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View Poll Results: Winter tyres, do you have them?
Yes, I use them 22 44.00%
I am thinking about it 5 10.00%
I don't need them, I've got by without them all my life 19 38.00%
I run all weather tyres 2 4.00%
Other 2 4.00%
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Winter tyres

Seems the right the time of year for this. The always ott Daily Express suggests a very harsh winter. So...
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Great idea if compulsory for all, otherwise pretty ineffective from a keeping you moving perspective.

I'd happily support a compulsory move mind you as 100% agree that they are a lot safer.
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I recall many a winter when I drove Capris and Cortinas with skinny little 165 x 13s and and 185/70 x 13s which drove perfectly well on ice and snow (and provided some serious sideways action if provoked). I also recall the AONW ice run of a few years ago where my 15" wheel equipped 156 sailed up an icy slope that the newer cars with 17s and 18s had no chance on.

The need has only arisen because car manufacturers equip their cars with tyres far bigger than they need which are completely useless in winter and which destroy the ride as an added bonus.

Not everyone has a) the money to have two sets of wheels and tyres b) the space for them.

I shall stick with one set of boots all year round and if the weather is tbat bad, I'll either walk or use public transport.

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I have thought about getting a set of wheels with cww tyres, but her indoors it not too keen? :
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I'll let you know the outcome when my winter wheels and tyres go on the 145 tomorrow
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There were 2 days last year when it snowed in these parts.

I know winter tyres are meant to be better under 7C but I still don't think it would be worth it for me.

Also no matter how good your tyres are, when it snows you will still get stuck behind someone crawling along.
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Great idea if compulsory for all, otherwise pretty ineffective from a keeping you moving perspective..../...
I run them because of my own safety and the safety opf others (not to be able to keep running at summer speeds in snow and ice).
I realize very well that there are others out there who don't and who will prevent me from moving (because they're stuck where I could keep going) but hey, that's life. I'm in no hurry on snow anyway.

But if a little girl crossed the street without looking in front of me, I'll have at least a fighting chance to stop or steer clear.
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In principle I'm all in favour, there's no doubting the facts that they perform better in low temps than normal/summer tyres. However, like many, I don't have the money for a second set of rims and another full set of tyres- though you can swap over and store your tyres at a "hotel" service operate dby some of the major tyre retailers for a fee.

I've managed somehow or other for a lot of years and will continue to do so I suppose.
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I was given a set of 16" teledials by one of the AOSS guys on here last year and stuck some budget winter tyres on (OK, a wee bit easier for me as one of my brothers runs a small indy place and can store other wheels for me, as well as get me the rubber at cost). But, like Al F, I'd rather be sure of my own ability to avoid collisions etc. How many times have we all seen the 'indestructable' drunk wandering about the roads at this time of year?
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How many times have we all seen the 'indestructable' drunk wandering about the roads at this time of year?
You're in Scotland, what do you mean "at this time of year"
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To be fair, it goes from 'cold' to 'effing freezing'
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Just priced a set of wheels and tyres at 500. Since any winter motoring in the G will be limited to, perhaps, three unavoidable trips on the M62 when the weather is bad and any other journeys can be cancelled in the event of snow or ice then I think a cost analysis says "no". The Saxo has relatively narrow tyres and should not prove a problem only being used locally and if the weather is bad we just walk!
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Just priced a set of wheels and tyres at 500. Since any winter motoring in the G will be limited to, perhaps, three unavoidable trips on the M62 when the weather is bad and any other journeys can be cancelled in the event of snow or ice then I think a cost analysis says "no". The Saxo has relatively narrow tyres and should not prove a problem only being used locally and if the weather is bad we just walk!
Light weight and skinny tyres works every time.
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Fiat Seicento, goes everywhere

I have considered getting a Panda 4x4 before now
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Fiat Seicento, goes everywhere

I have considered getting a Panda 4x4 before now
Is that a 4x4b4now then?
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Fiat Seicento, goes everywhere

I have considered getting a Panda 4x4 before now
I drove one of those round a muddy field once. It was surprisingly competent, but the 2wd one would probably have coped just as well.
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Light weight and skinny tyres works every time.
My wife's Citroen C1 didn't last year.

It was fine on the flat and slight gradient - but we live at the top of a steep(ish) hill and it just refused. Even on almost new Michelin (summer) tyres.

So, just had a full set of Uniroyal winters put on (184 all-in). There won't be any problem with traction this year . . .
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I'm having them fit for the first time this afternoon. Only cost me 210 for a set of second hand alloys and the 18" nokians I'm having fitted cost 50 less each than the 19" pzeros I use the rest of the year so if i keep the car for long enough they should pay for themselves.
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I'm having them fit for the first time this afternoon. Only cost me 210 for a set of second hand alloys and the 18" nokians I'm having fitted cost 50 less each than the 19" pzeros I use the rest of the year so if i keep the car for long enough they should pay for themselves.
Winter tyres have a maximum 3 year life AFAIK.
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Dont need them, i commute on the motorways in rain, snow and ice and normal road tyres work perfectly for me as i drive to the conditions of the road anyway.
 
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If they become compulsory in the UK, expect them to quadruple in price..




As KB mentioned above re the NW ice run, my old 14" wheel'd 155 coped admirably with its 185's and no driver aids...it would of course have got up 'the hill' if said hill had not been slightly blocked....
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I've never actually used them in snow or ice but have had a set of Continental winter tyres in the garage for a while and will be getting them fitted next week. The car coped okay last winter but struggled a bit when pushing through deeper iced up drifts.

Had Goodyear Ultragrips fitted to work car around a month ago and they've had a massively detrimental effect on handling. All of those extra sipes in the tread make the car feel like a hovercraft. Hopefully they will prove their worth when the weather worsens!
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Being as I work in Germany, I have no option...tiz the law!
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Ze Law? Zat's interesting. I guess their winters are worse than ours, but interesting nevertheless. I wonder whether that would ever happen here?
 
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