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Winter Tyres

Does anyone in the UK use them?
If so how have you got on with them and how long do they last?

Thinking of getting some fitted for the winter, but don't want to spend out if they don't make any difference.

Thanks,

Paul
robbery

Paul
I no longer live in the UK but over here winter tires are a must. I just drive a front wheel drive car but the far better braking & traction have got me out of many a tricky spot. The downside is that the rubber compound wears away much faster when the ambient temperature warms up. At plus 10C their lifespan is greatly reduced.
If you did buy a set I'd install them on a seperate set of rims so you can change them more easily when the weather warms up
Robbery
sod

We get them here on imports and have few sets but never use them as they are very dangerous on wet not snow (first time had it last year) roads we have found so I would go with robbery put on second set of rims as we do with mud tyres for winter off road.
Woodsmoke

I'd go along with Sod & Robbery too. A spare set of rims with winter tyres should see you right. I've got all terrains on my Freelander, & they see me through the year. We tend to get the snow quite badly up here though, & I do a fair bit of off-roading whilst shooting & ferreting, etc, so I really need them.

I guess it depends on what type of car you have, where you live & how bad the snow tends to get? And to be honest, most of the time just changing your driving style is enough to make a vast difference  
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Cheers all,

Just waiting to find out how much a winter set will cost, but might just leave them as is for this year and save some pennies.
Might just get some snow socks for when it's really bad snow.

Thanks,

Paul
Paul N

I suppose it depends on where you live and what vehicle you have, and you've mentioned neither. Here is the warm South East it would be a complete waste of money. The weather has to be pretty extreme ie 4" of snow, to warrant the cost. just for two or three weeks a year. In fifty years of driving, I've never had them nor felt I needed them. Incidentally I have a Citrien 2CV which is just brilliant at cutting through the snow and slush with it's thin Michelin X tyres. I used to collect work colleagues up whose Escorts could even make it out of their drives.

PS Just noticed you live in Swindon, so the answer remains the same. Don't bother.
Woodsmoke

Actually, Paul's just made a really good point! The skinny wee tyres tend to be far better than big chunky jobs in a lot of cases. Jo's wee Fiat Punto can get up a snow-covered track on it's 135/80's no bother at all unless it gets really icy, whereas I've seen the likes of X5s (crap anyway, I know) struggle to even get moving on their massive low-profile tyres on the same stretch  
sod

As you guys have said we use thin singles in mud same as the Army do for same reason they dig in, fat tyres sit on top and double wheels are the pits we just end up with a big wide drag slick on our pick up   even on wet grass they lose traction quicker.
daddymatty82

old landrover 600x16 wheels were the best for being offroad due to the thin ness  and alot of offroad places i been to use  a series landrover with simular tyres to test the track  and pull the stuck trucks out as they cut through to solid ground and dont float over the surface to cause loss of traction. citreon 2 cv if i had the chance i would love to get as they really are good offroad and in snow  they do rallies with them and sometimes see them greenlaning when out  and about
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Thanks All,

Decided in the end to get some snow socks, at least they are cheaper than winter tyres (not that we have really had a winter yet).
sod

Can you explain what snow sock are please as I've never heard of them?
Paul N

It sounds like his nickname for 'tyres'.
Jonty

sod wrote:
Can you explain what snow sock are please as I've never heard of them?


Sod,

they're effectivley a fabric version of snow chains, here's a link

http://www.roofrackshop.co.uk/Car...se&utm_medium=pricecomparison
sod

Jonty thank you for that very interesting wonder if they would work in mud/wet grass that it's hard to get traction on? Thanks again
escape

I am sure they will work in mud, but not sure how long they will last.

They are temporary and are supposed to be used to get you out of trouble. As soon as you get onto tarmac or a surface that has more traction you are supposed to take them off.

I manly purchased them as we have a hill in our road that first thing in  the morning on a snowy day is very difficult to get up, and it hardly ever gets gritted.

Paul
sod

We use chains on our ute in the winter mud paddocks but they are heavy and a pain for the wife to put on in the rain  so when you showed these my mind     might be worth a look. It is ok she don't read these  
Canburne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlYEMH10Z4s

Check this out

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