TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres, tyre safety advice for winter from www.tyresafe.org

TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres

TyreSafe Including Winter Weather Tyres


TyreSafe were set up with the responsibility of raising the awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

There is no doubt about it but tyresafe.org are the place to go. In the UK for good tyre safety advice. Thus this site is well worth a look.

Tyresafe is Britain’s number one tyre safety organization.
They were first set up in 2006 and is a non-profit making organization. Dedicated to alarming the public of important tyre safety matters. Thereupon,  towards the problems with the use of defective and illegal tyres.

The awareness campaigns that the group sets up. Are all in line with a current duty of care regulations. Of course, also the legislation that covers vehicles, here in the UK.
We at Pellon tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK have now been a member for four years.

As the owner of the tyre business. Tyresafe has given me much confidence to drive my ideas and grievances forward. Including my pet hate and that is the selling of illegal part worn tyres.

The organization, have done much work in making the public more aware. Especially, of this growing worldwide problem. Which is the thing that I am always writing about. People are just not conscious of the dangers of part worn tyres.

Over the past few years. It was good to see that other important organizations have joined Tyresafe. Because of their recognition. As well as tyre manufacturers, wholesaler and retailers (like ourselves).

They have been joined by outside tyre groups such as car makers and equipment makers; such has been their impact on safety matters.
Tyresafe also works in close cooperation with other organizations. As expected, like the police and fire service. Thus are often coordinating with the Highways Agency and Roadsafe as well as giving advice to local councils.

Tyresafe helps to reduce road casualties

We at Pellon tyres here in Halifax UK are proud members of www.tyresafe.org.


General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres-Audi A4 having fun with a set of General winter tyres fitted.

General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres

General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres

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 general altimax arctic. 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

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts is a keen blogger about all tyre subjects


Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre-On -Volkswagen Touran new models.

Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre

Falken Tyres named VW Original Equipment Tyre

VW wants to utilise the Falken tyre brand. to employ on their new Touran Models, thus. Consequently, this article describes the procedure. Just a quick update: we are now able to purchase Falken tyres through Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK.

Falken tyres have advanced quickly from being a beginner to one of the top tyre producers in the world. Whereas it can take some tyre manufacturers decades to even achieve a respectable position in the market, let alone the absolute top.

Falken tyres have grown to be one of the largest tyre brands in the world thanks to the creation of game-changing tyres, race-winning track tyres, and a variety of road tyres suitable for various conditions.

In this guide, we examine how they got there and some of the game-changing tyres that contributed to their quick ascent to the top.

Given the popularity of Falken tyres, this is crucial. especially among drivers in the Halifax area of the UK who are younger and more fit.

minimal barrier to rolling resistance

Falken tyres thus provide various safety features along with durability to drivers. Future Falken tyre manufacturers will constantly aim to achieve these three characteristics.

Priority research is currently being carried out by scientists and tyre engineers at Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ primary tyre facilities. So let’s look at the molecular makeup of tyres.

Modern computers and particle accelerators are being used by the engineers to achieve this. They can now model and regulate the molecular structure of rubber composites thanks to this. enabling features like the ability to spot heat buildups that could happen when a tyre is under load.

When heat builds up in a tyre, the rolling resistance goes down, which means that more fuel is used. With fuel savings of about 5%, this cutting-edge technology has made Falken tyres more environmentally friendly.

Eric Roberts

OE for Volkswagen Touran – Tire Business – The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

Pellon Tyres are now official Falken tyre dealers starting from July 2022

Studded tyres-Proposed bill requires permit for users – Still illegal in the UK

Studded tyres

Studded tyres

A report just released by the Oregon Department of Transportation estimated that studded tyres cause about $8.5 million worth of damage to Oregon roads every year.

Studded tyres can tear up the road surface and are illegal in the UK

Studded tyres in the UK

One of the UK tyre companies that offers a stud tyre service is Avon Tyres. The stud tyres, however, can only be used in an off-road situation.

Here in the UK, Germany, and France, it is illegal to use stud tyres on the UK roads. Because they do damage the road surfaces.
Other European countries and some North American states can use studded tyres.

Thus, at certain times of the year, But some states are trying to abolish their use.

Because of the damage that they can do to the roads.
Different European countries, especially the alpine countries and Nordic countries, have extreme winters.

Thus, allow tyres to be fitted to their vehicles to give them added grip in icy conditions.

Ice can also be a problem for winter tyres because even winter tyres will struggle in some real ice conditions.
A few examples are countries.

Studded tyres

If you will be driving your car in Austria. Then it is the law for your vehicle to be fitted with a full set of winter tyres.

They should also have a minimum tread depth of 4mm this is from 1st November – 15th April and at other times outside these dates when there is snow, slush or ice on the roads, very sensible in my opinion.

More relevant to this article Studded tyres may be used from the 1st October until the 31st May. Special local requirements may extend this period.
Strangely it is not legal to fit winter tyres in Belgium, but you can have stud tyres and chains provided when the roads are covered in ice and snow, I would say that this is a grey area?

which must be fitted to all wheels – and can be used from 1st November – 15th April.

Studded tyres

Finland, Estonia and Latvia.In Finland, Estonia and Latvia vehicles must be fitted with a set of winter tyres.

This from 1 December to 28/29 February. But can be used as early as November until April. Minimum tread depth is 3mm but in poor conditions 5mm.
Studded tyres.

As well as snow chains.May also be used, studded tyres from November – April.Thus on all wheels and snow chains only during severe weather conditions.

Also you must avoid damaging the road surface; I presume that it means that you should not ride on dry road surfaces with studded tyres fitted?

It is strongly advised that winter tyres or snow chains are used during the winter season from November to April.

All vehicles should be equipped with winter tyres on all wheels, or the driver could be fined. You should also carry a set of snow chains in your car boot, or if you are stopped by the police, you could once again be fined.

As a side issue, you will be charged a fee by Oslo and Bergen, with stickers available for the period that you will be staying in the cities, How strange?
Stud tyres can be used in the winter tyre time but are prohibited on motorways and semi-motorways (DUEL CARRAIGWAYS) except for certain parts of the A13 and A2.
Stud tyres fitted to all the wheels can be used from October – 15th April but some areas do not allow you to use them so you must look out for road signs as they may be banned on some routes.

Most southern European countries do not use studded tyres on the roads.

Source: www.kgw.com


Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre- is to be launched with a ‘seal inside’ – Tyrepress.com

Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre

Cinturato All-Season designed for markets like the UK Pirelli has launched a new all-season tyre aimed at increasing premium seasonal tyre sales amongst daily drivers living in markets with tempera…

Pirelli is just one of the major tyre companies to aim for the top spot. I do like the idea of a winter tyre that also has the potential to have a puncture protection system inside. The Pirelli Cinturato all-season tyres are now available.


Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre launch took place in Sicily

The middle ground appears to have been chosen by Pirelli tyres. particularly between winter and summer tyres. Thus, they added the Pirelli Cinturato All-Season Tyre, a new “all-weather tyre,” to their line-up.
Launched in late January 2015, the tyre, as anticipated, is off the coast of Italy, on the vacation island of Sicily.

This was done to represent the various climates. to demonstrate the tyre’s effectiveness in balancing Mt. Etna’s snow-covered peaks. The area that is warmer is closer to the coast.

This tyre was created for the first time by Pirelli. Its goal will be to boost sales of premium seasonal tyres.
Due to this, daily drivers, particularly those who reside in urban regions and markets with mild European climates,

During the winter, the southern regions of Europe typically remain in the middle because drivers frequently make unusual trips into the mountains, where there is some snow and colder temperatures.

The “three peaks mountain snowflake” insignia on the tyre designates it as a suitable winter tyre. It comes in 15-, 16-, and 17-inch sizes.

Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre

A snowflake in the shape of a mountain indicates that the tyre is suitable for use in areas where winter tyres are required.

As a result, by law, at specific times of the year Gregorio Borgo, Pirelli’s general manager, stated that the new tyre would target a significant portion of the automobile tyre market.

In areas with mild winters, the percentage is actually around 74%. Obviously, with hotter summers, the Pirelli Cinturato Any Season tyre will perform well in all conditions, with the exception of the harshest winters and summers.

The winters, in my perspective, are altering. I’m fortunate to own a vacation property in the southwest of France.

As a result, the winters are typically relatively mild.

However, we occasionally see Russian winds that may cause the temperature to drop as low as -17 °C. Last winter, we also experienced 10 inches of snow; fortunately, I had a set of winter tyres installed.

But I believe it rose to 15 degrees Celsius again after a few days. These Pirelli tyres would undoubtedly be ideal for this weather.

Pirelli Cinturato All Season can also be puncture protected.

One of the major benefits for me is this. because the new self-seal technology enables the sale of this new tyre Many tyre businesses are growing. “Seal within” is the name of Pirelli’s variation.
Thus, these tyres are given.
As a result, the edge adds yet another layer of safety features to the tyre. The self-seal delivers on its promise. because a screw could puncture the tyre

The space or hole will be sealed as a result. The driver and the car will be able to continue driving.

On a miserable, cold day, this is quite helpful. If your hands may freeze off while changing a wheel due to a puncture, this, in my opinion, would sell a tyre—not just the all-season part, but the entire package, including the self-seal.

Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre

In the UK, especially in the south, where the winters are warmer, this might be a good offering.

According to statistics, the winter tyre market in the UK is less than 2%, but if sales in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK, are any indication, I believe that number to be much higher and that the market is expanding quickly.
Source: www.tyrepress.com

Apollo Tyres- Manufacturing Facility

Apollo Tyres
Apollo Tyres

A Day At Apollo Tyres Manufacturing Facility In Chennai – Plant Visit Report

An absorbing article about one of the world’s up-and-coming tyre manufacturers The Indian tyre giant Apollo Tyres is now expanding across the world via various buyouts.


When I first read this article, I was reminded of my past visits to tyre factories here in the UK. I now know that the tyre-making facilities are very modern and hygienic.

As expected, far from the days in the 70’s and 80’s.
The very first tyre plant that I visited was at Fort Dunlop. On the outskirts of Birmingham in the West Midlands, UK.

Fort Dunlop was a massive tyre making facility. For this reason, it was one of the area’s largest employers. You could see the huge factory from the M6 motorway, with its massive “Dunlop” sign on the top of the building;

it was a landmark that you would never forget once you saw it.

You could see the huge factory from the M6 motorway. Thus, with its massive “Dunlop” sign on the top of the building, it was a landmark that you would never forget once you saw it.

I was a young man at the time.  I can remember seeing the motorsport division as we approached the main factory. It was a very exciting time for me. As it was to be the first time.

Apollo Tyres

I knew that this would increase my knowledge.Naturally, about the product and that it would give me a better understanding.especially of the tyres that would give me a decent standard of living for the rest of my life.
Strangely enough, the thing that stuck in my mind was at the end of the production process.

With all the tyres hung onto a conveyor belt, ready for checking by an inspector, I also remember that mixed brands were coming off the final inspection line.

Apart from Dunlop tyres, I saw Indian tyres being made. I knew that Dunlop made India tyres, but now that I had seen it myself, it gave me greater confidence when I returned to my depot in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK.

Apollo Tyres would buy out Vredestein Tyres from Holland

Later on in my career When I owned my tyre centre. I had the pleasure to become a dealer for the excellent Vredestein tyres. Vredestein is a Dutch company.

Naturally, they have a reputation second to none for quality and value and build their tyres in a factory that I had the pleasure of visiting on three occasions in Enschede, Holland.

They became a vital supplier to me and helped build the business into what it is today.

Vredestein was to be eventually bought out by Apollo Tyres, but before that, I enjoyed many trips to their factory in Holland.
The Vredestein factory was to be the cleanest and most efficient tyre company that I had ever seen.

I was always given the best treatment, and this only cemented our business relationship and my enthusiasm for Vredestein tyres.

apollo tyres
Apollo Tyres

However, like many smaller companies, Vredestein Tyres started to grow and sort of left the little guys a bit behind.

They became more aggressive with their marketing tactics, and as a small tyre retailer in Halifax, we started to drift apart, and I could not get the right deal from them.

The Vredestein sales manager, whom I had known for some years, retired, and I used this particular time to change my main supplier of mid-range tyres to Toyo Tyres of Japan.

Vredestein makes some of the best winter tyres in Europe and can sell all that they make.

They were to become a prime target for Apollo tyres.

Vredestein had used proclaimed star car designer Giorgetto Giugiao to design their tyres in the late 90’s, and the brand of Vredestein had become much sought after in the tyre world.
Thus, Vredestein was now making up to six million winter and summer car tyres and was to become a prime target for the Indian tyre company Apollo Tyres, and the acquisition took place in 1999.

The company is now known as Apollo Vredestein Tyres, and some of the production of things like cycle tyres and tubes has to be done at an Apollo Tyres factory in East Asia.

Also, Vredestein is renowned for their tractor tyres, and some of these will now be made in the Apollo tyre factory in India.
Finally, I am very pleased that I once again have access to the Vredestein products. 

Source: www.motorbeam.com

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Tyres-Goodyear Dunlop bring out More AA rated tyres

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Tyres

Goodyear Dunlop has introduced the latest AA rated passenger tyre which incorporates eight sizes and inherits Goodyear’s EfficientGrip Performance Series

More and more of the larger tyre companies are trying to achieve this goal a double A standard well done Goodyear Dunlop

Goodyear Dunlop joined forces in 1999

I have had the pleasure of working for both these giant tyre companies. Of course, before I opened my first tyre retail operation, here in Yorkshire UK.
Dunlop-owned a retail organisation known as “National Tyres”.  I had my first job at was to become their Dewsbury branch.

Because we were owned by Dunlop. Therefore, we had to sell mainly Dunlop products. I can honestly say it was the first step onto the ladder of a lifelong love for the tyre trade.
It was with Dunlop that I first learned about tyres and how they were made. I had many friends in the company, and it was there where I started to gain much confidence in my ability and was promoted to an office position.
To cut a long story short. I had the urge to move on. Therefore, I left national tyres for a better job at a Goodyear subsidiary. In Leeds Called K Nield tyres.

Nields were truck and earthmover specialists, and this took my tyre knowledge to a new higher level, I Loved every minute of working there, but that’s another story.

Goodyear Dunlop

After a very short spell out of the tyre industry. I was offered the job of depot manager with Goodyear tyres. As expected, this was at one of their retail outlets in Huddersfield, Yorkshire UK. Once again I just loved working for this great tyre company. Therefore, after a few successful years as manager. I decided that I could make a go at running my own tyre business. I opened up in Birstall with a good friend and I never looked back; the rest is history.

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Tyres

were massive influences in my tyre life. I cannot think more highly of the two giant tyre companies. Accordingly,  who also went on to support me and my new business adventure. At one time or another. Both played a huge part in supplying me helping to promote my tyre business. Thus,  I made some lifelong friends as a bonus.
Over the coming years the tyre business became very competitive and in my opinion there were too many brands in the marketplace, many were owned by the bigger tyre companies.

Rumours were rife about takeovers and buyouts. One of them was the acquisition of Dunlop by Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Of course, from Japan.  Who sold tyres for road vehicles with the Dunlop brand from 1985 to 1999.
Then in 1999 Sumitomo RI and Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company .Naturally,  of the USA formed a joint venture and merged. Goodyear tyres obtained the Dunlop tyre assets in Europe and the USA. Sumitomo RI continued to sell Dunlop tyres in other countries. Naturally, some of the different names but used the Dunlop tread patterns. or this reason, such as Regal tyres in South Africa, I can remember these tyres being imported into the UK under the name of Dunlop, using an old Dunlop tread pattern.

Goodyear Dunlop

Dunlop Tyres Europe is now part of the Goodyear Group; which is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious tyre makers, and is now based in Akron, Ohio. They work out of 22 countries and produce annual net sales of $21 billion dollars, working out of 52 tyre making factories.
To my knowledge, Goodyear Dunlop shares the same research and development facilities. Including the development of Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyres. Therefore, making excellent variations of both product names. naturally, this includes this latest Goodyear Dunlop product, which comes under the Goodyear Efficient Grip series and is an excellent double A-rated tyre.

Eric Roberts

Source: www.satreads.com

Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 255/50 R17 101W tyre specifications, review and features of this very special tyre

kumho ecsta

Tyres characteristics and features. Tyre Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 255/50 R17 101W specs, price, review. Kumho tires for cars.

Source: specsell.com


Kumho Ecsta high Ultra High Performance tyres

My tyre business has been selling tyres made by Kumho for the past 10 years and I have been amazed at the amount of return business that we have getting from my customers. Like most tyre brands we start to sell them because of a great deal that we get from the tyre companies, in order to promote and sell the tyre products. If the tyre company is upbeat about its products, then it is a good way to build a following for the tyre in your area.

This is usually in the area of the mid-range tyre manufacturers, companies other than Kumho Ecsta.

Of course, such as Toyo, Yokohama and Hankook to name a few are always trying to court independent tyre retailers, similar to my business. This is because they know that we have the expertise and give the service, that our customers expect and therefore can usually sell what brands we want and so this of great interest to these tyre companies.

In the past we have been dealers for many tyre companies and we are a wanted species, mainly, because we have a large customer base and are trusted by the public to give them good service and a good deal. Kumho Ecsta tyres are no exception, and we have had a good relationship with the South Korean tyre company.

I also believe that kumho are a great tyre product and have visited race tracks to watch the Kumho tyres perform in a racing scenario. The last race was for the BMW touring car championships, which was run and won on Kumho Ecsta tyres.

This always proves to me that the tyre manufacturers are confident about their products.

So and are willing to show them off in a car motor sporting situation, Yokohama tyres from Japan and Hankook tyres all take part in such racing events and the data and experience is used to build a better tyre for the consumer.
The new Kumho Ecsta is classed as a UHP (Ultra high performance tyre) and is one of the many tyre products that embrace silica, as part of the tyres compound mix, helping to give the tyre an excellent performance both in wet and dry conditions, this even applies when the tyre is Half worn, the same grip still holds the road.

This tyre has also been developed with comfort in mind as well as safety for the family car, and as such is a good choice for the family SUV type vehicle, altogether a great new tyre from Kumho.

Tyre Manufacturers Best Winter Tyres- compete for the “Best winter tyres”

Tyre Manufacturers Best Winter Tyres
tyre manufacturers

What’s the best winter tyre on the market? Here are the results from our winter tyre test

Source: www.evo.co.uk

Tyre Manufacturers Best Winter Tyres

Tyre manufacturers are now fighting to produce the best winter tyres
So the article on the link reminded me that not long ago. Then 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 lets say “better off” drivers . Consequently, who could afford to go  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 was that the tyre manufacturers were then mostly based in the UK. Producing the tyres here for the UK market . So, would have concentrated on the home market only

All the leading and some smaller tyre manufacturers had tyre factories here in the UK.

The same would be so in the other European countries. Michelin produced most of their winter tyres for the French and German ski industry. Therefor began to develop some excellent winter tyre products. Include a winter version of the Michelin “X” tyre the “X” M+S 89 tyres.

Also producing the “XM S100 S 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 Alpin 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. Naturally, 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

Consequently, 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 “Winters-port 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. Kelly Springfield brought out their “Explorer” winter tyre and later became part of Goodyear tyres, followed by India tyres with their “Super Multi-grip” tyres. Of course, 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 .

Eric Roberts

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Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres-Offer Consistent Through-Life Traction In Snow-from Pellon Tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

The CrossClimate+ with improved through-life performance

Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres

This article from Fleetpoint adds just another recommendation. Hence for this excellent tyre from Michelin. As a result the new “Plus” tyre was introduced at the prestigious Paris Motor Show . In  October.

Moreover, the new model of tyre is said to be improved . Thus, by a better winter performance. In addition, which is said to last the whole depth of the tread. At the moment this stands at 1.6 mm . Of course, the CrossClimate is a summer tyre with the three peaks mountain snowflake qualification. As a result, that gives the tyre a winter capability in snow and ice.

Once again this tyre should perform at its near best right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread limit. Probably, giving Michelin the edge on its competitors tyre products.

In addition to the original product’s unique summer-tyre-with-a-three-peaks-mountain-snowflake qualification, the latest version is said to improve winter performance and consistent whole tread life performance. Finally, this latter point . Therefore, picks up on what appears to be an increasingly important theme . Especially, to Michelin .That tyres should performs consistently well through right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread depth limit.

Eric Roberts

Source: Michelin CrossClimate+ Tyres Offer Consistent Through-Life Traction In Snow – FleetPoint