Michelin set for a gripping winter!


French tyre maker Michelin says now is the time to prepare your car for the Winter conditions that may come our way… and we agree.

In winter, as temperatures head into single figures, the advice from Michelin is that motorists would fit tyres designed specifically for winter conditions with compounds that remain flexible to improve grip and braking. In this respect, the launch recently of its CrossClimate+ tyres that are built to offer improved traction on snow-covered or wet and cold roads as well as deliver year-round performance.

Designed to counter the changeable weather that constantly afflicts Irish roads, Michelin says the new range offers the benefits of a summer tyre for dry and wet braking, energy efficiency and total mileage, while also boasting the braking performance and traction of a winter tyre on cold and snow-covered roads – with little difference in performance as the tyre tread wears down.
Following a series of extensive independent tests, Michelin’s CrossClimate+ range – currently available in 15 to 18-inch sizes – has recently been named as the ‘best all-season tyre’ by UK motoring magazine Auto Express.
According to the publication, the launch of the CrossClimate in 2015 “shook up the world of all-season tyres”, and now the CrossClimate+ builds on this with improved performance and durability.

At Motorhub we recommend ‘all-weather’ or ‘all-season tyres’ to anyone who is concerned about the level of grip this winter in Ireland – especially if they have a rear whee drive car as this type of tyre will deliver a better blend of traction and grip. We drive on summer or standard tyres in Ireland due to our mild climate but all weather tyres are blended to off the best of both summer and winter tyres in a one tyre solution. Winter rated tyres it must be said offer better stopping and steering power in full on winter weather but Ireland is never truly arctic and all weather tyres are rated for winter and summer use too. Remember it is vital to buy only from brands you recognise as premium like: Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental, Dunlop/Goodyear, Pirelli etc. At Motorhub we have driven some very poor performing ‘W’ (winter) rated tyres (from Asia) that looked the part but were worse than standard summer tyres for grip in slippy conditions.


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Michael Sheridan

Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for over 18 years and is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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