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Rain Man
12-07-2005, 11:28 AM
I've got a set of snow tires and a set of regular tires for my car.

I've noticed that the snow tires make a world of difference when driving in snow. It's absolutely amazing how big a difference they make.

But in the other direction, I haven't noticed any advantage on not having the snow tires in good weather. In fact, I never even took the snow tires off last year and just drove on them all summer.

So what's the deal with the regular tires? Do they supposedly handle better, and I just don't know it because I tend to drive like a truck driver with a load of nitro glycerine? Do they get better gas mileage? Do they make it easier in an emergency situation to swerve and nail Jake Plummer if I happen to see him on a sidewalk? Why should I ever take off my snow tires? I'm stumped.

morphius
12-07-2005, 11:32 AM
I think snow tires wear a lot quicker.

Rain Man
12-07-2005, 11:33 AM
Ah. So it's a cost issue? I hadn't considered that.

Do snow tires cost more, too? It's been a while since I bought tires.

KCTitus
12-07-2005, 11:35 AM
If you want to improve your lap times at Infineon Raceway, I'd go with the regular tires vs. snow tires.

Baby Lee
12-07-2005, 11:35 AM
They wear quicker, and the aggressive pattern cuts down on gas mileage and increases road noise.

Rain Man
12-07-2005, 11:36 AM
I very seldom drive there. It must not be on my way to the sports bar.

Baby Lee
12-07-2005, 11:37 AM
I very seldom drive there. It must not be on my way to the sports bar.
I hear they frown on throwback jerseys there, or maybe they just toss a fey snicker your way. :thailor:

Rain Man
12-07-2005, 11:39 AM
They wear quicker, and the aggressive pattern cuts down on gas mileage and increases road noise.

What's the mileage impact?

Other than road noise, it seems like I can do a quick cost-benefit analysis on the average replacement cost and gasoline costs versus the cost and time of getting the tires switched out twice a year.

beavis
12-07-2005, 11:41 AM
Does your bike have snow tires on it?

seclark
12-07-2005, 11:41 AM
Other than road noise, it seems like I can do a quick cost-benefit analysis on the average replacement cost and gasoline costs versus the cost and time of getting the tires switched out twice a year.
can you check and see if it's worth leaving the chains on my truck tires, too?
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Baby Lee
12-07-2005, 11:47 AM
What's the mileage impact?
That might, might, depend on your car and the specific tires. Doncha think.

Other than road noise, it seems like I can do a quick cost-benefit analysis on the average replacement cost and gasoline costs versus the cost and time of getting the tires switched out twice a year.
Or you could be a non-peach car drivin' pansy and switch the tires out yerself. :shrug:

;)

Pants
12-07-2005, 11:50 AM
Snow tires = better grip = more friction = higher resistance = more work = higher gas milege. Plus they wear like mother****ers.

Rain Man
12-07-2005, 11:55 AM
Or you could be a non-peach car drivin' pansy and switch the tires out yerself. :shrug:

;)


I have no doubt that the final result of that would be me pinned underneath an overturned and burning car, being attacked by coyotes.

John_Wayne
12-07-2005, 12:03 PM
I think snow tires make more noise too.

morphius
12-07-2005, 12:07 PM
Ah. So it's a cost issue? I hadn't considered that.

Do snow tires cost more, too? It's been a while since I bought tires.
I can't say, I have never bought any. My friend in Denver did that and wore through them pretty quickly on his "Playskool's First Beemer". I do know he bought a pretty expensive set of snow tires and just raved about them.

Radar Chief
12-07-2005, 12:08 PM
I have no doubt that the final result of that would be me pinned underneath an overturned and burning car, being attacked by coyotes.

Attacked? Probably more like “scavenged”. ;)

Radar Chief
12-07-2005, 12:11 PM
As far as MPG difference, probably very little real difference assume’n you have the same size tire, same rolling diameter. They, snow tires, may be a bit heavier but we’re honestly talk’n uh MPG, maybe two.
That and if you were actually drive’n your car as a performance vehicle you’d notice a huge difference in traction between the snow and even mild street tires.

Rain Man
12-07-2005, 12:14 PM
I can't say, I have never bought any. My friend in Denver did that and wore through them pretty quickly on his "Playskool's First Beemer". I do know he bought a pretty expensive set of snow tires and just raved about them.


Yeah, these are upper-end tires, though I don't remember the cost. Before I had them, I could tell I was losing traction the first time it snowed, and the car has one of those anti-skid systems that hits the brake on one or more tires to automatically stop the skid. So I was driving around with all four tires randomly braking separately or in unison, and it was not a whole lot of fun. With these snow tires, I just go. It's like having an apricot jeep.

Radar Chief
12-07-2005, 12:20 PM
Yeah, these are upper-end tires, though I don't remember the cost. Before I had them, I could tell I was losing traction the first time it snowed, and the car has one of those anti-skid systems that hits the brake on one or more tires to automatically stop the skid. So I was driving around with all four tires randomly braking separately or in unison, and it was not a whole lot of fun. With these snow tires, I just go. It's like having an apricot jeep.

Blasphemer!

Baby Lee
12-07-2005, 12:25 PM
Yeah, these are upper-end tires, though I don't remember the cost. Before I had them, I could tell I was losing traction the first time it snowed, and the car has one of those anti-skid systems that hits the brake on one or more tires to automatically stop the skid. So I was driving around with all four tires randomly braking separately or in unison, and it was not a whole lot of fun. With these snow tires, I just go. It's like having an apricot jeep.
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HemiEd
12-07-2005, 02:03 PM
They wear quicker, and the aggressive pattern cuts down on gas mileage and increases road noise.


Agreed, also the snow tires will not handle as well turning. The vibration will increase wear on suspension components as well.

Miles
12-07-2005, 02:05 PM
With the type of car you have the snow tires will hurt handling and ride when the streets are clear. Basically will take away a lot of the performance characteristics of your car.

And yeah, summer performace tires do completly suck in the snow.