November 18, 2008

Slip-sliding away (Baby’s got a new set of shoes)*

Filed under: technology,transportation — origamifreak @ 10:41 pm
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Winter has finally arrived, and I had my first opportunity this morning to see how the new car handles snow. The answer is, “not very well,” at least not with the Dunlop SP31s that came with it. Turns out I’m not the only one who found this out.

A trip to the local tire store resulted in the purchase and installation of a set of Kumho I’zen WX KW17s, which I was told would be much better. So far so good, and according to the weather forecast I’ll have plenty of opportunity to test them out the rest of the week.

*I guess this means I have to call the car “Baby.” It’s a stupid name, but that’s how this sort of thing goes… You use some silly phrase offhand and the sudden sinking feeling tells you that you’ve accidentally named your car, and it’s going to stick. *sigh*



  1. I just looked up those chess sets. The birds are too pretty to play with. The Lewis set is not nearly as detailed as the one the BM sells–for several hundred dollars. I didn’t like the Bauhaus one. A tad too abstract.

    Girl has been out already trying her CC skis–she thinks they are not slippery enough. H loves all things snowy.

    Comment by jpm14 — November 19, 2008 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  2. Back when I drove my rear-wheel-drive, I actually kept a set of “winter treads” in the garage – the old bmw was horrible in the snow!

    I was just thinking this morning, during my 45-minute, 25 mph drive – what, did you people just move to Rochester yesterday? From the Bahamas? Snow happens. Every year. A few flakes should not be such a surprise. Really. 🙄

    Comment by Toy Lady — November 19, 2008 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  3. Deb: It wasn’t the bird chess set I liked, but rather the one at the bottom of the page, that looks really simplified. I like the Bauhaus one because the shapes reflect the movement of the pieces.

    TL: I would have been one of those 25mph slowpokes on your commute if I went in that direction, not because I don’t know how to drive in snow, but because with those awful Dunlops on there I would have been in the ditch, otherwise!

    I had no idea they would be THAT bad on snow, so it didn’t occur to me that I would need winter tires before Thanksgiving. They’re labeled as “all-season,” and without experiencing them first-hand I never would have believed that they couldn’t handle 3-5 inches…

    Of course that doesn’t explain EVERYONE on your Tuesday commute, just the unlucky few who were finding out in real time just how bad the “all-season” tires on their new car are. ;-|

    Comment by origamifreak — November 19, 2008 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

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