Body & Soul1 min ago
Still Driving On Summer Tyres?
This video may surprise you, it's worth watching to the end.
Like I said it does depend on where you drive/live. And I dare say if I lived out in the sticks a four wheel drive and good winter tyres would be money well spent, better than a night stuck in a country lane in freezing conditions waiting for help that may not be on the way. But in 55 years of driving I've only been stuck in snow about 3/4 times, and I think that was in the same year of a very bad winter, solution, take some air out of the tyres, and always carry a spade, it was always job done for me. I hope this winter dont prove me wrong??
There's no good reason it will be me, because I'm retired, so if there is a good snow fall, the car along with me won't be venturing out. I'm also lucky to have many supermarkets / shops around me that I can walk to, also good exercise thrown in. However I do hope people who do have to go to work in such conditions stay out of trouble. When they do forcast such bad conditions they normally request, ( don't drive unless you have too) I don't have too, so I don't, and that helps everyone else.
I would never consider buying a car other than one with 4WD. My Skoda superb has permanent 4WD. I once bought a Land Rover Series 3 AirPortable which was ex BAOR. It came with an Artic heater (Norway) and Four spare wheels with new studded snow tyres. It took me days to extract all the metal studs with pincers and screwdriver before I could use them legally as road wheels here in the UK.😟
It's a tiresome business in Germany, I keep winter tyres on all year round and 4 summer-tyred wheels reside at the back of my garage.
The family in the next house to us have 4 cars, or put another way; 36 wheels (inc. spares) to bother with twice a year.
It's really a racket to drum up trade for tyre manufacturers & garages imo.
It's all a big Marketing Con😡.
Being permanently banned nowadays it doesn't affect me but in the Sxties (when there were some appallingly bad winters) I did a daily 20-mile commute in the wilds of Norfolk and never had any problems on standard tyres even on untreated country lanes.
It's just a case of knowing how to handle the (admittedly tricky at times) conditions.
I did have one near-miss when in a narow lane behind another equally adept driver we encountered an idiot coming the other way - we both pulled up into the verge and halted but idiot-boy jammed on the brakes and promptly hit the verge and tipped up on his side as he passed us (quite fortuitous as it turned out because this gave a more narrow profile to his vehicle so no collision ensued). Poor lad in front was a bit shaken though.