I've bitten the bullet and fitted my wee car with winter tyres. Regular readers will know I thought about purchasing them last year but when I enquired at my local tyre fitters, they told me I could well wait at least two months for delivery as stocks were nearly exhausted.
Also last year I suggested the Scottish government may want to consider legislation for winter tyres for all vehicles driven in Scotland as they do for vehicles in Switzerland. However that idea, briefly mentioned by the First Minister during the worst of the weather, has fallen by the
Having winter tyres does not ensure I will be accident free, but it will give me the confidence to proceed with my usual activities, although I'm aware they will be of little use on hard-packed ice.
The cost was not cheap but it included wheels as well as tyres. I decided, after looking around, it would be worthwhile buying wheels and tyres rather than paying £40 twice a year to have the tyres changed over. The tyre place is happy to store my 'normal' set and to change over tyres and wheels - all free of charge. Should I sell the car for any reason having a set of winter tyres should
entice a better trade-in price; particularly when the wheels are alloy. That was very important to my young tyre fitter although of little interest to me.
Should you go down the route of heavy grip tyres, please check with your insurance company as some are insisting they are a modification and upping premiums. Two of my friends had this problem last year with Direct Line and they were so furious they cancelled their policies and found cheaper ones with other companies who did not penalise them for trying to make their vehicles safer.
It will be interesting to see if they make much difference. Now all I need is snow!