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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 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.

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

Eric Roberts

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








Winter tyre tips-An Insight into the dramatic beneficial safety aspects of winter tyres

Winter tyres can dramatically increase grip on slippery surfaces ! Such as frozen lakes… Winter tyres are fitted by many of our European cousins during the colder seasons.  Yet us Brits still mostly stick with summer rubber all year round. Attitudes are beginning to change in the UK, though, and […]

Winter tyre tips

Winter tyre tips

Tyre testing is an essential part of reporting about winter tyre products. Accordingly, these tests are carried out under very strict supervision. In the early days, winter tyres were thought to be just a gimmick. Hence, to help the motorists part with their money.

As time went by, winter tyres were becoming more acceptable. Of course, I think it was becoming recognised that tread designs and the tyre compounds were becoming more relevant. As expected, new chemicals were added to keep the tyre rubber more supple in cold weather.

The cold has always been the enemy of rubber products. Thus, making them hard and rigid. Tyres were no different. Things changed when “Silica” was added to the tread compound. Of course, with silica added, then the tyres became more flexible and therefore more responsive, in freezing cold weather.

Along with different tread design, including many new sipes added, winter tyres became the new buzz word. In the past ten years we at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, have sen a massive rise in the popularity of winter tyres.

The increase in sales has benefited drivers who previously would not had been able to drive their cars in bad icy and snowy conditions. Most of our winter tyre sales came from word of mouth recommendations from friends and relatives.

Until recent years much of the Autocar team was skeptical about winter rubber. They were called a conspiracy designed by the car and tyre manufacturers to get us to part with our hard earned folding for something that we don’t strictly need. But then we tried some, at which point opinions on the subject changed completely.

Eric Roberts

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=winter+tyres








Apollo Tyres Presentation-The Art Of Driving-Video 05-Selecting The Right Tyre

Apollo Tyres Presentation

Apollo Tyres Presentation

Cars today are more advanced than ever, but they still depend on tyres to use their power and technology. In this episode of The Art Of Driving presented by Apollo Tyres, tyre experts share why it’s time the tyre got its due. For more, visit autocarindia.in/ApolloTyres and www.apollotyres.com Follow […]

Apollo Tyres Presentation

Since their acquisition of Vredestein tyre, the large Dutch tyre manufacturers. As expected, they are establishing a strong foothold here in the UK. As many of my customers already know, we are Apollo Tyres stockists for the Halifax area of Yorkshire, here in the UK.

I personally think the the tyres are of excellent quality and reliability.  Apollo also make a winter tyre. The winter tyre is also of good quality, although not as good as the Vredestein products. These series of information about “fitting the correct tyres” are part of the big picture about the drive from tyre manufacturers for better tyre safety.

Cars today are more advanced than ever, but they still depend on tyres to use their power and technology. In this episode of The Art Of Driving presented by Apollo Tyres, tyre experts share why it’s time the tyre got its due.

Apollo Tyres Presentation

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=Apollo+Winter+Tyres