Studs in the snow belt region of the Northeast are still legal in many areas. NYC and other cities, including suburbs have stop the usage of studs except for driving thru.
With today's tire technology in the soft tires, you now have increased traction from yesteryear. With ability to brake and control steering as the major factors. As I posted in a different thread sometime ago, with my current AT tires I had to stop short to avoid a collision. This was the first time with an AT tire I had complete steering and braking control. A premium low temperature (soft tire) non-AT time would give even better grip.
The other options as well besides studs with the combination of a soft tire that give increased traction. You got the traditional steel chains, rubber chains and tire socks. Tire socks is a growing alternative to chains.
They have the sock for the 18 inch and various 20 inch sizes. The sock has both positives and negatives as the video shows.
It has been a long time that I actual rode in a car with studs and that goes back to the 70's when I was a kid. Today, my view is depending were you live and were you have to travel to during the snow/ice season of winter, you should select the best tire and/or other accessories that you will feel safe with driving. And it makes the rest of us safer.
Best for now.
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