BusinessCar gets to grips with winter tyres for fleets

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As one of the hottest summers in recent times slips away many companies are already considering the pros and cons of fitting winter tyres to their fleets.

BusinessCar has examined the issue closely, raising questions about the timing of fitting winter tyres and whether they are a necessary expense or a threat to the bottom line.

Harsh winters can hamper a business’s ability to operate if they rely on transport and cannot get their vehicles on the road safely. However, they are an additional outlay and during times of economic hardship may be seen as unaffordable.

According to BusinessCar, winter tyres have been increasingly talked about and bought into in recent times, largely off the back of perceived tougher conditions and, while it isn’t yet the time to be reaching for scarves and gloves, is now the time you need to be weighing up options for a winter tyre package.

Dave Crinson, national sales manager for car fleets at Michelin, thinks fleets need to act sooner rather than later. He told BusinessCar: “People should be thinking about them from the previous winter. We have to produce and fit them so we really need the order by March.

“It’s sometimes tricky to get them, particularly if they’re rare sizes or on big, posh cars. Somebody coming in [with a fleet order] now would struggle to get them, and that’s not just the case with us, it applies to all the other tyre companies as well.”

The article continues: “Ordering early is preferable, particularly if your fleet has specialist requirements, but if more conventional types and sizes of tyre are required, then it should be possible to get hold of them towards the end of the year, as the weather turns.”

To read the full article, which weighs up the pros and cons of fitting winter tyres to fleets, go to http://www.businesscar.co.uk/analysis/2013/winter-tyres-snow-go?pageno=1.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of winter tyres and its mobile service is convenient for business customers, because they can have their new winter tyres fitted at their work location at a convenient time.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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