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Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I'm currently in a 5.7L 2012 Overland, which allows me to drive like an ass all over the place in the winter flying by cars everywhere with ease. I had a 2009 CTS-V before this with blizzard for the winter. I drove like a grandpa when there was snow, but it was doable without issues.

I'll be buying a lightly used either (Charger Hellcat or 2017+ SRT Jeep) within the next year or so.

I live in Chicago and we get crap weather. Will the all seasons on the SRT be fine for snow (1, 2, 3 inches, etc.) I don't travel far when it snows, but I do need to get back and forth to work and it is also my daily driver.

Please give me your opinions.

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Old 12-24-2016, 09:14 AM
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I live in the suburbs of Chicago and drive my 2015 SRT Grand Cherokee year round with the stock Pirelli all season tires. While I wouldn't say it's bad in the snow at all, it definitely doesn't compare to when I had my 2006 Hummer H2 SUT.

I only drive 12 miles each way to work so it's not bad at all and I get through it just fine.
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I live in the Chicago Burbs and have run dedicated winters for the past 10 years. I like to be prepared just in case I need to travel in bad weather. Accidents are not limited to people that drive long distances. They can happen a mile away from your home. To me an all-season tire is the best tire in no season. Winter compounds are made to preform better in temperatures under 45 degree so it's a no brainer for me to speed a few bucks to keep myself and my family safer.
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I thought chi town gets way more than 3 inches of snow?

If your all seasons are in good condition you will be fine.
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

Snowfall in Chicago over the past 10 years.
Surrounding suburbs may vary slightly.

2006-2007 35.6
2007-2008 60.3
2008-2009 52.7
2009-2010 54.2
2010-2011 57.9
2011-2012 19.8
2012-2013 30.1
2013-2014 82.0
2014-2015 50.7
2015-2016 31.2
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

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Accidents are not limited to people that drive long distances. They can happen a mile away from your home.
I read that most accident happen within 2 miles of your home.

So I moved.

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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I'm not in an area that isn't plowed so on "average" I would have to deal with 3" worst case.
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

You will be fine with all seasons but dedicated snows will always be better obviously


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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

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I read that most accident happen within 2 miles of your home.

So I moved.


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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

Stay away from the Hellcat for winter snow driving, unless you can feather the gas pedal like your life depended on it, which it does
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

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Stay away from the Hellcat for winter snow driving, unless you can feather the gas pedal like your life depended on it, which it does
Man the 87 monte carlo i had was like this... Your life depended on your ability to feather in every condition but dry.
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Re: Is there a need for winter tires in the midwest?

I've driven a high horsepower RWD car with blizzard in the winter before. I think it would be doable again.
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