Originally Posted by armoredsaint
the ones in ditches first is always SUV's
I totally agree with you. Those who hit the ditches with their SUV's & Crossover's do not realize that extra precaution has to be taken with snow/ice conditions. The majority of them think the OEM tires tires are designed for such conditions. And I have also read stories about experienced 4x4 drives getting ditched because they get to over confident.
IMO, depending upon the area that you are driving in should dedicate if it is worth switching to winter tires or at least switch to a high quality AT tire. A good source to check is Tirerack.com and Discounttire.com just to name a few for reviews and look at the reviewers location.
The advantage of the a dedicated winter tire for traction is the compound of the tire is a softer material resulting in a better grip and the combination of the tire siping. Of cause, if your area allows for studs, studs is important in giving you additional help with the ice. Make sure you take into account about the tires tread depth and how snow/slush evacuated the tread. There are some AT tires out their that have the same tire properties of being soft and siping.
Remember, a winter tire does not give you the license to act invisible. Ice is ice and anything could happen.
Everybody, have a safe winter driving season and best for now.