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Snow Tires - Who has them?

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Poll: Do you have snow tires on your vehicle?

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Kaiu wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 9:15 am
FWD no Winter (All-seasons only)

In the GTA... Seriously! We don't need winter tires!

Outside the GTA, I can see winter tires being needed though... When I drive in Montreal/Quebec City, I wish I had winter tires in some areas :D

I definitely would prefer to have winter tires, but always forget, and in the GTA, they would only be useful at most 2 weeks (if not even 1 week) worth of Winter each year lol...
GTA is only below 7C for 2 weeks? I want to live there, because it's -16C where I am right now.
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flyz wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 11:42 am
GTA is only below 7C for 2 weeks? I want to live there, because it's -16C where I am right now.
Average December temperature: -1ºC / 30ºF
December average high: 2ºC / 36ºF
December average low: -4ºC / 25ºF

Average January temperature: -6ºC / 21ºF
January average high: -2ºC / 28ºF
January average low: -10ºC / 14ºF

February average: -5ºC / 23ºF
February average high: -1ºC / 30ºF
February average low: -10ºC / 14ºF

http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadianci ... oronto.htm

And yeah, snow here usually melts away pretty quick once the sun comes out not to mention our real snow days (if we even have any) only occur a couple times :P

For some reason, people (probably media too) like to claim how bad it is in Toronto at least, but I don't like the cold either so I can sympathise I guess T.T
*In general the GTA is also pretty flat, so probably only people who live near/travel the slopey roads would really need winter tires, but yeah very few areas that are like that.*
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You left out the RWD - no. I've seen idiots drive their RWD without winter tires... Good for parking lot fun. Bad for driving.
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if you know how to drive properly and safe, you do not need winter tires.
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Kaiu wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 11:46 am
Average December temperature: -1ºC / 30ºF
December average high: 2ºC / 36ºF
December average low: -4ºC / 25ºF

Average January temperature: -6ºC / 21ºF
January average high: -2ºC / 28ºF
January average low: -10ºC / 14ºF

February average: -5ºC / 23ºF
February average high: -1ºC / 30ºF
February average low: -10ºC / 14ºF

http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadianci ... oronto.htm

And yeah, snow here usually melts away pretty quick once the sun comes out not to mention our real snow days (if we even have any) only occur a couple times :P

For some reason, people (probably media too) like to claim how bad it is in Toronto at least, but I don't like the cold either so I can sympathise I guess T.T
*In general the GTA is also pretty flat, so probably only people who live near/travel the slopey roads would really need winter tires, but yeah very few areas that are like that.*
Winters are recommended whenever the temperatures drop below 7 degrees celsius.

As per your own info, winters are recommended for driving in all those months. Add November and March as well.
cns187 wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 1:18 pm
if you know how to drive properly and safe, you do not need winter tires.
hence why most people in the GTA should have winter tires

(if you don't understand, i'm saying most Toronto drivers are ***** )
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I do 80-90% of my driving in the GTA and don't see the need for winter tires. However, I certainly alter my driving style when there's snow or ice on the ground, but then again, I would have done the same if I had winter tires.

However, if I lived anywhere outside the GTA, where there's more snow, more whiteouts, more badly plowed roads I would definitely get snow tires.
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Rwd ( with 4x4 option, rarely on) - No - fresh set of Michelin LTX all-Terrain are doing the job
FWD minivan - Big yes. Changed from Goodyear Nordic ( AKA CTire sh**) to michelin xice - what a difference.
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Little Tim wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 2:21 pm
I do 80-90% of my driving in the GTA and don't see the need for winter tires. However, I certainly alter my driving style when there's snow or ice on the ground, but then again, I would have done the same if I had winter tires.

However, if I lived anywhere outside the GTA, where there's more snow, more whiteouts, more badly plowed roads I would definitely get snow tires.
Snow is not the only issue.

"With temperatures just below freezing and on dry pavement, stopping distance for vehicles equipped with all-season tires is 30% longer than for vehicles with winter tires."
(according to the article archived at http://bit.ly/WndnpL )
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I never saw the need for snow tires until a couple years ago when I had my Mini Cooper. Because it's wheelbase is pretty narrow, and I had low profile tires on it from when I bought it, I had a horrible time with control. I could do it, but driving it in bad weather stressed me out. I bought a set of winter tires, and the driving/control was much better and less stressful.

Ever since then I've made the investment for winter tires.
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MS MSP wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 2:09 pm
Winters are recommended whenever the temperatures drop below 7 degrees celsius.

As per your own info, winters are recommended for driving in all those months. Add November and March as well.



hence why most people in the GTA should have winter tires

(if you don't understand, i'm saying most Toronto drivers are ***** )
Tire temp ranges:
Summer: 50c-07c.
All-Season: 30c-(-15c).
Winter: 7c-(-40c).

All seasons start to lose traction below 7c, there is little case for Winters driving around on plowed roads at 0 when snow doesn't even stick for 1/2 a month by 3 months. Perhaps for people that drive all day, or drive the back country roads.

Otherwise park it for the two weeks their is snow on the ground and otherwise you're gravy.
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Fwd sedan YES with Michelin X-ice
Fwd minivan YES with Blizzacks WS70

Prefer Blizzacks :)
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I have Gislaved nord*frost 5 and Blizzak DM-V1's.

The Blizzaks are amazing in ice but they're not the greatest in snow as the car fishtails quite frequently. Then again, the car is a bit more powerful.
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Live in Alberta for my first year (previously lived in Ontario for 20+ years) and I can drive fine without winters, leave more space between you and other cars and it does wonders...
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I just got Nokians; first time ever driving/being in a car with winters. What a huge difference. Wont go another winter without them.

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