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Michelin CrossClimate-Could this end the winter tyres debate-A summer tyre for winter use

Michelin CrossClimate

michelin crossclimate

Not a winter tyre, not a summer tyre … not even an ‘all-seasons’ tyre – so what is the CrossClimate? | PistonHeads

Source: www.pistonheads.com

This has been an active debate in my LinkedIn tyre group would this new tyre from Michelin CrossClimate. I think that the new tyre will be a success but will not affect the sale of true winter tyres.

In an excellent reply, A representative from Michelin explained why the new tyre is different. Hence,  from other similar types and is not the same as an all-weather tyre.  Because of the sipes and the compound of the tyre.

Michelin CrossClimate in the debate?

If nothing else the Michelin CrossClimate tyre has opened up a discussion between the tyre dealers. As to what the tyre is?
The answer will be coming up later in my article. For years now we have had different tyres. Of course,  coming out from various tyre manufacturers.

These have claimed to be an all-season tyre. In other words. Naturally, a tyre that will cope with dry, sunny weather in summer. Therefore will also deal with inclement weather in winter time, including ice and snow.
In my opinion, the objective was never quite reached. The problem in achieving this has always been a perennial one.

It ‘s hard to combine the correct compound with the tread pattern. Thus,  would be required to give you winter grip in snow.
Vredestein (now owned by Apollo tyres) have always made a good quality winter tyre. That has won many awards over the years. But in my opinion. We always found that the “Quatrac” which was an all-weather tyre, tough to sell. It was as if the customers had a fixed idea of what they wanted.
Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We have a good uptake of drivers who want winter tyres fitting. Because we are in a very hilly district. Therefore, we do experience snow throughout the winter period. They have a fixed idea of what they want. They want to be the ones that can get to school and work on snowy mornings, because of the winter tyres fitted to their cars and SUV’s.

The Michelin CrossClimate

started a great debate in a LinkedIn tyre forum, with some members doubting that this tyre was any different to the ones before it, but I had a great comment from a Michelin Guy who told us exactly why the CrossClimate was an entirely different tyre to its predecessors
I will publish the comment as soon as I get permission from the writer.

For more interesting reading  http://www.michelin.com/eng/media-room/press-and-news/michelin-news/Innovation/The-new-MICHELIN-CrossClimate-tire-a-turning-point-in-history

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/A+Michelin+new+CrossClimate+Tyre

In a recent reply by way of a comment,

  • Damien HALLEZ-GOZARD

    Head of Technical Communication at Michelin explains in great detail why the CrossClimate is a unique and different tyre, to those before it

    Hello,
    “I just want to clarify the positioning of this revolutionary tyre:
    The Michelin CrossClimate is the first ever summer tyre with winter certification; it’s not an all-season tyre (the performance of A/S tyres in Europe are more similar to the performance of winter tyres but significantly worse than summer tyres in areas such as dry braking, longevity, and fuel efficiency).

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    targets the 65% of European motorists who keep the drive on summer tyres all year, the 5% of European drivers who drive on winter tyres all year and the 4% who use all-season tyres. These figures come from our studies, and it’s these real users’ needs that lead Michelin to launch the CrossClimate (and not a VW request).

    The goal is to be armed against changing weather conditions and to offer mobility (traction and braking) whatever the weather in temperate areas with occasional snow. For consumers who frequently face snow and ice conditions, Michelin still recommends using winter tyres which are designed to have optimal all-around performance in snow and ice conditions.
    This performance in both summer and winter conditions is possible due to associated technologies.

    Dry performance close to a summer tyre (Michelin Energy Saver+) is possible due to the large tread blocks with auto-blocking sipes that also ensures tyre life similar to that of a summer tyre.
    Wet performance is made possible due to the silica-based compound and the particular design of the tread pattern and the complex sipes used.

    Snow performance is possible due to the compound and the tread pattern which creates a caterpillar effect on snow, and also due to the complex sipes within the tread blocks. What is important on snow, is the length of edges (of the tread blocks and sipes) and not only the number of sipes, or the density of edge. The density of these efficient-on-snow edges on the Michelin CrossClimate is very close to that of a winter tyre, and the way to use these edges is completely original on this new tyre.

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    has the 3PMSF winter homologation. This means the tyre has passed a test following the UNECE R117 regulation. US test facilities belong to the agreed laboratories to make these tests. And the testing conditions are completely in-line with the usage the new tyre is designed for (see above).

    The compound is not derived from a summer tyre, but specially designed for the intended usage. Mr Shaw gave his opinion, but we have a lot of technologies available to extend the temperature window of a compound, plastifiers, resins, etc., but we also have a way to mix functional short and long polymers with silica. Ingredients are one part, but the way the recipe is mixed is the central part”.

    Eric Roberts

 

 

leisure batteries -Which one do you buy- a guide from the The Camping and Caravanning Club

leisure batteries
leisure batteries

Selecting the correct leisure battery for your needs is not as easy choice, this data sheet is aimed at providing knowledge of the anatomy and principals behind leisure batteries to help you make an informed decision.

This leisure batteries article is a very long and drawn out article, but you can pick up some good bits?

As a result, I think that it could be complicated subject to some people . Hence ,I would recommend that two basic types of batteries should be used . Especially, for the leisure market. Mostly used by motorhomes and caravan users. The best one  for the person who goes away . So for long weekends is the specified leisure batteries. Specially, developed for this market. Thus, they are a crossover between a starter battery and a storage battery . Coming in the Amp sizes of which the most popular ones are. hence, the 100 amp and the 110 amp batteries.

The other type of leisure batteries is the one for use on more adventurous outings and longer journeys. These  in my opinion are the AGM batteries, such as the Optima range of batteries, or indeed most good makes of battery.

The AGM battery is a deep cycle battery and will take much more dis-charge than the other type of leisure batteries. You can totally drain the battery and it will recover on charging.

Which type of leisure batteries for you?

It is now the middle of March and motorhome and caravan people are getting ready for another busy season ahead. In my opinion it is right that you buy the correct battery, which suites your type of vacation, so buy the best battery that you can afford, the choice of battery is fantastic, but you get what you pay for?

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

Eric Roberts

Source: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/ourshop/prod_3601712-OPTIMA-AGM-BATTERY-BLUETOP-MARINE-TWINPOST.html

Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres chosen for Porsche Cayman GT4 launch – Telegraph.co.uk

Pilot Sport Cup 2
pilot sport cup 2

Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres ;Just like the Porsche 918 Spyder and GT3 before it, the new and hotly anticipated Porsche Cayman GT4 comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres

Michelin tyres are starting to compete again. They are entering more motorsport events and bringing out new types of tyres, with greener credentials.

Michelin recommends that you fit the Pilot Sport  Cup 2 tyres in sets of four

This tyre is another product straight from the Michelin motorsport developments. Consequently, I have stated on many occasions that the more involvement that tyre companies.Especially, in the field of motorsport, then the better the end product will be when making new tyres for the cars of the masses.
The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are no exception to this rule. The research and development that the giant French tyre company. Naturally, has gained from their years of involvement in the motor racing scene.Thus including F1 and the famous Le Mans 24 hour races.


The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres were developed for the drivers with a desire to become a racing driver.Because they are firstly known as a track day tyre, in fact, the tyre is a semi-slick but meets all the requirements of a legal road tyre.
The tyres are primarily made to be used on a dry track. But when the weather is wet.It is advisable to alter your driving style.Hence to drive with more caution,(a bit like the Michelin tyres in days gone by).As expected,they were never renowned in the wet?

Great Value the Pilot Sports Cup 2 by Michelin tyres

When driving your car on a track day with these tyres fitted. Hence, you should do the first few laps at a steady speed. To gradually build up the heat of the tyres. Therefore, this is best observed when you see the F1 cars doing warm up laps. This practice makes the tread compound softer. Therefore, will aid the tyres grip. Especially, in dry weather conditions. Of course, on which the Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are better suited.
Tyre pressures are also important. Thus, and should be adjusted from normal road pressures to the recommended pressures. Naturally, used on the track circuit. Of course re-adjust the tyre pressures back for regular road use.
Finally,the precise benefits of these tyres. Can be seen on the Michelin website by looking at…http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-pilot-sport-cup-2

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Michelin/Pilot+Sport+Cup+2

EfficientGrip is the new double “A rated” tyre from Goodyear tyres giving the motorist a better deal.

EfficientGrip

efficientgrip tyres
Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres are AA rated the best

EfficientGrip is the new double “A rated” tyre from Goodyear tyres for a better rolling resistance

In my opinion, for what it’s worth, there has not been a more competitive time in the worldwide tyre industry. This new surge for a more prominent place in the tyre market has, in my opinion, been set off by the bigger picture of the race for a greener car.
Tyre companies are looking at the present and also the future with the introduction of many new concept tyre ideas. We also see the modernisation of the present day tyres to offer the car makers and the motorists a better lighter tyre made from non-petroleum products that contain more natural ingredients, such as Yokohama tyres with their “orange peel oil” and Continental tyres using the latex that they produce from “dandelion plants”.

EfficientGrip is the new double

Many other tyre companies are experimenting with improved technologies. Naturally, in the effort to give their tyre products a better “rolling resistance”.  Therefore, give the vehicle on which they are fitted a better and more efficient performance. In other words, making the tyres greener and more environmentally friendly. Hence, a thing that we are all looking at, to make us all the better and a cleaner world to live in. Silica is also used in the tyres tread compound.
For some years now.  Goodyear has developed their tyre technology and testing in two centres. In Akron, Ohio in the USA and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg in Europe. In fact, I have indeed visited the centre in Luxemburg. Thus,  as far back as the days of the Goodyear Grand-Prix S tyres. Consequently, then a new tyre that was developed to dissipate water at a faster rate and improve the traction. In wet weather.

The new Goodyear EfficientGrip released in Geneva Show

This new EfficientGrip Performance tyre. As expected, comes out in eight new sizes with a double” AA” rating.  Which offers consumers a significant advantage when it comes to their cars. Environmental and safety performance. Thus, by reducing the total fuel consumption. Therefore, also the stopping distance of the tyres on wet roads compared to any lower-rated tyres. This is a great coop for the giant tyre maker and this along with the announcement of two new concept tyres, will make a great start to 2015 and throw out the gauntlet to the other leading tyre companies, to come up with something better.

 

Snow in the Weather Forecast?Rushing out for winter tyres? No need – Or is there-FleetPoint-Eric Roberts

Snow in the Weather Forecast
snow

Snow in the Weather Forecast, Now is the winter of our discount tyres… or is it? Martin Wedge, MD of OVL Group, argues otherwise

Source: www.fleetpoint.org

As a tyre dealer and safety conscious driver I totally disagree with this guy’s comments about winter tyres in the snow.

www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

We all have an opinion but when winter and snow arrive can we compromise safety
I will be the first person to admit. Hence, that everybody is entitled to their own opinion and this article. Slightly turned my blood. I think that it may have been written to do a bit of stirring. But even so I would like to defend the drivers.  Who are sensible enough to go for the safe option. Hence, and fit winter tyres in November, before the onset of winter and the dreaded snow.
When the wet and winter weather arrives. Then the accident rate increase dramatically. In fact it rises 267%. By fitting winter tyres you can avoid many of these accidents that are caused by other drivers.

Cars are been build heavier now and this ads to the inertia, when trying to change direction or slowing down, which gives your tyres much more work to do, especially on slippery or on wet roads.
This combined with wider tyres and a bigger footprint can make the job of stopping your car, much more difficult in adverse weather conditions. I am sure that we have all been in the situation where we have lost control of our cars on black ice, well a set of winter tyres will drastically reduce the risk of this happening.

snow
You can see the many small slits(sipes) in this winter tyre, these will dissipate the slush water and snow to give the tyres a better grip in winter weather.

The guy who wrote the article. Of course, states that the British public panic when we get a bit of snow. But the majority of sensible drivers fit their winter tyres. Before the snow arrives. This must contribute to less schools and businesses closing now when the snow arrives.

Snow in the Weather Forecast;Winter tyres are not only for snow?

Another myth that needs dispelling. Is that winter tyres are only for dealing with winter conditions . In fact conditions are only a small part of the safety aspect. Also the  protection that special tyres will give the driver.Thus, over the winter period, which ever country you live in.

The compound in the winter tyres is partly made up from silica. Which keeps your tyres (and therefore gives a better grip) flexible in temperatures below 7c.
The freezing of the rubber gives your car more grip and when the snow does arrive they make for a much safer controlled drive, as any driver who has had winter tyres fitted will tell you.
To finalise my reply to this guy, then I think that he giving irresponsible advice about winter tyres, they of great benefit in most parts of the UK and are much safer to use in any bad weather situation including just heavy rain and flooded roads.

 

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres for use in winter time as winter tyres.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres tyre comparison with winter tyres.

The Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres offer the advantages of summer tyres. Naturally, in wet braking, dry braking and longevity. Therefore plus the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking.Thus, when driving in occasional snowy conditions. Of course, with the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long.

Michelin have in my opinion, set a new bench mark in tyre design. Because as far as i know the CrossClimate is the first summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities.

We all know of the old dull name of “all-weather tyre”. Over the years this name has been diluted. It became a nothing word in the tyre industry. The name has fallen apart, since the introduction of the modern winter tyre. These tyre are now much quieter than their older counterparts. Old winter tyres had very deep and noisy tread patterns.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres set a new benchmark

This was not any good for the modern cars. New tyres were introduced for this purpose. Now we have a new generation from Michelin. Hence, a summer tyre also suitable for winter use.

Compare the performance of MICHELIN CrossClimate all-weather vs winter tyres in tests across different weather conditions.

Introducing the MICHELIN CrossClimate tyre with revolutionary performances that keep you safe in every weather condition.
It offers the advantages of summer tyres in wet braking, dry braking, longevity, & fuel efficiency, and the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking for consumers driving in cold or occasional snowy conditions. With the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long!
And always the acclaimed benefits of Michelin Total Performance.

Read more: http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-crossclimate

Eric Roberts

General Altimax Arctic-Starring in this Winter Tyre Test featuring a Toyota Camry

General Altimax Arctic

General Altimax Arctic

So, early November saw the first snow to fall here in Halifax, Northern England. Importantly, winter tyres were the order of the day?

I am not complaining! However, we were very busy fitting snow tyres. One of our long standing customers. Hence bought a new set of  185R60T15 General Altimax Arctic Tyres for a total of  £284, installed and out the door. The customer took our word for the quality and endurance of these winter tyres.

So, the driver who made this video, went a step further, “Since it seemed hard to find reviews of these online, I thought I’d whip up a short video”. The guy came up with the following facts

General Altimax Arctic some facts

1. These are great on dry roads. Hence, I have been driving them on dry pavements for the last couple of weeks. Consequently, they’re almost unnoticeable. Contrast that to the Winterforce. So, where they would throw you from side to side for the first 1 k to 1.5 k miles (need to really wear them in).

2. Wet pavement:

Successfully, handle beautifully. Perfect traction during the two rain storms we had previously.

3. Sloppy wintery mix:

Unreal. Just watch the video above. The deep tread throws the slush off the wheels so you don’t even notice it. Earlier, on this day, I was driving my all season tires on a different car and the slush would throw the car from side to side and create that nasty sound hitting the wheel-wells.

4. Grip: Perfect.

Last year this Camry had pretty bad tires, so I’ve always viewed it as a death trap, in any type of winter weather. This test proved the complete opposite! So, now the thing feels like it has 4-wheel drive. The grip really is nice. So, early this evening I was driving my Honda Accord. Importantly, with all-season tyres fitted. Subsequently,  and was slipping and sliding on the side roads. Importantly, the winter tires on the Camry? Nothing. Felt great.

Eric Roberts

https://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/107138/General+Altimax+One+S
Eric Roberts is a keen blogger about all tyre subjects

I’ll post more reviews as we roll into the season and we get deeper snow. I’ll try to make them a little more exciting too:).

Thanks for watching! Any questions, let me know.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/4126/General+Altimax+Winter+Plus+18560R15

General Altimax Winter Tyres-Conti rounds out General-brand winter tyre lineup

General Altimax Winter Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres

Of course General Tyres are a large part of the future of the Continental tyres future. Subsequently, General were bought out primarily for their AT brand. Including the general grabber at 3 off road range of 4 x 4 and SUV tyres. Therefore, these tyres fulfilled a product brand in the Continental portfolio.

As expected, since that time, then General tyres have excelled in all parts of the tyre industry. Including the normal Altimax One S summer tyre range and the Altimax Winter 3 winter tyre range.

Altimax Winter 3

The new non-studded winter tyre designed for passenger vehicles provides a powerful grip on snow and ice with improved tread technologies. Let this true winter expert be your reliable partner in winter.
Enhanced grip on snow and ice
  • The Altimax Winter 3 comes with an improved pattern concept armed with plenty of gripping edges that support a powerful grip on snow and ice.
Excellent handling on snow covered roads
  • The pattern features gripping edges that are positioned at various angles to provide exceptional traction in all driving directions. The specific tread structure interlocks efficiently with the snow for better grip and cornering stability.
Improved handling characteristics on dry roads
  • Engineered to achieve a better transmission of forces. So, the tread design significantly improves the tyre’s handling characteristics! Especially on dry roads.

Altimax One S

Sportingly, General Tyre‘s new Passenger Summer line. Provides a reliable performance for everyday driving. Of course, with outstanding grip in dry and wet conditions and significantly improved tread life.
ALTIMAX ONE S designed for higher performance sizes (with 4-groove pattern).

Technical Details

Adventurous on dry roads

  • This new tyre is designed in a whole new way.Importantly, its connected shoulder blocks with added stiffness. Provide precise steering response, powerful grip and safe. So, including reliable braking performance for everyday driving.

Reliable in wet condition

  • Optimised siping and a large number of gripping edges effectively displace water for responsive handling and enhanced control on wet and slippery roads.

Enjoy extra mileage

Eric Roberts

 

https://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/107138/General+Altimax+One+S
Eric Roberts is a keen blogger about all tyre subjects

Because of this, we at Pellon Tyres, became General tyre dealers. Of course the tyres are made from the same expertise and materials as the Continental range. Therefore this gives the product a first class base. Combined with very competitive price range! So,in which to compete in the very competitive world tyre market.

Conti rounds out General-brand winter tire lineup – Tire Business

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

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 organisation.
They were first set up in 2006 and is a non-profit making organisation. 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 organisation, 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 organisations 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 organisations. 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.

Eric Roberts

 

Tyresafe helps to reduce road casualties

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

www.pellontyres.co.uk.

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

https://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/107138/General+Altimax+One+S
Eric Roberts is a keen blogger about all tyre subjects