Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 11:48:12 +0100
From: RCS <>
Subject: Re: Do I need new tires or snow tires

I live here in Austria and we have long snowy winters and so we have to swap to real winter tires, otherwise itīs not possible to drive here. You have to decide, how man months in winter the outside temperature is below +4 degrees Celius (donīt know how much in F). (thatīs little above the freezing point of water) Thereīs no chance for a summer tire to be competitative to a winter tire at this temperature, even when you are not driving on snow! The way for stopping your car out of 100km/h = 60mph is longer by 1/3 on dry roads, on snow 1/2 and on ice up to 2/3!!! - isnīt that impressive? And weīre talking about a new, high performance, expensive summer tire (as Bridgestone S-02 pole position or Dunlop Sport, Goodyear F1) - beaten by a low cost standard winter tire. I know that people in the US like to drive on all season tires, but we wouldnīt do that here - the tires donīt handle fine, wether itīs warm or cold. And when buying winter tires, take them as narrow as possible when driving on snowy roads. For Saabs use 185 or 195, no 205 or wider or you can stay with summer tires. The best brands are Continental, Semperit, Vredestein... on 5.5x15" steel rims! Greetings, RCS Matt Pokress wrote: > I have a '96 900 SE with ~50K miles on the stock 205/50/16s. Now that it is > winter in Boston we are having some traction problems. My question is do I > really need winter tires, or will replacing the existing tires make a big > enough difference. I live in a condo, so the extra set of wheels will be > difficult to store, that is why I would like to try and avoid the spare set. > > Matt Pokress

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