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Id like to kit my car for driving in winter conditions.... for grip i have found 4 options: A: Snow Tyres B: Snow Chains C: Snow Socks D: Snow Spray Socks Snow tyres are way to expensive for…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
Id like to kit my car for driving in winter conditions....

for grip i have found 4 options:
A: Snow Tyres
B: Snow Chains
C: Snow Socks
D: Snow Spray Socks

Snow tyres are way to expensive for me...
Do chains damage tyres or alloys etc?
Are snow socks hard wearing will i get a couple years out of them?
is the spray stuff a scam?

am posting a deal of snow socks shortly if anyone has an opinion on them also...

Thanks so much.
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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Cheaper option than snow tyres Michelin Easy Grip Car Snow Chain.

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#2
From what I am aware of:

Snow Tyres: Good if you are always driving in snow, or have some spare wheels and can swap the wheels each autumn / spring.
Snow Chains: Good for gripping in the soft fresh snow. Not so good for trying to grip on hard / frozen / compacted snow. _MUST_ be removed when not driving on snow, otherwise road surface is damaged and / or chains will snap.
Snow Socks: Like snow chains, but easier. Also must be removed when driving on 'clear road' otherwise you'll wear through the material in no time.

I'm happy to be corrected on any of the above points, but that is my understanding, and the reason why I don't bother.
I guess depending where you live, the socks / chains might be handy to keep in the car, to be able to put on if you find yourself stuck in some serious snow, but generally driving in snow is not as bad as some make out - just drive sensibly. Gradual steering, gradual braking, gradual acceleration - basically everything softly-softly. It's attempts at sudden changes of direction or speed that will have you having issues.
If you watch cars in the snow it is more often the cars that take it slow and steady that will make it up the hill, and equally the nutters that are gunning the engine, spinning the wheels like a loony that invariably end up sliding back down!
#3
I think it really depends on where you live/commute and the average snowfall experienced in previous years.

Snow tyres are costly and you then have to go through having them changed and also storing them when not needed etc.

Snow chains, I believe, are only for really heavy/deep snow - not sure on damaging wheels but definitely can damage roads etc if snow not deep enough and they are used

I've heard of snow socks but no experience with them - although the deal you have posted does;t seem bad to have in case of emergency in the boot.

Never heard of the last one.

My view is always would I need to drive if the snow was that bad, it is often short lived in the UK, although whole cities and towns come to a standstill the closer to London you get, I often answer no and would be able to make alternatives or just not risk it and save myself the cost.

Personally with a young child I just would not risk it as in more recent years the main thing I have noticed is we have is a lot of people driving who just don't have the experience of those conditions, or worse think they are immune to the conditions and try to drive like normal.
#4
Although they are expensive , winter tyres are the best option. To keep costs down, get a set of steel rims for your car from eBay/breakers yard, and fit the winter tyres to them. Swap over your current wheels/tyres with the winter set. This way, you swap back to the normal wheels after winter.

Snow chains are only suitable for areas where there is no tarmac.

Snow socks will rapidly disintegrate when used on tarmac. Unless you keep removing them every time you come to a clear road. It's a right pain....
And unlikely to last through the winter, let alone to next year.
#5
Where do you live ? Are you planning on driving in snow - trip abroad or something ?

A is the only real answer but you need winter tyres which will work in snow and on wet roads and anytime the temperature is below 7C.
B snow chains are for speeds up to 30mph and are only for snow - they will damage themselves once you reach roads with no snow on them
C much the same - snow covered roads only - will tear themselves to bits on normal roads with no snow cover
D snake oil
#6
thanks for all the replies so far.

my car is quite powerful front wheel drive (2.5tdiv6)

i need to be able to drive locally at low speed in ice and snow, if i buy the snow socks and get the ben to pop them on when it starts snowing can i just leave them on until it clears up again?

also its an automatic so i cant really force it to go in high gears.

Edited By: HamanBasher on Dec 16, 2014 13:24
#7
Cheaper option than snow tyres Michelin Easy Grip Car Snow Chain.
#8
tailo
Cheaper option than snow tyres Michelin Easy Grip Car Snow Chain.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Michelin-Easy-Grip-Composite-Snow-Chains-L12-17-205-50-225-45-235-45-/181590005279

looks quite good, but slightly more expensive. anyone know where to get them cheaper?
#9
What size tyres do you have? I have a brand new set of J11 Michelin Easy Grip composites I am about to sell. They fit:

175/80/R14
185/65/R15
195/60/R15
205/50/R16
#10
barneybar
What size tyres do you have? I have a brand new set of J11 Michelin Easy Grip composites I am about to sell. They fit:

175/80/R14
185/65/R15
195/60/R15
205/50/R16

mine are 225/45/17 .
i dont mind buying used if they are in good condition
#11
Just noticed you need L12

Tesco Direct have them for £49.50
http://www.tesco.com/direct/michelin-easy-grip-snow-chains-l12/213-2604.prd
#12
barneybar
Just noticed you need L12

Tesco Direct have them for £49.50
http://www.tesco.com/direct/michelin-easy-grip-snow-chains-l12/213-2604.prd


I have now purchased a set of these.

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