Stapleton’s Tyre Services has achieved an extra 20,000 miles out of its new Michelin Agilis Cross Climate tyres, compared to its previous policy.
The company has been using the latest Michelin tyres since March across 25 Renault Master vans. The summer tyres – with full winter capability – have already demonstrated vast improvements in mileage run-out potential and grip performance.
Campbell Strickland, head of supply chain at Stapleton’s Tyre Services, said: “We previously fitted winter tyres across our fleet all year round, and were seeing a 25,000 mile return. Initial tread depth readings from the new tyres project we should reach 45,000 miles on the new fitments.
“This is the sort of mileage you would expect to see on long-distance motorway journeys, not from the type of stop-start deliveries we make. It has really opened our eyes to the possible savings.”
Strickland expects to roll out the policy across the remainder of the firm’s 400-strong tyre distribution fleet as tyres become due for natural replacement.
The Agilis Cross Climate’s all-year mobility has been achieved by a rugged tread pattern, manufactured new rubber compounds to promote flexibility in cold temperatures and sidewall and shoulder protection features for improved robustness in service.
Inspired by the Michelin Cross Climate+ car tyre, the V-shaped tread blocks’ bi-directional self-locking sipes provide cutting edges suitable for winter conditions, whilst maintaining the long-lasting performance of Michelin’s summer tyre range on dry and wet roads.
Michelin says the new tyres offer the perfect solution for any light commercial fleets that have, until now, operated a winter tyre policy year-round.