ELLISONS TRAVEL FITS MICHELIN COLD WEATHER TYRES THIS WINTER

Stoke-on-Trent – November 20, 2012

Luxury travel company Ellisons Travel is fitting Michelin cold weather tyres to its entire fleet to ensure reliable and safe transportation for its customers this winter.

The company has fitted winter tyres from a variety of manufacturers for more than 20 years, but has now selected Michelin cold weather tyres exclusively for its fleet of 42 cars and 25 luxury coaches and people carriers.

Mike Magowan, Finance Director for Ellisons Travel, said he has specified Michelin to ensure all the company’s customers, including airline pilots for both Thomson and Thomas Cook, reach their destinations in the safest possible manner.

He explained: “The well-being of our customers and drivers is a paramount consideration for Ellisons Travel, so we want our vehicles to be fitted with the best possible equipment should the weather turn for the worse.

“We cannot afford to have our vehicles getting stuck or having tyre issues, so this year we have chosen to fit our fleet with Michelin tyres as we believe they can help us achieve a more reliable service and a safer journey for our clients.

“Michelin cold weather tyres are designed specifically for driving in conditions when temperatures fall below seven degrees Celsius, and the added grip could be the difference between reaching the destination safely or having a very unhappy customer.

“As a fleet, we would never consider using summer tyres throughout the winter, especially with the harsh and unpredictable weather that we have seen in recent years. The improved traction and stopping distance makes a phenomenal difference.”

Ellisons Travel, based in Merseyside, adopted a full Michelin tyre policy earlier this year after its fleet of cars achieved 30 per cent extra mileage compared to its previous tyre of choice.

The travel company, which specialises in luxury hospitality transport, began fitting a variety of Michelin Alpin tyres in October and plans to have its fleet fully converted by late November.

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