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Chains

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Chains

Being a firm believer in the accuracy of the Daily Express long range weather forecast, I've just purchased a set of snow chains for the car. This is the first time in 45 years' motoring.  I guess time will tell whether I'm panicking about this winter, but I do have a couple of long road trips around Christmas time.

NB: I didn't buy an lava proof tires in the event there's a super-volcano eruption in Luton.

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beeceegee
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I put Michelin Cross Climate tyres on the car last November, was most disappointed when we had no snow to try them out properly. Hoping for a couple of snowy days this winter, not too many as I also have long drives ahead.

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Our local tyre place will store your winter wheels when they're not in use. It must be quite expensive buying an extra set of wheels just for winter tyres, but I guess some people must do that.

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Like the O.P.   I place great faith in the weather predictions, especially those of the Daily Mail... who on the same day... stated, that this year has been the warmest year for a long time... and also stated that this past weekend would see the UK "blasted with freezing temperatures and snow"... 

 

to counteract the bad weather forecast..... 7 years ago,... I bought one of those big plastic snow shovels, and a good strong "yard broom"... 

It has remained oustide the back door ever since...   so that has proved to be either, a waste of money,... or a good investment, ( depending on your point of view )... as we have not seen any snow since purchase. !.

 

as for "snow chains"... er.... don`t think so... if it gets that bad... I`ll just turn up the heating, and wait for the thaw !.

 

PowerLee
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I to have Michelin Cross Climate tyres fitted, they are a revelation to the term grip.

 

I know Honest John really recommends them & after fitting them to my own car I can see why.

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Scrapped a car recently. Identical alloy wheels to my present car, so I kept the wheels. The idea was to have them fitted with winter tyres. But haven't done it yet. Must keep an eye on the long range forecast.
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This morning I bought an 18" steel BMW wheel in good condition for £10.  Not using it for my car, but as a winching accessory. 

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PowerLee wrote:

I to have Michelin Cross Climate tyres fitted, they are a revelation to the term grip.

 


They are also impressively quiet, and with 20k on them there is still 5mm+ on the fronts. Only slight downside is the number of small stones that get stuck in the narrow treads

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beeceegee wrote:
 Only slight downside is the number of small stones that get stuck in the narrow treads

 

 

downside  ?   i`d look at that as a good point..... the stones will cut down the actual rubber loss ! ! ! ..  ( mind you, ... they may also remove some of the grip ! ! !) .. Cheesy