Independent vehicle leasing and management company Ogilvie Fleet has teamed up with Kwik Fit to switch its customer Complete Price Eyewear to Michelin CrossClimate tyres, favouring the summer tyre with winter capabilities over a traditional winter/summer swap tyre policy.
Before moving 93 Honda Civic and Volvo V40 and V60 cars in the mobile optician’s fleet to CrossClimate tyres, Ogilvie Fleet put two sets to the test for six months on vehicles coping with the worst of Britain’s weather.
Jim Hannah, operations director at Ogilvie Fleet, said: “CrossClimate tyres are a fantastic choice for the UK fleet market, as they can handle anything the country’s notoriously unpredictable weather can throw at us.
“The tyres’ ability to cope with all types of weather eliminates the need to switch from summer to winter fitments, and cuts both the cost of employing a ‘tyre hotel’ and the associated fitting fees – which is particularly advantageous for companies with vehicles based all over the country.
"Removing the need to change tyres every six months ensures our customers can get maximum uptime for their fleet.”
Swindon-based Complete Price Eyewear operates a total fleet of 180 cars, which spend five days a week on the road in all weathers, each clocking up 60,000 miles a year delivering at-home NHS opticians and hearing services.
Neil Godfrey, fleet manager at Complete Price Eyewear, says: “When your staff work in remote locations to timed appointments, you can’t afford to have a car off the road due to bad weather.
"After testing Michelin CrossClimate tyres in the north of England and Scotland – where the weather can certainly throw up challenges – we were very impressed with how well the tyres performed.
“Our optometrists and audiologists, who are working in the most demanding rural environments, say the tyres provide better grip on the road and have a shorter braking distance.
"Plus, a lot of my time has been freed up thanks to the move, as there’s now no need to organise a biannual tyre swap.
"This has not only improved overall safety for our employees, but as part of our ongoing company corporate social responsibility policy, has greatly reduced our carbon footprint through improved tyre usage and efficiency savings.”