Get a grip with snow tires this winter
Do yourself, your loved ones and your insurance carrier a favor: Buy a set of snow tires.
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#1 Dec 30, 2010
Having snow tires can be a good thing......sort of like having a CCW - you MUST learn now to use the tools!
Snow tires alone is not the answer - drivers must learn that wintry roads are different - you must use your brain (not sit on it)!
#2 Dec 30, 2010
With all weather radials and ABS, full snow tires are not adding much, at least in SE Michigan. Perhaps in deep snow up north they might be better. Here in SE Michigan we have more packed snow and black ice. The best thing for that is to run slightly lower air pressure and heavy weight over the drive wheels. If you have 4WD, you are fortunate.
Stay home on bad days if possible.
#3 Dec 31, 2010
Hi Tony, you sound like an intelligent person......have to say that the driving-on-ice is tricky. I'm referring to your comment about 4WD....ice is still ice, 4WD isn't a cure-all.
Some of our roads are especially icy when there is a tree line very near the roadway - people don't consider that....why?..beats me.
And, let's face it, there are those who tend to not keep their vehicles in good repair/don't check the tires themselves. I've spotted many vehicles with bald/balding tires - that's a red flag for many reasons. So many just get in, turn the key and go. We all know people like that.
I have put the word out that I'm in the market for a tank that is in excellent condition!(Tongue in cheek, of course!)
#4 Dec 31, 2010
Here in the Detroit metro area, the road commission's strategy appears to have shifted to not salting the roads, employing public relations officers to make excuses why the roads aren't plowed before the first snowflake hits the ground, not plowing anything except freeways and letting people take hours to make a 20-minute trip. This is likely being done to protest the budget cuts.
In New York, workers ADMITTED they slowed down the cleanup to protest budgets cuts. Don't expect such honesty here, since these people don't have guilt, shame or a conscious.
The road commission's negligence has caused countless accidents and injuries. Who knows about problems related to emergency vehicles? At least their negligence can't be quantified so they can't be held responsible. Just another example of what's wrong with this state.
Tony hit the nail on the head - stay home on bad days if possible.
#5 Dec 31, 2010
I remember the days when people would put chains on the tires. The average hardware store sold them and one emergency model could be installed on the road that only had one chain across the tire. Then studded tires came along and they were great on ice. They were outlawed due to overuse.
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