Originally Posted by TheShadowFL
I've not bought a set of snow tires, since I put them on my International Scout back in 1970.
With front wheel drive and proper driving techniques, you don't need them.
For many years, I drove Company Cars around the mid-west, in all sorts of inclement weather.
None of the companies I worked for, would put snow tires on their cars in the winter.
I just loaded the vehicles with all the extra weight I could, dropped the tire pressure and kept on Truckin'.
The price of a set of snows, can buy a lot of beer and pizza.
A lift kit, cannot only mess with your warranty, but it also makes your car more top heavy, increasing the possibility of a roll-over.
The rear skid plate does do a good job and it doesn't mess with your warranty. My skid plate has some serious gouges in it.
Cheers Mate, enjoy your winter!
Questionable advice. Snowtire benefits include:
- much better traction in snow,
- much, much better on ice (with right tire choice),
- shorter braking distances on slippery surfaces,
- virtually as quiet and handle as good as all-seasons (with right tire choice),
- will allow all-seasons originals to retain their tread longer (since they are not being used in winter),
- all seasons in winter during the last year of their life have little tread depth and will actually prove to be dangerous,
- extra cost only involves initial outlay of snowtire cost. This cost will be largely recouped over life of tires (original tires last longer),
- piece of mind.