Originally Posted by REX8
Sorry, I don't agree. It's the first week in October. Yes, while it was an abruptly chilly night...
It's unreasonable to expect someone to change their tires so early in a season due to a single dramatically cooler night. probably wasn't even on his radar.
More importantly, while a summer tire doesn't grip as well in 40 degree weather as 80 degree weather, it still has plenty of grip at those temps to drive plenty plenty fast on. Certainly worlds more grip than would be needed to drive at anything close to safe speeds for that highway.
The tires were 10000% not the cause of the accident. Presumably, a very very bad driving error was.
More generally, I'm sick and tired of the..."OMG 40 degree temps, your summer tires are ice skates!!!!"
That's complete BS. Yes, they're down on grip. But if they're down enough grip that it's causing a car control issue on public roads, you're driving like a ****ing asshat and need to slow the hell down. Period.
NO **** the tires wasnt the cause of the accident but it surly made it easier to loose control. (AKA-we all know the true reason)
Last year i'm perty sure the tri state people remember that huge ice storm we had in Oct 2011 was horrendous.
The first thing I did was swap out my summers for winters before i even moved the sti any ware . all ready mounted on spare wheels .
had a slight mishap 3 yrs back with summer tires in a storm by surprised .
not fun .