Originally Posted by TAIDhana
Back with another trip update.. of course with Ertiga.
Did Tirupur - Tirchendur - Tirupur in a single day this week (~ 750kms). It was yet another happy trip with 5 people onboard. Once again got an amazing mileage of 20.3 kmpl in spite of some rough roads and crusing at 100+ kmph speeds in multi-lane roads.
Onward we took Tirupur > Dharapuram > Ottanchathiram > Dindigul > Madurai > Thoothukudi > Tirechendur route, which was mostly good except for the last 40 kms stretch. ~370km drive took a little over 6 hours excluding breaks.
Return we took Tirechendur > Thirunelveli > Kovilpatti > Dindigul > Ottanchathiram > Dharapuram > Tiruppur route, which again was very similar. But we ran in to some rough whether (heavy rains) for 30 - 40 kms where we had to slow down to 60 - 70kmph speed.
So far I have been advocating Michelin PLC tires to many folks in this forum and also outside. But for the first time, I faced some issues in wet driving conditions - hydroplanning while passing small water streams cutting across the road. Though I didnt face any issues with braking, vehicle experienced slight drift every time while passing a water stream. It could be because the tires have already completed 45k (there is still good tread depth to drive under normal driving conditions though). Tire experts - any comments on this behavior? Is it common across brands / tire conditions?
First - Congrats for maintaining Ertiga and enjoying close to 50k kilometres now. I own Swift VDI (Thread : New Maruti Suzuki Swift DDiS: First Ownership Review
Also, now that you're close to 50k, I highly recommend to change your tyres for good. Dont look at pattern and thread depth as they are only one of the factors to consider. I highly recommend to go for tyre-change.
I upgraded to Continentals immediately after I bought my swift. Photos are available in my thread for your reference. I would highly recommend them.