112882RE: [toyota-prius] Re:Disabling traction control?
- Feb 1, 2009I have driven thousands and thousands of harsh winter miles mostly in the
Oregon Cascade Mountains over the last 35 years. I owned one set of studded
snow tires in the 1970's and hated them for their noise and squirrely
behavior. It's later when I came to appreciate the millions of dollars of
annual damage done to our highways from studs.
When I bought my first Saab in 1977 I also purchased the first hydrophilic
winter tire designed to not have studs, the Continental Contact. I quickly
swore by them as being vastly superior to studded snow tires in all
conditions except glare ice, and that was a marginal difference at best. I
have not had a studded tire since, I have never had a winter-weather based
accident. I have never been stuck. I have never had a difficult time driving
even in the most fierce winter conditions. (albeit the Prius traction
control stopped me dead a couple of times when I tried going up very steep,
icy streets just to test things out) I've used Continentals, Blizzaks, and
now the Nokian WR's on my Prius. I also have Blizzaks on my GMC Envoy. I
will never have studded tires and I will continue to lobby the Oregon
Legislature to join Minnesota and Wisconsin in the ban.
2007 Barcelona Red Touring
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Subject: Re: [toyota-prius] Re:Disabling traction control?
On Feb 1, 2009, at 6:59 , relabrecque@...
<mailto:relabrecque%40earthlink.net> Mail Account wrote:
> Studs and Snow Tires! After I had the Studded Snows put on, I have noActually, it's not the answer, period.
> concerns at driving in a typical New England winter. So that's the
> Studs and Snows. Period.
There are some states (e.g., Minnesota and Wisconsin) where studded
snow tires are illegal.
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