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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: chains vs snow socks Reply with quote

Just thinking ahead for the coming winter. As ill be living at the **** end of the dale where the plough doesn't always come I think I should invest in one or the other.

Had autosocks for the Yaris but never needed them - partly due to cheap winter tyres / not living full time up here then.


Given the price is pretty much the same which to get for occasional UK use. Most likely on thin hard packed polished snow (5 - 10mm) or slush.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chains can also be used in mud as well...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM sent ED

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Sir.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but what about in slush...

should of added -- they are for a Astra SRi and a C4 Picasso ~(not mine - her's).

That said the GF got through all bar one day last winter - mostly due to forgetting shovel. Guess who walked to the rescue Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought daughter some snow sock just in case

realistically they are single use unless you're very carefull

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had snow chains for the old fiesta when we lived in Italy (a legal requirement if not shod in winter tyres). To be honest we never had to use them even when up in the Abruzzo mountians - but it was conforting to know that we had them.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem is on those few days with decent snow North Yorkshire County Council don't clear the roads as well as those on the continent.

Most of it up there is sub contracted to quarry ops or farmers...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For snow covered roads, snow socks. Don't use on tarmac.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chains or socks?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you need to get a couple of miles home, socks.

If you need to get 100 miles home, chains.

Chains are a PITA to put on, I've several sets kicking around for things parked on the drive. But if you NEED to travel distance in bad weather, I'd rate them miles ahead of socks. If you NEED to travel 2 miles to the shops, then socks every time.

Chains are pretty cheap too, I paid under £40 for a full set for the merc off ebay.

It's illegal to run chains on non snow covered highway. I'd personally recommend a set of snow tyres off ebay whilst they are still cheap. Stick em on for the 2 bad months then either stick em in the garage or sell them on again.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dxmedia wrote:
I'd personally recommend a set of snow tyres off ebay whilst they are still cheap. Stick em on for the 2 bad months then either stick em in the garage or sell them on again.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winter tyres won't cut it up the final little slope. It's a question of traction ie adhesion to the surface - hard packed and polished.

Problem is you have to all but stop for the bend then into the slope with no momentum.

Shovel worked well last winter to remove the snow / ice but was a pain.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably socks as I've just been given a set that are the right size.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ed wrote:
Winter tyres won't cut it up the final little slope. It's a question of traction ie adhesion to the surface - hard packed and polished.

Problem is you have to all but stop for the bend then into the slope with no momentum.

Shovel worked well last winter to remove the snow / ice but was a pain.


Grit? If you're only taking about one bend then it's not really a hardship to dump grit down is it? Would be quicker than putting socks on and off.
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