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.

I have three vehicles with MOTs to worry about. Two of them are off roaders with all weather tyres that performed brilliantly during the blizzards. The other is a rear wheel drive land tanker that at the first hint of ice loses all sense of decorum and grip. So that can stay in the garage then.

So apart from topping up the anti freeze and making sure my windows are squeaky clean I don’t think I’ll be doing much more to prepare myself for the coming nuclear winter as I’ve already got a folding British Army shovel and sleeping bag in my boot.