Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:45:48 GMT
From: (Kevin Rhodes)
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

In article <b0n3ta$rgr47$>, wrote: But what of the 40-50 days per winter here in Maine where the temperature is well above freezing and the roads are perfectly dry? I would submit that snow tires are just as unsuitable in those conditions. Or even worse - ever driven on snows on a 70 degree February thaw day? Scary. Or do you switch your tires -daily- to match the prevailing conditions? Life is a compromise - where I live and where the previous poster lives, all-season tires are an acceptable compromise. Where you live they may not be. I have had exactly one day this winter where I felt snow tires would have been advantageous. That was Christmas day when we got 1/2 meter of snow in 8 hours. I simply slowed down to 25mph and crawled home from Christmas Dinner in the storm. Kevin Rhodes Westbrook, Maine >So, 3% of the year your tires are unsafe? > >> Studless snow tires do nothing for ice >> traction, so that doesn't count. > >My experience with ice-racing using non-studded tires seems to indicate >that your statement is incorrect. > > >> The rest of the time, I need a tire >> that will handle wet and dry conditions. For me that says "all >> seasons." > >Well, good luck with that. Please don't run into me the 3% of the time >that your tires are unsuitable for the conditions. Thanks. > >Dave Hinz >

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