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    Default Anyone fitted Snow Chains this winter.

    I notice that very few people seem to use snow chains these days.

    It would probably be awkward to fit them to most modern cars, especially those that have low profile tyres and alloy wheels, though there are materials that do less damage to alloy wheels, the standard steel chains would certainly do some damage I would think.
    Another factor would be that many cars have very little clearance between the wheel arches especially those fitted with larger 19" wheels, also as many on here have pointed out, the fronts of vehicles are so low they are only a few inches off the road.

    What I'm getting at, is that vehicles we drive these days are totally unsuitable for fitting chains. So the much more expensive studded tyres are one of the few options left, but the small amount of snow we get, it would be difficult to justify their cost.

    Years ago, when the UK used to get much more snow in winter than we get now, it was common place to see lots of vehicles fitted with snow chains, and yet I've only seen about half dozen this year, and all those were on delivery vans.

    Maybe its because we simply dont get enough snow to justify fitting them.
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    People should just fit all season tyres, instead of farting about in snow on summer tyres. Fit the all seasons in October/November, then by April the winter bit is worn away and you've got tyres which are effectively identical to summer tyres for the rest of the year (assuming you do high enough miles to wear the winter bit out during winter, of course).

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    that would have to be a lot of miles in my eyes tyres usually have atleast 10000 miles wear most cases 20000 id like to see any one change all 4 tyres in that amount of time

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit21 View Post
    I notice that very few people seem to use snow chains these days.

    It would probably be awkward to fit them to most modern cars, especially those that have low profile tyres and alloy wheels, though there are materials that do less damage to alloy wheels, the standard steel chains would certainly do some damage I would think.
    Another factor would be that many cars have very little clearance between the wheel arches especially those fitted with larger 19" wheels, also as many on here have pointed out, the fronts of vehicles are so low they are only a few inches off the road.

    What I'm getting at, is that vehicles we drive these days are totally unsuitable for fitting chains. So the much more expensive studded tyres are one of the few options left, but the small amount of snow we get, it would be difficult to justify their cost.

    Years ago, when the UK used to get much more snow in winter than we get now, it was common place to see lots of vehicles fitted with snow chains, and yet I've only seen about half dozen this year, and all those were on delivery vans.

    Maybe its because we simply dont get enough snow to justify fitting them.
    I think your last line says it all, just put up with the inconvenience. ..

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    The rules governing the use of studded tyres make them almost impractical to use ever.

    I've not seen anyone using chains at all this 'winter'

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    What snow.... no honest - saw it for a few hours and thats it......

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    cant be bothered with all that lark tbh.

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    im staying in,i dont need to go to work,and i have shops nearby

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattolly86 View Post
    that would have to be a lot of miles in my eyes tyres usually have atleast 10000 miles wear most cases 20000 id like to see any one change all 4 tyres in that amount of time

    front AND rears on mine wear out the same in about 6ooo-8000 miles. thats set of four tyres every 4 months!!!

    i swear my other cars only ever used two sets a year! apart from 4x4s they were probably a set a year, if that!!

    all cars were run on same tyres, too, good year eagle f1s. just put my first set of avons on, as couldnt find f1s anymore, and dont like the assymetrics, and so far done about 2k and they r pretty good.

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    Default Transport Minister Advises Motorists to Get Snow Chains

    He must have spotted this thread. He recommends we all spend £54 for chains from Halfords..lol

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...nt-whinge.html

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