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.


About Author

Michael Sheridan

Michael is Motorhub's Editor. He is a famous face in Ireland having worked on RTE Television since 1990, firstly as a young people's TV presenter. His motoring CV took off in the mid 90's. Initially responsible for motoring content with RTE's daytime TV dept. he went on to present the RTE TV car show Drive! for 4 seasons. He has worked as a Producer/Director and Executive Producer on numerous motoring television shows in Ireland and Internationally including The Whole Way Round, The Shamrock Run, The Viking Run and The Irish 66ers to name just a few - many raised much needed funds for children's hospitals in Ireland. In print and radio his credits include the RTE Guide as motoring editor from 1999-2003, he transferred to RTE on line where he set up and edited the Motors section until mid 2015. His print credits are too many to list but include National daily (Irish Times) and Sunday newspapers, magazines, radio (multiple RTE radio shows including contributing editor with the Gerry Ryan show & The Mooney Show, plus guest he is a contributor to Tubridy, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. Michael contributes weekly on Today FM on The Last Word with Matt Cooper. Michael has also 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 17 years and is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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