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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 12:01:00 AM

Do you use real snow tires (not the all-season type)?
Yes
No

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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 12:41:39 PM

no
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cardjim
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 9:34:29 AM

no
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 9:03:14 PM

no
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 1:41:13 PM

no
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csr1000
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 11:48:37 AM

This question totally depends on where you live. Even in southwestern ontario we often have winters that you can get away without real snow tires. However when I turned 40 I tried them and realized that they do make the winter much less stressful. I now use them every year. Also, having real snow tires allows me to put sportier summer tires on because I don't have to worry about their snow performance.
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NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 1:20:58 AM

ə no.
my dad did, and bought two extra rims so they could be mounted year round without the hassle of dismounting the regular tires and mounting the snows.
even that got to be too much of a pita so he stopped doing it, and i never saw any reason to. ə
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razorwan
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:31:41 AM

Unless you live in the north, generally, it doesn't snow enough to go through the hassle of getting snow tires. ONLY in the past couple of years has there been much more snow than usual. So even if you did live in northern states, snow tires were not that necessary. I have lived in Michigan for 20+ years and didn't need them!
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:59:22 AM

no
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theocean
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:19:43 PM

NO
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LXH18
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2014 3:26:15 AM

No
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dannidb
Rookie Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:10:44 PM

Now I use all seasons on the truck and spare donuts on the car
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dannidb
Rookie Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:09:37 PM

I used to use regular snow tires back in the day, they sounded like a herd of horses going down the road ;)
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dannidb
Rookie Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:07:20 PM

no I use donuts
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susu46
Sophomore Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 1:45:42 PM

No. I use an all season radial with a tread designed to remove water from under the wheels to get better traction in rain. This works for me in all kinds of weather including snow and ice. But, I must add a caveat here. I was trained as a professional driver in a program that included a skid pan to learn how to handle ice even with NO tread on the drive wheels.
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Deb53
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 12:02:54 AM

No not in so calif.
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MoneyPennys
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2014 2:30:08 AM

Yes, I put them on in November, although it may effect gas efficiency, I would rather have that then to have less control I've driven all over the province and have to say that from what I see, a majority of people in the Lower Mainland (not all of them) have that illness called "WinterDenialism". They seems to wait until the absolute last minute before putting them on. Better safe than sorry.
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FeinDenz
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2014 9:42:21 PM

All Season tires should be called NO-Season tires. Canadians respect this, not yet enough. Quebec is the only province to legislate real winter snow tires from 15 DEC to 15 March. Accidents and deaths have been measurably reduced since this law came in in 2008.

Perhaps the new Michelin AS/3 All-Seasons will come close to being true, just down to little snow & warm -8C though.
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icy_toast
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2014 7:33:17 PM

When I drove my 2-door sports car year-round, I used 4 Blizzak snow tires in winter. It could handle better, stop/go faster, than ANY 4x4 suv/truck it passed, on both expressway and city roads in MI's UP (lots of snow/ice).
Now I have an SUV with 4x4 but all-season tires, I miss those winter tires!
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askralph
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 6:08:55 PM

All season as it works best on the E-250 Ford.
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iwannavet
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 10:53:55 AM

Yes
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bady777
All-Star Author Edmonton

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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 9:27:52 AM

Yes and studded on all four wheels..
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M_Pruz
Sophomore Author Flint

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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 1:33:09 PM

All season tires.
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chiefsectionb
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 3:49:50 PM

Uh...not here in Florida.
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AnyPort
All-Star Author Oklahoma

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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 8:26:20 PM

SNOW? In Okahoma?
I wud not consider leaving my garage with anything but real snow tires on my K1500 or my wife's C1500.
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5w30
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 7:57:10 PM

no.
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kemorc
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 5:42:22 PM

There simply isn't a snow tire for my truck that offers what I need for non-paved roads, let alone the roads that are never plowed.
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CoolPriusGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 1:33:34 AM

Years ago, heading to the warehouse club on my first set of snow tires, I encountered an unfamiliar icy intersection at the bottom of a hill. On the way to the store, two vehicles were wrecked, heading back 45 minutes later, three more vehicles had wrecked.

Just the other morning, a woman in an F150 crashed into the bridge barrier after spinning across three lanes of traffic on an icy overpass.

With the increased ice and snow this season, winter tires and a running snow blower have been priceless!
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TFzoom
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:29:01 AM

NO. The expense is NOT JUSTIFIED,i do very well with all season.
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P_I_STONE
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 12:24:27 AM

No
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:44:14 PM

The icy and snowy roads here in Florida demand it.
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weisbrew
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 10:32:41 PM

Real snow tires work a whole LOT better when the snow depth exceeds and inch or two. No all-season will match a snow tire for traction in deeper snow, even on AWD vehicles such as a subaru. I just hate to pay the $20 per tire to get them mounted and unmounted, or the extra bucks for spare rims.
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SNOWMI
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 10:26:30 PM

I have not used snow tires though I live in a very snowy area. The all-season tires have worked fine for me. Really just living here I learned how to drive in winter conditions. It is cheaper for me as I've heard you get more miles on all-season tires than snow tires.
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JClint1
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:59:29 PM

Western WA doesn't get much snow to justify snow tires. Use to live in Eastern WA, there you needed to have real snow tires, studded tires practically required to get around.
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AlTraveler
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:17:13 PM

no
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CruiserPA
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:45:04 PM

All season M&S tires do not even have good traction in the rain let alone the snow. Last winter is the first time I purchased four winter tires and wheels since 1986 when I purchased my first car with front wheel drive. I always had pretty good luck with all season tires. These Goodyear tires that came on my new Impala are worthless in snow and not much better in the rain. That is why I purchased winter tires and believe me they make all the difference in the world, super traction. It sure is great to have traction starting and stopping the car.
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Wsamson7121
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:12:54 PM

No, I don't use snow tires as I live out here in the San Jose area. The closest place to see snow is 2 1/2 hours away.
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wildredbill
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 6:37:02 PM

I live in Wisconsin where we get plenty of snow. With all wheel drive we have no need for snow tires.
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SuperMoto
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 4:29:38 PM

No! Never had snow tires. Just not enough snow here to use them.
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thewhip
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 4:23:33 PM

obliviously the majority of these responses is from the "drivers" of the lower mainland
If you lived up North, you would definitely see why people use tires made for snow
It angers me that Lower mainland people seem to think they are the only ones in the world
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Jorge5752
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 3:50:52 PM

I got goodyear tracker!
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save4buyin
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 2:44:54 PM

neither not in Arizona

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tuna669
Rookie Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 2:16:59 PM

I have a 4Runner with 4x4, so the all seasons are all I need around here.
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iwannavet
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:48:58 PM

Yes
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PJ48North
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 12:27:33 PM

YES! In Minneapolis, MN.

I bought winter (snow) tires last year for the first time for my 2WD VW Jetta wagon. Michelin X-ice 3, all four wheels. Previously used premium all-season tires.

WOW! The difference is truly amazing. Snow tires are so much better than ANY all-season tire I have ever used, and have lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota my whole life. Been driving on winter roads for 40 years. I will always drive snows in winter from now on.

Change between all-season and snows in April & November. Recommend a second set of wheels for the snows. It's an investment, but well worth it.
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Drakezilla
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:24:43 AM

Yes (Kinda).

They're mandatory here. I originally bought TOYO snow tires when I got my truck, then bought some BFG All Terrains for summer use and discovered they're severe winter rated (despite not specifically being "winter tires" -- but they still bear the snowflake+triangle logo) so I decided to give them a try and found they performed better than the TOYOs under most conditions (the TOYOs were slightly better on bare ice but the BFGs are vastly better in snow, which is what I drive in 95%+ of the time in winter).

So they're real snow tires but they get left on all year round and are excellent offroad tires in summer.
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bgator
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 10:31:42 AM

No
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 10:08:10 AM

No
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thejoker56
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:35:48 AM

No
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:11:09 AM

2 wheel rear drive only .
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:53:31 AM

no
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