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Do you use Snow Tires?

  • Yes, And I Absolutley Love Them!

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  • Yes, But only beacuse it makes winter driving much easier.

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  • It snows here, But No, I can drive fine without them.

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Well do you?

It snows here alot during the winter, can thank Lake Effect for that, and I drove my first two winters without snow tires just fine, no problems. But last winter I got snow tires, and wow, it makes the driving so much easier. Heres a pic of my car with them on.





Supposed to start getting the white stuff here this weekend!
 

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never had snows. im too cheap to buy them, and too lazy to swap them out. so i just drive with whats on it all year round. if you are careful and aware of your surroundings, you can navigate just fine without snows


edit: car looks badass blacked out like that :thumb:
 

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Never used snow tires, and I know very few people who do.
 

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My father in law has a set for his S-10, but other than that, there's really no need in NJ. It snows here, but usually, if it snows enough to need snow tires (>6") this place is shut down.

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I have only purchased one set of snow tires and found that they worked great once you got used to the sloppy handling it gave on dry roads and to the additional noise. Unless I move north though I want buy any more. Particularily not for the Taurus as this thing is a tank in the snow. The taurus is as good in the snow on 60% worn all season tires as my escort GT was with snow tires.
We might get half a dozen snow falls in the winter here so it just doesn't make much sense.
 

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I love my snow tires. My last car didn't have them, a Ford Contour, sucked in the snow!
The tires were fine it was just the rear end was too light. I had to put bags of sand in the
trunk.

When I got the Taurus last year it came with the stock continentals. Doesn't do too well
in the rain so I figured it would only be worse in the snow. They had near 75% treat on
them, so I decided matter as well usethem up in the summer. I got super cheap Hankook
Winter Ipikes for $60 bucks a piece. Can not beat that! Things are unstopable in the
snow. The snows are quieter too.

I guess part of the reason I could say I love them is because I have no other tire to
compare them to besides the continentals. And as everyone knows here anything is
better than the continentals!
 

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I live in Moscow Idaho, and it is an extremely common thing out here to have snow tires. We get pretty good snow here, and the city does a pretty good job of cleaning the roads off. The problem comes into play when your driving in a falling snow. Like others have mentioned, the Taurus is pretty unstoppable in the snow. My car has the 4-wheel ABS and it stops pretty damn quick even on ice. When driving in a falling snow, you often drive on a road that has yet to be plowed. What happens is that the snow gets compacted to the road and turns into a glazed ice, and no plow will ever be able to scrape it up. last winter i was delivering pizza for Dominos, and i found that i could get up hills better with the little studs than i could with my regular tires. Having all those little studs really helped with griping the ice. The problem with studded tires is that the studs wear down. Depending on how much you drive the studs can last for many seasons, or they can last for a couple of winter months. We did a trip from here to Wisconsin a couple of years ago and completely wore the studs gone. Because i would eat through them so fast last year i was just buying them off Craigslist two at a time and putting the new ones on the front, and moving the fronts to the rear. the 60 bucks a pair was well worth it to me for the added traction. Another common thing around here is the tire chain. Les Schwab sells a very awesome set of chains that takes 5 min to install. On days when we would get exceptional snows (16 @#$%& inches in one day last year) the only way to go was with chains, and once i had my chains on, everybody bowed to the awesome power of the "sno-bull". Well that was a long rant, but i would definitely say that it really depends on where you live. Right now in my town the lines at the local tire store are hundred cars a day long to get snow tires, but go to Tacoma WA and they don't even stock the things.
 

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I here you. I was under the impression that chains were illegal to put on your tires?

I decided to go with just regular snow tires, no studs or anything. I don't like the idea of driving on metal when its not snowing out.

Those of you with the ABS are lucky, I probally wouldnt be bothering with the snows if I had ABS, ive done my fair share of fishtails onto peoples property and had alot of close calls last winter.

I can drive fine in the snow, but I don't know how to correctly, I admit it. I panic and hit the break as soon as I start sliding, but I know im not supposed to. Its just that the snow tires make it much easier for me.
 

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Chains aren't illegal. CalTrans/NDOT tells us to use chains or snow tires to go over the pass when there's heavy snow.

I've never had a good experience driving the Sable or Taurus in the snow.
 

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I have been driving since '78 and have never had a car with snow tires. I have always found that if you have good safe tires and drive acording to the weather you shouldnt have any problems. I have always had all season tires, never had summer high performance tires. The closest thing was when I had my '75 trans am with 15 x 8 fronts and 15 x 12 rears with the old goodyear GT radials, sometimes they felt like snow shoes, but I never got stuck with them. My wife has a 4x4 cherokee she drives in the winter and it has goodyear wranglers on it, thats the closest to snow tires in this yard.
 

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I want to get a set of snow tires, but haven't been able to shell out the cash for tires and rims ($60 per rim for steelies, really?).
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You dont need to get separate wheels for the snow tires, most people just swap the snows onto there regular wheels. I have a second set of taurus wheels with my snows on them for ease of switching, but its not necessary.

I've never had a good experience driving the Sable or Taurus in the snow.
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I cant believe that you have bad luck driving the tauri in the snow. I grew up in Wisconsin, so i learned to drive in the snow at a young age, so that helps my case. I thought that my taurus handled superbly in the snow last year. My car would even motor through knee deep drifted driveway snow and that burm that the plow always leaves at the foot of the driveway. I didnt get stuck once last winter.
 

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i never see snow on the road to worry about buying snow tires. but if i did i prolly would still go without them, unless there was snow on the ground for more than a month
 

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Because i would eat through them so fast last year i was just buying them off Craigslist two at a time and putting the new ones on the front, and moving the fronts to the rear. the 60 bucks a pair was well worth it to me for the added traction.
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Check around, I think for front wheel drive cars, you're supposed to put the best tires on the rear of the car, not on the front. Reason is that if you go into a skid, with the best tires on the rear, it's more likely to start at the front and you can control it while if it starts at the rear, you'll just more likely fishtail. That is, if they're on the front, you'll start to notice it and can slow down and control it better, but if your rears go out, it's pretty much a goner. I've mentioned it people at the tire stores and even they seem to like putting the best tires on the front on FWD, but then I mention the skid thing and then they agreed it should be on the back.
 

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^^^You're right, best tires on the rear of a front wheel drive.

I run winter tires with studs. It's great in the snow, I can get anywhere I want to. With my all-season tires, I managed to get stuck in my driveway with only 2 inches of snow. In the province of Quebec it's manditory by law to run winter tires during the winter. It's something they just started this year. More then likely I think more provinces that receive a lot of snow will also make it manditory as well. Only problem there is that in Quebec people are stealing the wheels off of other people's cars during the night. So I may be looking into a set of locking nuts if they make that law manditory around here.
 

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Check around, I think for front wheel drive cars, you're supposed to put the best tires on the rear of the car, not on the front. Reason is that if you go into a skid, with the best tires on the rear, it's more likely to start at the front and you can control it while if it starts at the rear, you'll just more likely fishtail. That is, if they're on the front, you'll start to notice it and can slow down and control it better, but if your rears go out, it's pretty much a goner. I've mentioned it people at the tire stores and even they seem to like putting the best tires on the front on FWD, but then I mention the skid thing and then they agreed it should be on the back.
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This advice kind of surprises me. Last year was the first year that i had driven my tuarus in the snow and i never had the ass end of the car slide out. There were times that i even tried to make it slide just for fun (all my previous cars were rear wheel drive and in my opinion much more fun in the winter). There were times when it had freezing rained so i was literally driving on glazed ice and the butt of the car would just follow wherever the front wheels went. A problem that i some times have with my 4X4 suburban is that when i hit the brakes the rear has a tendency to slide out and make me go sideways, but since my Taurus has ABS i couldn't ever make my car do this (unless intentional with e-brake). I prefer to put the newest studs on the front so that if i'm driving up a steep frozen hill i have the best grip i can possibly have and likewise for coming back down that hill i want to have the best braking power on the wheels with the most weight on them.
 
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