The fronts on my car (2007 Audi S3, 225/40/R18) are close to the legal
minimum, rears have about a third left. So lining up to get some new
tyres, and thinking about all season or winter tyres.
I do a low mileage (maybe 4000), but it gets pretty grim around here (S.
Yorks) over the next 6 months, with poor roads made worse by rain, ice
Michelin Alpin 5 are great, I use them all year round. The grip levels
are startling, get all 4 preferably.
You could consider Michelin cross climate, but with your low yearly
mileage there would be no point.
Another +1 for Cross Climates, changed to them after getting stuck a
couple of times in the first snow last year, and had no trouble in the
second snow. They definitely feel "grippier" to me in dodgy conditions.
I also carry snow socks in bad weather (need to be able to get to horses
on a private road which can get bad).
This is a quote from a Michelin site: surprisingly to me, they *seem* to
be saying that winter tyres give inferior wet performance in warmer
weather (perhaps because the summer tyre rubber is stiffer and maintains
its pumping performance better?).
"What are the cons of using winter tyres in summer?
Summer tyres guarantee the maximum safety performance during summer
either on dry and wet roads. As an illustration, breaking from 80 to 0
kph between 11 to 26°C, on wet roads will take 4m shorter with summer
tyres than with winter tyres. On dry road, braking from 50 to 0 kph
under the same temperature condition will take 1.5m shorter with summer
tyres than with winter tyre.
Test realised by TÜV SÜDin 2013 on dimension 205/55 16 H.
There is one type of winter certified tyre though that you can use
through summer: the MICHELIN CrossClimate. It is the first summer tyre
with winter certification. It is the best option for drivers who face
sudden weather change and occasionally experience snowfall."
In fact, even on the current slicks, the car had little difficulty on
untreated snow and steep hills, driving round stuck cars with relative
Ice (obviously) a completely different matter, and packed snow more
Mmmm. Making me think Cross Climates are the way to go. I'd need to
check insurance too.
Thanks very much both.
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