This new Conti tyre is definitely an winner and well worth a look at. Especially, if you are driving a performance car . So, throughout the whole year including the dreaded winter months.

Eric Roberts

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season-What to opt for: summer tyres or all-season ones?

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

Summer Tyres Versus All-Season

This is getting easier as time goes bye. First, it depends what time of the year , that you are buying your tyres? At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I would say is the best time to buy all-season tyres.

if you live in an area that may have some snow fall then I would look at a good set of conventional winter tyres. For this reason I would probably choose Nokian winter tyres. Nokian have proved outstanding in winter tyre tests.

For regular motoring and the summer ahead of you. Then perhaps a set of normal summer tyres would be as good as anything. Believe it or not, summer tyres are still the popular tyres that we supply at Pellon tyres here in Halifax UK.

All-weather tyres are starting to get some momentum. Perhaps mainly because of the large amount of TV advertising. Hence, that Michelin Tyres have done in the recent past.

Eric Roberts


What to opt for: summer tyres or all-season ones?

Waste tyres-are great for growing thing in especially potatoes and bedding plants

Waste tyres

waste tyres

This is a great alternative to the traditional way of raising potatoes in rows and best for any confined space.
Growing potatoes in tires is enexpensi…

Source: www.instructables.com

Of course, another great way of using old tyres is to use them as PLANTERS. So, it is surprising how good they can look when painted. Or you can just use them as they are in your back yard.

naturally, I am a keen gardener and i am speaking from experience. Consequently, the tyres hold water and also heat, they are a great growing container.

Waste tyres as Planters are a great idea

Since becoming a keen blogger and searching the internet for ideas and stories about my specialist subject. Mainly tyres and all other garage related news items that may spring up.

I am not surprised at the ingenuity and ideas that the general public come up with. So, when utilizing, with what many people would see as rubbish.
The rubbish that I am referring to is old waste tyres. Waste tyres have always been an environmental hazard. Of course, and are still regularly dumped on spare ground and in country lanes ! We have all seen them. This always happens, whenever we have to pay something to dispose of.  Then we will get the dark side of the tyre trade just dumping their old waste tyres.
Subsequently, I have written about this for ages . Until the practice stops I will continue to do so. On the other hand I think it is great to see this leveled out by the number of people.

Who are constantly looking for ways of using a tyre when it has reached the end of its life.

Old tyres are new used for many things, including children play areas, tile flooring, tarmac additives and many more, but the one use that keeps turning up is the use of old tyres for growing waste tyresplants in, “planter’s.
Those who know me well will tell you that I too am a keen gardener and now use some old tyres as planters. When I first saw this I shuddered at the thought of using old tyres to grow things in, I think it was because I see tyres every day and were sick of the site of them especially the old ones, which are costing me £1 each to dispose of.

However one spring day I decided to give it a try

but first of all my wife Michelle painted them for me, I think that they look better that way and were more acceptable if they looked a pretty colour. The first crop I grew was in fact potatoes. I did this because I wanted to try to see if I could find another way of not having to earth them up to encourage a bigger crop of potatoes.
When the green stems and leaves grew, I simply placed the same size tyre on top and topped it with new soil.

Waste tyres conserve water and heat

To be truthful the system worked well. I found that the waste tyres absorbed the sunlight and heat from the sun gives an ideal growing climate for the plants. Also the inside part of the tyres, holds water and moisture. The downside to this was the fact that this is the ideal place for SLUGS to live and breed, but I suppose that that is a different story and we all have our own methods of dealing with the slug problem?waste tyres
I have posted some great pictures of painted tyres, on this article and hope you will enjoy converting waste tyres into planters.

Eric Roberts

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 Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

Winter tyres As the November 2021 Snow Falls

winter tyres versus summer tyres (2)

We take you on a journey of discovery to understand the difference between winter tyres versus summer tyres in all road usage conditions. Find the right summer or win…

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Another great Michelin video.

We are the half way stage of winter here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. I must admit that as the owner of a successful tyre business, I still feel the need to write about the important of winter tyres versus summer tyres (2), as the beginning of winter approaches in November.
I am not the only one in fact there are thousands of safety conscious tyre manufacturers and tyre retailer. Who like me try to get the driving public to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres(2). As the winter approaches.
In general I am pleased with the response of the public over the past five winters, there has been a growing trend to fit winter tyres, by the public, as they realise how much safer they are when coping with the winter weather, including the growing amount of snow that we are having these days.

winter tyres versus summer tyres
The sipes in this winter tyre are easy to see

In the old days we would only ever see the rich customers, who were going to drive to Europe, probably skiing.

These drivers would have to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres

Here we are again another winter in the Pennine town of Halifax UK. We usually see our first snow fall in November ! So this year 2021 has been no different.

After a spell of dry days and mild weather then we were bombarded by a massive storm system on the 26th/27th . The storm came as a “Red warning” and was names s “Arwen” by the UK met office.

Storm struck in the middle of the night

Consequently we were awaken by a massive flash of lightening followed very closely by a huge clap of thunder. This was right above our heads. The gales swept in and deposited a few inches of fresh snow . Especially over the Halifax area.

The first snow fall has always been exciting to me. Because of course we sell a variety of winter tyres and all season tyres.

Unfortunately the winds were very strong and brought down some power lies in the Halifax area. In our case the phones were not working correctly and for some reason our internet went down. However we reverted to the old fashioned ways, pre the internet and carried on by dealing with our customers over the counter and issuing hand written bills.

I must admit that we were all excited !

Especially when a customer ordered some snow tyres. As it was a change from our normal routine of fitting the same old tyres to the same old cars. Older tyre depot owners will recollect this and know what I mean?
As time went on more and more European countries would have to fit winter tyres by law and so the tyre manufacturers had to come up with a better winter tyre product. Cars were getting faster and more comfortable to drive and so different materials were used in the tyres compound to make them more flexible in cold weather.

Winter versus summer tyres-Silica introduced

The introduction of silica into the tyres compound helped to solve this problem. Also the tyre companies had to come up with ways to dissipate the water and slush that clogged up the tread which had previously been done by fitting a heavy tread with big lugs, for grip. The big lugs were affective but would build up road noise at speed.
Tyre companies started to experiment by using more  tinier slits, that were previously used, which would open up and release trapped snow and water, enabling the tyre to grip on the surface, they allowed a bigger surface area to give the tyre better grip and traction. These are known as “sipes”, I talk all the time about sipes but they were an important evolution in the development of the modern winter tyre.

These two combinations the silica and the addition of a much effective tread pattern

Of course, were the key ingredients that help develop the modern winter tyre versus summer tyres. These tyres are now also available in all sizes to fit all cars including SUV and Crossover cars.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant selects Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres


Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant

An article from the “Fleet news” about the choice of the Michelin CrossClimate + tyres  for the NHS blood and transplant vehicles. For this reason, these cars are always seen going flat out with their valuable cargo from one hospital to another.

To me it is a non-brainer. Hence, to fit the safest all round tyre. Thus, for the purpose of emergency delivering at a high speed. Therefore, it does not stand thinking about. These vehicles should have the best tyres available for the job.

Well worth a look at if you are thinking of a new set of tyres. Michelin have come up with a great  and safer tyre product.

Eric Roberts

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant selects Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres

TyreSafe Aquaplaning Film – YouTube


Why good tread depth on your tyres is important http://t.co/Oq2cArSdHI

Another great video from tyresafe .


Aquaplaning is a tyre term from the past

When I first heard the word “aquaplaning” in recent times. So, it took me right back to the seventies. This word became the buzz word amongst tyre manufacturers. As the battle for tyre sales dominance took place . Of course, between the large tyre makers of the time. Namely Goodyear and Michelin with Dunlop not too far behind.
I am not sure if it was a word that was made by up the tyre manufacturers. However, I can remember that half of tyre kingdom found it a difficult to spell the word? Tyres were beginning to get more sophisticated in the late seventies. So, to keep up with speeds that cars were then able to do.

The new radial tyres were doing better than ever with increasing mileage

Especially coming from Michelin. Goodyear tyres were not far behind and in my opinion they had an edge on advertising their tyre products, a sort of Americanism.

Their tyre adverts were brash and in your face and included new technical terms such as aquaplaning , often using race car characters and stars, such as Sterling Moss the famous racing driver. Goodyear were also at the forefront of offering there tyre to be used in motorsport, this was also the tactic of Michelin and Pirelli and is still carried on to this day. I can also remember Jackie Stewart extolling the virtues of the Goodyear NCT tyre.

Aquaplaning, is also known as hydroplaning

and occurs when the water between the road surface and your tyres cannot be removed fast enough. This layer of water builds up in front end of the tyres and then the pressure of the water become much stronger than the pressure of the tyre on the road, the result is that the tyres lose contact with the road surface. This loss of traction causes the wheels to slip and prevents the car from responding to steering, braking or accelerating. As a result, it is very likely that your car will go out of control, start to skid or spin. A very, very dangerous situation to find yourself in.
This is why new tread designs were a top priority for the tyre makers, they knew that they were on to a winner if they make a tyre that would cope with aquaplaning and make driving a safer experience.

Tyres with a good tread can cope far better than tyres with little or no tread on, but in deep water even new tyres will start to aquaplane if care is not taken.
In 1974 Sir Robert Mark worked with Goodyear in some TV and newspaper advertising sating that (“I believe Goodyear tyres make a major contribution to road safety”) the tyre in question was the Goodyear Grand Prix S. This was perhaps the first time that I had heard the word “aquaplaning” and it became more relevant in the battle to sell more tyres.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Self-Seal System-Michelin and Continental Say Goodbye To Punctures – Tyre Blog (blog)

Michelin will be rolling out its puncture-resistant Self-seal tyres around the world starting 2015.

Source: www.tyreblog.co.uk

It is not just the inconvenience of having a puncture, but the dangerous situation you can find yourself in when running over a screw at say 70mph?

The Michelin self-seal will repair itself instantly and get you out of trouble. It cant however help you if you have a sidewall problem, in that scenario the tyre will deflate like any other tyre would, but it is a step in the right direction, but is not as safe as a run flat tyre.

Continental tyres and Michelin tyres launch a new type of self-seal tyre
Both these giant tyre companies have up with a similar type of product that will give the motorist some kind of protection against their tyre deflating, when the tyre picks up a screw or nail in the tread area of the tyre.
Both companies use a type of soft compound that is located inside the tyre below the tread area and resembles a thick layer tar? The tar looking substance is very sticky and as I have said covers the inside of the tread area and stretches from shoulder to shoulder.

The compound protect against penetrating nails

Including other Sharpe objects that are up to 5 mm in diameter, but only in the tread area. When a nail goes into the tyre it seals instantly and eliminates the need to stop and change the wheel or even having a tyre repair done at all. This will be bad news to the larger tyre repair companies such as Rema Tip-Top, who have spent years developing different tyre repair materials that we use for repairing punctures with.

Even when there is just a hole in the tread, say if a nail goes in and comes back pot, then the repair material will still seal the hole almost instantaneously, the tyre will not require another repair and can be used without requiring a roadside spare wheel change.
Self-sealing tyre reduces the risk of a flat tyre
These tyres do have their limitations and drivers are still advised to check their tyres at regular intervals for cuts and lumps and bumps, remember the tyre seal does not protect you against any sidewall problems, but only the tread area. They are also not a run-flat tyre and must not be run on if the tyre loses any pressure at all.

Michelin tyres self-seal system is pretty much the same.

The special compound, that sits inside the tread of the tyre and seals nails and screws that penetrate the tread area. Once the hole is sealed Instamatic by the sealing compound then the tyre is deemed to be repaired and as long as no pressure is lost the tyre can be continued running on as a normal tyre.
Michelin say that the self-seal tyres will be used this year (2015) on some VW models and that there is no reason why the system cannot be used on any of its tyre range, without any compromise to tyres performance abilities.
It is important though to remember the self-seal tyres are not the same as run-flat tyres .

So for the sake of repeating myself they should be checked by a professional if they lose any pressure.

In my opinion for what its worth, I think it only confuses things from a practical point of view? When we have to repair a self-seal tyre, then we have to buff of the area where the repair is required, (a very messy job) before carrying out the repair.

Once the tyre is repaired then it can be no longer classed as a self-seal. In fact we have come to a conclusion that like the run-flat tyres the self-seal is not worth repairing and we offer the customer a new replacement tyre.