I hear that snow tires are Mandatory in Canada. Is that right? Can they actually tell you what kind of tires to put on your car?
If 'they' mandate them, then they should also supply them. That's only fair, Eh?
I've not bought a snow tire in over forty years even when I lived in Snow Country. FWD eliminated the need for them.
I was going through a high pass in the Rockies one day in my '66 Toronado and the highway patrol was stopping all cars and turning those back that did not have studded snow tires or chains. The officer took one look at the Toro and just smiled and waved me on through. Those J78x15 tires, with 3,600 pounds sitting on top of them could go through almost anything.
I've punched through 3' high snow drifts, with snow going all the way back over the car.
Now that's a really COOL experience.( pun intended )
I've actually seen Toronado's with snow tires on the front, but I never needed them.
I taught a course in Winter Driving to ambulance drivers, as a driving instructor in the Army.
Someone recently mentioned what horrible traction a Ford Mustang gets in winter. I had a '69 Mustang, in Illinois, during two winters and I never had any problem going wherever I wanted to go with normal street tires. I'd just put about 300# of sandbags in the trunk, dropped the rear tire pressure down to about 20psi and went wherever I dang well pleased.
I've seen people hopelessly stuck, with snow tires on. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad.
Cheers Mates, Happy Motoring!