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Ashley's Winter Tyre Blog pt2

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Welcome to my second update on winter tyres Being an experiment we paid for the tyres in advance in full but being the innovative company that we are, we have a solution for our customers. We can now build in the initial cost of the winter tyres into your contract with us. More about that later in this article.

It took 10 days for the tyres to come in to stock. The tyres were delivered to my local Kwik-Fit. Once in stock it was simply a case of arranging a convenient time for me to have them fitted which took about 45 mins.

At first glance the wheels and tyres look just the same as my standard set. Gone are the horror stories about narrow steel wheels having to be fitted. As you can see from the photo only the style of the tread is different.

Ashley’s Winter Tyre Blog pt3

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This is my third instalment of my winter tyre blog and perhaps the most crucial so far. Since my last update my colleagues and I visited our Head office in Stirling for our Christmas party. The morning after the event I was shocked to see an inch of snow through my hotel window and a 300 mile journey home ahead of me.

Driving a BMW in the snow last year was almost embarrassing. An incline of any description rendered the vehicle almost useless, if not dangerous, when the standard tyres were fitted. Naturally I was apprehensive, the untreated, unused hotel car park would have previously been enough to stop my BMW in its tracks and leave me with no choice but to have an extended breakfast.

Ashley’s Winter Tyre Blog pt4

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Hi and welcome to my fourth winter tyre update. A little over two months since I started this blog and we’ve had one of the mildest winters in years. Just yesterday the temperature in Sheffield was in double figures, a far cry from the weather we had last year. Whilst I’m relieved that we’re having a mild winter it doesn’t help my winter tyre blog!

Ashley’s Winter Tyre Blog pt5

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You probably don’t need me to tell you that Saturday afternoon saw the first of the snow for the majority of the country. Whilst the rest of the country looked out of their windows in dismay, I was more excited than many children as the time to test my 3 Series with winter tyres had arrived. Just about every news update on the weather showed a BMW spinning it’s rear wheels in the snow, I was determined to be the exception to this.

After family commitments….. sledging with my daughters…. I needed an excuse to get in the car so we decided to go out for a meal. Despite it being a short journey this would involve driving up the same snow covered hill that had prevented me from getting to work for the last three years. For years my (relatively) expensive BMW has been embarrassed by other cars when it comes to performance in the snow.

Ashley’s Winter Tyre Blog pt6

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Originally I had planned to change my winter tyres back to summer tyres this week but as the photo shows it's a good job I didn’t.

Running winter tyres in summer conditions causes excessive wear but due to the recent weather warnings I cancelled my plans to swap my winter tyres back to the original set of all weather tyres just on the off chance of us actually getting the snow as predicted. I was really glad that I made that decision this morning, because when I woke up around 6:30am there was approx. 1-2 inches of snow that had settled all around my home in Sheffield.

Driving advice during strong winds

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 Most of the country has suffered particularly strong winds so far this year. This is why the Institute of Advanced Motorists has published advice on driving in strong winds.

The IAM sensibly suggest that if your journey isn't essential you should stay at home but if you are on the road:

Setting Off

* Think about where you are going - is there a route with less exposure to the weather, and less risk of fallen trees?

* Allow extra time for delays caused by accidents

Whilst Driving

*Slow down - you are more vulnerable to side winds at higher speeds

Press Release - Winter Tyres

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Snow falls across the UK may have brought transport chaos, but the Artic weather did not impact on at least one company car driver because his vehicle was equipped with winter tyres.

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