If the news is anything to go by were on for a bad winter. Any recommendations on winter tyres for the 19" alloys?
That is a very good point.Is not winter tyres on nice 19" alloys a kind of contradiction in terms? You need some nice scuffed scratchy wheels for your winter tyres ... then you can use the kerbs for hill climbing and stopping etc. too
I've been driving with 19" winter alloys for the past two years on roads much worse than what you have in UK and I managed not to scratch them at all. They look just as new, I can post pictures to prove thatIs not winter tyres on nice 19" alloys a kind of contradiction in terms? You need some nice scuffed scratchy wheels for your winter tyres ... then you can use the kerbs for hill climbing and stopping etc. too
It's all down to what risks are you willing to take. Of course you can just as well have winter tires only on one axle, but the human factor comes in. You get used with the traction provided by the winter tires but when it comes to braking or cornering you misjudge the grip your car has and the weakest link will be the summer tires on the other axle and that will make your car slide and spin in an uncontrollable and unpredictable manner (that's the worse case scenario).Hi
I'm not entirely convinced by the idea that running in this mixed mode is a terrible idea. If the roads are icy, then loosing the rear with any kind of tyre is going to be very difficult to counter. Having the winter tyres on the front will improve traction, braking, and general grip in all conditions under 7 degrees - but you've always got to give due consideration to the rear.
In the same way as driving along with snow socks on the front only is perfectly do-able and common place.
What do people think?