I had all season radials on my Impalla 2000,
and I would change to snow tires every winter. As I live in a snow
belt area, and we get our fair amount of snow.
Last year I just decided to keep my winter snow tires on the car and
have not found any difference in driving during the summer with them
on. Not as quiet, as the summer radials , but I soon got so used to
the tires It makes no difference to me now.
The winter snow tire tread design, are almost the same as the all
Now i am thinking why not just use the winter tires all the time and
forget about changing them every season.
I did ask a couple of auto mechanics if this could cause a problem
with the car and they just cant think of any reason why it would.
I also live in the snow belt and I stopped buying snow tires over 10
years ago. I use good all-season radials on both my 4x4 and my car and
I don't have any problems. I started doing this after the owner of the
tire store that I have dealt at for 30+ years told me to stop wasting my
money on snow tires. I guess if you go into really deep snow, then snow
tires would make more sense.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveninces attending too much
liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
It won't do any mechanical damage to the car. The tread compound will
be worn thru within a few months, but it won't damage your car.
I usually pop my summer tires off and throw the winter tires on just
before Christmas, and remove them in late April. While I don't need
them for usual driving, my wife drives the car, and I have, on
occasion, had the problem with driving on ice.
When I buy tires, I do get used tires (cos I have extreme problems
keeping sharp objects out of my rubber), and the guy wanted to sell me
snows for summer - he tried saying that I would get better traction.
That traction is at the expense of wear and noise.
For your Impala, I'd recommend keeping the P225/60R16 on as summer
tires, and going to P215/65R16 or even 205/75R14 (if you can find the
rims and the brake hardware will clear the smaller rim - any help out
there for that concept?) as the winter tires. The wider tread will
help you in the summer keeping the wheels on the road, and the the
additional weight per width will help you bite thru the snow in the
winter. It goes without saying that anyone who has winter and summer
tires should have 2 sets of rims so that 1) you aren't paying the tire
shop everytime you need to change the tires - you can do it yourself,
and 2) you are not stressing the tire everytime you change the rims.
I've also noticed that 2 sets of tires will save you money in the long
run as the tires last more than twice as long (dunno how, but it's the
truth for me)
Quid quid latine dictum sit altum videtur.
(That which is said in Latin sounds profound.)
I've found that * new * snow tires wear quickly in summer months, but *
worn, but safe * snow tires wear well. I use snow tires on the rear of my
Tread patterns vary, some very aggressive snows growl,
but most only make a subtle hum.
In 25 years of driving through Chicago winters I never owned a set of
snow tires and did just fine driving through deep snow.
With FWD and all season radials thats all you need.
Goodyear Regatta II's here and 80,000 mile treadlife.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
The main difference is your braking. The snow tire has less road surface
contact due to the tread being open for traction.
The compound is softer on some that were designed for ice and does wear much
If you have 4 wheel antilock brakes better run them all around if you want
your brakes to work properly.
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