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    Quote Originally Posted by ZXNasty
    I find it hard to believe that snow tires are a cure all when most accidents due to snow could be cured by safer driving and awareness. Just a thought
    I don't believe anyone is touting that snow tires will cure all accidents. However, you're tires are the only piece of the car that touches the tarmac; without the tire being able to grip, it doesn't matter how safe/aware you have been driving, you're no longer in control of your vehicle. Summer tires are dangerous in any kind of winter weather, especially if the road isn't completely dry; I wish LEOs could tow the vehicle if caught with improper tires.

    Everyone does not need to purchase winter tires. You can get by with A/S tires, if they have decent tread and have the snowflake symbol on them; you just need to be aware of the limitations your choice in equipment will provide you. Additionally, there are different levels of winter tires that you can choose from. A performance winter tire (e.g., Dunlop WinterSport) will outperform an A/S in any condition 50° or below. For someone who doesn't see all that much snow, performance winter tires are ideal, as it gives you better traction in the colder temperatures, and when accumulation actually happens, you're good there, too. Once it warms back up, you have your dedicated summers which would again outperform the A/S tire in any condition above 50°.
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    Going to get some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's put on mine tomorrow. They are supposed to be top of the line for all season tires. Should cover my year round needs. We don't get much snow in this part of MD, but with AWD....should check that box when it does put a few flakes down.

    I don't think I push the performance envelope of dedicated summers, so the small drop in absolute grip probably won't be much of an issue to me. Swapping wheels and tires twice a year really doesn't appeal to me either. Also...understanding the limitations of your car / tires, and how to drive in snow helps. Too many people think AWD is a cure all, and end up doing some really stupid things.
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    Here in Canada, certain provinces (like Quebec) makes it illegal to drive in winter without dedicated snow tires (not even 4 seasons). I personally didn't need the law to tell me it was the right thing to do. The difference between summer and winter tires is astonishing.

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    Regardless if you get winter or settle with all season tires, if you drive in ice or snow in summer tires, you're an idiot.

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