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Old 09-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Thoughts on winter tires

I just moved to Grand Rapids, MI from Tampa, FL. Winter is quickly approaching and I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are on winter tires. Having never driven in the snow before, I'm not really sure if I should buy them or not. I drive a '13 Focus and my wife drives a '13 Edge (2WD).


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Old 09-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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If you can afford winter tires, get them. If they really aren't in your budget then you can make it through the winter without, however, you will have a harder time starting out, stopping, stearing, basically doing anything will be harder.

I strongly recomend snow tires if you can afford them.
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Having a dedicated set of summer and winter tires/wheels will always be safer and better performing than a single set of all-seasons for people that live in areas that have multiple seasons. Some people don't have the finances/storage space, but if you do then you absolutely should.
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better performing than a single set of all-seasons for people that Love in areas that have multiple seasons.
Are we talking tires or rubbers?
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Are we talking tires or rubbers?


really tho, if you have the means, get a set of winter tires, you will be happy you did.
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Are we talking tires or rubbers?
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I used the all seasons during last winter, they were brand new and did fairly okay. I still had the issue at slanted intersections sliding sideways trying accelerate, and braking was a little of a issue at times (abs is a god send) I digress, buy them if you can, and buy a good set, continentals extreme winter contact are what I am going to buy next being that in Alberta we get the Chinooks and weather is very variable from blizzard to sunny and slush.
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Suggestions to the op about winter snow: practice.
You really need to get some practice driviing in snow.
i suggest finding in advance some parking lot which is deserted.. First snow go there early and practice driving around crazy.. Spin out.. make hard turns while hitting the brakes.. at say 20mph You WILL slide.
That is the point. Finding out what your car does when you do stuff,, with snow under the tires.
Will be really useful to know.
I go to a local closed school parking lot (which never gets plowed unless a foot of snow..) And spin around some every year first snow.. to get back into remembering. And I grew up in snow with bald tires... and rear wheel drive..


The main street advice is leave a HUGE amount of space in front of your car.. no tailgating. change speeds gradually And do NOT be afraid the car is slipping around some. that is natural..

I, being used to snow, left my Summer only tires on year round with my Contour SVT. never had any problems. It was FUN sliding around... LOL
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First of all, Welcome to Michigan! You are in my favorite area of the state. Grand Rapids is pretty awesome and like a mini-Chicago.

Grand Rapids does a pretty efficient job with their snow removal and salting roads, so your main concern will be driving while it is currently snowing before they are able to get to it. Right now, do you have summer tires or all-seasons on your Focus? I ask because GR is a metropolitan area where you can count on the roads being cleared quickly, and you could easily get away with all-seasons and be fine.

I would suggest waiting for that first snowfall, drive cautiously, and see how things go. I would bet more than 75% of people in Michigan just stick to all-seasons. You're not going to die on that first drive out, and then decide if you think you'll need those snow tires to feel safe.
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