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Can i make it through with "all season" tires in Toronto?

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Can i make it through with "all season" tires in Toronto?

Winter is upon us ... well almost :-)

So my question is if it is possible to drive during the entire winter with all season tires. I live in Toronto and well like the rest of Canada, things get really bad sometimes during the winter with snow storms and what not. What do you guys think? Are Winter tires really that necessary?
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It gets tricky in some situations (i.e. going up a hill), but I've managed.
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I use all season tires last 4 years, nothing that bad. I bought winters only cuz i have nice summer wheels now lol
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I never felt that I needed winter tires until one day I couldn't climb a hill that I normally have no problem climbing. Sliding sideways down a hill is no fun. Went straight to a tireshop and bought whatever tires they had available. I've never looked back.

It's like insurance; you may never use it but you'll be damn glad you had it when you do need it.
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I drove 10+ years without Winters without issue. However once I got winter tires I swore I'd never go another winter without them. They are just better for the winter, obviously...

So yes you can make it, if you have the spare cash for winters though, I'd recommend you get a set
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Of course you can, like majority of drivers they just drive 30-40 below the speed limit. :(
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vectorA wrote: Winter is upon us ... well almost :-)

So my question is if it is possible to drive during the entire winter with all season tires. I live in Toronto and well like the rest of Canada, things get really bad sometimes during the winter with snow storms and what not. What do you guys think? Are Winter tires really that necessary?
It is possible. Weigh the pro`s and con`s. Pro`s to buying winter tires. No matter how much snow we get you will get where your going. Most insurance companies give small discounts if you install winter tires. Your all season tires last longer. Con`s to not buying winter tires. During snow storms slipping while driving, all seasons wear out quicker. It all depends on how much snow we get and how much driving you need to do in the winter.
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If one has good all seasons that person may do ok, not many used winter tires in the eighties. However the touring style all season that is standard on most new cars might not be very desirable in slush or snow. But like others have said once you use winter tires one season you aren't likely to go back to all seasons.
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In short, yes.

In long, it will be better with winters.
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Winter tires help a lot but you only really need them when the roads haven't been cleared yet or if you live in far and small areas. East York = no problem
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u dont need winters..never used in vancity i know we dont get much snow but i think probably only up north they really need need winters..
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I always used winter tires. Its a must for rwd cars.
I got a awd suv now, so i could probably get away with all seasons. But instead i bought a used set of winter tires for $200. Only 1 season old. Some discount chinese tires, but still winter tires none the less.

If youre looking @ a good compromise there are 'all weather tires' that actually have the snow flake symbol. You can still drive these in the summer! Nokian wrg3 and hankook optimo 4s.
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vectorA wrote: Winter is upon us ... well almost :-)

So my question is if it is possible to drive during the entire winter with all season tires. I live in Toronto and well like the rest of Canada, things get really bad sometimes during the winter with snow storms and what not. What do you guys think? Are Winter tires really that necessary?
yes you can

winters not that necesary
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just remember... 99% of the rfd posters have never driven a car, they just post without knowing.

all seasons are fine for toronto. even in our heaviest snow fall I was able to manage for years. and even last year with all seasons near the end of their life, the car was fine.

anyway, winters are still better.
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I recommend getting winter tires.

Plus it also depends on what kind of all season tires you have. Some are much better than others. Hankook all seasons is terrible on ice/snow.
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if you're in Toronto winter tires are a must, all-seasons will do for the rest of Canada.
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Summer performance tires for the summer, winter tires for the winter, on separate wheels/rims. Best of both worlds. Why bother with all-seasons?
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Never used it and have yet to encounter a need for it.
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daivey wrote: just remember... 99% of the rfd posters have never driven a car, they just post without knowing.

all seasons are fine for toronto. even in our heaviest snow fall I was able to manage for years. and even last year with all seasons near the end of their life, the car was fine.

anyway, winters are still better.
A balanced answer. I used to just use all season...got along pretty good. Later on I got winter tires and it made the drive better.

If you have a job where you can work from home on bad days or short commutes can make it even more manageable.

I guess it's not even a debate in Quebec where it's mandatory now.

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