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Wow, a lot of bickering going on in this thread. Let me chime in: As I've said before it's not the going that's a problem in the winter, it's the stopping. Anyone can drive with any tires on in the winter - some handle better than others, and yes, some drivers are better than others!
But the issue is stopping. Everyone has to stop at some time, no matter what tires you have on your car. And proper winter tires have proven over & over again to stop in a shorter distance under the same conditions. There are many articles/reviews about this on the Internet. You take the same car, same surface (ice, slick snow), same speed, one with proper winter tires the other with all-season. They get up to the same speed and brake identically. The one with winter tires ALWAYS stops in a shorter distance. That's the difference between stopping at a stop sign or red light and going through unintentionally and having an accident. Or hitting someone, or simply just damaging your own vehicle.
You can always get by with non-winter tires, but you HAVE to drive accordingly, which means you're driving a lot slower than you could with proper winter tires. And in an emergency, I want to stop as quickly as I can. My winter tires go on in November and come off close to April.
'16 Hybrid LTD w/tech-white pearl, blk int.
3M hood film, OEM cargo mat, 3D Maxpider winter mats, Lumens LED interior bulbs, Michelin X-Ice XI2 225/65R17 snow tires on rims