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 winter tyres. 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
The General Altimax Arctic has many attributes. Therefore the tyre exhibits excellent traction in the wet. Including, snowy and dry driving conditions. Naturally, the Altimax is most suitable for urban drivers. Including the drivers of Sedans, CUVs and SUVs.
The tyre test was carried out,100 km from the Arctic Circle. Hence at a world-class testing facility in Sweden. Therefore the performance would replicate the conditions found during winter time. Of course in Northern Europe and Canada.
The most outstanding feature was the tyre scored an incredible 100 in wet traction. Naturally, the General Altimax Artic is designed with a directional tread pattern. Of course, which amplifies water evacuation. This design helps the tyre to resist hydroplaning and naturally, increase wet handling.
Another advantage of the tyre is a design feature of a multi-angle sipes systems. Thus ,to enhance the traction in high-angled turns and straight-ahead driving in snowy conditions. A great benefit for winter tyres. Thus earning a score of 97.7 in snow traction.
With the ability to drive comfortably in rain and snow, drivers can drive worry free with the General Altimax Arctic. A great tyre product from the Continental tyres stable .
Early November saw the first snow to fall here in Halifax, Northern England. Winter tyres were the order of the day?
I am not complaining, but 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.
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 1k to 1.5k miles (need to really wear them in).
2. Wet pavement: 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! Now the thing feels like it has 4-wheel drive. The grip really is nice. Early this evening I was driving my Honda Accord with all-season and was slipping and sliding on the side roads. The winter tires on the Camry? Nothing. Felt great.
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:).
recycled tyres are a huge headache when it comes to waste management and recycling, but there are clever DIY ways that each of us can reuse and recycle them and save them from entering the environment or taking up space in our landfills.
Some great images and uses for old tyres. I don’t think it is going to help get rid of the waste tyre mountains. But as they say “every little helps”.
Fortunately, more industrial recycling ways are now coming along. Recycled tyres are now shredded. Hence, and used in many parts of the world for things such as re-surfacing roads. The added rubber crumbs give the surface more flexibility. Naturally, a quieter ride for the vehicles that travel on them.
I genuinely believe.That the recycled tyres problem has improved greatly. Especially, over the past ten years or so. Companies that make a living out of recycled tyres. Thus, have sprung up all over the world. Shredded tyres used to make playgrounds. Accordingly, is a common site today. This makes a better and softer landing for the children to make. So and also uses recycled tyres and so it has a double barreled effect.
One of the biggest things to come along in recent years is recycled mulch for landscaping and other things for the garden including, recycled tire planters and other ideas for recycled tyres planters pots, and many other ideas some of which are illustrated in the images in the attached article, they are well worth a look to give you some ideas.
I have even used some painted old waste tyres in my own garden and you would think that i would be sick of tyres when i get home? but they do look good in the right setting. There are many landscaping ideas using old tyres, and they are all worth looking at, some are great.
I must confess, that the general Altimax winter tyres, was a new concept to me. hence, it is a tyre brand that I am just getting to grips with?
Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK, we became General tyre retailers earlier in 2016. For this reason, I became disenfranchised with some of the other tyre companies.
If we are promote and sell a product, then we require a little loyalty. In my 40 years in the tyre business I have been let down by many tyre companies. They seem to accept that when you build their product base in a certain area. They then flood their tyres into your area. Thus breaking their promises.
The latest tyre company to do this was Yokohama tyres. We became dealers in the Halifax area. Accordingly, we sold thousands of their tyre products, including winter tyres. The next thing we knew. Yokohama were selling their tyres online at a highly discounted price.
We were not worried, because we also offer tyres online and could easily compete with the prices. However, it was the fact that a promise was broken that annoyed me. This brings me onto General tyres.
I was looking for another product to replace Yokohama. As a result we were approached by General tyres.
General are Owned by Continental tyres and are therefore well respected, designed and manufactured, including the General Altimax Arctic.
Having some fun in my ’07 Civic LX riding on General Altimax Arctic snow tires. Awesome tyres, awesome price.
Let it snow!
Have made extensive in-roads into the perfect winter tyre. of course, I mean that are most suitable for the larger and sportier cars. Hence such as the BMW’s and Mercedes.
Continental are of course a German company. Thus, they are interlinked with the German tyre manufacturers. This is of course a natural thing to do. Mainly because of the close proximity to each other.
Therefore, it makes sense to cooperate with each other. Naturally, in the compatibility of interlinking products. Of course, this could be just seen as progress. Indeed it probably is.
Car design and manufacturing is a fast moving science. Therefore, tyres have to keep up with the pace. The tyres of yesteryear would be no good for the modern fast coupe. Of course that is produced in Germany.
Tyre buffs, only have to look at the Cont Contact range of tyres. Each new car that is developed, now requires a tyre to match. Continental have always been at the forefront of tyre development. This meets all the qualities of the large German car Manufacturers.
This tyre development also includes winter tyres. Germans and other Europeans have an urge to head for the ski resorts during winter time. This means that these large cars require tyres that will go down the Autobahn at over 100 MPH and then drive up mountains to reach the snow slopes.
This where the Continental Winter TS850 Tyres, come into their own. These tyres were tested by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung , the ContiWinterContact TS 850 defended its title and again finished best in test.
Michelin put forward their bid to be the sole tyre supply starting 2017. Read more about it
Michelin Formula One Bid looks to be on the cards
Pascal Couasnon. Has hinted on many occasions about the Michelin F1 bid. For this reason, their interest in making a bid. Hence, for the coveted supplier of tyres to the F1 racing series.
He does however. Want to make changes to the tyre sizes. Also to the way that the tyres are selected by the various F1 teams. it is very strongly rumoured. That the giant French tyre makers. Michelin have been testing F1 type tyres. Consequently, in the Le Mans race series. Thus, an event that comes very close to F1. The Le Mans series operate with similar cars and speeds, making it easy to test similar tyres with real-time racing conditions.
A Michelin F1 bid does look likely to be on the cards. Michelin race tyres are fitted to practically all other types of motorsport vehicles, but not at the moment F1, who are supplied by the Pirelli tyre company. Pirelli do seam to be fully committed and after a bumpy start with differing compound problems, appear to have come up with the correct formula.
In my opinion Pirelli will not want to give this prestigious position up. I believe that the Michelin F1 bid will have a battle on their hands when the competition for tyre supplier begins.
Michelin Formula One Bid;What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?
We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax are at the moment a BlackCircles fitting station. We will shortly be reviewing the situation? The first point is that we are not getting the correct fitting charge for some of the vehicles that we are now getting in for their tyres fitting. To do a good and proper job we have to spend too much time for the fee that we are now getting, this is putting strain on our own customers, who are having to wait longer.
Also we believe that Michelin will be diverting the fitting jobs to ATS, their own retail tyre network. This would be a perfect and natural thing for them to do, but i feel that it would be time for the independent retailers to pull out, before they remove the plug and perhaps leave gaps in your business plan. These are just my own opinions but i feel that we should react on them.
Michelin survey: 36% of respondents unsure of legal min. tread depth; 62% don’t know the penalty for illegal tyres. pic.twitter.com/FceWAbI36i
This Tyre Industry Responsible survey does not surprise me at all?
Tyre are the last thing on most drivers minds, as drivers are still under financial pressures and the young drivers would rather buy expensive clothes or spend their money on a good night out.
Sometimes I think that we in the tyre industry moan too much about what the customer knows and should know?
I think that is a good idea to carry out tyre research and we all have to thank Michelin in this instance, but are the results really so surprising?
Many of us in the trade (and that includes me). Are to blame for this. Over the years. We have constantly launched tyres at the public.Hence, most of the motorists today just see tyres as a consumer product, that they buy, when they are told that they need one.
Many people that read my blogs are in the tyre retail industry and this means that we can all relate to the same or similar problems. For some reason the tyre industry have failed to educate the public, in the safety aspect of their tyre products.
Each manufacturer brings out a new tyre and promotes it the same as skin cream or perfume, but never really explains exactly what a tyre is all about. Take a recent innovation, run-flat tyres. As far as I know they were just brought out and fitted to cars as original equipment. Nothing was explained what the tyre safety features were?
Tyre Industry Responsible
I remember the days when “features and benefits” were a buzz word in the tyre industry, but now it is more about market share. Would it have hurt the industry to put out information facts, in the press or on TV, even such programmes as “Top Gear”, could have done a piece about run-flat tyres. “New type of safety tyre will be coming out and be made by most of tyre manufacturers, will be arriving on some models of new cars”. Things like this would have educated the public as to why these tyres were very expensive.
We as tyre retailers, have all this to put up with?
To be truthful, we don’t really mind. Consequently, I do think that the tyre industry. Particularly, the manufacturers. Hence, should play a bigger part in helping to educate the motorists. Into what tyres are really about. Therefore, how they should be looked after more carefully. I am thinking about tyre pressures and how to check their tread depth.
We here at Pellon Tyres experience these problems on a daily occurrence.
Drivers have very busy lives and should be made more aware. Thus, of the importance of their tyres. Cars are getting bigger? I am thinking about SUV’s here, more and more young drivers including many ladies are now drivers.
Should we be targeting this age group and gender group, who are the drivers of the future?
Tyre Industry Responsible
It does concern me about the number of our customers who do not even know their tyre size. But worse of all the large number of tyres that we are removing that are worn down to the steel cords.
I do appreciate that we have now got Tyresafe working on this problem, but the tyre manufacturers are leaving all the hard work to the tyre retailers and most of them have staff that are not trained and in some cases know practically nothing about tyres, except how to fit them?
But that’s another story.
At Goodyear we’ve been driven by innovations since 1898. Find out more about our work at the leading edge of research and development.
Goodyear Innovations have always been at the leading edge of tyre technology, including the development of the futuristic tyre, the “Biolsoprene” concept tyres.
Goodyear tyres have always been a favorite of mine, mainly because i worked for them for a number of years, managing some of their retail tyre depots.
“We’re also working hard on more environmentally-friendly products, with the BioIsoprene™ concept tyre – a tyre made of renewable biomass” – unveiled at the 2012 Climate Conference in Copenhagen. Goodyear innovations. Have always kept the giant tyre company in the world’s leading positions. Goodyear rubber company history. So, shows that they were there right at the beginning. Thus, when tyres and vulcanisation of rubber were in there early stages. Consequently, in 1839 Charles Goodyear accidentally discovered how to vulcanize rubber. Which could be later made into tyres. Of course, and other rubber products.
In more recent times. Goodyear introduces two notable advances in tyre design. Hence,Tiempo. The first all-season tyre, and the revolutionary fuel-saving. Elliptic tyre.
Goodyear Ultragrips were developed from their involvement with the rally car scene and in the 1970’s they came out with the Goodyear Grand Prix X tyres, famous for the new word out at the time “aquaplaning”.
This made drivers aware of the dangers of driving on wet roads, and the need for their tyres to be able to get rid of the surface water to allow the tyre tread to grip the road. In 1992 Goodyear introduces the first run-on-flat, tire for the Chevrolet Corvette. This is now very popular on some of today’s cars, allowing the driver to continue the journey after a puncture or other tyre deflation.
In 2004 Assurance tyres featuring, TripleTred and ComforTred technology was introduced. These are just a few of the Goodyear innovations over the years.
Last rally in our (Barry Musker’s and mine) Anglia . it was all working by now and even NEW tyres Goodyear Ultragrips . we are car 72 now!! a very icy…
Wow this image and the words of Goodyear Ultra-grips take me back to the seventies when I used to fit tyres on some of the Yorkshire stages for Goodyear. The company that I worked for in those days was Tyreservices.
I was manager at their Huddersfield and later their Halifax branch here in Yorkshire. I have told this story many times. We sponsored a lady rally driver by the name of Krissy Ashford. She drove a Ford Escort mk2 in the blue and white colours of Tyreservices, who were owned by Goodyear tyres.
The tyres she used were Goodyear Ultra-grip performance. Consequently, these tyres came in a slick and gravel tread pattern (as far as I can remember). Hence, this was also the time of the Mini’s involvement in rallying. I think she drove on 13 inch Goodyear rally Specials, that were supplied to her by Goodyear and we would fit them for her and change the wheels when required.
We worked from a massive Goodyear truck that was equipped with tyre fitting machines and compressors. We would change the wheels with tyres already built up at our tyre depot in Huddersfield. It was always in winter and freezing cold, but we loved to do this. It was very exciting with all the noise and smells coming from the different rally cars.
I loved the Minis? They were kitted out on 145×10 Goodyear Ultra-grips and were tops either in the forests or on tarmac. I was told by one driver that he preferred these tyres to the 165/70×10 Goodyear Rally Specials.
The Goodyear’s were great. The Ultra-Grip in 145 x 10 were tops in the forests and on tarmac there was not much better than the 165 x 10 Rally Special.
Other tyre brands that wee about in those days were the Dunlop SP 3’s and a bit later Avon tyres used their Arctic Steel radials. The SP3 and the SP Sports were also very popular for rallying in Minis.