Rick 386 wrote:It really doesn't matter what tires you use,
the big issue is to get that summer air out of the tires and replace it with winter air !!!
9 out of 10 blondes agree. ...
I could try that one on the yuppies - and top off their blinker fluid too!
Soft tires = mega snow/ice traction. The softer the tire, the quicker it wears out, but the more traction you have on ice. Harder the tire (from age or construction), the more "OH *censored*!" moments your going to have in the snow. Can't get around the laws of physics. With that said, I have Blizzaks in DM-V1. Squishy tread that you can easily bend with your fingers. And after driving in warm weather, they get that "shredded" look like a tire fresh off a race track. I try to run them as little as possible because I am VERY tough on tires. If I get 30K out of a high mileage set I'm doing damn good. But as far as traction goes I agree with Chris on this one - if they made all those morons in Worcester in their ricer cars put these on, we'd never see gridlock in a snowstorm again. They are just AWESOME in the snow!! I tend not to slow down in bad weather, & these make me not crash. I recently told the story of driving back from Worcester in that October snowstorm with this guy that kept trying to pass me & almost hit me ... so I cut him off & proceeded to haul ass on untreated roads. We got to a point where I saw him completely lose control in my rearview mirror (guy was in a Blazer - I was in a full size extended cab truck - Blazers are better in snow to begin with) while I continued on with just a slight push in a corner that I came out of with a little throttle. Needless to say I got rid of a tailgater.
The wife's Blazer has Firestone Winterforce's on it. They're noticeably harder in compound than the Blizzaks, so they won't be as good on ice, but they will last longer. As with all dedicated snows, they're directional. So if you don't mount your own tires, make sure the kid at the chain store mounted them in the correct direction of rotation.