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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.

Tyre pressures Cost Money-If You Don’t check them it Will cost you money in wasted fuel?

TYRE PRESSURES COST MONEY

tyre pressures

Don’t know correct inflation pressure? Haven’t checked tyres for a while, don’t worry- let us do it for you-any time #foc pic.twitter.com/qlS9dYRji5

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Tyre pressures are very important?

The big thing that the motorists do not know, is that low pressures equal more fuel consumption?

Thats right!

So, drivers who do not keep up with their tyre pressures are throwing money down the drain. Especially such as larger vehicles such as motorhomes and light commercial vans. 

WHY tyre pressures are important

Because an under inflated tyre has less rolling resistance. Importantly, and will affect your cars performance and reduce your fuel consumption.

We all know that if you have a front tyre that has say a slow puncture, then the car will pull in the direction of the tyre with less air. We imagine the effect if ALL your tyres had less air in them.

The cars engine will be working harder to drive your car along and consequently use more fuel.

So it makes sense to get your tyre pressures checked at regular intervals. Your local tyre dealer will do this free of charge. Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, we have a regular string of customers, who call in at regular intervals to have their tyres checked and inflated. It only takes five minutes and you then know that you are safer and not throwing money away.

Pressures are important

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes and models of vehicles.  We also sell Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tyres launches eco conscious SUV tyre.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tyres

Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres

Pirelli tyres launches eco open-eyed suv tyre.: cWVCd http://t.co/sTvaS11sU0

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tyres

Many of us. Including myself, could not foresee the massive rise in the growth of the SUV and Crossover vehicle market. I first saw some of these vehicles for the first time.Especially, when I was attending a tyre testing day in Austria. The tyre dealers that were invited were all Vredestein (now Apollo Vredestein) stockists.

Some of these vehicles are very powerful. Therefore, and sort of went against the trend of greener cars. In general cars were getting smaller.Hence, until the upsurge of the SUV and later the smaller Crossovers

This meant that tyres had also to change. These cars that included Porsche’s and the VW Tiguan. The BMW X5 and X3, the Audi Q5. Not forgetting the Range Rover Evoque. These were all high performance cars and needed the tyres to go with them.

These cars had also to be more environmentally friendly. The tyres became larger in wheel size, some as large as 22 and 23 inch alloy’s. The also had to be quieter with good handling qualities as well as handling the power of some of these vehicles.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tyres

Many tyre companies came up with their own designs, including the introduction of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyre. These are truly Eco-friendly SUV tyres.For this reason, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres offers very good rolling resistance. As expected, and is one of the top tyre products to offer this. A better rolling resistance gives the vehicle a better fuel economy and therefore greener credentials.

Pirelli claim that these tyres are much lighter in weight because it uses fewer materials and will last longer than some of its counterparts. The new Scorpion Verde has been tested by VW and the VW group were the first car maker to fit the Verde onto its Volkswagen Touareg SUV.

Pirelli now make an all-season version of this tyre, for the SUV owner who may require more traction in the winter months.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Pirelli/Scorpion+Verde

 

Racing tyres: from the tracks to the streets-Tyre development depends on racing tyres

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Racing tyres

Global tyre giants are successfully employing cutting-edge technology used for the racing Formula 1 tracks to develop high-performance road tyres.
Innovations introduced by global tyre majors, such a

Source: indiatransportportal.com

This article is right up my street. it is something that I been writing about for years now? racing tyres.

The gist of the article.Thus, really explains what the difference is between Premium tyres and budget tyres. The premium tyres are made by the giant tyre companies of the world.Hence,  such as Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Bridgestone .Also,  the lesser known Avon,Kumho and Hankook tyre companies.

All these tyre makers. Therefore,  have participated in the world of motorsport. Of course, and the development of racing tyres. This involvement is two fold in my humble opinion. One is for publicity. motorsport brings huge benefits to the tyre companies,(although it is now closely followed by football advertising).

Motorsport has a huge worldwide coverage and is followed by car loving motorists all over the world.

Racing tyres

The second is the huge chance for the tyre companies to experiment with different tyre compounds and tread patterns. We have all witnessed the controversy in the recent F1

series with the different compounds used by Pirelli tyres, on their F1 racing tyres.

These are indeed exciting times. Especially, for me in the tyre world. Naturally, as the tyre companies battle for their places and the right. Therefore, to have their tyres fitted onto the cars owned by the regular drivers.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

Run-flat Tyres should be used on Taxis- Why run-flat tyres could be the way forward

Run-flat Tyres

run-flat tyres

If you get  puncture problems on a busy main road, do you think you could fix it safely? Run-flat tyres are a better idea, and the compromise in ride quality is a lot smaller than it used to be.

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Many of the new cars that are manufactured today, are coming out on various safety tyres.

At first i was not too sure about them, but i am now a fan of the tyres for the safety aspects.

There has been much written about this type of tyres, but going back to basics, then they are really good safety feature of any car.

Especially when they are used in conjunction with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

I would also like to be a little controversial and suggest that we make it law that all public transport vehicles be fitted with run-flat tyres. We all know about tragic accidents that tyre blowouts can cause(whatever the reason). I think that all taxis including mini buses, should be fitted with runflat tyres as a major safety feature. Thus preventing the chance of tyre accidents.

Run-flat tyres should be used on Taxis and Mini buses

I know this will upset the owners of taxis, but we as the public have to rely on the taxi owners to fit good tyres onto their cars. The addition of run-flat tyres would make these cars much safer for the public who have to use them.

run-flat tyres
Changing a wheel could be a thing of the past?

At the moment run-flat tyres are more expensive than a normal tubeless car tyre. This however could be short lived ,with the introduction of some economy brands, bringing out run-flats.

Run-flat Tyres

This will make the tyres more competitive and bring down the price. I know for sure that many taxi companies here in the north of England now use part-worn tyres. This is just false economy and a safety risk to their passengers. The other option could be self seal tyres, which would also be a safer option.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/runflat-tyres-by-bridgestone-tyres/

Bald tyres on Mini Cab-filthy animal on Twitter

Bald tyres

bald tyres

Bald tyres on a mini cab pic.twitter.com/Eoqjna09TC

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Of course, this is common place at my tyre retailing depot. So, every week we see the same thing.  Customers coming to us with bald and dangerous tyres. Many of them are worn down to the steel chords and we have seen this even on a mini bus?

So a  guy called in with a suspected puncture repair. It was on the inside of a twin wheel Ford Transit mini bus. Consequently, he was on his way to Blackpool, a seaside resort here in the UK.

The inside wheel had a tyre fitted that was a bald tyres and completely worn down to the steel belt, bellow the tyres tread. The driver was a bit shocked when we showed him the tyre.

bald tyres

In another hour he would have been heading down the M62 motorway with a party of ladies on board, that could have ended in tragedy.

This did happen to an unlucky hen party in 2014. When a mini bus collided with a truck on the same motorway. The inquest said that the accident was caused by a tyre that was not safe or suitable for that vehicle.

Taxis are usually well regulated but i know from experience that many of them use part worn tyres that are not legal and its a case of paying your money and taking a chance, as to whether the taxi or mini cab has decent tyres fitted or not.

We are now in 2018 and things have not changed. As a result drivers are still coming to us with tyres down to the steel chords?

When will we ever learn?

www.pellontyres.co.uk

Continentals Dandelion tyres? A major breakthrough for a greener planet

Continentals Dandelion tyres

continentals dandelion tyres
Russian varieties of dandelions will be grown in vast quantities.

Continentals dandelion tyres

There is no doubt that in the past forty years, since I have been a tyre retailer, the discovery about the humble dandelion, helping to make tyres, has to be up there in the top ten of tyre related discoveries.
What many car owners do not know is the huge amount of raw materials that go into making the humble tyre. Indeed car tyres use a large amount crude oil in the tyres manufacture.

The oil is used mainly for making carbon black, resins and anti-aging chemicals. Also synthetic rubber, which all require crude oil in the manufacturing process.
Tyres also consume large amounts of natural rubber. In fact the average car tyre uses between 10 and 30% of natural rubber in its make-up. The larger truck tyres obviously use much more. Rubber plantations grow in the sub-tropical regions of the world. They grow in such countries as  Brazil and Malaysia.

Continentals Dandelion tyres

It is elastic and durable as well as been resistant to abrasion. It is an ideal material for the rubber production that goes in the manufacture of tyres.
Enter the good old dandelion
Due to the fact that we are slowly running out of sustainable materials.Researchers have been looking for alternatives. Continental has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, to find alternatives to the dwindling rubber plantations.

continentals dandelion tyres
Dandelion tyre now on test

Continental scientists, were looking for something that had a similar molecular structure to the latex that is produced by the rubber trees. It was noticed that the dandelion plant gave off a similar white milky liquid, when the stem or a leaf was broken. The gardeners amongst us will know this only too well.

Continentals Dandelion tyres

The dandelion also has a very similar crop yield to the rubber trees, producing 1 to 2 tons per hectare.

This type of innovation by the Continental tyre company is going a long way to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and in my opinion is a great step forward.
Russian dandelion
See more at: http://blog.conti-online.co.uk/taraxagum-dandelion-tyre/#sthash.oR3Qqk4c.dpuf