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    Quote Originally Posted by remslie20 View Post
    My a3 easily breaks traction if the roads are greasy/damp if on a slight incline not to mention if they are caked in snow so i think i'll be keepeing these on till at least march regardless!
    Perhaps a slightly lighter right foot is required. My A3 is only an SE but with 17" 225/50 tyres and never have any problems with breaking traction on wet and greasy roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    Perhaps a slightly lighter right foot is required. My A3 is only an SE but with 17" 225/50 tyres and never have any problems with breaking traction on wet and greasy roads.
    Thanks for the advice but i definately do not have a heavy right foot, it does it with the missus driving aswell as the old man and anyone else who has driven it for that matter! Admittedly it is remapped but it still wasn't great at putting down the power prior to this imo!

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    Well I hope it is made Law in this country, like Germany, cos I am sick and tired of people clogging the roads up driving on tires that are far from suitable, you would not dig a post hole with a trowel, why do people expect to be able to drive around on tires in snow and ice that are not suitable, then blame the highways agency for not clearing the roads quick enough. I bet many are pretty ell illegal for any weather.

    As for Cost, I just get tires swapped around and not bother with rims.

    Tbh I don't think a defender is any safer than my S3 on winter tires, it just drives through thicker snow, in fact if I put thinner snow tires on mine I would say it is safer than a Defender on sheet ice.
    I think part of the problem in the UK is that a lot of people think they can do or not do just what they like without any consideration for any one else. This applies in particular to cars. Things like illegal number plates, modification to cars without any approval system as to whether it's safe or not, driving on parking lights etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by remslie20 View Post
    Thanks for the advice but i definately do not have a heavy right foot, it does it with the missus driving aswell as the old man and anyone else who has driven it for that matter! Admittedly it is remapped but it still wasn't great at putting down the power prior to this imo!
    My 140 is remapped as well. Must be down to the tyres or the suspension setup.
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    Most of all I guess where it is on the road, there are some roads thsat are far worse hills in the wet at traffic lights in my town pretty well most people spin when pulling away in wet conditions, it is so greasy there not to hard to break the wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Butler View Post
    Most of all I guess where it is on the road, there are some roads thsat are far worse hills in the wet at traffic lights in my town pretty well most people spin when pulling away in wet conditions, it is so greasy there not to hard to break the wheels
    Yep, Aberdeen has a lot of roundabouts/traffic lights on hills and the road surfaces are getting worse each passing month!

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    The problem in this county is that due to the levels of snow we normally get the best strategy is to clear the roads so we can get caught out when its more severe. If it was guaranteed we would have the levels we have this year I know we would rethink this approach including as said, fitting suitable tyres or chains etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett Butler View Post
    Well I hope it is made Law in this country, like Germany, cos I am sick and tired of people clogging the roads up driving on tires that are far from suitable, you would not dig a post hole with a trowel, why do people expect to be able to drive around on tires in snow and ice that are not suitable, then blame the highways agency for not clearing the roads quick enough. I bet many are pretty ell illegal for any weather.

    As for Cost, I just get tires swapped around and not bother with rims.

    Tbh I don't think a defender is any safer than my S3 on winter tires, it just drives through thicker snow, in fact if I put thinner snow tires on mine I would say it is safer than a Defender on sheet ice.
    I agree with winter tyres and am definately looking into them for this year if weather is forecast to carry on or definatley next year if not but i cant imagine how any tyre helps on ice apart from studds or chains,m+s tyres are for snow and slush because of better tread

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    it helps due to the rubber being so flexible, it stays rubbery at very low temps not like normal tires that go rock hard, and are like driving around on 4 bricks

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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    I think part of the problem in the UK is that a lot of people think they can do or not do just what they like without any consideration for any one else. This applies in particular to cars. Things like illegal number plates, modification to cars without any approval system as to whether it's safe or not, driving on parking lights etc etc.
    + 1 Dave ... What happened to driving within the law and with some consideration. Worst culprits on illegally spaced PP's around here seem to be the Police HQ staff!!

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    Can m+s tyres be used all year? especially if you are doing summer shows with grassy car parks? Are they noisier or just wear out much quicker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PilotAudi View Post
    Winter tires or M+S make a world of difference IMHO. If we continue to get the terrible snow here I will be considering getting some. Had some about 25 years ago on an old XR2 and they were priceless. Lots of power and FWD is crap in snow and ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GARTHY View Post
    Can m+s tyres be used all year? especially if you are doing summer shows with grassy car parks? Are they noisier or just wear out much quicker?
    I put Winter tyres on my van last year, and they been on all year round, not worn that much, though I dont do a lot of miles, they are actually quieter, more comfortble, as softer, but I would say that they do wear a little quicker, though ofc it depends how you drive.. they are the Avons Ice ST Something, very good tires

    I might add though not to sure how much better they would be on grassy car parks etc, I am sure they will be better but winter tires are all about how good they are in very cold weather where the rubber stays flexible over summer tires where the rubber is so hard it is like driving on bricks
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