ERJ staff report (TP)
Cardiff, UK – Coach and bus operator New Adventure Travel is switching to a predominantly Michelin policy, after conducting successful trials that showed it could achieve at least double the lifespan of its existing tires.
The Cardiff-based firm has moved to fitting predominantly 245/70 R 19.5 and 265/70 R19.5 Michelin XZE2+ tires on its service buses and 315/80 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XZEs on its coaches.
Jason Campfield, Fleet Engineer at New Adventure Travel, said: “With the Michelin tires we’re getting around three times the tire life of the GT Radials we previously ran on the buses, and twice the life of the premium brand fitments we had on our coaches.”
Although it is currently too soon to accurately predict the magnitude of the financial savings from switching to Michelin, the firm is already enjoying the benefits of longer tire life.
Campfield added: “From my past experience, I also know we’re going to see better fuel economy as the Michelin tires offer a lower rolling resistance. The switch to Michelin is absolutely the right choice for our business.”
New Adventure Travel coaches are benefiting from one of Michelin’s latest generation of regional tires, the X MultiWay 3D XZE. These multi-position tires get their name from the three-dimensional nature of the tread sipes which generate grip in difficult climatic conditions. The design merges “excellent traction, longevity and fuel-efficiency with outstanding safety, comfort and cost-effectiveness”.
New Adventure Travel Group Ltd was established in 2008 and provides coach hire and land transport solutions. The firm has a fleet of more than 100 vehicles, including 25 coaches on a mixture of local contracts, UK and European private hire and holiday work.