Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 08:14:06 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <wkienzlenopsam.com>
Subject: Re: All season tires


I agree with everything you say about the (lack of) performance of all-season tires. They are another example of something that tries to do everything well, but actually does nothing very well. Unfortunately, most regions in the US make the use chains and studs illegal because of concern for damage to the pavement. Colorado and some other mountain states are the only exceptions because they have mountains and lots of snow. This is rather ironic, because in my area most of the roads look damaged already, partly because of all the salt they use to clear the roadways in the winter. The salt doesn't help the condition of my cars either. Most cars in the US come from the factory with all-season tires, and for replacement, that is pretty much all that is available from tire stores too. In northern states they may carry one or two lines of winter tires in autumn. If someone wants something different (better), they pretty much have to be mail-ordered from one of the two major tire marketers. Most US drivers are less demanding of performance than European drivers, so all-season tires are good enough for them. Members of this group are probably the exception. Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T "Lee Marshall" <leenopsamamenigma-it.com> wrote in message news:unn4e6paja6n5enopsam.supernews.com... > > "Firengn123" <firengn123nopsamcomnospam> wrote in message > news:20020908123723.00731.00002475nopsamk.aol.com... > > Anyone have any good experience with all season's? We don't get a ton of > snow > > in Reno, but we do get some. I really dont' want to run 'winter' tires > for a > > few snow days. > > I've heard that Dunlop and Yokahama have good all season's > > > I would suggest forget all season tyres all together. If you only get a few > days of snow, stick with summer tyres and just put a set of chains on when > the snow falls. All modern chains or the new "studded claws" are easy to put > on in 10-15 minutes. There is no way I would sacrifice the grip that a good > summer tyre gives in the wet and dry for a few days of the white stuff. > > I regularly drive through the Alps in the winter and I have never got stuck > using that system. > > > > > --- > Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. > Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). > Version: 6.0.385 / Virus Database: 217 - Release Date: 04/09/2002 > >

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