Socks or chains.

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by Flackadder, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Flackadder

    Flackadder Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Ok, maybe not chains.

    But am thinking of those snow sock type things, as a get home from work if it is not too far option.

    Any recommendations...even if its 'they are a waste of time'.

    Thanks.
     
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    Nether, get Winter Tyres.
     
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    Just be careful to fit correctly if using chains: -

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    I've used socks and feel they fulfil a purpose. They'll get you from a snowed in car park or side street to a cleared road.
     
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    Yes, only several hundred pounds plus the hassle of changing wheels twice a year plus having to find somewhere to store the wheels not being used plus the less attractive looking wheels on all winter. All for a very occasional occurrence (deep snow) that may not be there when you need to drive. Yes, I know they're better at low temperatures even when there's no snow, but there is an alternative: drive more carefully. Winter tyres are great where snow and difficult conditions are pretty much certain (north England and Scotland) but less of a necessity for us dahn sarf.
     
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    Which is not to far fetched from what I may need.

    Is about 2 miles to work, half of which is in town. And, I will not be driving any further anyway in bad weather....if even that far.

    So, on that basis, I see no/little point in the above mentioned 'winter tyres'. Though, I understand they are excellent at their job.
     
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    The socks do their job on snow.If you drive on a cleared road they will be wrecked in very short order.
     
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    Eh?

    Its extremely unlikely in the UK that you will ever need anything other than winter tyres unless you live up in the highlands., thats there whole purpose.
    All these clips of cars you see on the news getting stuck is due to having summer tires fitted.
     
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    Check that MB don't warn against using chains on your rear tyres. My SL500 has a warning in the handbook.
     
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    Neither, walk to work.
     
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    My PS3s have already started to spin when I try to drive up slopes; time to put on the winter tyres. - If you don't like the look of the rims, buy nicer ones?
     
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    Driving carefully won't stop you Any quicker in an emergency stop. Winter tyres or all season tyres are not just for snow they decrease your breaking distance in cold weather
     
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    Tis' true. Though according to latest Auto Express, the tyre I have fitted are not at all bad in cold/wet braking in winter. Terrible (my word not theirs) in the snow though. Guess I had best hope for no snow.
     
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    I've not used snow socks but helped a chap in the snow with pushing his car out of some snow.

    Once free he fitted snow socks, offered me a lift and had no trouble at all driving off. Definitely worthwhile in an emergency.
     
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