Agreed! Especially the ones sitting there spinning their wheels polishing the ice even further for the next driver to enjoy .I just wish all the cars on summer tyres (esp 4wd) would simply stay off the roads and leave me to make reasonable progress... [/b]
I've now got some Continental WinterContact TS830 tyres on order. I read a review of winter tyres in Swedish magazine 'Motor' (published by the major Swedish motoring organisation). Of the continental-type M+S winter tyres only those stood out as any good. They even came out better than several nordic-type winter tyres (but not studded ones). The review didn't include the Vredestein tyres unfortunately.
I ordered them from mytyres.co.uk and hope they'll turn up by the weekend (can't wait). Knowing my luck they'll turn up as the last of the snow disappears . I've arranged fitting by my local tyre fitter who couldn't get hold of the tyres at all.
Regarding making winter tyres mandatory, I wouldn't be against that at all. Mind you, you'd still get the idiots who would then think they can drive as if it was dry doing stupid things. You still need to give icy roads respect.