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snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:25 pm  
I see Halfords (and other like stores) are peddling snow socks to the UK market, just a friendly warning, they aren't designed to run on tarmac, in fact unless it's fairly solid/compact snow then they rip to shreds in seconds, so don't waste your money.
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:29 pm  
Yeah they are pretty much a waste of time unless you live in a country that has snow for many consecutive weeks of the year. Even then snow chains are better.
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:30 pm  
Thorntonsaint wrote:
Yeah they are pretty much a waste of time unless you live in a country that has snow for many consecutive weeks of the year. Even then snow chains are better.


socks are handy as they don't take up much room, but you are 100% right, chains are better (and try explaining to the police in the alps why you've got socks instead of chains if you cause an accident)
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:46 pm  
They only thing they are good for is getting the car going if you are stuck ie on the drive to get you to the main road and then take them off again.

I think the AA use them for this.
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:48 pm  
Durham Giant wrote:
They only thing they are good for is getting the car going if you are stuck ie on the drive to get you to the main road and then take them off again.

I think the AA use them for this.


A £2 bag of cat litter is just as affective.
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:49 pm  
Or you could just adopt the safer option of "If I can't get it off the drive then its not going out today".
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:55 pm  
McLaren_Field wrote:
Or you could just adopt the safer option of "If I can't get it off the drive then its not going out today".


That is just the option I will adopt this year.
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:57 pm  
Big Graeme wrote:
That is just the option I will adopt this year.


not really an option when you've got to drive in the Alps, the problem with driving in the UK is the idiots that have no idea how to drive in adverse weather (back to the M5 crash thread)
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:09 pm  
Standee wrote:
not really an option when you've got to drive in the Alps, the problem with driving in the UK is the idiots that have no idea how to drive in adverse weather (back to the M5 crash thread)


But why would they? Apart from relatively short spells in the last couple of years, there's been no adverse weather (as in snow) for them to practise in.

If more people heeded the "don't travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary" message, there'd be relatively few problems. Unfortunately many people think that going to Trafford Centre or Bluewater is "absolutely necessary"
Re: snow socks : Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:09 pm  
Standee wrote:
not really an option when you've got to drive in the Alps, the problem with driving in the UK is the idiots that have no idea how to drive in adverse weather (back to the M5 crash thread)


Mate, we had several days last winter where we had worse weather than the Alps and roads just weren't getting cleared regardless of the driving skills.
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