while driving a
MINI Cooper S
(205/45 R17 R) on
There's one thing that never ceases to amaze me with the great British public....how little thought and consideration they have when protecting their lives, and that of others.
The reason why I say this, is that every car I buy second-hand is, guaranteed EVERY time, fitted with cheap rubbish Hoo Flung Dung tyres, and windscreen smearers that used to wipe the rain away, many moons ago.
This weekend, I purchased a Mini Cooper S (the supercharged convertible), and guess what? Yep, crap Chinese tyres on every corner, including a pair of Smacher tyres up front, and something with a laughable name at the back, and yes, the customary windscreen smearers..Lets get this into perspective. A good pair of tyres (for example, Avon) for this car cost around £65 each, fitted. The Smachers are £46 each. Two good wiper blades (Bosch) will cost, at the very most, £10 each. One of these tyres will stop very well during Englands 6 month monsoon season...one will stop you eventually whilst you pray. The total cost between safety and surviving potential life-or-death situations and unwittingly becoming a crash test dummy is less than £100...for less than the cost of a months council tax, and yet people continue to fit these things, even on performance cars? Economy? When all that's between you and the road are thin circles of synthetic rubber? In conclusion, if you don't mind soft handling, louder than normal road noise, and far, far below par braking distances, by all eans buy some. Me? If I couldn't buy better, I'd get the bus.