Getting Ready

Snow TireThe BMW went in for its snow tires last week, a set of Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 tires to be precise. Which is a good thing because when the snow starts, the car does not move very well with its flat run summers. I found that out the hard way last year. I had planned a road trip with my son down to Georgia in early April. And a few days before we were to leave, I had the dealership swap out the snow tires. After all, it was the last day of March.

I usually get to the church very early on Sunday mornings and I took the BMW in that day. Because we run two services, I am at the church for about 5 hours or so. And during that 5 hour stretch, a rogue snowstorm hit the area dumping 8 to 10 inches of snow.

We live on a crescent at the top of a hill. And there was no way the BMW was going up that hill with summer tires. I tried for over an hour.

Admitting defeat was not easy. The ultimate driving machine prefers dry roads. I had to leave my car at a friend’s house. He reminds me of that day whenever he sees me.

Winter. Brings back such fond memories.

Snow Blower

1 reply
  1. Rob Haskell
    Rob Haskell says:

    Hi, Richard, I have been trying to ignore my BMW’s winter tires, now safely stowed up in the rafters of our garage. I was hoping someone could guarantee I will not need them this winter. This posting reminded me that it is unlikely we will experience a full winter of dry pavement.

    So, in the next week or so, I resign myself to the fact that I will be getting up on the ladder, pull them down and make an appointment. I detest the noise coming from winter tires on dry pavement – sort of ruins the imagery of “…The ultimate driving machine prefers dry roads…” (when equipped with good summer tires).

    However, to your point – BMW’s just don’t perform on snowy, icy pavement with summer tires….. Oh well….another season upon us.

    And better to be safe than sorry…..

    p.s. nice snowblower….but where are you? In the studio? It appears to be missing its operator….likely your wife took the picture. Richard quotes earlier in the day… “Yes, Dear, I will be outside snowblowing for the next couple of hours….” 🙂


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