Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 14:16:18 GMT
From: Nutmegger<>
Subject: Re: Winter vs all season tires on 900SE???

Robert Brown says... > >Nice to see that most posters on this thread are advocates of real winter tyres. > >A few years ago we introduced legislation that made obligatory the use of winter >tyres in winter conditions (ice, snow, or even clear roads with low temperatures). Where is this? >Two factors that I don't see mentioned in this thread are 1) how summer tyres' grip >characteristics are affected by low temperatures, regardless of whether there is >snow/ice or not; Summer tires? 2) The reduced grip of studded snow tyres on clear asphalt surfaces >(compared with using them on snow). I don't understand this reduced grip thing about studded snow tires, I've never noticed it in my driving. What about all season radials in the summer during a rainstorm, right in the beginning when the oil on the road makes it very slippery? Many drivers never understand that. > >Many drivers up here do as follows: >Where there is a fair bit of driving on cleared roads, as well as snow/ice), >studless winter tyres (much softer compound) ar often used. What's good about >studless winter tyres is that they perform very well on clear roads, though the >tyres wear a bit. The handling is of course sloppy as hell but it's exactly that >characteristic that ensures that grip is broken less easily. I could not stand the way my Saab handled with those tires. Not only that, when it rained I hydroplaned all over the place because they were too soft. The tyres also harden >after about 4-5 years so they should be chucked in the bin after that. Studless >tyres work less well on ice compared with studded ones, but you can corner and stop >fairly well nonetheless. Try doing that on summer tyres . . . > >And there are still the occasional idiots that like to buy wide, low-profile >*winter* tyres on alloy wheels . . . in which case, why bother? > >From my experience of living in Massachusetts 4 years as a kid, I'd guess that >studless tyres is the way to go in a New England winter. Nope, I used studded tires on the front if the winter is going to be bad. > >What say you people from that part of the world? > >Robert >Gothenburg Sweden (1983 900 studded tyres, 1999 9-3 studless, 2001 Audi A4 studless) are in Sweden? So they passed legislation about snow tires, how is it enforced? How do you like your Audi? ~J~

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