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All Winter Tyres Stuff

All Winter Tyres Stuff

To my surprise, Winter tyres were still very popular in the field of retailing tyres. Of course this type of tyres were more expensive, but would wear better.So, and their casing quality was second to none. The casing is the tyre that has used all of the tread and then can be used for remoulding. The remoulding option would give the original purchase a second and third life. This is the reason that these tyres are very cost effective in the long run.

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.

Winter Tyres Explanation- A Look into the age old question-Why Winter Tyres?

Winter Tyres Explanation

Previous winters have resulted in scenes of chaos on the UK roads, creating dangerous driving conditions and bringing the country to a standstill. In many European markets it is now considered a common part of the motoring routine to change from summer to winter tyres in order to avoid […]

Winter Tyres Explanation

Winter Tyres Explanation

Many of our past winters has produced scenes of chaos on the UK roads. As a result, making dangerous driving conditions. Hence, bringing the UK roads to a complete standstill. Of course, other European tyre markets it becomes a natural thing. Thus, to fit winter tyres. Indeed, it is now considered an essential part of their driving routine.

Of course to change from summer to winter tyres. As a result, Europian drivers are to be much safer when driving in severe winter weather. As expected,   several European countries which include Sweden, Austria and Germany recognise the safety benefits of fitting winter tyres onto their vehicles.

Therefore, these countries have introduced motoring laws that make it compulsory to fit winter tyres at certain times of the year. Of course, I am not sure that this will happen here in the UK. However, drivers are becoming more aware of the winter tyre safety factor.

Goodyear’s Winter Tyre range has been developed specifically with your safety in mind. They are designed to perform not just in ice and snow, but at temperatures of 7 degrees or below. They offer better responsiveness and braking distances due to a softer compound than Summer Tyres.

Click here to view original web page at www.goodyear.eu

Winter Auto Maintenance Checklist-Winter time is now with us -5C today in Yorkshire

Winter Auto Maintenance

Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images By Matthew Wright Auto Repair Expert With winter weather comes winter driving. Whether you’re reading this in a snowstorm or it’s still balmy outside, getting prepared for winter is a right-now job. While safety is an important consideration all year long, there are certainly some auto maintenance […]

Winter Auto Maintenance

Winter Auto Maintenance

Wow!! just taken my son Matthew to work and it is -5C outside. However, I am rubbing my hands a little this morning.Because firstly we are open for the first time after the Christmas break. Of course, secondly, we sell and fit car batteries.

While I am on about batteries. Hence, I could not believe the Halfords TV advert. Hence they were saying in the ad that they would fit a car battery(from them of course) for £10 only.

Consequently, I could not believe my ears? A similar quality battery from Pellon Tyres would cost much less than Halfords and we will fit the battery FREE of charge for you. So, we all know and understand the word”PROFIT”, but charging a £10 fitting fee takes the pre-vapre variable Micky.

With winter weather comes winter driving. Whether you’re reading this in a snowstorm or it’s still balmy outside, getting prepared for winter is a right-now job. While safety is an important consideration all year long, there are certainly some auto maintenance jobs and safety checks that are specific to chilled air and winter driving that are a good idea to check into before we’re knee deep in the season.

Winter Auto Maintenance

To carry on. This really is the time when the bad weather can catch you out. Please make sure that your battery is in good condition. Also check your levels.Including, you window washer bottle. Please make sure that you have put some de-icer in the water. Fit winter tyres if you want to be a safer driver in the possible ice and snow fall.

make sure that you have cleaned all the frost from your screen and side windows before setting off on a journey. Naturally, you should check your lights and replace any dud bulbs.

Winter Auto Maintenance

Global Winter Tyre Market 2016 – Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Hankook, Pirelli, Nokian Tyres

Global Winter Tyre Market 2016

Market Research Report on Winter Tire Market begins with definition, application, classification, industry chain analysis, news analysis, region, revenue, forecast, demand, growth, trends and policy analysis of the market. Request For Sample Report: http://www.fiormarkets.com/report-detail/11017/request-sample Winter tires are tires designed for use in colder weather, snow and ice. Winter tires […]

Global Winter Tyre Market 2016

Global Winter Tyre Market 2016

The winter tyre market has now become a very important part of all the major tyre company portfolios. Hence, different compounds and manufacturing materials, have helped make winter tyres a much safer and quieter product.

Thus, the development of larger cars and new car concepts. Of course, such as the SUV and Crossover cars. Therefore, have also played a large part in winter tyre development.

Of course, I am pleased to say that the winter tyre revolution has not passed us by here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK. Our customers have taken in all the advice that have been given out by the tyre press. Including, my very own blogs.

Accordingly, I decided to open up a “Tyre Hotel”. This enables our customers to store their summer and winter tyres at my tyre shop in Halifax. Of course, it became so popular that we are now up to our limit with storage space.

The main explosion of our winter tyre sales came from word of mouth. Thereby, we decided to open the winter tyre hotel. It is important that we record all the tyre sizes and customer names. Hence, this ensures that we do not get any mix-ups when the customers come to have their tyre changed over.

Scope of the Report:
This report focuses on the Winter Tire in Global market. Especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorises the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

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Fake Brake Parts-Garages warned about the dangers of fitting fake brakes

Fake Brake Parts

Brand reveals how to spot counterfeits and highlights the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts. According […]

Fake Brake Parts

This warning comes out of the world famous Mintex brake company. However, It is not a new problem here in the UK. In my opinion, it started when thousands of back street car part shops started to open up in the late seventies.

Fake Brake Parts

Many of the brake parts and indeed other car parts were fake. My father, worked in an old established car parts company in Dewsbury, here in the UK. Of course this business was badly affected. Consequently, they could not compete with the cheap imported and fake brake parts, that these bucket shops were selling.

I also remember a TV programme of undercover reporters. Because, I was in the trade, I took great interest. The TV programme had perpetrated a group of counterfeit car parts manufacturers in Turkey. The parts included brake linings and discs and pads.

Fake Brake Parts

Thus, they were made in Turkey and counterfeited with leading manufacturers. Accordingly, they were even branded as names such as Mercedes and BMW. You could order any box name that you wanted.

These were then imported into the UK and sold at cheap prices in bucket car spare shops. Therefore, killing off old established local businesses.

It looks like the practice has raised its ugly head again? that’s if it ever went away?

Eric Roberts

Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts.

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Some manufacturers of winter tyres  were slow to start

 Winter Tyres a Brief History
This Goodyear winter tyres shows the complex tread pattern

Of course, there is no doubt about that in recent times the winter tyres (as we know them today). Indeed, have taken off big style. Especially, with many motorists here in the UK.

Long ago, I can actually remember another window in time. So, when I was a tyre fitter. Consequently, for one of the national tyre companies. In a small town called Dewsbury, in Yorkshire UK. Subsequently, from what I can remember. So, we must have been going through a spell of cold winters . Because I can clearly remember that we were then fitting many winter tyres.

The tyres were mainly remould tyres

Because of the deep tread patterns ! So, the drivers did not want to run these tyres in the summer months. Strangely enough, tread compound were no different between summer an winter tyres. So, the winter tyres then were really summer tyres. Consequently, with a very heavy tread pattern attached to the tyres carcass.

The tread patterns were usually derived from the old tread patterns as used by the new tyre manufacturers. The old Firestone and Goodyear tread patterns were very popular. Tyre remould companies would buy the old tyre molds from these companies . Using them to remould their tyres onto old casings.

The remoulded winter tyres were very noisy

Because of the big tread patterns they would also over-heat. The over-heating was caused by sheer friction, between the tyre and the road surface and the sound they made was a constant drumming noise, inside the car.

The friction also caused the remould tyres to separate; this is when the tread parts with the casing part of the tyre. This is often seen on our motorways, when a huge chunk of tyre treads strips off and is often left at the side of the road or the grass verge.
The first so-called winter tyre was invented as long ago as 1908 when a Frank Seiberling, cut an extra deep groove in an early tyre to discover that the tyre gave a better grip on a wintry road surface.
Nothing much happened after that until the first modern type of winter tyre was introduced by Nokian tyres of Finland, which was a range of winter truck tyres named as the “kelirengas” translated as “weather tyre”. This was in 1934 and in 1936 the Fins launched a winter tyre for cars which was known as the “Lumi-Hakkapelitta”.

Other winter tyres companies

were slow to follow, and did not really start to develop winter tyres until the early 1950,s. These included Goodyear tyres in America, who brought out the “Suburbanite” whose excellent early TV, advert can be seen on this blog post.
Also at the same time Continental tyres were bringing out a winter tyre known as the M14. These types of tyres were very heavy on tread rubber, but they are the beginning of the modern-day winter tyres that we see today.

The main difference is that the tyre design has had to change to meet the demands of the modern car and more fundamentally the tyres now have added ingredients in their tread compounds that were not known about in the early days, primarily silica based compounds that now help the tyre to carry on flexing in cold temperatures.

Yokohama also make an excellent winter tyres the W drive winter as seen on this video.

Vredestien tyres from Holland were also a pioneer of the winter tyres, first bringing out the Snow + winter tyres in the 1960,s.
Wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk has been set up as an informative web site about all tyre subjects and other stories of interest to the garage and auto-centre owner.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

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

Why Wheel Alignment Matters-Giant speed bumps in France are likely to cause damage to your car ?

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

To ensure a car drives safely, efficiently and behaves as the vehicle manufacturer intended. So, it’s important that your vehicles  wheels are correctly aligned.

However, through everyday driving, or factors such as hitting a kerb or a pothole, the wheels can become misaligned, bringing a host of tyre related problems.

This brings me onto a subject about speed bumps?

Has anyone traveled to France recently ? well just like their enthusiasm about roundabouts. France has gone mad with the installation of massive speed bumps Especially when entering and leaving towns and villages.

Apparently many of these are illegal, but it sure means good business for the local garages who offer wheel alignment to the poor motorists who have to face these monstrous speed bumps on a regular basis.

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

British drivers be aware when visiting France ?

So please find this post a warning for drivers visiting France. Consequently, who are not aware of the size of these things. So, drive over them at a very slow speed. Especially when driving you vehicle, in the dark.

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Certainly speed bumps will harm your suspension. Causing, your wheel alignment to be thrown out. During an alignment check, the car’s suspension geometry settings will be measured against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

If the car’s actual settings are outside of the recommendations, it may be necessary to carry out some adjustment work and return the vehicle to its original settings, ensuring maximum safety and driver comfort.

Keeping wheels correctly aligned. Is important for a number of reasons: Safer driving – On cars where the geometry is out of alignment, they can be less stable when having to take emergency or evasive action. A pre-alignment check of tyre condition, pressures and a suspension system inspection is […]

Wheel Alignment care-Huh? What is a Wheel Alignment and Their 4 Main Benefits

Wheel Alignment care

People know the term ‘wheel alignment’ and surely most people can figure out, in a general sense, what it is. Yet, most people don’t know what a wheel alignment actually is and why they are so important. There are many clues to understanding when your wheels are out of […]

Wheel Alignment care

.Wheel Alignment care

Wheel Alignment care

What makes your Cars  Wheel Alignments So Important?

Helps with Reduced Tyre Wear

When your wheels are  out of alignment. Hence, causes the tyres to wear unevenly, Consequently either the left or right part of your tyres tread. The graph above shows you precisely what happens. We are in no doubt ,that this effect will shorten the life of your tyres. Thus causing unnecessary expense to the driver.

Gives your car Improved Handling

Once again we are sure that a car with wheels with correctly set alignment will be safer and therefore easier to drive. The effect of incorrect alignment can mean that your steering wheel pulls to one side and shakes. For this reason, it is not only annoying. But can affect your reaction time should you are manoeuvring around hazards. because uneven tread wear can also mean some compromised handling and safety issues. Worn out tread’s will not handle the car or disperse the water correctly.

Help’s promote  better and Safer Driving

Most of this has already been covered in our previous points, such as tire performance issues, reaction time, etc. It is also important to cover other areas where safety can be improved.

Wheels that are out of alignment causes excess stress on suspension parts, such as shocks and struts. Your car is designed to take impact straight and when you hit bumps in the road, your car’s suspension is working overtime. Suspension issues can be identified during and a wheel alignment to check on worn or compromised parts. It is important to ask your mechanic if a suspension check is included with this service.

Other reading-https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=wheel+alignment

Extreme Winter Tyre Information- Including The Top 7 Icy Road Myths

Extreme Winter Tyre Information

The Top 7 Icy Road Myths

Extreme Winter Tyre Information

While it is true that some accidents on icy roads are the result of drivers not exercising due care in the face of a visually apparent hazard, the actual data shows that many cannot be classified this way. The reports show that it is everyday people, like you and […]

When i first read ans saw this article. naturally, I thought it might of been over the top for my UK readers. Of course, it is mainly about more extreme driving conditions. Hence, that we have in the average UK winter.

But on reflection, I have seen some stupid things that drivers have attempted to do in snow and icy conditions. We have all seen cars and vans abandoned at the side of the road. Especially, when caught out by a sudden blizzard.

Without saying this too many times, the best protection is to fit winter tyres in November. Hence, before the onset of winter. If you did nothing else, this would make snowy and icy driving much safer.

Extreme Winter Tyre Information Nightmare on the M11

Of course, the north of the UK usually receives the worse of the winter weather. But we all remember the chaos in the south when the M11 motorway was hit by a sudden snow storm from the east. For this reason, drivers were totally stranded and had to sleep in their cars overnight.

The main problem was that many cars were stranded on an incline, with summer tyres. This forced all the other traffic to back up. Consequently, the snow settled between the stranded cars making it impossible for them to move. massive tail backs made the situation grimmer. Leaving drivers stranded overnight on the motorway.

What a nightmare?