one of the most imporant things to remember is to put sand bags or
something else soft in the bed for weight. that will make more difference
than any perticular tire. about 400 lbs will work pretty well. KB
Thunder Snake #9
"Protect" your rights or "lose" them.
About any brand-name (Goodyear, Michelin, etc.) works OK in the snow if
you've got some weight in the bed. I use plastic storage boxes that each
hold about 25#. 8 of those place FORWARD of the rear axle (mine are
actually against the front of the truck bed) gives enough weight on the
rear for decent traction with a set of Michelin M&S tires.
My car has Goodyear GT II Eagles. Good tires. Good traction in winter
and they work well in the summer too.
You're right. You can't have everything. Where I live and drive, they
are much better than storing a set of tires and having to switch them
twice a year. In other places, it may be worth it.
I don't believe in the tooth fairy, but all-season tires are good enough
for most people.
I'm in the Southern Ontario "slush belt" where "all season tires" and
"antilock brakes" sell more front end repairs than all other causes
combined. Untill anti-lock brakes became the norm, most of us made do
with "all season" tires, but there has been a major shift to "season
specific" tires - particularly on vehicles with wide low profile tires
which turn into "four flying saucers" at the first sign of wet snow.
Good narrow agressive treads win hands down, particularly with a
hygroscopic tread, like the "ice tires". They give you half a chance
of keeping control when braking in the heavy wet sloppy stuff with
antilock brakes, which otherwize just assure you that you will hit
whatever you hit while travelling in a straight line.
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Actually one would be better advised to remove winter tires, like snow
tires, at the end of the season as well. Winter tires like snow tires use a
rubber compound that stays pliable at much colder temperatures than ordinary
all season tires, but winter tires are constructed with a less aggressive
tread design than snow tires.
Unlike show tires, winter tires also have a even softer top layer of rubber,
much like the rubber on a motorcycle tire. That top layer of softer rubber
wears off at around 10K miles, leaving a cold weather rubber compound for
traction in cold climates.
By removing the winter tires at the end of winter one can easily get two or
even three years from the tires, depending on ones annual mileage. After
the second or third year they can be left on until worn out. Winter tires
are best installed on all four wheels for all around better traction in cold
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