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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Happy with my choice to stay on summer tyres this winter. We had little snow and all the main roads where clear before I left the house.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Still a load of bobbins, IMO - I've had no trouble driving on winter roads on standard tyres for the better part of 30 years.
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadie View Post
    Still a load of bobbins, IMO - I've had no trouble driving on winter roads on standard tyres for the better part of 30 years.
    30 years? They probably want replacing by now!

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    I run Conti DWS06 tyres on my car. They are good in the snow but nothing impressive. These continental tires are also quiet on pavement, and cornering response is great.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadie View Post
    Still a load of bobbins, IMO - I've had no trouble driving on winter roads on standard tyres for the better part of 30 years.
    what car? what tyre brand/model/pattern & size?

    I used to think that, and then I started driving multiple diff cars and some just wouldn't go anywhere in snow.

    Saab TTID 93 was a mare on conti sport contact III
    BMW 328 was un-drivable on whatever it was on
    and oddly.. a Merc GLS 4x4 that was bloody awful until winters went on it

    some summer tread patterns are just appaling in snow
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    what car? what tyre brand/model/pattern & size?

    I used to think that, and then I started driving multiple diff cars and some just wouldn't go anywhere in snow.

    Saab TTID 93 was a mare on conti sport contact III
    BMW 328 was un-drivable on whatever it was on
    and oddly.. a Merc GLS 4x4 that was bloody awful until winters went on it

    some summer tread patterns are just appaling in snow
    This with knobs on. I have always been somewhat skeptical of winter tyres. Our winters generally over the last 15-20 years have been mild with only the odd day of snow and ice. As such on the major roads and built up areas it's not that big a deal and winter tyres haven't been really worth making a compromise on wet/dry grip and not to mention the cost of spare wheels etc. However, more recently the weather has become colder and more extreme in winter, and with a lot of (hate to say it, but younger) people not having any cold weather driving experience the need for more grip has become apparent.

    In my own circumstances I'm now driving a fairly lightweight RWD car and getting traction in this cold snap has been 'interesting' to say the least, even with premium summer compound rubber. On some days I've been lucky just to get off my drive, and main roads etc were hard work too, especially on an incline. I'll definitely be getting winter rubber for the end of the year on my stock alloys and keeping summer rubber on my new wheels. Going to try and get a bargain set of tyres once the cold weather is over.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    So who was thankful they had winter tyres on over this weekend????

    I would have certainly been Up Poop Creek Without A Paddle, if my beemer wasn't wearing it's winter boots. Even with them on it was dicey but at least I made it up our hill road and onto the drive. Many others including 3 BMW drivers couldn't. The look on their faces as I sailed past was priceless......I then of course went back down the road on foot to help them get their cars turned round and back down the hill and told them to benefits winter tyres!

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    What was also surprizing was how good the wife's Tiguan was with low profile 19" summer tyres on. They looked like they would be useless and should have been but surpisingly she also was able to get about with relative ease. Me thinks the 4WD snow setting on the auto box was working very, very well, eitherway she's getting some proper winter boots & 18 " wheels for her car in the summer .

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    There was no snow by the weekend for me, just on Wednesday morning. The GT86 on summer tyres was hilariously bad though, I couldn't even get out of junctions because the camber of the road was too steep. Now on a set of winters, just in case.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Jessie Mode ON"Thas season..... I are be mainly wearing... LingLong GreenMax All season"

    and once again.. I've proven cheap tyres can do a good job

    the look at a bit like Rain Experts, but have little cuts in eat tyre block to stretch around snow


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    Re: Winter Tyres

    I haven't bought (or even used before) winter tyres but last year when the snow was pretty bad I found my new car (an old honda Jazz) was no where near as good as my previous biscuit wheel cars which used to power through the snow uphill easily. I couldn't make it up a slight incline in a car park covered in around 6 inches of un-driven on snow and I got stuck half way up and had to reverse into a space. I don't know if the tyres were too worn compared to my previous cars but it had never happened to me before.

    Anyway I ended up buying all season/weather tyres, Michelin CrossClimate, to see if they would be better.

    Unfortunately it didn't really snow around so I have no idea if they are any better, I was really hoping to find out.

    Cheapest I could find was F1 autocentres for £61.55 each, for anyone who has been looking into getting some

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    I was actually ok in the snow, it was the packed down snow turned to ice that stopped me. Once I got on that, I couldn't move the car properly. Stepping out of the car was similar to stepping on to a skating rink, it was that slick. That's why I went for winters, I'm less bothered about tread patterns and the like and more about a proper rubber compound.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    There was no snow by the weekend for me, just on Wednesday morning. The GT86 on summer tyres was hilariously bad though, I couldn't even get out of junctions because the camber of the road was too steep. Now on a set of winters, just in case.
    Newbury & Basingstoke had it pretty bad, up to 20cm on Friday and then it was sub zero temps all weekend which meant the snow stayed. West Berks council didn't seem to be doing any gritting and had maybe one snow plough available that I saw.

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    Re: Winter Tyres

    Amusing timing, my wife just replaced the awful cheap tyres that her MX5 was bought with and put on some Yokohama track tyres. Summer tyres, just before it snowed. Thing is, she says they are still way better than the old ditch-finders that were on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    I haven't bought (or even used before) winter tyres but last year when the snow was pretty bad I found my new car (an old honda Jazz) was no where near as good as my previous biscuit wheel cars which used to power through the snow uphill easily. I couldn't make it up a slight incline in a car park covered in around 6 inches of un-driven on snow and I got stuck half way up and had to reverse into a space. I don't know if the tyres were too worn compared to my previous cars but it had never happened to me before.

    Anyway I ended up buying all season/weather tyres, Michelin CrossClimate, to see if they would be better.

    Unfortunately it didn't really snow around so I have no idea if they are any better, I was really hoping to find out.

    Cheapest I could find was F1 autocentres for £61.55 each, for anyone who has been looking into getting some
    Cross Climates are a superb tyre in all seasons. Truly great tyres.. you will find they're good on gravel too, and muddy tracks. Take your time getting used to them. Most all season tyres let go their grip earlier but very progressively and are actually very nice to drive on.
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    Re: Winter Tyres

    No snow, good job really as both cars need new back tyres!

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