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Post by foxfan55 Wed Feb 16, 2022 4:39 pm

Hi

Off to France next week and wondered if anyone can recommend suitable snow chains for my Nuevo EK. French regulations say they must be carried in certain regions and looking for ones that will fit and work

Thanks

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Post by v8oholic Wed Feb 16, 2022 5:52 pm

I would think they’d be hard to find until you get there. Perhaps even when there, because all season snow certified tyres are popular, and no chains are needed with those.
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Post by Roopert Wed Feb 16, 2022 11:38 pm

Would socks be an option? I've never needed to even try them, but they seem like an easier option - if they work!
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Post by v8oholic Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:28 am

They don’t work or last as well, but there is one brand which seems to be a certified snow chain replacement in France, see the bottom of this page:

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They definitely work just as well if you don’t intend to fit them but merely want to comply with the “must carry” law!
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Post by v8oholic Thu Feb 17, 2022 7:35 am

These might be the right ones, you would have to check:

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I know someone who is currently skiing in the Alps in heavy snow conditions who is using them on a Porsche Cayenne with summer tyres on, and apparently they are working.
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Post by IanH Thu Feb 17, 2022 8:25 am

The very thought of taking 3+ tonnes anywhere near snow leaves me more than cold.
Back to school....M1V1 = M2V2. scratch head

Only 2 patches between 3+ tonnes and the ice, total of an A5 page between them.

Not a hope! wave
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Post by v8oholic Thu Feb 17, 2022 2:14 pm

Delivery vans manage. Snow tyres transform driving conditions. It’s ridiculous that a few mm of snow causes us to grind to a halt in this country.
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Post by Sally Thu Feb 17, 2022 2:37 pm

I can only speak with experience from a car point of view, not vans.

But on a car, all season or winter tyres definitely make a difference. 

Snow socks definitely work, leaving me able to drive confidently and safely in conditions where there is a line of stranded drivers in a long queue and abandoned cars.  That’s in everything from a MGF, MX5, Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio.

Whether socks and/or winter tyres would work as well on a van I don’t know, but I suspect that in the right conditions they would.
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Post by rgermain Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:04 pm

Banned in Canada, rips up the road surface.

Also law to fit proper winter tyres, not just M&S rubbish.

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Post by v8oholic Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:15 pm

rgermain wrote:Also law to fit proper winter tyres, not just M&S rubbish.

Anything 3PMSF rated in fact, same as most countries that require winter tyres. That includes all season tyres like CrossClimates of course, which are 3PMSF certified.
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Post by kaspian Thu Feb 17, 2022 4:48 pm

Sally wrote:I can only speak with experience from a car point of view, not vans.

But on a car, all season or winter tyres definitely make a difference. 

Snow socks definitely work, leaving me able to drive confidently and safely in conditions where there is a line of stranded drivers in a long queue and abandoned cars.  That’s in everything from a MGF, MX5, Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio.

Whether socks and/or winter tyres would work as well on a van I don’t know, but I suspect that in the right conditions they would.
Can certify snow socks work great on a van. My works van was left on a steep hill as heavy snow started to fall. Fitted with good quality but ' Teflon ' tyres..... Nothing including several 4 x4 s could move after about an hour of snow falling to a depth of around 4 - 6 nches.
      I remembered the snow socks we kept in the van  and fitted them . Being a cynical so and so I got in selected first gear and gave it some gas and it literally flew up the hill. This was a heavily laden Transit and I was stunned by how effective 2 bags placed on the driving wheels were.  I would not drive on slushy roads for hundreds of miles with them fitted but if you are stuck fast they will get you going in minutes.
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