Right time for a rant...
As a member of the Armed Forces in North Germany i was a sceptic of Winter Tyres... now -20 winters and heavy snow persuaded me into trying them out and I have never looked back since.
Night on end now I watch the news and see the 'heavy snowfall' thats covering the UK. Now with night time temperatures being nothing on what the daytime temperatures will soon be in Germany, and the snow being heavier than usual but no worse than ours (apart from the north of scotland), I am sick to death of the embarrasment the UK drivers are to our roads.
Now ignoring the trucks blocking all lanes of the motorway and causing gridlock (erm... move them) and people abandoning their cars in the carriageway (clamp them and fine them), the main debate I want to bring up is about winter tyres.
I know that some insurance companies claim they are a modification and cost extra... I would like to see that stand up in court after an accident in the winter months... so lets ignore that part of the subject. I am interested in who has them fitted, reviews on having them fitted during this snowy time, and more importantly WHY are people not investing?
For once I am glad I am not going back to the homeland for Christmas. Last year saw BMW drivers donning the smallest snow chains ever for what was really just a small amount of snow!
To be honest, i would like to see them being made law, or similiar to the German's where as if in icy conditions you must have a certain spec of tyre, and if in an accident, penalised if you have otherwise!
I splashed out on a set of winter tyres for both cars this year and have had absolutely no problems with snow levels on the road being HIGHER than the kerb! Off Piste all the way! I dare anyone to argue why they shouldn't have winter tyres for the colder months, if not for grip, but for the safety of themselves and their families
... and an excuse to drive faster than 15mph in the snow