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Re: Wheel Dilemma - Part 2. AKA: Winter is coming

Greetings,

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.

Autosock

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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Re: Wheel Dilemma - Part 2. AKA: Winter is coming

Thanks for all the thoughts. It's different than living in an area where you know that you need winter tires for the whole season and living in an area that only gets the bad stuff a few times - if that. The issue is that when it does hit you either stay home or chain up. The real motivation for me is an 85 yr. old mother in failing health and if the need arises I'll need to get there no matter what the road conditions. I think I'll just keep my eyes open for some winter tires - not studded - and try them out.
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Thanks for all the thoughts. It's different than living in an area where you know that you need winter tires for the whole season and living in an area that only gets the bad stuff a few times - if that. The issue is that when it does hit you either stay home or chain up. The real motivation for me is an 85 yr. old mother in failing health and if the need arises I'll need to get there no matter what the road conditions. I think I'll just keep my eyes open for some winter tires - not studded - and try them out.
If you are willing to live with a bit less tread wear, some folks put snowflake winter tires on and run them all year. Good for summer thunderstorms, although DFW area gets a tad hot in the summer.
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