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    Winter tire roadtrip

    So this weekend I'm driving about 650 miles to a warmer area. I currently have my winter tires on (General Altimax). Its been teens-thirtys here but it will be in the 30-60's where I'm going.

    I don't think its a good idea to put my summer tires on in case I run into snow on the way back home.

    How much am I going to damage my tires?

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    Nobody?

    I'd really like to know if they'll survive the trip!

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    Winter tires wear more when the weather is warm, but I wouldn't call 60 hot, exactly. If the weather reports look good, I would switch them out. Unless they're summer only tires, in which case, I'd stay with the winters. If you have all-seasons, definitely use those instead.
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    Thanks for the reply.

    My other tires are the summer Dunlops that came on the car. Guess I'll stick with the winters. I was just a little concerned about the possibility of them not even lasting the trip.

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    I doubt you'll have THAT much wear. I took my blizzaks on an 800 mile road trip where it got up to 60 and they were fine when I got back, they were just noisy at times. I would say they did lose some life, but by the end of that winter (when I traded that car in), I still could easily have gotten another season or two out of them. So, entire season + roadtrip and still had plenty of life left. Do what is safest for you, regardless of how much it'll wear your tires. You can always buy new tires.
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    Okay, that puts my mind to rest. I was just a bit concerned that they would wear out mid trip.

    Thanks again!

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    Unless you're already way down on wear already, I highly doubt you'd have that problem. They wear quicker in warm weather, but not THAT fast. That's like DOT slick wear time.

    Just keep an eye on them when you stop for gas. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    I drove my car to FL on my winter tires. The only real issue is they got really greasy in the warm weather, and with constant U Turns, they would squeal even when trying NOT to be a jackass. I ran into an ice storm on the way home, so I was glad to have them, since my summer tires weren't safe in the rain, let alone in snow or ice.
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    Good to know.
    I have plenty of tread left and I would feel safer with them on.

    Thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Quioxte
    Good to know.
    I have plenty of tread left and I would feel safer with them on.

    Thanks for the advice!
    I missed the "NOT" in my last post

    I've since corrected it...
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    Noted. I'll keep my unintentional jackassery I check.

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    Yes due to winter tire design it's rough on them to U-turn, even when cold. The warmer weather won't help it. Especially if the car is loaded up with weight. If you roll the window down when you do it you can hear the pain haha.

    Where I am now it regularly goes from 30F in the morning to 50-60 in the afternoon and then back down again. Drives me nuts, but at least its nice outside at lunchtime! The winter tires will wear out faster when warm, but I don't think it would be a problem until you get up into and past the 70s. My summer tires get hard and don't grip well when its cold so I would rather take winter tires into the warm than the other way around. Just my experience with it all.

    Have a nice trip!

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