I use Harmony tires on my accord for summer and X-Ice2 for winter
driving here in Nova Scotia. I know our winters aren't as bad as what
you have in New England, but the X-Ice2 tires are great in snow and
freezing rain at highway speeds and around town, as long as the idiots
that are too stupid to put winter tires on their vehicles are not in the
i used to think and drive like you. then i bought a set of dunlop sp
sports, and suddenly, i was in a world of quite stupendously bad wet
weather tires - hydroplaning so bad that, yes, you had to creep along at
less than 50 when it rained. [fab dry weather tires btw, but oh, so bad
in the wet, it was just a nightmare.]
moral of the story - i've gone back to michelins and my old driving
habits, but now i understand why others don't drive like me - they don't
have decent rubber.
jim beam ( firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
What's missing from this string is two words... 'road salt'.
In eastern Canada a lot of road salt is laid down on the roads
all winter... it is virtually always there... it is embedded into the
pores of the road surface. That road salt doesn't get washed/flushed
away until the rains of the spring and summer. This is why people
can sometimes manage highway speeds during inclement winter
weather. The road crews are usually always on top winter road
maintenance (plowing and laying down a lot of salt). Depending on
regional preferences and actual conditions, sand, crushed stone,
stone dust, etc., could also be included with the salt.
When winter first hits (and that usually means it is staying for 4 or
5 months), the first snow event produces a huge rash of collisions. The
media blames it on "people have forgotten how to drive in the winter".
This is only partially the reason. What is actually happening, is the
road is more slippery, because there is no salt on the road! They are
driving like they did in the middle of the previous winter. Sometimes
if there is a big thaw (in the middle of the winter) with enough rain
to wash the salt off (and out of) the road, the same phenomenon
(huge rash of collisions) happens when 'Winter Returns'.
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