Getting your car ready for The Grand Solar Minimum.

Winters will be longer and more severe so what should you do?  Get more than one way to heat your home?

Get winter tyres/tires on your car?

That’s hard work having to change over twice a year – for some people.

Michelin believe they have the answer with an all season tyre/tire – The Michelin Crossclimate Plus.

There are many other brands available – many at lower cost to Michelin.

Here is a paid for advert which suggests they work very well.

Has anyone used them?

The more detailed road tests suggest that once temperatures drop below 7 decrees C, you should look at an All Season tyre.

I have a lower mileage diesel car (i.e. we only use it on longer journeys or in cold conditions so it does only 5000 miles a year or so – getting 50 miles per gallon) which would probably be suitable to use with all season tyres.

The other car we have, a higher mileage electric Nissan Leaf (12,000 miles a year) is not a great winter conditions car anyway needing so much battery to heat and keep windscreen clear in cold conditions.  We’ll probably keep it on summer tyres all year round, and drive it slowly round town as we tend to do anyway.

Out total car fuel cost plus our home heating/hot water cost is not far above £100 a month, which seems ridiculously low.  We trickle charge the electric car battery overnight, which means the battery should last longer than fast charged batteries will.


5 Responses to “Getting your car ready for The Grand Solar Minimum.”

  1. Tapestry says:

    From James via email.

    Hi Tap,
    I have those tyres from Michelin, they really hold the road well in wet conditions, and yes they are very good in snow you can really tell the difference.
    My only down side for these tyres are they pick nails very easily due to the grip design and are expensive.
    But im going to stick with them as a safety first issue. Oh and they are very long lasting.

    Hope it was of help for you.


  2. Gordon says:

    I used Michelin All Year Tyres a few years ago and was very pleased with them. The first thing I noticed was the road traction through deep water at speed was superior with no loss of control of the vehicle.

    One winter, like in the video, I travelled four miles each day from where I live on a D road to the A1 to get to work. The terrain is much steeper and narrower than on the video and the snow was scrapping the undercarriage of the car. The tyres held their grip. Only once during that winter I had to reverse back off the D road and take the long road home because the snow was about 15″ (38cm) deep. The tyres were also great on ice, therefore I would recommend and buy again.

    £100 a month to run the car and home heating/hot water. You must be loaded Henry, but then I don’t think it’s too bad given you have a family.

    Currently my expenditure on car fuel, and oil heating/hot water is roughly just over £65 per month, given that the family have flown the nest and I only travel about 7,500 miles a year now I consider that isn’t too bad.

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