Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This Could Only Happen in Germany!

This is the time of year not only for Christmas shopping of presents but parts for your car too. In recent days I have sorted out our cars, winter check/service and also bought new winter tyres for the new Volvo. As can be seen in the photo, the hub caps are not on yet, but will be tomorrow. I was surprised when they were not included by default and insisted they got me some, because I think the tyres look pretty ugly naked like this.

Winter tyre

So I went for the low-energy, lazy option of letting the garage do it all, even storing the summer tyres for a modest fee. Why get dirty and sweaty if you don't have to? So there I was, on my way home behind the wheel, thinking how sensible I had been to get some winter tyres, looking possibly slightly smug but most of all relieved that it was done before they were really needed. I tried to detect any difference to the driving with these tyres and I believed I could sense a slight stiffness, hardness in them, but nothing much. As I was doing this my eyes swept across the dashboard routinely and a little sticker just below the hazard light button caught my attention. It showed the recommended top speed with these winter tyres.

Speed restriction

210 km/h is roughly 130 miles per hour! That is the maximum speed the car can do anyway according the manual I believe. I wonder what the sticker might say for summer tyres? 300 km/h? I could not stop laughing. This could truly only happen in Germany!


Diane said...

Ahhh... you just reminded me I need to fork over several hundred dollars for new tires. Ick. I'd put it out of my mind... but now it's back.

swenglishexpat said...

Diane - I agree, they are expensive, but very good insurance!

1st Lady said...

Tell me, when you set your cruise control at that maximum speed, did you detect a slight wobble with these tyres?

swenglishexpat said...

1stL - Cruise control? You mean brick on the accelerator! OK, then it wobbles a bit. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Dear brother - please don't drive as fast as 210 Km/h when you are coming home to Sweden for Christmas - *S* please.../ Love Ninna

swenglishexpat said...

Ninna - Promise!