Our little Ford Fiesta family runabout needs new tyres. So before I automatically click on Black Circles and order up some new 195/50 15s of a half decent variety, I've had a thought. 

Given that we appear to be living in a semi-apocalyptic climate even in the UK nowadays, should I be buying a set of winter tyres instead?

And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Why? Because the last set of winter tyres I used on a regular basis were fitted to my old long term Jaguar XKR-S convertible.

They were enormous great 20-inch Pirelli Sottozeros and they went on the car in January, where they stayed until it went back to Jaguar in October, during which time I covered around 10,000 miles on all sorts of roads, at all sorts of speeds, sometimes at all sorts of angles.