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#391 WelshAde

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:32 PM

be too scared of scratching alloy

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:39 PM

Anyone bothered with snow chains?


I think snow socks are the preferred choice they don't damage the alloys.

The snow chains I have don't fit the fez :(

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:22 PM

Anyone bothered with snow chains?


If you do, just remember to take them off when you get to a clear stretch of road ;)

1. the clear road will wreck them
2. it's illegal
3. your handling will be atrocious
4. it's illegal

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:35 PM

I finde I'm fine in thick snow, just need the right gear and revs. It's those mirror sheen iceways that are scary.


It's because I have to reverse, if I'm facing forward third nearly always gets the car going if I'm struggling.

If you do, just remember to take them off when you get to a clear stretch of road ;)

1. the clear road will wreck them
2. it's illegal
3. your handling will be atrocious
4. it's illegal

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Is it illegal? I was looking online for the laws re: snow chains in the UK because a neighbour came home the other day in clear roads with snow chains on, thought it was a bit weird!

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:40 PM

It's because I have to reverse, if I'm facing forward third nearly always gets the car going if I'm struggling.



Is it illegal? I was looking online for the laws re: snow chains in the UK because a neighbour came home the other day in clear roads with snow chains on, thought it was a bit weird!



You neighbour is a pillock to be fair. There are so many reasons for this that I cant be bothered to note them all...

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:04 PM

You neighbour is a pillock to be fair. There are so many reasons for this that I cant be bothered to note them all...


I think he had probably been in the peak district, above us on the peak there is 3/4 feet of snow in places, but then you get down to us and the roads are clear. I'd have thought taking the chains off on clear roads would have just been plain sensible!

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:14 PM

I think he had probably been in the peak district, above us on the peak there is 3/4 feet of snow in places, but then you get down to us and the roads are clear. I'd have thought taking the chains off on clear roads would have just been plain sensible!


Absolutely.

Are you in Derbyshire then?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:16 PM

I'll revise what i said earlier about it being illegal (which i think i've mentioned once or twice before on here) - i'm not 100% sure it is, i just recall someone telling me it was. But even if it's not, it sure as hell should be, for the reasons i listed, especially the handling.

However it is a shame that we didn't have the capabilities in this country to be able to "chain up" and save all the hassle and stress of slipping and sliding all over the place and also haviung to worry about running out of grit lol

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:23 PM

I'll revise what i said earlier about it being illegal (which i think i've mentioned once or twice before on here) - i'm not 100% sure it is, i just recall someone telling me it was. But even if it's not, it sure as hell should be, for the reasons i listed, especially the handling.

However it is a shame that we didn't have the capabilities in this country to be able to "chain up" and save all the hassle and stress of slipping and sliding all over the place and also haviung to worry about running out of grit lol



If the grit ran out the country would probably use a white-roads policy and we would all be legally obliged to use snow chains, like in some parts of the continent

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:25 PM

Absolutely.

Are you in Derbyshire then?


Sheffield, but pretty close to the Derbyshire border. I work at a school in Pennines and to add insult to injury we've been closed all week! >_<

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:29 PM

Sheffield, but pretty close to the Derbyshire border. I work at a school in Pennines and to add insult to injury we've been closed all week! >_<



How is the snow affecting businesses in the peaks? Is it more or less a no go area? Any idea what it's like in Matlock atm?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:30 PM

Winter tyres are the best option for the UK. Snow chains as far as I know will void your insurance as none of them will cover them. Other country's you require them by law......

Not sure on snow socks?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:37 PM

snow/winter tyres are the way forward as MarkyR mentions. I've recently got back from Austria and in most regions it is law to have these tyres on, they are mega grippy. the hire car we had took a fair bit of effort to spin the wheels and it was only a SEAT Leon FWD. My girlfriends dad took his audi 4X4 over there with winter tyres and it was pretty much impossible to get the wheels spinning in the conditions on the ski resorts. it did help that the roads are cleared much more efficiently than over here but you could still notice the difference.

oh, and on the subject of snow chains, i saw a pillock in my village putting them on during that lightish snowfall before christmas. my fiesta was handling the roads fine and i can't think of any major routes with 10/15 miles that would possibly require them (and thats only if conditions are like the are now. or worse).

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:42 PM

as far as i am aware there is nothing on the statute books specifically banning snow chains. However there are laws about causing willful damage to the carriageway

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:55 PM

How is the snow affecting businesses in the peaks? Is it more or less a no go area? Any idea what it's like in Matlock atm?


They've been slowly clearing the main roads, but the snake pass is still closed. However the winds have apparently picked up tonight and the snow is beginning to drift making the roads across the to Matlock from Sheffield impassable. The minor roads that are high up have been impassable for a week or so.

My first teaching placement was in Matlock. Love the place, I also bought my car from Matlock Ford!

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