It seems my advice to put new tyres on the front was fraught with danger. I did say caveat emptor thank god!
I personally have never lost any of my cars in the wet and as stated, my current car (alfa) is a summer car only, and a dry day car at that. My decision to put new Avons on the front and as-good-as-new budgets on the rear probably will not bite me in the ass.
However, in the spirit of debate, I wonder how many of you are as afraid of four worn tyres in the wet as you are of worn rears. Surely four worn tyres will let go much earlier than two worn rears?
The problem is too many drivers want to maintain the same speed in the wet as in the dry. I have been overtaken (recently) when doing fifty(ish) on the motorway because the rain was so bad my wipers were struggling, I was aqua planing and trying to slow enough to get into the slow lane and there was a guy with headlights on behind me driving right up my ass. The outside lane was occupied by hooray henry's all doing eighty with visibility down to just a few yards.
I could not get off the motorway fast enough.
It is the same when we get fog. Why do these idiots drive into poor road conditions and think that their brakes, tyres, etc etc will see them safe?
Now the strange thing is that for about six or seven years I never once got overtaken on the motorway ( in the dry, I might add). I had an Audi A4 V6 and would regularly exceed the national limit by whatever it took to stay in the fast lane and in front of whatever was behind me. It is not that difficult. Virtually all drivers find exceeding 100mph their 'mental' speed limit, especially if you maintain that speed for a while. They generally drop back and call it a day.
Now, it is those same people still think they are good enough to drive WAY too quickly in the wet.
Just out of interest I spun a Caterham at Silverstone at about 110mph. Why? A thunderstorm dumped a load of water (on the Hanger Straight I think it was) and I failed to anticipate it. I do not drive like that on the road in the wet.
My point being that I am not a slow driver and not afraid of speed, but I am afraid of driving at transparently dangerous speeds in the wet. Perhaps everyone who has lost the back end of their car in the wet should stop and think for a second or two. That might be my daughter driving the other way when you spin wildly in front of her!
VBH was driving faster than was safe and demonstrating that the rear will let go first at those unsafe speeds. As mentioned in earlier posts, understeer is safe, oversteer is bad. Especially with common or garden drivers who cannot anticipate the onset because they have little 'feel' for the vehicle they are driving.
If you want to drive like an idiot in the wet you take the consequences. As said, four worn tyres will slow you down just as much in the wet.
I await your responses with interest.