Date: 23 Jan 2003 03:06:20 GMT
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Kevin Rhodes <> wrote: > In article <b0n3ta$rgr47$>, wrote: > But what of the 40-50 days per winter here in Maine where the temperature is > well above freezing and the roads are perfectly dry? I would submit that snow > tires are just as unsuitable in those conditions. Apparently we have different experience with snow tires. I wouldn't call mine uber-performance tires by any means, but they're by no means unsafe on dry pavement. > Or even worse - ever driven > on snows on a 70 degree February thaw day? Scary. Or do you switch your tires > -daily- to match the prevailing conditions? I generally switch December 1-ish and May 1-ish, which coincides with the expected snowfall in the area. > Life is a compromise - where I > live and where the previous poster lives, all-season tires are an acceptable > compromise. Where you live they may not be. I have had exactly one day this > winter where I felt snow tires would have been advantageous. That was > Christmas day when we got 1/2 meter of snow in 8 hours. I simply slowed down > to 25mph and crawled home from Christmas Dinner in the storm. I suppose if you've never had a good set of snow tires, you don't know what you're missing. As long as you're happy, go for it.

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