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 worked as a Saab mechanic in a workshop for a long time and knows the Swedes well. He recommends the Vredestein in winter to anyone who doesn't have to have one of the top three names. "They are great, keep your hands off the Ultrac Sessanta in summer, 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?
It holds like a 1 on a dry road, no slipping in the curves ... and when braking? Well, that's just my feeling, yes it holds like a Michelin. So no problems in the dry. Also, the tire is not spongy or too hard, the driving comfort is given, and the rolling noise is slightly higher than in summer, but these are not so distinctive that it is annoying.
It's nice when it's dry ... and when it rains? Because, to be honest, we have more rain than snow here in northern Switzerland or in the Freiburg region ;-).
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.
In snow, the tire really grabs it, it holds - has grip and is fun to drive. The rolling noise is slightly higher than with the premium brands, but still quite good. Braking, as usual on snow, is not the fastest way to brake. But it holds up well and saved me from two or three tricky situations. So I'm happy with the tire and it's 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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