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Old 22-12-10, 08:43
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Took my wives car out last night, first time its been off the driveway since the snow - most of the snow is now gone in our area.

Normal tyres, it was slipping and sliding all over the place, made me realise how good winter tyres are.
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Old 23-12-10, 20:42
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Just to add my input as I was tyreman with the Subaru World Rally Team for 10 years so I do know a bit.

1) forget tyres like this (looks like a Colway or Maxsport rally remould) A forest rally tyre be it new or remould is no good on ice and snow, OK it may be better than a fat tarmac tyre but not much!
These have proven to work a treat for me they get me through just about everything...unsure how they compare to snow tyres [/QUOTE]

Guarantee that snow tyres will be a major step up from them but if they do the buisness for you that's great.
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Old 23-12-10, 22:15
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Board Paul, did you get those Barum Cargos when they where on offer? I got 5 of um for under 200 quid! Work really well, havent spun up or slid anywhere yet. Definately a massive improvement to summer tyres on big alloys!
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Old 25-12-10, 08:39
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I got 4 for 46 each. Really are a massive improvement. Just like driving on Tarmac in the snow.

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Old 25-12-10, 11:05
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I got 4 for 46 each. Really are a massive improvement. Just like driving on Tarmac in the snow.
will second that paul, the ones on my bora are awesome and where part worns with 6mm tred, the grip with snow under the tyres is fantastic...
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Old 25-12-10, 11:40
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i havent had snow tyres but my escort van has low tread michelins on the front about 2.5mm not really used it much this past week but used it thurs/fri and its horrendous! no grip at all. the missus corolla has new tyres on front only nexans but the grip is pretty good.

so new tyres for me after new year i think (i aint using it till then)
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Old 29-12-10, 09:43
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Not sure if it been asked before but as I have my original steel wheels sat down the side of the house I was thinking of swapping them back over to the van for the rest of winter. The alloys have been pretty good in this snow and ice but its only a matter of time before the get damaged or salt attacks!!.
As 2 of my steel wheels have virtually new tyres I was thinking of putting these on the rear and need 2 new ones, so was thinking of getting x2 winter/snow tyres.
My Q is... is this legal??
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Old 29-12-10, 10:47
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yes it's legal you can have 4 different tyres on your car if you choose as long as the tread depth is within the limit.
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Not sure if it been asked before but as I have my original steel wheels sat down the side of the house I was thinking of swapping them back over to the van for the rest of winter. The alloys have been pretty good in this snow and ice but its only a matter of time before the get damaged or salt attacks!!.
As 2 of my steel wheels have virtually new tyres I was thinking of putting these on the rear and need 2 new ones, so was thinking of getting x2 winter/snow tyres.
My Q is... is this legal??
Depends on what your handbook says?

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yes it's legal you can have 4 different tyres on your car if you choose as long as the tread depth is within the limit.
I think you would be on dodgy ground if your handbook says (as mine does for my Audi), that winter tyres must be fitted as a set of four, and you only fitted two.

Here is a very interesting thread:

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/gassing...rive%20wheels?

I personally have 4 winter tyres fitted.

Note, they are WINTER tyres, not "snow" tyres, not "Mud and Snow" tyres (which I think it just a designation for a percentage of tread to gaps).

They contain more natural rubber which increases traction below 7C, and they have the sipes.

I have fitted 4 Nokian WR C on my T4 Caravelle.





In the recent snow we had (7cm in Wiltshire) they were unstoppable, and we drove about without getting stuck anywhere, whereas people on summer tyres were sliding all over the place and couldn't get started.

Personally if someone drove into the back of me in snow, I would find out what tyres they had fitted. If they had 2 summer tyres and 2 winter tyres (and that was against the manufacturer's advice), then I would make sure it was noted in the insurance claim.

Here are some videos of my 2WD Audi 80 with winter tyres (Vredestein Snowtrac3):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR4napg53uY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0jNYysXXjU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz3M3SySCNA

If you had snow chains you would be stopping every 5 minutes to put them on and off.
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