Winter tyres

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  1. Nichol1

    Nichol1 Read Only Funster

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    Hi,
    I am off back to Sandefjord in Norway this coming monday having had a seriously hot summer in Andalucia Spain. Unfortunately i can not take my beautiful Hymer S555 with me. (registration problems)
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    However, as you can see, i have had a new ariel fitted. It is great for the BBC and ITV. But you gotta remember to take it down when travelling.
    This post is about winter tyres so i had better crack on with the subject. In Norway, round about the middle of October everyone (bar non) changes their tyres to 'winter deck' as they call them.
    As the snow lies on the ground for about 4 months at least you would think cars drive real carefull, not so. People just drive normal and guess what, with the winter tyres on the cars just act normal and the accidents are kept to a minimum.
    [​IMG]This is a photo of us at the cabin at easter time. Norwegians seem to spend a lot of time in the snow so they know how to deal with it.
    What was suprising, and had most Norwegians 'wondering what on earth is going on' was all the news coverage about London coming to a standstill for 2" of soggy, melting snow, and accidents and cars and busses etc stuck in the snow.
    Do you think the UK would benefit from using winter tyres?
    I know it is a difficult thing to 'get people to do' but in Norway people do it because it saves accidents and you can drive all winter without any problems.

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    This is our little Hyundai, even at -30 it is no problem to start and run,
    Fully equipped with Winter Tyres.
    Forgot to add, when you purchase a vehicle, Car, Motorhome, whatever, it comes with 2 sets of tyres--- summer deck and winter deck, the changeover period is
    Winter deck.......Mid Oct to Mid March.
    Summer deck......Mid March to mid Oct (of course it is, i am a bit thick at times,).
    This is by law of course, but you can not get any grip at all in winter without the winter deck, i was very suprised at how much grip in the snow or on ice that you get with these special tyres.
    The fact is though that in the long run it is no more expensive at all, tyres are kept (always a set in the garage)and re-used until they need to be replaced through normal wear, and no accidents through bad weather in the winter. Guess you could say it is cheaper and much safer.
    Any views on this?
     
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  2. Squire

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    :clap:What a great post ....
     
  3. Nichol1

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    Thanks, heres something i have found about winter tyres. It seems, as it is not in the highway code that most people don't pay much attention to it. When in fact it is probably the best thing to do for your own safety and economy.
    Heres a link to more professional advice from a specialised website. Interesting.

    http://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/winter-tyres

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    With winter tyres this would never happen.
     
  4. Hollyberry

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    When my OH and I bought our motorhome here in France summer 2007, it had a set of winter tyres, which we put in the top box to get it home.
    As we lived in Midi Pyrenees we reckoned we'd need them.
     
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