Sunday, November 26, 2006

I'm just wondering

... if unexpectedly warm weather is evidence of global warming, what cold weather is evidence of. It's been miserable here since before Hallowe'en. Today it was minus 22 degrees. And snowing!!

Ah well. A few years ago I made the switch to proper ice radials for winter driving. Big difference. I know that my stopping distances are better than with my so-called all season tires on, and the colder it gets, the more the tires help.

On the motor sofa the all-season tires are made by Kumho, which I switched to after doing some research. If I had to drive on just a single set all year round I might well stick with them, because they were on the car through the first couple of weeks of snowy roads.

Here in Alberta we don't need snow tires; the snow we get is almost always dry and loose. But what we get that the East doesn't get is packed down icy roads and weeks of cold temperatures where normal tires get hard and slippery. Bring on the Canadian Tire Nordic IceTraks!

Or Blizzaks, or whatever. But good old Crappy Tire does just fine. And what a hoot - I bought their cheap and drab black winter wheels and dressed them up with fancy plastic wheel covers! I felt like I was 17 again.

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