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Highlandbear

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Tyres are going to have to be changed anyway so going for winter tyres as will be in Germany/ Austria etc over winter months not going for top end high mileage tyres as just do not do the miles or speed !! Without re in venting the wheel ( excuse the pun ) any one happy with their tyres and recommend them ?
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Sorry, I’ve no idea what variety of tyre you’re going to need during winter over there. Are you intending to be somewhere in the snow?
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Toyo H09 are great winter tyres, not too expensive either, great tread pattern, snowflake symbol so good for Germany/Austria in winter
We have 6 of them on.
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Hi Highlandbear, 

I fitted some Kumho Mud/Snow tyres to the front of my chipped Golf TDi. Not only did they perform excellently all through that winter but they also worked perfectly in Italy all through the following summer, lasted as long as a conventional tyre with the usual UK compound, only appeared to reduce the mpg by 0.2/miles per gallon...and made me wonder what trickery the Great British Motoring Public are being held hostage to with 'normal' tyres.

When I worked as a delivery driver for Avon Tyres (everyone yawns at this point) we got our tyres renewed for free and without quibble or question, regardless of what we had done to them. No questions asked. The technical department at Avon were doubtless testing out different compounds; each new tyre was meticulously signed for and each worn or punctured tyre was returned to Avon, the next morning. They knew our names, routes and payloads. They needed to see the results.

We three guys were contractors doing the daily 7.5 tonne delivery route to tyre outlets across the south east of England. 140 miles per day, no speed limiter fitted.  On a Ford Cargo 0713, we could burn through some front tyres inside three weeks....or three months. It depended on the rubber compounds they fitted. It hugely affected how the truck handled in the wet. It made me look more closely at rubber compounds. 

One of my favourite tricks when the tarmac was very wet used to be to reverse the (empty) truck flat out and backwards across the yard and then spin the steering wheel, stamp on the brakes and do a glorious reverse-turn into the opposite direction while grabbing second gear and making off in the cloud of spray. you needed a heck of a lot of room to do it but we had that kind of space.

On being issued a pair of new front tyres as usual, I decided to see how well they performed this 'trick' a few days later when the yard was empty in the evening.

I got thrown upwards and backwards and cut my right ear on impact with the cab roof behind the driver's seat. The truck wobbled to a halt and stalled as my feet left the pedals and my hands left the steering wheel. I had barely rotated more than 30 degrees. I literally fell out of the cab and head-butted the ground. I hurt.

That is when I also became interested in that little 'snowflake' sign, imprinted in the tyre wall....

In the stillness and quiet that always follows an accident, I heard laughter. I saw our on-site mechanic leaning against the door frame of the office. He shouted one word at me and I had to agree he was probably right. 

Avon for me.
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All year tyres are what we will have when ours need changing, the police, in our area at least, have these tyres on their cars and we have them on our Forester.
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Always good to have all year round tyres jan makes for a comfortable and safe ride. I found if ya only have six months tyres driving gets hard once they come orf 😂👍Hope ya doing ok and don’t mind my pitiful attempt at humour 😘
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Always good to have all year round tyres jan makes for a comfortable and safe ride. I found if ya only have six months tyres driving gets hard once they come orf 😂👍Hope ya doing ok and don’t mind my pitiful attempt at humour 😘


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I've got Agilis M + S tyres on mine but don't think they are legal in Austria and Germany any more for winter so I will be replacing these with all season or winters when they have worn out.

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Had a set of Hankook HW06 winters on for last 3 years, had no problems in snow (and we have encountered a lot ) with them and legal in all countries which have a winter tyre law. would recommend them.
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