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I am about to have snow tyres fitted to my Fiat 500 Abarth SS. I have been speaking to an ex AA patrolman and he informs me that I should lower the tyre pressure on my snowies by 7LB in each tyre. Is that the sort of thing to do being a snow tyre virgin?
Asked on 18 December 2010 by Fiat 500 Abarth EsseEsse
No. And better to switch to standard 16" wheels for the winter tyres rather than the blingy 17s. You will probably refer the way the car drives on 16" anyway. has much better grip and steering feel.
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Dear HJ. Good work on winter tyres! This from the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders:- The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
has today reassured motorists that they will not be affected by increased
car insurance premiums as a result of using winter tyres to improve their
vehicle’s safety during the winter months. Following discussions with the
Association of British Insurers (ABI), SMMT has clarified that the fitment
of winter tyres does not constitute a modification that will affect
With regard to fitting winter tyres, would this affect my insurance premium?
Please can you remind me the recommeded websites, and the relative advantages of tyre change, or complete wheel change for winter tyres?
I noticed that you have endorsed the use of snow tyres recently. I have been Michelin Alpin, M + S rated tyres in winter since 1997 and swear by them....
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Transforms the 500 into an eager little sportscar with great handling and steering feel.