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As if we needed more evidence in favor of snow tires...

As I've often said, Tire Rack is a tremendous source of information, and it's their embedded video below that causes me to post this. It's a comparison on ice of summer, all season and studless winter tires.

To anyone who has ever driven on slushy, snowy or icy roads on winter tires vs. all season tires, this will come as no surprise. But if you're in one of the colder climes and have been on the fence about it, well...

Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires (03:38)




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We in Canada hear more and more about All Weather Tires. These are somewhere between all season and winter tires and if owner wishes, can be left on year round. They have the snowflake/mountain symbol on sidewall.

There is a problem with this terminology and some vendors and media mis-use the terms. Not surprising because "all weather" is quite new and is perhaps just a Canadian term? Tire Rack have it seems been asked this question.

All-Weather vs All-Season | Kal Tire

BTW, I have driven year round in Ontario, Canada for 40+ years with M+S tires, which may now be classed as all-season tires. For first time, I installed "all weather" tires on the E320 this year. But hasn't snowed since they went on! Our other cars are on M+S. The newer compounds are no doubt better on ice, but we try to avoid driving on ice.

This an article on all weather tires. Seem ideal for areas where temperatures never get really low. Have the advantage that they can be used year round.

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Don't have much practice in California, but I had my share of bad weather driving in Poland. All on what would be consider summer tires as other technology was not available at the time.
I remember that on compacted snow any tire will give you decent traction, but when it comes to ice, the only thing that work are steel studs and prayers.
Cars don't belong on ice, that what skates are for.


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Put me in that list that I'm one of the biggest believers winter/snow tires makes a HUGE difference, especially powerful RWD cars like ours. I run the Blizzaks first 2 winters and General Altimax last year and this year. Blizzaks were fine but they wear a lot faster even with mild temperatures, I'm really happy with Altimax and probably use the same set next winter as well, that would put me to appx 30K miles with them, not too shabby.
We had snow started Xmax day and temp. dropped to negative teens for the last couple of days, no problem with the traction at all.
Happy new year to all of you guys.
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Put me in that list that I'm one of the biggest believers winter/snow tires makes a HUGE difference, especially powerful RWD cars like ours.
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Living in Denver, I can see why you are a believer. When we lived in Montreal we also could not do with out them. But back then, we only put them on the driving wheels. Studded tires were and probably still are, the only ones that really work on ice.

Living now in a less snowy area with milder temperatures, we have got by with M+S tires with never a problem in over 40 yrs.

Some Canadian provinces have legislated use of winter tires. Quebec requires their use from Dec15th to March 15th. Winter tires are the ones with Mountain/snowflake pictogram. A Canadian thing, it seems. Other provinces have snow tire requirements only for certain areas. Some areas allow studs, others not. Same with chains.

Snow and blowing snow here at present. We are staying home!

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