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Old 14-10-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Public Service Announcement - Winter Tyres

Hi everybody

It's that time of year where I make my public service announcement - yes winter is coming, and it's time to think about tyres!

Winter tyres are great for the colder months. And remember, just because you can get moving perhaps in a heavier 4x4 due to weight and AWD, it doesn't mean you can brake and/or turn, in fact generally it just means you can have a faster crash...

Dont take my word for it, I have been busy on Youtube and found all of these to give you an idea of what I am blithering on about.

Winter tyre vs 4x4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfuE00qdhLA

winter vs summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0AZkQAE4Q

rwd winter vs summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoHRnmSxJ64

winter vs summer braking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-00WiDaUk

summer vs winter cornering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oevZDf-hWH4

summer vs winter - slightly warmer conditions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi-o_njQW34

Summer vs Winter - fwd seats - braking / cornering / wet braking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elP_34ltdWI

For some of us snow stops us once every 3 or 4 years for 1-5 days in that year - so isn't a big problem. Winter tyres are not just for snow, they are a better gripping and performing tyre compared with a summer equivalent as soon as the temperatures get below 6 or 7 degrees. Once it's that cold, summer tyres just do not get up to tempterature, but are rock hard like the worst kind of budget tyre, and perform as such or worse.

Thanks for reading, here ends my public service announcement.

Cheers!

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I run my skyline all year round and put the stock 16" alloys on with winter tyres and makes the car drive so much better. 3 years now.

It funny when a skyline passes that hks with his summers on spinning up in the snow lmao
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I had a customer last year who fitted winters to his 530d... then drove by his neighbour on his way to work one morning who was sat spinning all 4 wheels on his rangerover!

He called me just to report back on this happening - he was a happy chap!
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My winter/snow 17's are going back on the 330i next month, it makes a big difference in colder conditions.
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I didn't think we had snow in the south last year
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It's not just for snow, below about 7 degrees, the winter tyre has more grip. Better traction and shorter stopping distances.
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It's not just for snow, below about 7 degrees, the winter tyre has more grip. Better traction and shorter stopping distances.
This - think of them as cold weather tyres, not snow tyres.
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I was talking about the customer who went past the range rover in the snow ;)
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I have some yokohama studless snow tyres on 15x6 mr2 rims that go on my skyline when it's time. Like Velcro in the snow
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ditch finders all round and all year long, no clips or bangs for 5 years
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Winter tyres are great in snowy conditions and temperature below 7 but remember, they offer the same performance as summer tyres on black ice so be careful, they're not a get out of jail free ticket.
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agreed, this will be the first year i havent got any winter tyres yet, but i dont expect to be using the car lol.
i went on an adverse driving course in sweden a few year ago, driving various bmws on a frozen lake with and without esp, abs, traction control and with varying tyres, studded, winter and summer then you could really tell the difference. even on ice though the winter tyres out performed the summers.

its worth remembering also, you can use winter tyres for about 6 months of the year (or longer if you like) they are just not so good for fuel consumption in the warmer drier months and the speed rating is usually fairly low. so you generally get your monies worth!
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