If you get GOOD snow tires they are good for both. Bridgestone Blizzak
and Dunlop Graspic are two that come to mind that are pretty good on
both ice and snow. I have Graspics on both vehicles and the daughter's
Whe I lived in cold country, we used to have the steel studs put in
snow tires and that definitely makes them better on ice.
I think I had some siped or little cuts made across the tread but
this isn't as good as studs.
In IN they are legal from Oct to May. The reason that they are illegal is
that on clear pavement they can do damage to the roads.
"Tim or Linda email@example.com>" <lt<dot> wrote in message
I installed studs on thousands of tires between 1968 and 1971. Then
Ontario banned them, and I pulled studs on close to a thousand tires
By the way, the studs were not steel - they were tungsten carbide.
There are hard plastic studs available now, and apparently they WILL
be legal next year in northern Ontario.
The best all around tire for winter is a WINTER tire. Not snow
tires, which are designed for deep snow. Winter tires have a
less aggressive tread pattern than snows and are constructed with
a top layer of rubber, about 5/16 deep that is formulated to stay
sort in cold weather, laid over ordinary rubber to the wear
indicators. Unlike ordinary all season tires, winter tires do
not get hard at temperatures below 20 degrees. Like a motorcycle
tire the rubber is soft, for added traction, but wears off in
around 10,000 miles. The layer below extends the life of the
tire when summer arrives. Blizzaks are one brand that comes to
mind. They are however for from the best brand one can buy and
there are several. Vriedistiens, made in Holland. are much
better. They cost around the same price, but nome of them are
cheap. Winter tires are best when used on all four wheels but
the can be installed on just the drive wheels on RWD cars. RWD
cars are not nearly as likely to loose steering control, during
deceleration, as FWD cars
I think alot depends on your local weather. We get lots of ice but also
snow. The closer tread and siping on winter all season is better than
deep lugs on ice, but deep lugs are much better in snow and mud. I'm
wearing Hankook M&S tires right now and they seem great so far. They
clean mud damn good and snow tractions been good and ice has been good.
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Really? Where are those? Here in Colorado we often have Chain or adequate
snow tire restrictions but usually for only short periods of time. I don't
know of any that require them all winter although there are some rural roads
where it might be recommended or even necessary.
I know back in the seventies there were roads in Idaho that were
posted - chains or 4wd required past this point from Nov to March. or
something to that effect.
PA law, at least last time I checked, PROHIBITTED installing only 2
snow tires on a 4 wheeled vehicle. When my parents went to visit
friends in the Cumberland? area 20 years ago or so, they were warned
they needed snow tires to travel into that area and must carry chains
(bear gap? - can't remember for sure) and having out of state plates
would be OK with snows on the rear only - but may get hassled by the
local constabulary. They went with snows and carried chains.
Laws are "selectively enforced" so in many cases you may not be
charged for running without legally required equipment - untill you
are involved in an accident. Then the "county mounty" can pull out the
rule book and find some obscure law nobody has heard about for 10
years to nail you.
I know in SOME areas, the "snow tires" MUST have the new designation
and crest with the mountain and snow-flake to classify as winter
tires. Anything else is considered an all-season and not allowed.
There is no law in Pa requiring snow tire on two wheels, let
alone all four on state roads. Local jurisdictions can post
signs requiring the use of snow tires and/or chains on LOCAL
streets, when there is a snow emergency declared. The courts
have determined that the driver can be find, but only if they
block emergency equipment with
a vehicle not so equipped, doing that emergency.
Well snow is snow and ice is ice.I would consider investing in some
cable type tire chains. Otherwise wait for the salt trucks to do their
thing..... Don't be like the idiot who just HAD to go out in the middle
of a hurricane, to get a pack of smokes?????
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