Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 13:17:31 +0100
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 seand snow?

Yup - I second John's and Four Weis' opinions on this one. I think that anyone that uses summer tyres in the cold, ice, or snow is putting all fellow motorists at risk. Last winter, we had a number of very nasty head-on collisions over here, with many deaths. In many cases this was due to not using winter tyres, or using winter tyres that had gone hard (i.e. tyres that were more than 4-5 years old). As a result, the gov't passed a law that demands winter tyre use (studded or unstudded) whenever winter conditions exist. Seems to have done the trick - fewer fatalities this season. The tyre retailers raked in tons of money this year because of this law too ;-) Yes, winter tyres seem to have worse grip on tarmac than summer tyres, but that's a small price to pay IMNSHO. While I'm carping on here, I might just mention that narrow winter tyres seem to be most popular here (e.g. 185/65 on 15), since they tend to push down through slush and make better contact with the road. Wide tyres cannot achieve the same contact pressure so while they may look cool, you slide around too much. I recall another reader posting something about this 3 weeks ago. Another advantage with narrow high-profile tyres in the winter is that they flex a lot, so it takes a bit longer before you break grip, though it feels as if you're driving on a waterbed <grin> Look at the rally drivers - in winter conditions they use very thin tyres (should I guess 165-185mm?) and massive studs. Robert, Gothenburg (though no snow at the moment) elna morin wrote: > I too was concerned about the stock Michelins in the snow. I picked up a > set of Blizzaks and find they work great. I have had the car out in 6 > inches of snow with no problems. Definite improvement over the all-seasons > I was using on my Acura. I picked up mine from Tire Rack along with a set > of rims. The tires are a little small (185-65R15s) for dry but they do work > well in snow. In the past, I found Michelins were about the worst tire in > the snow so I installed my snows before the first snow fall. They do hurt > the dry performance so take it easy on your first drive. This is especially > true before the mold release works its way out. > > John Morin > > Phil Eigner wrote in message <>... > >I'm very dissappointed in how my brand new 9-3 SE handles in the snow > >(performance tires). The salesman said snow tires were not neccessary, > >now he is pushing Gisleved tires? Will they make a big difference? Any > >recommends?

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