Car: Anyone run winter tyres all year round?
We were still getting temperatures below 7 degrees into early May this year. It hardly seemed worth changing them given that we had frost in September.
If you are doing low mileage in any case then the added wear on them will cost less than what it would cost to have two tyre fits every year.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I leave them on all year on both vehicles. Not really for any reason than they both were due for new tyres at the onset of winter so winter tyres are what went on and the tyres I had were’t worth keeping.
Depends where you are in the UK but as with Mr Scotroutes Its only been a fairly short part of the year where the tyres have been outside their ‘zone’. They’re best under 7 deg and measurably worse above 20 deg – well over 20deg at the times of day when I’m actually behind the wheel hasn’t really happened very much.
This is with the caveat that I don’t use fashion tyres, they’re not big/wide/low profile/ expensive so my tyres are unfashionable and relatively cheap, and I don’t do high milages (particularly as my driving is split between two vehicles) so if there is concern about accelerated wear its not enough of concern for me to bother with.Posted 4 years agoMarkieMember
As per cp, from Continental:
It is recommended that you switch to winter tyres in the UK between October and April.
If you are reluctant to change tyres and have nowhere to store summer tyres when they are not in use, you are better off using winter tyres all year round.
Winter tyres are as quiet and comfortable as summer tyres and, thanks to sophisticated compound technology, do not wear any more quickly.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I left my icebears on all year a while back, worked fine. A little loss of grip in dry conditions but nothing major, still better than most of the ditchfinders people seem to choose. And the biggest loss of performance comes when road conditions are at their best so you miss it least. Also was useful for driving through fields and ditches etc!
I change my snowproxes now just because they’re ridiculously big and they’re on a set of very ugly wheels 🙂 They’ll be going back on soon though. (I’ve said this before, but every year I take off my winter tyres, and shortly after get stuck in mud because I forget)Posted 4 years ago
Anyone do this this instead of changing back to summer tyres?
I’m thinking of doing this as:
-I’ve got a one week ski trip to the alps in Dec
-And of course the UK winter to get through.
-In total I only do around 4000 miles a year so the extra fuel hit is not a issue.
sound sensible?Posted 4 years ago
Cool – all go for winter tyres then.
I looked at all seasons but they came out to over £20 per corner.
Its hard to tell by looking at reviews as they say things like ‘not as good in wet or dry’ but they don’t say by how much over a summer tyre. Or by how much over a good summer vs a bad summer.
I.e in the summer, how much worse is a good winter than budget summer? Miles or by not much?
Going to go for some Uniroyal MSPlus77 from Camskill – bargain.Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
Nope. But then I don’t use winter tyres. Never felt the need as the weather in the UK is rarely THAT bad (unless you live somewhere extreme like Glencoe) and the winter doesn’t last long enough.
I do however have a set of winter wheels with narrower, higher profile all-round tyres fitted. These will be going on at the end of the month and will stop on until about the end of MarchPosted 4 years ago
I do however have a set of winter wheels with narrower, higher profile all-round tyres fitted.
I’ve been told that too – narrow is better for snow (i.e. panda 4×4)Posted 4 years ago
So going from 195/60 to 185/65. Circumference is 1% diff but width is 5% narrower and price is £15 cheaper a corner.cpSubscriber
Nope. But then I don’t use winter tyres. Never felt the need as the weather in the UK england is rarely THAT bad (unless you live somewhere extreme like Glencoe Scotland) and the winter doesn’t last long enough.
It only takes one slide towards a parked car, never mind a person, to have all sorts of ‘ah crap, a few hundred quid on winter tyres seems a bargain right now compared to crashing into that car and the associated faff & increased insurance costs’.
They genuinely do give you a hell of a lot more cold weather/muddy/snow grip compared to ‘normal’ tyres.
An additional benefit of year round use is the huge traction increase driving around muddy mtb event fields.Posted 4 years ago
Nope. But then I don’t use winter tyres. Never felt the need as the weather in the UK england is rarely THAT bad (unless you live somewhere extreme like Glencoe Scotland) and the winter doesn’t last long enough.[/quote]
You must winter in the Southern Hemisphere, lucky you. Here in Blighty (Leeds) the last 4 winters have proven the need for winter tyres. I can think of at least a dozen occasions in the last few years when I simply wouldn’t have gotten home if I didn’t have winter tyres.Posted 4 years agobrukSubscriber
After my wife had to sleep in her office at work whilst 5 months pregnant and I only got home by borrowing a 4×4 from work we opted for winter tyres for her car last year. World of difference in a BMW and no issue in the significant amount of snow we got later.
Sold it and just had 3 of the 4 ordered winter wheels arrive for the replacement. Will probably leave them on till April and then swop again but have large shed to store such stuff in. If not I think I would go all season as a compromise.
Reviews look ok and gone for Nokians this time so will see once the 4 th wheel turns up!Posted 4 years agodownshepSubscriber
Live in the slightly damp and bracing west of Scotland. Bought additional sets of winter wheels/tyres for Mrs Shep and I. Not cheap but never been stuck. Noticeably more traction on cold dry tarmac, frosted roads, saturated road surfaces and snow. If I had to lose summer or winter, summer would go. Winter tyres are better in all but warm dry conditions when grip is plentiful. Wish I had just bought the tyres rather than wheels/tyres. Some insurance companies insist on being informed when W/T are fitted. Ours didn’t load the premium.Posted 4 years agoretrorickMember
I’ve run 2 sets of winter tyres, hankook ice cept and a goodyear on a 206 and a punto. Both on the front for 2 years straight. they both perform very well in wet conditions as well as the occasional bit of snow. No noticable loss in performance or fuel use on either. better than aquaplaning in the wet in summer.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
Depends how you drive too.
nokian WRG2s here and I absolutely love them. I actually look forward to cold weather so I can use them. But, I drive quite hard and when it gets warm I can feel the softer rubber squirm a bit more. Also I don’t want to wear them out so it makes me drive like a granny when it gets warm and they are still on.
Oh and mpg is higher with them on that my summer tyres.Posted 4 years agosbobMember
trail_rat – Member
“Pirelli P6000’s that came with the car. By quite some margin too.”
i struggle to believe that – p6000s dont die they just get old. worst tire ever.
I’ve got no idea what this thread is about, but I can tell you that my car is shod with P6000s, the tyre it was intended for, and they’re shite.Posted 4 years ago
Our cheapo Goodride winter tyres were great last year on roads covered with running water and snow. Which was most of last year through till May this year just outside Derby. The extra grip in the wet was terrific. Took them off only when the proper summer arrived, they are going back in a fortnight, probably.Posted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
You must winter in the Southern Hemisphere, lucky you. Here in Blighty (Leeds) the last 4 winters have proven the need for winter tyres. I can think of at least a dozen occasions in the last few years when I simply wouldn’t have gotten home if I didn’t have winter tyres.
I live in Burnley (top of the Championship, got a cricked neck yet looking up?). Been driving for 25 years, never once had an issue where I thought “I need winter tyres”.
But then I know how to drive.Posted 4 years ago
cant see the need either – all taken on the 2.5 miles to the road from the door and all been ploughed by the farmer which made it worse for standard tires. my van got out with a fight on winters and the landrover also on winters coped with it admirably – pulling out the coalmans brava which was on non winter road tires- meanwhile my neighbours car had to be parked at the bins at the bottom of the road in the last photo – it couldnt even get up the snow covered track let alone the ice.Posted 4 years ago
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