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    Default Anyone been considering Snow Chains

    The problem is that while they are okay while your on snow, after just a few hundred yards many drivers would need to keep taking them off, and thats the big problem here in the UK. ie great if we have snow which hangs around for weeks or months even on main roads, but unlike the alps etc. our main roads are gritted to keep them clear of snow at least most of the time.
    How many would fit snow chains just to travel a few hundred yards just to reach the main road. I also suspect the non-chain types like the Goodyear snow socks which push over the tyre would really only be effective on firm snow, I think they would just get clogged on soft snow/slushy ice, where the chains would be better as it would break it up.

    I notice someone is selling the Goodyear Snow Socks at £50+ on ebay. if anyone's interested.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GOODYEAR-CAR-SNOW-SOCKS-NOT-CHAINS-VW-BEETLE-BORA-GOLF_W0QQitemZ190364120766QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Ca rsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item2c5295f6be

    If we had lots more snow in the UK and main roads were not cleared like they are now, it would not be a dilemma, they would be a must have, but the thought of having to keep taking them off and on as soon as we hit a clear main roads is really whats preventing me buying them, as I suspect is the case with many other drivers too.
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    tbh if the snows that bad, there isn't anywhere I need to go so badly that it can't wait. So i wouldn't buy snow chains. Waste of money in this country imo.

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    Winter (Mud & snow tyres) might be a better option for us the UK.

    Camskill video, interesting but do we really have a spare £400 for 4 tyres for few months of the year or OK if you keep them on all year.

    http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m11b0s0p0

    Yes, I'd consider chains but only if I had some old rims and tyres I didn't mind damaging through the use of chains on non-snow surfaces.

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    Big Knox....I would probably agree with you.

    Though we would have been in some difficulties this year as would a few elderly neighbours if we did'nt have the wife's Freelander, and even that's struggled a few times.

    We had a another couple of inches of snow last night which makes most of the lanes round here up to 8" thick with snow, were over the back of Bromyard Downs off the beaten track and while the main roads are not too bad we still have major problems reaching them.

    Weve had little reason to go out ourselves, other than to stock up with Milk and groceries etc, and my wifes been doing shopping for the elderly neighbours too as no way can they get to the main road with their own cars. My own BM has been in the garage for almost 2 weeks now, it's utterly useless this weather so best place for it. I'm suffering withdrawal symtoms..lol

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    No, I wouldn't buy snow chains. The snow hasn't really stopped me going where I've wanted to anyway. Snow chains were there is no snow is highly dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Snow chains were there is no snow is highly dangerous.
    Looks like you have a keyboard like mine Ste...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtr1000 View Post
    Winter (Mud & snow tyres) might be a better option for us the UK.

    Camskill video, interesting but do we really have a spare £400 for 4 tyres for few months of the year or OK if you keep them on all year.

    http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m11b0s0p0

    Yes, I'd consider chains but only if I had some old rims and tyres I didn't mind damaging through the use of chains on non-snow surfaces.
    Well MS tyres is maby approved as wintertyres.. but your "summer" tyres is also marked like this

    well the tyres do last more than a few months.. they can be reused

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    I have looked at the snow socks. Its been pretty bad up here in Leeds, I've had to resort into takeing the Mrs Punto to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    I've had to resort into takeing the Mrs Punto to work.

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    I'd be interseted to know weather the snow snow socks are anygood!

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