You’ve heard me yabber on about winter tyres before. But if you’re still not convinced how effective they are, take a look at this video test by Telegraph journalist Chris Knapman:
As Chris says when he sees the results of the tests, “to me it’s a no-brainer”
If you are considering getting some, Auto Express have published a comparison of the performance and prices of many of the winter tyres available in the UK:
3 Alternatives to Winter Tyres
Winter tyres are better than the alternatives but they’re also expensive, they can be noisy and you’ve got to find somewhere to store them for the rest of the year.
So, how about these three ideas
Prices start at around £50 (per pair)
Available for cars, vans and trucks.
AutoSocks are fabric bags that fit over your existing tyres on the drive wheels. They’re not meant to be left on all through the winter months but are intended for occasional use when a fall of snow would otherwise leave you stranded.
They give a really good grip on snow but remember that they’re only made of fabric. Once you’re back on the tarmac, they will need to be removed. However, they can be used again so put them back in the boot until the next time.
They appear to be simple to fit and remove – you slip them over the top half of the tyre, drive forward to rotate the tyre 180 degrees and then slip the remainder over the other half of the tyres.
Well, they work but they’re not without their problems.
They do give improved traction but need to be driven slowly. Although if you’re driving on snow, you should be taking it easy anyway, regardless of any chains, socks or winter tyres you have fitted.
With cold hands they’ll be awkward to fit. And like the AutoSocks, they’re not for driving on tarmac. So you may find you get quite good at fitting them by next March.
£12.95 (400ml aerosol)
This spray is the cheapest of the three alternatives and should get you out of a fix. It gives you an improved grip on snow but not as good as the chains or AutoSocks.
It’s designed to be used only when you’re stuck, and is easy to apply. Clear the snow of your tyres, apply the spray and leave it for a few minutes
It will wear off after a while and much more quickly if you’re on tarmac so you may need to re-apply it a couple of times to get you home. But at least you should get home.
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