I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan and of late I have been hearing more and
more about the benefits of snow tires. I have used all seasons for at
least 20 years without incident but I am starting to wonder if I
should put on snows.
The question is this.....in the old days of rear wheel drive one
installed snow tires on the rear wheels. Now, with the front wheel
drive vehicles, should the snows go on the front or should one have
four snow tires. I live in Eastern Canada where we get more than our
share of winter.
How so? I use all-seasons exclusively and have never considered using
what I would consider to be "snow" tires with their very aggressive
The OP didn't say "winter tires"....he said "snow tires".
I apologize. When the OP spoke of the "old days" my mind immediately
went to the "knobbies" that we used to put on each winter to permit
simply getting around. To me, those are what the expression "snow"
tires conjures up.
I'm so terribly sorry that I prompted the exasperation evident in your
response. I asked a question, you dump. Nice.
I guess I'll just have to let where I live, or my level of
intelligence, remain a mystery. Your perception of either will,
however, be wrong.
On Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:34:10 -0800 (PST), cavedweller
Until you have driven with REAL Ice and Snow tires - the ones with
the snowy mountain logo stamped on them, you don't understand how much
difference there REALLY is.
I will never again depend on "no season" tires for winter driving,
and a good touring tire makes a much better summer tire than any "no
season" tire I've ever driven on.
Yes, I made do with the so-called "all season" tires for quite a few
years.I have a wife and 2 daughters that drive, and I said "enough"
and bit the bullet for a spare set of rims for each car and bought the
best ice and snow tires I could afford for all of our vehicles. (not
the most expensive availble, but not Chinese crap either - I'm running
Dunlop Graspics on the TransSport, the Mystique, and the Neon. Fifth
season on the TransSport. Might get another good season out of them
yet. They are standing up better than the Blizzaks we had on the
daughter's old car.
For the summer I'f put on good touring tires - BF Goodrich and Kelly
on the cars and Goodyear on the van. They were not cheap (about $135
each) but I'm not complaining.
Then I bought
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When front wheel drive was less common and starting to catch on, it was
considered wise to put the same winter traction tires on the rear as the
front. The reasoning was that when you're going around a corner/turn, the
rear can slide out on a FWD vehicle. Lose the rear end like that and it
won't matter much what you've mounted on the front. Your best bet is to buy
a spare set of rims and 4 snow tires; swap mounted tires with the change in
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