Originally Posted by gotchiguy
Yeah thats what I thought - great in Scandinavia where the snow is thick and permanent throughout winter - all year
- but not so great with the gritted -just
- roads in this country.
If the roads have been cleared or gritted then you don't need them. Some winter tyres might help, but for most of the UK population there is probably no need. Snow chains are for crossing snow covered ground which has not been ploughed / gritted. You wouldn't drive with them on if you didn't need to as they are noisy, slow you down to about 30 mph max and vibrate on hard surfaces. Even up here where snow is relatively common (but not this much in Nov) so we are reasonably organised - the smaller roads are not cleared and treated.
Chains are standard issue in the Alps (compulsory in some areas/times).
I think you may be confusing chains and studded tyres which some Scandinavians will fit all year.