Drinking too much
beer in Munich ;)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: I would rather not say
It is why everyone rates Conti's above better and cheaper tyres (BFG, YOKO's etc) is beyond me.
Why even have this discussion ?
The etsts for wet weather performance is sually exagerated by using the deepest water possible with the deepest tread possible. As the water depth and tread depths become shallower the differences in stopping distances are less noticeable.
22feet of stopping distance in deep water with brand new tyres probably translates to a smaller distance in the dry, or with worn tyres, or with shallower water, or all three (most likely event)
So you're then having to think "Is it worth paying £800 to save my life from a very unulikley accident, when in all probability I could also avoid it for £200 worth of advanced driver education" (And when yoiu sell the car you don't give up your safety device but you take it with you in your head.
If the only reason to buy new Conti's is because they are better than new Accelera's you have got to be prepared to live by Continental's advice, and that is once the tyres are below 3mm for summer tyres and 4mm for winter tyres they are seriously compromised.
in all likelyhood, when it rains, Accelera's and contis with 3mm tread will stop in a distance very much closer to one another than when the tyres are new, and if you have new Accelera's you are doing better than part worn Conti's
This thread is like playing Top Trumps for tyres. there might be a winner, but it's only on paper (or pixels)