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Should you consider winter tires?

GasBuddy Blog -- Let's assume that folks in the Midwest already know the answer to that question. But if you live elsewhere and you're undecided on snow tires, remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Our friends at Pepboys say that if you live in an area that only sees a few light snows a year, then all-season tires are probably the way to go.

But, if you regularly drive in cold and/or snowy conditions during winter months then good snow tires are a smart investment. And hopefully, if you do need them, Santa left them under your Christmas tree!

What are the advantages? It's all in the design of the tires.

A winter tire’s tread design is very important. It includes specialized “lugs” that are raised blocks of tread designed...


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Submitted Dec 27, 2012 By: PD
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gir1938
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 1:44:17 PM

a lot depends on how a person drives also.
ovillaone
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 6:44:39 AM

All weather tires are all we need down here in Texas.
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Happy 2013!
joanne_abrahams
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 11:18:29 AM


i like winter tires

garywa01
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 9:54:10 AM

i use them
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 12:00:47 AM

a14: it depends. When I lived in Europe, many Americans thought the same way, but you can't use summer tires when you're driving into ski resorts and have snow/slick ice on the way (before the salt truck got there).

Heck, I remember, a bunch of us were helping folks up a good steep hill after the salt truck came through as the six laned interstate was blocked due to folks not making it up the hill - they kept sliding backward after about 1/3rd up. Several of us laid across the hoods or stood on the rear bumpers to weigh the vehicles down more so they could make it up the slippery slope.
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 12:17:55 PM

If you know HOW TO DRIVE in the snow, like I do, then you don't need them. It's all the No-Brainers who fly by me that I see in the ditch five miles down the road, "because their tires weren't good enough."

LOL
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 8:00:05 AM

joopie: you NEED them too, but some of use don't need them (since there's no snow, just rain and mud and lots of flip-flops on the temperatures. From spring to semi-winter back to spring back to semi-winter .... all in a week's span.).
jjfisher
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 1:43:51 AM

I've lived in the northern states for over 40 yrs, since I could drive. I've always had all-season on my cars & trucks. I'll admit I've thought about snow tires, but I'd put them on used rims so I could change them myself.
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 1:09:08 AM

never have!
joopieVZ
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 3:34:49 PM

Love my snow tires. We have a set of snow tires on steel wheels for each car - in addition to the better traction, we preserve the "summer" tires and alloy wheels and subject the winter wheels/tires to the snow, ice, pot holes, and salt. Yes, honda0105, that sounds like the weather here in Michigan!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:05:32 AM

Montway: interesting perspective. Not what I know... and not what I did when I did live there. In fact, I probably drove more to get to various ski resorts on the weekends.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:04:38 AM

winter? Is that the time when that big fat white stuff comes down? LOL. Don't have it here. Though the weather in Florida has been weird overall.
Montway
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 5:40:05 PM

A winter tires are expensive in Europe. That's why you don't see traffic during the winter time :)
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:36:05 PM

Glad we don't have to worry about having snow tires where we live.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:06:12 PM

Use all-seaon all year., No problems on 4wd suv
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 1:29:42 PM

If it's bad enough outside to have snow tires...I'm not going out!
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:47:19 AM

Yes. Please consider buying them if you feel you need them. Da.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:24:42 AM

Not sure I really need them, even in Ottawa. My 4x4 has better traction than my previous VW Golf with a set of winter tires.
driver169
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:07:05 AM

All weather does not equal winter. Not even related.
oilfreak
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:43:58 AM

You wouldnt need them if they're an all-weather tire.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:15:47 AM

Michigan snowy,yes...
blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 9:03:53 AM

I may see snow once every 5 years, so I don't need them.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:58:15 AM

I've owned two sets of all season tires and neither set was very good. They didn't handle a lite dusting of snow well nor did they drive good in the rain. Two sets of tires for me, one set for warm weather and one for snow/cold weather. But that's just me and my experiences.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:49:52 AM

Not here in South Carolina. Not even in Maryland where I grew up. Back then My Dad would put the snow tires on every year around Thanksgiving. Now if I lived outside Altoona Pa. and had to drive into town to work at a Sheetz store I would not only change to snows but would use studs too. "All season" does not include the kind of snow and ice in western Pennsylvania.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:48:09 AM

ZZZZZZZ Somebody at GB has fallen asleep at the switch AGAIN.
Need to refresh these articles in a more timely manner.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:46:16 AM

Old news
ELECTRICALMIKE
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:45:05 AM

First year that I have used winter tires on my 2 cars. what a difference in handling and stoping distance. Even at -40. I haven't put them on my 4X4 trucks yet but plan to for next winter as my brother in law runs studded winter tires on his truck and swears by them. 4X4's pull out great with standard tires but will not turn or stop as well as with winter tires.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:44:38 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:43:26 AM

repost...
GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:43:11 AM

I haven't used snow tires since studs were allowed back in the '70's
bullseye100
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:42:35 AM

Good all-season tires work well in most areas.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:41:16 AM

Not in S. In.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:41:09 AM

Seen too many good cars wrecked because their owners cheaped out on crappy tires.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:40:31 AM

I used to use studded snow tires. I don't worry about it anymore since moving to Florida.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:40:11 AM

Old story
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:39:44 AM

Old
Janetique
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:39:09 AM

No, not where I am...
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:39:01 AM

old story
nwhawk
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:38:56 AM

Drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle or just stay home.
TTM77
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:38:21 AM

no... not enough winter weather here to consider winter tires.
TA33
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:37:41 AM

I only drive on plowed streets.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:36:06 AM

Old news
speedraider
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:35:59 AM

nope
CTTeacher
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:35:54 AM

Don't have any.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:35:46 AM

Nope! All weather tires suit me fine!
red82mtu
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:34:31 AM

Stupid traction control still kicks in either way.
paulp24
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:34:10 AM

Have not for years
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:33:54 AM

Not necessary with front wheel drive.
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:33:30 AM

Don't think so in Florida
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old news
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