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    Default Steel wheels & winter tyres have you?

    Reading on another motoring forum members are getting there steel wheels out of the garage and either having new snow tyres fitted or getting there existing ones ready for the snow/ice/grit in the coming months.

    You can understand it when the alloys suffer the salt corrosion & much better grip with snow tyres to standard.

    In Europe im told you have to have snow tyres fitted by law at a certain time of the year can anyone confirm this?

    Im looking into getting 2x steel wheels with snow tyres the same size as mine which is 16" just for the front and see how it is, You guys with your 17,18" wheels will need a full set of 4x.

    So would you bother or put up with no traction and sliding & getting stuck?

    My Astra last year with 205/55/16 was crap in snow with standard tyres.

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    U need to have winter tyres in scandinavian countries for sure, but I dont know how about the rest. In Poland it is not required.

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    I have some friends over in germany and majority of people run steels over winter.

    i dont think our winter weather conditions warrant it but the past few winters have been getting increasingly colder.

    i would like to run a winter and summer set of wheels, I just keep forgetting or never have the funds!

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    I hear this winter is to be a cold one like last year so don't fancy getting stuck.

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    Hi,

    I don't think it's a good idea to mix winter tyres and summer tyres. You may have the grip in front, but loose it behind and spin "oversteer".

    You may also invalidate your insurance. DON'T DO IT.

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    My son lives in Sweden, 2 hrs drive north of Stockholm and he has got his winter wheels on now. Mandatory from a certain date.
    Alloys, not as wide, Studded. But winter tyres without studs work well.
    The rubber stays soft even in the extreme cold. Very close tread pattern.
    I was out there last Feb for a week, and we had about 12" snow every day and minus 10 degrees daytime.
    The roads were all hard packed snow, and everyone drove around fine, just a bit slower.
    If you put winter tyres on, you still might not get where you want to go if someone else is stuck.
    Roads become blocked with stuck cars, especially white van man.

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    Sweden ->mandatory with winter tyres
    Norway -> some places mandatory, but you will be a fine if not proper wheels for conditions
    Germany ->Proper tyres for conditions (so its snow, winther tyres are requred) (studded tyres illigal)
    Denmark ->No rules (besides when NOT to use studded tyres)

    But mainly when driving north of Denmark, winther tyres (maby even studded) and snowchains are very much prefeable.

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    in germany you are required to haev the appropriate tyres, ( the mrs is german and we are always driving over there to see relatives) apparently its not 100% worded that you must have winters but it says appropriate tyres which basicaly means the same thing (stupid law wording basicaly), if you have an accident with the wrong tyres on the insurance people will apparently be a pain in the but, if you get stuck in the snow or ice with the inapropriate tyres, then you get finned by the police, and if you are stuck and causing an obstruction you get a bigger fine, ive driven a car with a set of both on in these conditions and the winter tyres do make a differance especialy in the more mountainous areas where it was colder( differant rubber compound to react to stop them going hard in colder temps i believe)if you are after a set of winter tyres they can be picked up on wheels relativly cheap second hand as people tend to sell the cars and retain the spare set of wheels ( the set of continental winter tyres on steels for the mrs golf cost us £75 for the set) im actually going over there on thursday which will be nice as i havnt had chance to check the vec out on the auto bahn yet just hope i find a dry patch somewhere

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    kenp just beat me with the proper/ appropriate tyre thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris5360 View Post
    kenp just beat me with the proper/ appropriate tyre thing

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