The debates about merits of low-profile and winter tyres cropped up in the letters page of the Sunday Times popular InGear section this weekend.
Reader Alex Ogle, from Taverham, Norwich, vented his views on the two types of tyres in a forthright letter. This is what he had to say:
“Hardly a week goes by without Jeremy Clarkson and Andrew Frankel complaining about the ride in the model model under test. No doubt the poor ride is due to the ultra-low profile tyres fitted to beef up the handling of the so-called sports models, when the suspension is not really up to the job.
“While this may be effective on a billiard table surface, it is a positive disadvantage on uneven roads and loose surfaces. Flexibility in the tyre wall diminishes considerable at profiles less than 50%, creating the problem. The effect is even worse in bad weather.
“I have experimented with many tyres over 30 years and never use less than 50 profile, and I always fit winter tyres. The grip of the tread and the softer tyre walls provide great benefits and would have helped many who have been stuck in snow recently. It is pointless blaming others for problems caused by snow if the simplest precautions are not taken by motorists themselves.”