Is it too early, or even too warm, to start mentioning winter tyres? I ask this because I notice that Pirelli Tyres UK is calling for government action to make winter tyres compulsory for drivers in the coldest months of the year.

I don’t know what Government action means, but I suppose it would be yet another piece of legislation. One that will be ignored by just about everyone as it is difficult enough job to get some people to shell out for insurance let alone spare rubber.

I know you can face big Euro fines in some parts of Europe where passenger cars of a certain weight may be operated only between 1 November and 15 April in winter conditions such as snow, slush or ice if cold weather tyres have been fitted. Over there must be all sorts of poor pensioner, uneducated rural dweller, inner city persecuted mum excuses being concocted.