We got our first real rain today since I bought my car in early March, and driving to work this morning I nearly hydroplaned off the road twice at less than 35 mph.
They're not the best but, not that bad.We got our first real rain today since I bought my car in early March, and driving to work this morning I nearly hydroplaned off the road twice at less than 35 mph.
Yes, same here... the winter tires go on at the beginning of Dec and stay on till April 1st.My first winter was on the OEMs. Awful. Now, I run snow tires.
It's primarily the depth of the water and the speed you're driving. Even at 35 mph, most cars will hydroplane in 1" to 2" of water, regardless of tires. Most people, though, refer to hydroplaning when there's a more reasonable or expected amount of water on the road, such as a 1/4" to 1/2". If you're hydroplaning in that at 35 mph, there's an issue. I've driven over 1/4" of standing water at 65 mph in well-worn, stock Bolt EV tires without issue.Oil on the road (which I think is way overrated) doesn't make you hydroplane. Water makes you hydroplane.
I find that last part to be a bit suspect. While I'm sure the Vredesteins are decently efficient, the Michelin Energy Saver A/S are in another class, even among low rolling resistance tires. Perhaps it's only a 5% difference in range, but to some people, that would be significant. Everything with tires is a trade off, so we don't just get "free" better handling, better water evacuation, and better cold weather characteristics.The Vredesteins are low rolling resistance, "Y" speed rated (186 mph), and noticed no significant difference in range.