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Old 11-24-2004, 03:12 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

A few months ago when I needed new tires I switched to a set of Yokahama AVS-100s on my 1998 Impreza wagon.

Well, for the last few weeks I've been thinking I should switch back to some all-seasons or winter tires.

Problem is, I travel, and I'm only home on Saturday and Sunday. My car spends most of it's time at the airport. Last weekend, when I actually set aside time to change my tires, I found out my neighbor had borrowed the hydraulic jack, and he wasn't home. So I figured I'd be ok for one more week.

Wrong.

Tonight I land at O'Hare and the weather doesn't look good. Snow, sleet, freezing rain.

I have to drive my car about 1 hour on I-90 in this weather.

Can I just drive slow and careful, and hope that AWD and a light foot will keep me ok? Am I doomed to spin hopelessly in circles? How bad is it going to be?
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Old 11-24-2004, 03:28 PM   #2
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yes you CAN drive on snow/ice with summer tires (i know - i've driven on snow/ice with ES100's myself). You will have to be extremely careful. You will not be able to stop/start/turn with any suddenness. Plan all actions way ahead of time and keep your speeds low. Avoid going down hills where there is a stopsign at the bottom.

Also, slack your tires to 25-28psi to help them get a little more bite. (don't forget to re-inflate them before you go out in the dry again).

Of course, all the typical winter driving techniques apply, like using a taller-than-normal gear to avoid spinning out and keeping the throttle a very steady but small opening as you are turning to avoid any lift-off or power-oversteer issues.
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