Winter tyres in the CR

Discussion in 'Expat Life' started by uuspoiss, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. uuspoiss

    uuspoiss Well-Known Member

    Hey all,

    Could anyone please tell me what the requirements are for using winter tyres in the CR this year? Are they compulsory/voluntary/forbidden? If compulsory, then starting when and until when?

  2. gementricxs

    gementricxs Well-Known Member

    Winter tyres aren't compulsory in Czech Republic, but they're highly recommended.

    But sure not to forget to turn on light in winter. (Starting when winter time stars and ending when summer time begins.)
  3. uuspoiss

    uuspoiss Well-Known Member

    The lights are no problem, my car is bought from Estonia, which means the lights turn on automatically, can't even turn them off. Quite handy in the far dark north:)

    As for the tyres, thanks. I also already found an article (in Czech) about the usage of winter tyres in different European countries -

    Can anyone recommend a good but not too expensive tyre shop in Prague, Plzeň or Brno or anywhere in between, that would sell me a set of universal (M+S) winter tyres without nails and also change them on the wheels?

  4. Viktor

    Viktor Well-Known Member

    TIRE is the correct spelling -- this is American colloquial slang for pneumatic wheels -- and most cars have four (4) of them -- Also used in American English for the description is: Rubbers, Skins, Sliks , Shoes & Threads... But having "new threads" can also mean that you have a new set of cool clothes. So you need to be specific as say: I've new threads on my ride! If you speaking about your new tires

    There is no such word(s) in English as TYRES ....

  5. gementricxs

    gementricxs Well-Known Member

    According to the Collins Cobuild Student's dictionary:
    - A tyre is a thick ring of rubber filled with air and fitted round the wheel of a vehicle.
    - tyres
    - tires (AM)

    So, tyres is British word and tires is American word.

    But thanks, I didn't know that American English has differentspelling for that.
  6. gementricxs

    gementricxs Well-Known Member

    And what English Etymology dictionary says about it?

    tire (n.)
    1485, "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), an aphetic form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early 19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.
  7. Viktor

    Viktor Well-Known Member

    American English vs. Queens English differnces is perhaps best compared as the difference of the Czech and Slovak languages. Going outside London, in smaller English villages, I could hardly understand every 5th or 6th word in a sentence. Scottland and Ireland is just an other story, for I do not know what they speak at all!...

  8. jonesnewton

    jonesnewton Active Member

    Well done Gementricxs for explaining to Viktor how a dictionary works!

    So it seems, TYRES do exist. As do most ENGLISH speaking folk know this is the way and they also know how others spell it, but do not try to shove it down their throats.

    I just love it when a smart ass gets it.


    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!
  9. jonesnewton

    jonesnewton Active Member

    I just got 4 new winter tyres from Bohemia car repair shop ( Peugeot ) in Horomerice, just north/east of the airport.
    Under 6000 Czk for the 4, fitted. :D

    So what is the difference between winter and summer tyres?

    Is it the compound of the tyre?
    Or the way the steel wiring is made? :?

    Can anyone enlighten me on this subject? :?:

    Neil :)
  10. uuspoiss

    uuspoiss Well-Known Member

    I think it's mostly the depth of the pattern on the tyre that makes the difference. Might also be the compound, not sure about this. Further up north nails are also used on winter tyres, but those aren't allowed in central Europe and will probably also be banned soon everywhere else, since they've finally figured out that it's not really very healthy for the condition of the roads:)
  11. Zeisig

    Zeisig Well-Known Member

    The summer tyres are too hard at freezing temperatures. Contrariwise the winter ones are too soft in summer. Split temperature: cca 7-9°C.
  12. Viktor

    Viktor Well-Known Member


    After all the exitement, for getting the smart ass, I hope you changed your soiled underwear.

    Despite you Prague address, you obviously are not a Czech. Besides you claim that "most" English speaking people use TYRES -- have you chekecd the US population vs. Brits to quantify -- American English usage (even by the Brits) is overtaking the Queens English by leaps and bounds.. Just check out some of the British web sites, they too have mostly changed to American English!

    Besides, I question what "edition" of the Colins Cobuid Students dictionary did gementricxs use. I consulted the Websters Unabridged 2002 edition ( my copy is also getting absolete). I do not know about the rest, but Webster annualy -- adds and deletes words used in the language, to keep up with the times and current liguistic trends. But the most common "dictionary" used lately is the spell check on the current software used. See if you can find TYRE in your version?

    Have a good day mate! But then you are not a Brit eighter. Perhaps Nigerian?..


    PS. gementricxs:

    thanks for your input. Looks like you are realy trying to learn something constructive -- But the generic name for a tire is pneumatic wheel, like in Czech it is "pneumatika". The word was coinded by good old BATA, who also revolutionazed the "vulcanization" of rubber process -- that is what he also manufactured besided shoes since before WWII.
  13. SMZ

    SMZ Well-Known Member

    I think it might be useful here to remember that before you jump on anyone else's spelling, it's good policy to keep track of your own.

    No one has said a word to you, Viktor, about the many misspelled words in your posts, yet you seem to feel compelled to correct what you consider to be the mistakes of others.

    You didn't, by chance, happen to be a newspaper editor in another life, did you?

  14. Viktor

    Viktor Well-Known Member


    Sorry, I just call them typos -- since I'm too lazy to run the spell check -- ( I also transpose many letters --dislexia that gets worse as I age -- but since I'm no longer in grade school, I could care less) it's no great feat to spell correctly these days. Just hit the button. However, you must of missinterpreted my intentions. I was not mocking anyone, but rahter pointing out the differences. You must been a spelling champion, but do you know how to cipher too -- or math was not your strong point?

    I realize that many if not most Czechs, learn English from teachers that predominently teach the Queens English, and can not even speak or understand one word of Czech to even explain the basics to the student.

    Therefore, in my experience, I've encountered many who, after devoting months or even years and 1000'ds of Kc's , are affraid or embarassed to speak the language. Then they come accross Americans and are completly LOST. Since no one ever bothered to explain them that there indeed is a great difference of the same language, depending on a geographical region or country. The only mistake I made, that I did not make it clear that there is no word in American English such a TYRE.

    Finally, I to am a "forgeiner", who started learning English when I was 17 and in the US Army ( I did not spend 12 years of schooling leaning the languange by memorizing (root learning) every word in the dictionary. My first formal exposure to the English language was at a University after my militry service ( I presumed that I now coulds speak the language, but soon discoverd I only knew 50% of it, since in the military every other world, all nouns and adjectives began with F).

    At the University (Ohio State), I flat flunk English 101 three (3) consecutive quaters and if it were not for Aceing German, Spanish, trig and calculus( I took to keep up my GPA, thus not flunk out). Hece, considering the facts, I'm doing OK, even as compared to many native born Americans, who have diffuculty reading/writting at a 2nd grade level.

    I never have had anything to do with a news paper. But my g-g-g father was a pubisher and owner of a news paper during the 1st Republic (CZ) and his son was the Minister of Education during the short lived 2nd Republic (CZ) - respectively Dr. Adolf Stransky & Dr. Jaroslav Stransky. Not in my past life but perhaps a bit in the genes (LOL). Sloppy spelling and all, if they knew, they'll be turning in their graves! Thus, just for you, I humbly bow my head in shame...

  15. jonesnewton

    jonesnewton Active Member

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  17. Zeisig

    Zeisig Well-Known Member

    I'm so tyred.
    The debate on tires has changed somewhat.

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