British Gas has announced it will be fitting Michelin CrossClimate tyres to its fleet of 13,000 commercial vehicles in order to cope with the UK’s unpredictable weather.
Fleet manager Colin Marriott, who compared the tyre to Michelin’s summer and winter ranges as well as some competitors’ all-season tyres, commented: “I was impressed by the performance of the CrossClimate tyres. On dry roads there was absolutely no doubt they performed as well as Michelin’s summer tyres, and they outperformed the winter tyres and all-season tyres by some margin.
“It was a very easy decision for us to fit these tyres, due to the quality of the product.”
The CrossClimate offers the benefits of a summer tyre for dry or wet braking, total mileage and energy efficiency, while also boasting the traction and braking performance of a winter tyre on cold and snow-covered roads – making it perfect for the UK’s often unpredictable weather.
The tyre has also earned the top ‘A’ rating for wet braking on European tyre labels and ‘C’ for rolling resistance, with a noise rating of 68 decibels.
Andy Fern, head of fleet for Michelin tyres, added: “By fitting CrossClimate, motorists can drive safely the entire year without needing to change tyres. CrossClimate fitments address an increasingly urgent need among business motorists to feel safer when faced with unstable, unpredictable weather.”
Michelin promotes the CrossClimate as a tyre that offers the benefits of a summer tyre when it comes to dry or wet braking, total mileage and energy efficiency, while also boasting the traction and braking performance of a winter tyre on cold and snow-covered roads.
With a V-shaped tread and self-blocking 3D sipes, the tyre is designed to optimise traction in snow. Described as a “claw” effect, the vertical and lateral waves of the sipes give the tread blocks greater rigidity, while also benefiting longevity, steering precision and general dry road performance due to its ability to resist heat build-up.
The CrossClimate is currently available in 23 dimensions, a range that covers 76 per cent of all car and car-derived van tyres in sizes from 15 to 17-inches, however Michelin has announced that it will launch additional sizes next year.