I wasn't at all saying you were a bad driver. In fact, I don't think more tread depth in the rear would have helped. The traction difference between the wet plastic vs. asphalt is far greater than any tire can make up. In fact, if the entire rear axle were hydro-planing (i.e. right rear also losing traction, but due to hydro-planing), it may actually have helped eliminate the left vs. rear traction difference, then you'd be at the mercy of handling the rotational inertia alone. The answer is still giving a little more gas temporarily.
In my driving experience, I had two tire blow-outs, once in a Honda Accord (front-left) and once in a 9-3 (right rear). Instant loss of traction onto bare rims. The key is keeping the front pointed forward and only then slowly coming to a stop. I once ran over a patch of black ice in my old 528i and was forced off the road by an idiot truck driver moving into my lane. I counter-steered all the way to running out of room for counter-steering, and the curb killed all 4 tires and 3 the wheels. Yet the car was still pointed forward and came to a slow stop on the green. My view is that, when in doubt, give a little gas, then slow down when the crunch is over. Never try to brake on a dime or even suddenly withdraw gas pedal. Get a car with good frontal collision scores. It's far more dangerous to get into a spin and get hit by other cars on the side than continuing forward and running into something up front.
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- Two good tires, two bad ones. What to do?, bender , Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:02:57
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- Re: Two good tires, two bad ones. What to do?, JimBlake , Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:52:31
- You never said you couldn't afford them! Just get the, nicknick , Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:21:30
- Re: Two good tires, two bad ones. What to do?, Simon S, Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:19:58
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