“There are actually quite a few occasions where it’s good to be able to stop your car.”
This is a chronicle. This means that the content is the writer’s own opinion.
Now the winter I warned of in a chronicle a couple of issues ago come. There is 2-3 dm of snow in the Stockholm area and northern Sweden has one of the worst snow winters in many years. Östersund had 1.6 meters the other day and waited about 50 centimeters more before it would calm down.
I think it’s totally okay, I do not suffer from it, I do not even shovel, as long as the car comes out of the driveway, I wait for it to thaw instead, think a bit like washing the car, it’s like no idea. It disappears sooner or later.
However, I always make sure to have good tires on the cars I drive, it’s quite crucial, and quite basic you might think. Still, my social media is filled with short film clips of people in Stockholm traffic who stand completely still and spin on a flat street, of course with the summer tires still on the car.
They may think as I do with the shoveling, it will soon disappear again, no idea, it is difficult to change or it costs 300 kroner, I ignore it and harden out the days it is a bit awkward.
The only problem is that it is life threatening. Driving around with bad tires on the car not only makes it difficult to get away when you have been standing still, it also makes it completely impossible to stop in time if you need to. You need to stop, for example, if a child runs out into the road, or if it switches from green to red. There are actually quite a few occasions where it is good to be able to stop your car.
But those who drive with summer tires in the winter choose to remove it, in favor of their own laziness.
Given that a car without brakes very quickly can become a deadly weapon, I think you should put those who drive with summer tires in the winter in prison. If they cross a pedestrian crossing and are almost driving over someone, they should be convicted of assault with a deadly weapon if there is such a criminal classification.
A car is very hard and people are very soft, and if you consciously drive around with a car that you know you will not stop in a panic situation, you deliberately expose innocent people to danger.
Shame on you and tighten up for now! If you can not afford to change tires or buy new winter tires, sell the car and get on the bus. Preferably do not cycle, cyclists should also be able to be convicted of fairly serious crimes sometimes when they drive without regard to, above all, their own lives, so that change is not only positive.
Now I will go out into the winter traffic again. With my brand new studded winter tires. This week Alrik and I were in Östersund and recorded an episode of Förnuft och Känsla where we tested studded winter tires against unstudded and summer tires on the same surface. Then you will see what a tire disaster looks like in slow motion. If you go out with such tires again after that, you should be arrested.
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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