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Troodos roads closed to all vehicles...Ski Forward !

Postby shmuel16 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:23 pm

Police said on Saturday that due to heavy snowfall in the mountains, the Karvounas-Troodos, Prodromos-Troodos and Platres-Troodos roads were closed to all vehicles.
Also, the Moniatis-Platres and Prodromos-Trooditissa roads had become dangerous due to landslides and rock falls, they said.
Drivers on those roads were requested to be especially careful and to drive at low speeds, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and to comply with traffic signals.

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Postby Cap » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:54 pm

Proper winter.
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Postby DT. » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:35 am

Went up with the kids today....soon as the snowfall started despite being in a 4 WD, the car had no use of its brakes. Had to free wheel it back in 1st gear. Took me an hour to get under the snowline.

Heavy snowfall!
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Postby bill cobbett » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:50 am

Presumably even a 4WD would benefit from a pair of chains on the front wheels...???
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Postby kurupetos » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:10 am

If you have a 4WD with 20 inch all terrain tyres you should be OK. :mrgreen:

No need for chains. :wink:
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Postby Paphitis » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:50 am

kurupetos wrote:If you have a 4WD with 20 inch all terrain tyres you should be OK. :mrgreen:

No need for chains. :wink:


You will still need chains but you can get away with more with a good set of tyres.

And here is the place for the best 4WD tyres on the market.

When you buy a 4WD you need to swap the stock standard tyres because they are rubbish. DT probably has not dome this.

http://us.coopertire.com/
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Postby repulsewarrior » Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:47 am

Winter tires are a definite advantage over All-Season; likely what is normally found on the truck when sold, 4x4 or not, are Summer Tires, because they offer the quietest and smoothest ride, while being by category the least costly. Chains have the advantage of their ease of installation compared to changing tires themselves, they are not practical if the vehicle is in a winter environment where their use is required most of the time, being hard on the car itself what with the vibrations they cause; in severe weather and extreme driving conditions (mountain driving), it is good to have them though, even if winter tires are installed, they may be the difference between complete confidence and having to evaluate risks. Winter Tires wear very quickly on warm and dry pavement, All-Seasons correct for that weakness with other rubber compounds, but they have less stopping power when it's needed most generally speaking: it really boils down to cost and purpose. Driving with Summer Tires in snow, or on Ice is possible, at best only with the most experienced drivers, not habitually, but rarely under an extreme need. Defensive driving is the biggest factor to driving safely, indeed, brakes are defined as emergency devices because it is by driving your car, that one should be always in complete control.

Happy driving, patience, never let the vehicle get ahead of you; Speed Kills.

...more photos please, i just love photos of the snow in Trodos.
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Postby shmuel16 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:30 am

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Postby shmuel16 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:32 am

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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:57 pm

Lovely photos, as usual shmuel. :)

It's not just about the tyres.

My car (not high-end, really) has a computer that takes over in different terrains or weather conditions.

No more abandoning the car for 3 days on an icy slope. :P
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