Originally Posted by batpot
I generally don't have to deal with snow except when I go to the mountains, and my OEMs have been adequate for that, but I'm curious why you guys recommend winter tires, rather than just all season tires and a set of chains?
Have you ever used chains?
I used them in northern VT for years before I had a 4WD vehicle. They work, but they are a MAJOR PITA!!!
1 Challenging to put on. Takes 5-10 minutes when you get proficient.
2 Need to "re-tighten" after one mile.
3 If neither #1 or #2 are done adequately, chains loosen up and get flung outward as you speed up. This can, and usually does, result in the chains tearing into your wheel well with not-pretty results.
4 Just when you need to apply them, it will usually be raining on top of glaze ice. I can assure you that this is not a fun time to be on your knees in the dark on the side of the road.
5. As soon as you hit dry pavement, you should take them off.
6. You need to stay below 25 mph.
7. If you get stuck at all on ice, and attempt to gun the engine to coax a little more traction, they can slip right off and wrap around the axle. Usually this will take a hour or two to untangle, again in the freezing dark, and usually you will have damaged your metal brake lines.