In winter it is important that the person wears good shoes and the car has good tires. Only, what are good tires? Does it have to be a high price tire or is it cheaper?
I deliberately chose no Michelin or other well-known brands this winter. Vredestein should be, to be precise: the Wintrac Xtreme (link) 235 / 45 R18. The tire was recommended to me by my tire dealer, he himself had long worked as a Saab mechanic in a workshop and knows the Swedes well. He recommends those who do not have one of the three top names, the Vredestein in winter. "They are great, in the summer keep your fingers off the Ultrac Sessanta, they tend to deform."
What exactly should be special about the tire and better, you can follow on various pages. But how does he drive himself the Dutchman?
On a dry track, he keeps like an 1, in the curves no slipping ... and while braking? Well, this is just my feeling, yes he keeps like a Michelin. So in the dry no problems. Also, the tire is not spongy or too hard, the ride comfort is given, and the rolling noise is slightly higher than in summer, but these are not so prominent that it is disturbing.
Nice in the dry he is really good ... and in the rain? Because, to be honest, here in northern Switzerland or in the Freiburg region, we have more rain than snow ;-).
With a lot of rain, he drives slightly spongy but very safe, very well. Luckily I did not have to do a full braking, but the braking characteristics are good. And now to the king discipline, snow and ice.
When it's snowing, the tire picks up properly, it holds - it has grip and it's fun to drive it. The rolling noise is slightly higher than the premium brands, but still quite good. Braking, as usual on snow, is not the fastest way to brake. But he is doing well and has saved me from two or three tricky situations. So I am happy with the tire and it is a real alternative to the premium brands.
To test, I have to say that I've done it with my Saab 9-3 TurboX, the XWD was on and has certainly helped.
Now I have written that the tire is okay, am I alone? No, he has passed several tests as a winner and repeatedly turned out to be a solid tire. But he is not as expensive as Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin because of his lesser acquaintance. The Vredestein tire now costs CHf 239.- on the websites and € 207.- in Germany.
I got a good tip from my tire dealer. Buy tires from winter in summer, then prices are lowest and summer tires at the end of the old year. So I've been happy to save 15% -20% this year
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