Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 19:50:30 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Winter vs all season tires on 900SE???

Ted Harris wrote: > I live in rural central New Hampshire. Yeh we get lots of snow but that may > not be the issue. The real questionis how competent are the snow removal crews > where you live? I recently bought a new set of tires. i was gonna go for a > set of summer tires and a set of winter tires. I asked my mechanic/deaelr who > has serviced all my cars for years. his response was interesting (and keep in > mind i was buying the tires from him). he asked me if I had need to be out ont > he streets at 2Am when it was snowing or if I regularlyhad to drive out in the > teeth of a blizzard. You have a good mechanic. Unfortunately, I worked in a hospital operating room and HAD to be at work. I got stuck at work because the next two shifts did not make it in and I was busy all night long - 6 C-sections in 8 hours. There were MANY grateful people that night, thankful that I was able to get in with real snow tires. That was the best part of the job, looking a newborn, knowing you helped deliver a new life safely into the world. You don't forget an experience like that, but it is not for everyone. It requires dedication and commitment. You can't sit home and say I don't feel like going to work because there is snow on the ground and all I have are all-season tires. The worst part of that experience was how the hospital management "celebrated" the dedication of the people who worked through the storm. They had free lunches and dinners the day AFTER, while the exhausted staff who actually did the work were at home! In my opinion, a Saab with real snow tires out handles a jacked up SUV with off road tires on dry or wet roads any day. However, when there is three feet of snow - I want the jacked up SUV. > I said no and he responded with "well why buy snow ties > then, they are not good performers on cleared roads adn all the roads around > ehre get cleared within a few hours of a storm." He sold me a singlse set of > all season tires ... end of story. > Ted Harris > Resource Strategy > Henniker, New Hampshire

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