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Old 18-11-2008, 12:46   #1
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Question Snow Chains on Tires

I'm right in thinking there illegal here? Why are they illegal though?

Was just having a conversation how Britain comes to a near stand still when there's a few inch of snow ... in other parts of Europe they use them why don't we?
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:05   #2
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Re: Snow Chains on Tires

Because in europe theyre better prepared for it.

Snow chains when i worked for the bus company and coaches were going to europe they had to have a set of chains in the coach and the driver also had to know how to put them on.
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:19   #3
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Re: Snow Chains on Tires

not illegal here just not compulsory like some country's and we choose not to use them, rarely get snow deep enough anyway
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:21   #4
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Because in europe theyre better prepared for it.
They are illegal though here aren't they? ... Not a case of unprepared?
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:23   #5
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Might be snowing where you live, but it's sunshining here
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:24   #6
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not illegal here just not compulsory like some country's and we choose not to use them, rarely get snow deep enough anyway
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ooh there not illegal ty K.S.H ... do they not work on ice too though to stop sliding accidents?
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:25   #7
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I'm right in thinking there illegal here? Why are they illegal though?
You're wrong. They are legal in England, as KSH says it's just that they aren't compulsory. In some European countries it's illegal not to carry them in adverse weather conditions. More here : Compulsory equipment : snow chains and winter tyre requirements for ski resorts - The AA
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:32   #8
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You're wrong.
WHAT!!! I'm never wrong I'm a woman!! ... slightly uninformed is what I prefer to call it
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:35   #9
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WHAT!!! I'm never wrong I'm a woman!! ... slightly uninformed is what I prefer to call it
Should we ask mthead for his opinion?
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:37   #10
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Should we ask mthead for his opinion?

He's not allowed one
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Old 18-11-2008, 14:56   #11
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Re: Snow Chains on Tires

also judging by the inability of people to turn of fog lights when its not foggy I can see people driving round in the middle of summer on them ruining further our already crappy roads
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Old 18-11-2008, 15:10   #12
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Re: Snow Chains on Tires

In Germany they have to have winter tyres on their cars in winter.
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Old 18-11-2008, 16:24   #14
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Unless you're driving to Spain over the Pyrenees or any similar place I wouldn't worry to much.
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Old 18-11-2008, 18:29   #15
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Snow chains! For the amount of snow you guys get? Are you serious? The only vehicles I see with snow chains are the large transport trucks, and I don't think they use those unless they are hauling thru the Rockies. Last winter, I got thru with all season radials ... no problem. If you are used to driving in snow and ice you don't need the expensive tires that the garage tries to sell you ... best thing to do if it snows heavily, or if there is freezing rain, is to wait until the plows and the sanders have been out. Even after a major snowfall, the city plows can get the main drags plowed out in a matter of hours ... and within a day, or maybe two, the city is back to normal.
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