- Aberdeen Winter tyres on the CRV?
just learn how to drive properly and more importantly when not to drive
between 6am and 10am and 3pm and 7pm on any frosty day(november to march) thanks to the locals love of playing car tag – as shown this morning – nigh on every approach to the city had an incident on it
put forward my when not to drive scheme to work and they werent too keen on it really – so i sucked it up and i put winter tires on(my 4×4), meaning i can now drive on the back roads away from the traffic.
cant help with the goodrides but ive been using cheapo winter tires on my van and they cope admirably – better than the continental summer tires that were on it before in winter – and the bulk of my milage is in winter.Posted 4 years agocultsdaveMember
People who say you don’t need winter tyres or that its about how you drive have obviously never tried winter tyres. I drove the back roads around Aberdeen last year in the snow, had a few hill starts at junctions that would have been impossible without the winter tyres.
As for the wasting your money arguement? I bought a set of steel wheels for £120 and put the winters on them. My summer tyres now last twice as long as they are only on for half the time. Same the other way round.
As I bought the steels the cost of changing round the wheels is 30 minutes of my time! £140 is much less than my insurance excess so if they save me one wee bash I have saved my money.
Also because I have the winters on I am much happier and able to make it up to the ski resorts. Ignore the negative comments from people who have never tried them!Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
added bonus of a solid fuel stoved house is you can use the ash on the tracks. Would take quite a lot of ash to treat that track though I admit.
Would say on 80% of roads and surfaces then normal tyres and steady driving would be OK. /But/ it’s the 20% of roads or surfaces – or other drivers – that get you..Posted 4 years agobailsSubscriber
Just learn how to drive properly
I like how it’s one of those either/or things. You can either put on appropriate tyres, or you can drive sensibly. You can’t possibly do both. Like the “Doing 40mph and paying attention is safer than doing 30mph while not paying attention and blind and drunk”. Well yes, it might be, but there’s a mystery third option that beats both of them.
OP: I don’t ever expect to see as much snow as in trailrat’s photos, but I’ve got winter tyres on my car now, Conti WinterContacts. They’re better when it’s cold (4 degrees while driving to work this morning). They’re better when it’s wet. They’re better when there’s snow or slush on the ground. Use winter tyres and drive safely. Just don’t brake hard when there’s some tailgating idiot behind you because they won’t stop as quickly as you!Posted 4 years ago
“Just don’t brake hard when there’s some tailgating idiot behind you because they won’t stop as quickly as you! “
thats what tow bars and box section steel bumpers are for.
the photos i posted were from auchenblae but last year wasnt much better and im out in garlogie now – we had snow the height of the fence posts on the farm track.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
FWIW I had Hankook Icebears on the Focus, they were bloomin excellent. More snow and mud grip than my silly fat snowproxes, and still decent enough in warmer conditions (better than your standard issue MOT pass no-names but not as good as a quality “summer” tyre, much as you’d expect). My first winter driving was a very snowy one and tbh I had no idea what I was doing, like any other learner, so if they kept me rubber side down I reckon they’re pretty darn good.Posted 4 years agostevemtbMember
The learn to drive comments really annoy me. I got stuck trying to get out of my drive to my flat a few years back, car would move forward but also slid sideways towards a post due to the camber of the road and depth of snow. Car to the left mean I couldn’t go further left. Car only came out of there when I’d dug out that whole corner and got a push along the rest – no idea how I’d have got out with different driving style, tried first and second, second first attempt with low revs creeping along. Nothing stopped it sliding towards the post – few days later with similar snow fall and winter fronts it drove straight out. Could go hunting snow rather than avoid it. The ice patch everyone got stuck on one day was easy too – even towed a stuck van off it.
At one point I had two different Volvos, an auto T5-R with fairly sporty tyres and a manual diesel V70 with normal tyres. Drove the T5 round to my sisters and got stuck on a hill that I couldn’t believe I got stuck on, sharp turn across another lane on to it then straight up, still not enough snow to get stuck. Drove home, got the other one and drove straight up it in second with low revs – different cars, different drivetrains and different tyres can make massive differences.
Have had on at least one car/van since trying them. Not sure what to do this winter though, got a set for the Transit that’ll go on shortly but have recently got a Forester which has 4×4. Transit was pretty amazing last winter but the Foz with winters should be better still.Posted 4 years agowiz74Subscriber
Agree with most of what has been said in terms of pro winter tyres, the difference it makes is astounding. One year it took me 20 mins (and probably cost 6 months worth of summer tyre wear due to spinning wheels) to get in my drive which had 6 inches of snow on it (Audi A3 non-quattro obviously!). No problems whatsoever with winters on. Also means you can stop worrying about what your cars capabilities are and be more vigilant of other road users that may not have winter tyres 🙂
One point of note / warning, I had cheap winter tyres a couple of years ago – they were spectacular in snow, super grippy and loads of pull away traction – however they were borderline dangerous on wet roads. There was an auto bild tyre test were they refused to test a number of winter tyres as their wet road performance was considered too dangerous.
Last year I got one of the top 10 tyres in the test that year – decent price (480 quid for 4 x tyres and steel wheels new from mytyres) and means I can swap them myself. Snow performance is fantastic but they are safe in the wet – this can be a real issue in the UK where some super optimised snow tyres (developed for countries where there is snow on the road consistently for months)are not great on wet roads.Posted 4 years ago
“Snow performance is fantastic but they are safe in the wet – this can be a real issue in the UK where some super optimised snow tyres (developed for countries where there is snow on the road consistently for months)are not great on wet roads. “
no worse than offroad mud tires really and have never found the limits of those either – but im not into rally driving on the public highway.Posted 4 years ago
poor work from kenway there as well toys.
mytires reportedly use johnmcinnes here in dyce who have gleeming reports from my colleagues for future referance.
i use PRmotors in arbroath for any work i dont do though – family friend – and he doesnt laugh too hard when i turn up after i broke something.Posted 4 years agowiz74Subscriber
Yeah – probably true trail rat – although I got caught out by them the inside lane of a roundabout on the A96, kind of thing that can easily catch an enthusiastic (not rally) driver out on a slick road. Just something to be mindful off.
The snow / ice / cold road benefits outweigh their limitations fully I would say. Some other winter tyre review type report indicated that if you had to pick one tyre all year round in the uk then it would be better to winter than summer! I believe the jury is still out a little on teh all season tyres…All Season Tyres – UKPosted 4 years ago
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