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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 20:40
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Originally Posted by Tartiflette Fan View Post
Perhaps hewing too close to legal exactitude, but that's not correct. You only have to have them "when weather conditions require them" i.e. snow, ice, slush. If you wanted to take a chance and none of these happened, then you would be at no risk of being sanctioned for not having them.
I understood the rule of thumb was 1st November to 31 March, and that winter or all season tyres were acceptable. I believe that you can be fairly heavily fined for blocking to road if driving in winter conditions without the appropriate 'boots' on your vehicle.
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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 21:24
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I have a 2nd set of wheels with winter tyres which I would normally have fitted to my car (4-wheel drive Audi) in November or early December, but since I have hardly used it over the last 9 months, and with no obvious change from working at home until March / April, I just don't see the point this winter. I just take it for a drive every 10 days or so just to keep the battery charged and stop the tyres from going square, so I can choose my weather conditions!
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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 21:25
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That is my understanding so that is what I do, as do my staff. As we do not seem to have so many fender benders there as here I would suggest there is something in it. Note to self to check State and German driving code Sunday.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 09:50
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I would recommend Four Season in the UK even if just the front or rear depending on drive train.
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I am not sure that would be either legal or sensible Mac - mixing tyre types on a car is probably not a good idea.
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I think you will find you can have a pair of four season on front or rear, as long as on same axle ie two front or two rear. But you are correct in that you should not have one four season tyre with a standard tyre on the other end of it on the same axle.

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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:08
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Goodyear.EU would seem to disagree with you Mac
You should not mix all season and summer tyres. If you are changing your tyres to all season, you should put all season tyres on all four wheels. Equally, you should not mix all season tyres with winter tyres or summer tyres with winter tyres. Always fit the same type of tyre on all four wheels.

If you mix tyres, you will create an imbalance in grip and traction which will increase the chances of you losing control of your vehicle. Cars rely on all four tyres evenly, regardless of whether your car is rear wheel drive or front wheel drive and as such the same tyre should be fitted on all four wheels.
It was the imbalance of grip that I was alluding to in my previous post,it just aint sensible to have different seasonal tyres on front and rear.

https://www.goodyear.eu/en_gb/consum...0four%20wheels.

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Many decades ago I used to rally a Riley 1.5, effectively a Morris 1000 with a twin carb 1500 engine. The only modification was 5.5J wheels and Goodyear G800's. Spent most of the time travelling sideways on snow.
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Had an early Saab with too much understeer for my taste, so I fitted Michelins at the front only. It sure fixed the understeer - to the extent that the car became inherently unstable/oversteery. That was legal at the time, you just shouldn't mix radial with cross ply. I would be less worried about fitting the grippier tyres at the rear (for RWD), because that increases understeer/stability.
However, even on summer tyres a couple of years ago, I was the only car to make it up to the skiers car park (NOT for skiing, for a winter climb).
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:24
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Interesting. Kwik Fit fitted two four season (Pirelli) on my front wheels on my V90 CC in Nov with out any comment like that. My rear ones were changed yesterday. My wife is awaiting four 21in four seasons arriving next week so when I am down getting them changed I will ask why they did not mention this. I can not believe Pirelli are different to Goodyear in that respect. As I say I will get back to you with their response.

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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:34
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Talking of winter driving - I was out in some really icy conditions yesterday,sometimes down to 20mph,I actually had a play with what is laughably called 'Sport Mode' (manual mode) on our 2008 Sportage crdi (first time I had played with it),I used it not so much to restrict road speed but to keep the engine RPM a little higher (in full auto the old sporty would have just been idling along).Since much of the ice was 'Black Ice' I do not think that winter/all season tyres would have helped much,most drivers were driving sensibly - a BMW coming the other way lost it briefly (RWD) but fortunately regained control just before he passed me.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:49
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I think one of the skills in winter driving is actually planning your route as much as the car / tyres or skill. Around here any North South routing involves innumerable steep climbs and or descents depending on on how far you have to travel. I find it is more sensible (in Yorkshire) to head East a little and come back up the valley you want to be in. Unfortunately many people are pre programmed it would seem, to take the same route to work or school regardless of conditions. Indeed we have a lane dropping down close to our house which is about 1in 3 for about 1/4 mile dropping from around 1100ft which is notorious locally for cars getting stuck and or crashing. Indeed the people who's land and walls abut this road spent £6500 on Drystone wall repairs last year due to damage caused by these shunts, many of which were unreported so they could not get any reimbursement from insurer's.

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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 10:50
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I get it DType !
My Saab 96 with winter tyres on front and being driven in reverse, beat the Land Rover on the ascent to the farm when the snow arrived !
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 11:14
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But you need a rear window wiper when it's snowing!
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 11:15
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Interesting. Kwik Fit fitted two four season (Pirelli) on my front wheels on my V90 CC in Nov with out any comment like that. My rear ones were changed yesterday. My wife is awaiting four 21in four seasons arriving next week so when I am down getting them changed I will ask why they did not mention this. I can not believe Pirelli are different to Goodyear in that respect. As I say I will get back to you with their response.

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A few years ago I took two “loose” car wheels to Kwik Fit and asked them to fit winter tyres to them. The young assistant manager began mouthing off at me saying that it was only legal to buy in sets of four; that I was breaking the law because I had to fit all four wheels with winter tyres and wanted to see the other two wheels! I pointed out the difference between the law and what might have been his opinion or company policy but got nowhere until the manager came into the office. He told his colleague to wind his neck in.

The U.K. law disallows radials on the front with crossplies on the near. Nothing else is laid down in law, apart from minimum tread depth, although for reasons already stated in previous posts it is recommended to fit similarly performing tyres front and rear. It’s worth bearing in mind that the only deciding factor on what constitutes a winter tyre is what is designated by the manufacturer. An old or worn winter tyre may perform less well in winter conditions than a good “summer” tyre.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 11:26
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Sun's out time to give the gars their 15 minute fortnightly drive . My 30 minutes of escape from self imposed exile.

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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 11:32
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Sun's out time to give the gars their 15 minute fortnightly drive . My 30 minutes of escape from self imposed exile.
You take fish out for a drive?
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 11:32
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Yeah - advice from tyre fitters/suppliers can be very very variable and one just has to use common sense.
I remember some years ago that I took one of my cars into the local tyre supplier for MOT and they failed it for one of the rear tyres being worn out,I knew that was not the case and that in fact it actually had more than the required tread depth over the whole tyre.But the manager was adamant that they would not pass the MOT without fitting a new tyre,I thought about it for a few mins and decided in the end that it was just easier to pay for the tyre and get 12 months ticket.
But the smirk on the MOT'er and Managers face meant that I never ever went back there for either MOT or tyres,I had been a regular customer as I liked to 'shop' local.
Quite coincidentally I was whinging about it at work and one of our other techies said to me - why don't you take your cars to my Dad's place - just out of 'The Compasses' Gate from the airfield - his Dad ran an electric vehicle workshop and they had branched out to become an MOT station - and very fair they were too
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"But you need a rear window wiper when it's snowing!"

Us Galashiels Sheep Farming lot were hard, like our Rugby Players D Type !

Just stuck the heid out the window :-)

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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 13:34
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You take fish out for a drive?
Two fish in a tank. One says to the other, ‘do you know how to drive this thing?’
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Surge of deaths, hospitals to become overwhelmed and society left on a knife edge as a result of predicted Arctic blast, say media.

Oh, hang on, have I wandered into the wrong thread?

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