Re: Winter Tires
Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:01 am
bobo wrote:Does anybody run studs? Don't you think you get better traction with studs, vs the non studded winter tires?
Having been in the tire business in the frozen ass-end of nowhere and driven in ice and snow for forty-five years, the answer is:bobo wrote:Does anybody run studs? Don't you think you get better traction with studs, vs the non studded winter tires?
Yes, No, Maybe,
No, studs are not necessary. In 99.9% of winter driving conditions, they offer less traction than a good winter tire. FWIW, most states with any guts in government banned studs years ago. Studs destroy the road surface and cause billions of dollars in damage. (A pox on those who demand to run studded tires; I live in Washington, a state without enough guts to ban those carbide-tipped highway destroyers. At present, there is a $5 wink-and-a-nod fee. — We can only hope to pass a bill with a stiff penalty — New studded tires would carry a $100 fee if purchased after July 1 of this year and be banned after mid-2025 if House Bill 1309, sponsored by state Reps. Cindy Ryu and Steve Tharinger passes, the $100 fee would replace the current $5 fee and eventually phase out studded tires.)
Yes, if driving on glare ice, studs have better traction. How often should one be on glare ice?
Maybe, buy the best winter tires, mounted on wheels with TPMS sensors. Scandahoovians know winter, so Nokian and Gislaved are among the best, Don't run them much past half tread depth if you want them to really work for you.