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Eric has spent all his working life apart from a brief 6 months as a firefighter in the tyre trade. Married to Michelle having 8 children all now grownup. Tyres are Eric's life long passion. Apart from running his business Eric is a keen Blogger and runs 4 online websites relating to his business.

Caravan Tyre Safety-More information Shared by the tyre safety organisation-Tyresafe.org

Caravan Tyre Safety

Caravan Tyre Safety

Why are tyres important? Tyres are the only part of the caravan which are in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface. In addition, tyres also play a fundamental role in […]

What if I don’t know my tyre pressures?

This is one of the questions that is asked by some of my customers here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK. Apart from the internet, vehicle car manufacturers often place the tyre pressures in three locations of the car.

Here are the three places:Inside the driver’s door on the door frame

1-Inside the petrol-diesel cap

2-In the vehicle manual

3-If you are in the Halifax area then we will always supply the tyre pressures for your particular car model.

We recommend though that you keep your own tyre pressure gauge as part of your cars tool kit. They are only small items and can even be kept with your locking wheel nuts under the dash. Gauges are on offer at most car accessories stores and also from Michelin and on the road safety organizations web sites, here in the UK we have the AA and the RAC.

I can also give you drivers a few simple tips that you should remember about tyre pressures and inflating your tyres.

  1. Always keep your valve caps in a safe place when inflating and checking your tyre pressures.  If the caps are cracked or broken, then replace them with new ones.
  2. Try not to damage the thread on your tyre valves. Some valves are Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and if damaged are expensive to replace. So do not force the tyre pressure gauge or the air-line onto the tyres valve and damage the thread.
  3. Always check the tyre pressures when the tyres are cool preferably before you start a journey. Heat builds up in the tyres and they will give the wrong tyre pressure reading.
  4. Check each tyre more than once to ensure that you have a good fit between the tyres valve and the pressure gauge.

Any good tyre centre will do this job for you free of charge, including us at Pellon Tyres here in Yorkshire UK. This should also be done FREE of charge.

We have outlined some of the most important things to know and reasons why to rent a vehicle properly equipped with snow tyres for the winter conditions you can face in Vancouver and the surrounding British Columbia area.

Before the start of the winter. Hence, you should consider a set of winter tyres. As a result, the best way

Caravan Tyre Safety

Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

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This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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So, this is a good and informative video! About the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan. Consequently, to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car. Of course, in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at. Thus, was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed. Including, the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch? wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre. Then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise. Then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene ever since tyres began. So, in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players. In the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Well worth a look at?

Porsche Winter Tyres-Improve performance and safety with Porsche winter wheels and tyres

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Porsche Winter Tyres

So, when the temperature lowers to 7c then the compound in summer tyres will harden. Thus causing a drop in the summer tyre performance. Importantly, reducing the cars braking distance by as much as 12%.

Drivers should be aware of this as winters approach! Like many cars then it is imperative that Porsche owners take a good look at the option of winter tyres and a spare set of wheels.

Of course this will offer the car and driver a better driving experience in bad and winter weather.

Porsche Winter Tyres

I dont often a single out specific cars. However in my opinion the Porsche is very special. However, I still think that the Porsche owners should think about fitting a set of winter tyres.

By doing this they will be able to drive much safer and with more confidence, should a rapid snow fall occur. What many drivers do not know is that  below 7°C the rubber compound in all summer tyres hardens, causing a drop in performance and an increase in braking distance by up to 12%.

Hence, this is the first important point to think about. Winter tyres have an added ingredient . Accordingly, in the tread and the rest of the tyre compound. This extra ingredient, is “Silica”. As a result the tyres do not harden as the temperature falls below 7 degrees.

Modern winter tyres have also many extra sipes built into them. These sipes are the tiny slits in the tread and shoulder of the tyres. These slits make a good job of removing any wet or snow from the tyres. Winter tyres are therefore, much safer than summer tyres when driving your Porsche in winter time.

Dunlop Tyres racing team-Behind the scenes in the BTCC with Dunlop – TouringCarTimes

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There are many jobs within a BTCC garage, be it general mechanic, technical director or driver, but one is often overlooked – the…

Dunlop Tyres racing team

So, this is a great article to read if you are a fan of motorsport. In particular the work that goes into the preparation of racing tyres. Hence, by the  Dunlop Tyres racing team. Of course, before and during the race.

Of course, as the article states. Then the tyre guys are generally overlooked! But do a great and important task. Thus, preparing cars as part of the  Dunlop tyres racing team.

The Dunlop tyres racing team turn up in their huge truck. The truck is equipped with a full stock that will be required for the specific race meeting. it also contains everything to set up a tyre fitting bay which when erected gives the  Dunlop racing team, full access to tyre fitting machines and wheel balancing facilities.

The tyre are constantly changed and tested during a race. The tyre temperatures are recorded, because this is critical to grip and tyre performance.

Of course the racing team also have small tents that fit tyres in with a heater to pre-heat them up to the correct temperature. The heat aspect of the tyres is very critical for the overall tyre performance, and pressure of course.

regular travellers to Europe, especially France will have no doubt seen these giant Dunlop Yellow trucks holding all the equipment required. Heading for different racing venues across Europe. The one in my image was taken by myself outside the Ibis hotel in Boulogne and heading for the weekends racing at the famous Le Mans racing circuit.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1243/DUNLOP

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Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips-Winter Driving Tips-Watch out for the cold snaps

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Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

It’s December first and the heavy frosts are beginning to set in as the evenings grow colder. Despite our mild Winter experience so far in 2016, rest assured these helpful tips from Bridgestone tyres will help keep you safe as the cold snaps hit. Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin […]

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

These winter tyre tips come from Bridgestone tyres MD, no other than Robin Shaw.

Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin Shaw has recommend these simple tips to protect drivers over the Winter period. “Driving in winter conditions is something everyone must prepare for. It is not only about having the right tyres; the driver’s behaviour is also essential in these conditions as he or she needs to understand and adapt to different winter hazards.

I must admit that in my opinion all the hard work. Hence , from the tyre industry regarding winter tyres, is starting to pay off. Our winters here in the UK have become more severe and spasmodic. As a result, over the past twenty years or so.

Last year was extremely mild. For this reason, we only had a couple of frosty nights, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Other years have brought some heavy snow falls. Catching motorists out.

Therefore, a large majority of our car owners now prepare their cars for winter. Winter tyres have become very popular because of their contribution to safer driving in extreme weather  conditions. Especially, in hilly and mountainous regions of the country. Including here at the foot of the Pennine mountain range.

“It is therefore crucial to not only prepare our vehicles, but also ourselves when the weather gets cold.”

Wheel Alignment does really Matter?-Ivan Kerr Tyres on Twitter

Wheel Alignment does really Matter

Wheel Alignment does really Matter

Wheel Alignment does really Matter

 

Laser guided wheel balancing. Makes us feel like a Bond baddie! #gsp9700 #roadforcebalance #wevebeenexpectingyou pic.twitter.com/R1oHmoguvo

Wheel Alignment does really Matter for a better ride?

I know the tyre  industry keeps on harping about wheel alignment. Hence, it is a good revenue for us. But it is very important to have a comfortable and safe ride. So when you are driving your car.

The holiday season will be starting here in the UK very shortly and many families will be heading off on their holidays. Hoe annoying is it to find that two miles down the motorway, you car starts to pull to the left or the right and you are constantly trying to keep the car in a straight line.

Most drivers are now familiar with the fact that Wheel Alignment does really Matter? When they have new tyres fitted, they will very often ask for a wheel alignment check. Tyres are very expensive items and the drivers now know that the new tyres can be scuffed off very quickly if the wheel alignment is is not correctly set up.

wheel alignment does really matter
This tyre looks like it has developed a fault.This looks like poor wheel alignment or a faulty steering part such as a ball joint

Another common alignment fault is that the cars steering wheel has to be constantly corrected. So as your car pulls to the left or the right, as you are driving along. This is very uncomfortable? A simple wheel alignment adjustment will correct this, nine out of ten times, so Wheel Alignment does really Matter.

The other bad experience is a “wheel wobble”?

This is when your car steering wheel starts to shake at a certain speed. It it usually right on the speed limit(70 mph) here in the UK.

You have to drive slower or faster to be able to drive the car more comfortably, without the steering wheel shaking you to bits.

The best thing is to have your wheel alignment and wheel balancing checked the week before you set off on your journey. You knoe it makes sense.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/GuideToAlignment

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General Grabber AT3-The latest tyre in the excellent Grabber range of 4×4 tyres

General Grabber AT3

I have used General Grabber AT tyres on previous Land Rovers have been impressed. I see they have now launched the AT3 which looks great, but they don’t do a size to fit my 20″ wheels (which I regret getting if I am honest!) So I was wondering what size […]

General Grabber AT3

One of the down sides of marketing a tyre product comes when a popular tyre is replaced. Of course, I mean the general Grabber tyre range.  I still have some customers in Halifax Yorkshire, UK who drive about on the original grabbers.

Because it fits Land Rovers, then we sell many of these tyres to farmers. Because of this then the farmers are the worse people for changing their minds. Especially when they like a certain product.

General Grabber AT3

In the farmers defense, they do take notice of what we say and also recommend? In the early days we were getting rave revues about the original Grabber tyres. SUV owners and Land Rover owners were very impressed with the product.

The tyre did a good job in the rougher conditions of a farm and were reasonably quiet on  tarmac roads. Then as in most western markets, General decided to make a better tyre , the grabber AT2. This was all well and good. But it replaced the standard Grabber and we had to resell it. It was a case of “if its not broken dont fix it”.

General Grabber AT3

The new AT2 tyre was a little more aggressive and together with new compounds, was actually a better tyre. For that reason, we sold the replacement tyre type to the same farmers and SUV owners and life went on.

Then the other Saturday morning, a guy came in to order two more AT2’s . He was highly delighted with them and wanted two more. When we checked his tyre size, we soon found out that general had now moved onto the AT3 tyres.

At first the guy was not a “happy bunny” he went away sulking. Because there was only the AT3 available now in his tyre size. He said that he could get them on the internet?

Off he went, but he rang us up about an hour later. Thus , to order two for him. We are general tyre dealers and would be very surprised if we ever were beaten on price. Therefore , this job was no exception and we received the order for the tyres.

Dunlop Race Tyres on this Nissan Altima-Not Sure?Rick Kelly on Twitter

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Dunlop Race Tyres

Dunlop Race Tyres

12 seconds = Fresh tyres a fuel tank of fuel and a fresh drink added (Fanta). #GoPro #HERO4SESSION #v8sc pic.twitter.com/NVdTb8e0UR

Dunlop Race Tyres on Nissan Altima

This is one of the best images I have ever seen?

The Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima driver. Rick Kelly’s Sunday race performance placed him 16th position. Exactly the same as the Saturday race. The race took place  from the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.

This was an improvement from his qualifying position of 18th place. In this one of Australia premier racing events. I was lucky enough to watch the race live here on UK TV.

I am not sure which tyre Kelly’s car was using. Thinking that it would have been Dunlop race tyres. All of the other Jack Daniels sponsored Nissan’s run on  Dunlop race tyres. So although i watched on TV. Then i  did forget which tyres were used. As a result, i am almost certain that they would have been the “racing circuit slicks” .Because of the dry hot conditions on the racing days.

When approaching the chequered flag . Rick Kelly was just overtaken by fellow competitor Nick Percat. Having to settle for 16th position.

The V8 Supercars Championship. Hence, continues at Queensland Raceway from July 31st to August 2nd. Kelly is in tenth position in the championships after competing in 17 races.

Dunlop  tyres Australia are the official tyre suppliers to the V8 Supercars  race series,and as we all know in the tyre industry are  one of the world’s leading makers of high performance and ultra high performance tyres. It has been involved in motorsport and has been at the forefront of motoring research development for 125 years.

Dunlop Race Tyres

Like their great rivals Michelin, Dunlop tyres have  an impressive track record of motorsport success. Dunlop are an icon of the road and over the years have been the choice of racing legends due to their tyre products high performance qualities.

Dunlop continues to design. Develop and produce tyres right up to the present moment. Supplying tyres that constantly question and push the limits of technology. Helping to create a faster and safer racing experience .Hence, for the teams that they support in the motorsport industry.

This is the reason  that in 2015 . This will be Dunlop racing tyres 14th consecutive year. Supplying the V8 Supercars in Australia and Dunlop racing series control tyres.

After winning its fourth control tyre contract in succession, its current contract will run from 2013-2017, and as in F1 racing the battle will commence for the right to supply tyres to this prestigious race series.

I cant wait to watch the next races in August.

Eric Roberts.

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Michelin Truck Tyres-says accidental damage claim rate demonstrates premium reliability

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Michelin Truck Tyres

So, Michelin accidental damage guarantee for its regional and construction tyre ranges is delivering on its promise. Hence, of first class reliability and uptime for commercial vehicle fleets.

So, far Michelin has received just 98 claims for damage from the dates of 1st May to 31st Of October in the start year of 2016 !

Michelin Truck Tyres

When I was younger. I used to carry out some tyre work. Hence,  involving trucks and earthmoving plant and equipment.So, one of the first things that I learned.  Was that Michelin were the best.

For this reason, I never saw a genuine faulty truck tyre. Because of the quality of the tyre build and the first class materials. Thus, that were used by Michelin in their tyre manufacturing. Of course, this also included the use of the first time truck casing for remoulding.

Therefore, when it came to making truck remoulds, then the number one make that remoulders wanted, was Michelin. As far as I am concerned, this tradition of excellence has carried on to this day.

In my opinion, this is the reason that Michelin can offer such highly rated warranties. This is in the massive American market. The excellent record that is listed below speaks for itself. I must stress though that this is an accidental damage warranty. I can only suspect that actual tyre warranties, due to faults would have been zero.

As I have stated earlier, this would be because of the expertise and quality of the Michelin tyres build.

Michelin’s accidental damage guarantee for its regional and construction tyre ranges is delivering on its promise of first class reliability and uptime for commercial vehicle fleets. Michelin has received just 98 claims for damage in the six months from 1 May to 31 October 2016, of which 92 were accepted as valid – from more than 54,000 eligible tyres sold on the replacement market.

Eric Roberts

Tyre Tread Scam-Here’s How Scam Artists Make Old Tyres That Are Unsafe Look Like New Again!

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Tyre Tread Scam

There are countless scammers looking to make money off of others’ poorly placed trust, but this is the most dangerous scam to emerge in a long time.

Tyre Tread Scam

So, this type of scam is typical of what unscrupulous people will do. Especially, when it comes to  to selling illegal part worn tyres. Subsequently,  to the unsuspecting motoring public?

Massive profits can be made by making old tyres into part worn tyres. Amazingly whatever we say then the public still go out and buy these dangerous tyre products.

So, I do know that it is mainly young drivers who go out and buy these £20 tyres. Consequently, it looks like these tyres are bought because the drivers think it is good economics. However, it has been proven time after time to be “false economy”.

Now tyre re-cutting ?

Incidentally, I did a recent article about part worn car tyre re-cutting. In fact  about a year ago. Of course, it opened a few eyes. But  this attached video still shows that the illegal practice is still going on.

Through experience, I know all about re-cutting tyres. So in another life, I used to do the job But only on certain  truck tyres. Firstly, truck tyres have much more tread rubber than a car tyre.

Subsequently this extra rubber enables them to be re-cut. Simply this means cutting a few more millimetres in the  tread pattern of the truck tyres. Of course, to get more miles out of the tyre. Importantly in a safe and legal way !

Significantly, car tyres do not carry a thick rubber layer in between the tread area and the carcass of the tyre. Therefore, re-cutting cannot take place safely and legally.

However a skilled hand can still cut a few millimeters of rubber out of the existing tread pattern. Of course illegally on  a car tyre. This is what is happening in this video. It makes my blood boil and is dangerous and illegal to do this.

There are countless scammers looking to make money off of others’ poorly placed trust, but this is the most dangerous scam to emerge in a long time.

Eric Roberts