I could have sworn SU covered this story a year ago, so apparently it happened again. Someone attempted to drive over a Saab. The 9-5 looks like it held up quite well — as expected. Thanks Alexandros for the tip.
Golf.se reports that the Swedes and the Danes are heading up Saab Wales Open. Are other nationalities more easily distracted by the presence of that gorgeous 9-5 on the links?
Studded tires — are they good for you? Well, according to a Norwegian study conducted by The Institute of Transport Economics, the answer is
not really. The period spanning between 2002 and 2009 has seen a reduction in the usage of studs. This has caused only a minimal increase in personal injuries (2%) and no significant change in the number of material damages reported to the insurance companies.
The report was done on request from Swedish authorities who would like to reduce the usage of studded tires to combat the increase in micro particles associated with the usage of studs.
Although this may seem surprising at first, seeing as there is a quite measurable difference in braking performance between studs and stud-less, part of the explanation may be found that once you have used the tires, the stud-less alternative will perform better according to last winter’s test by the Norwegian Automobile Federation.
Personally I do not use studs. In January I drove 1000 km in an Ovlov V50 with studded tires, and it was the worst ride I have ever experienced (it was an absolutely useless setup compared to an old 9000 with stud-less tires). I suspect the choice of car is more important than the tires. Alternatively: Always avoid studs. Either way, I feel it makes absolutely no sense to campaign for studded tires in general. I admit I could be wrong about the studs, but in that case it is of absolutely vital importance that people pick the right car first!