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Old 12-26-2011, 10:00 PM
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Just bought a set of winter tires for our expedition. buying a new set isn't remotely close to being in our budget, and since this trip is of an urgent nature, we will be baring the roads with the winter tires. Southern California is our destination, and I was curious if anybody in this forum has made a similar trip with winter tires. My concerns are specifically - treadwear and gas mileage. I can't find any sites that address this concerns with any facts, just a lot of mixed personal experiences. Assuming everybody is from the Springs on this forum, maybe you have some better insight? Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:51 PM
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Depends on how many miles you have on them already. I bought a set of winter studs a couple years ago for my Kia Sorento and they lasted me two years of regular driving on them (and I commute about 20 miles a day each way)

They were largely wasted though, the roads in Colorado, even after a large snowstorm, can be back to bare pavement <24 hours later. Much is as the case right now, most major roads are totally dry right now in the metro areas.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:42 AM
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I had winter tires on my car (NOT studded) and we went from Co Spgs to LA with no problems. I don't think the gas mileage will be an issue and I think tread wear is nothing to worry about. For example on the gas mileage concern, if you took the trip with regular tires, (whatever that means) you might get say 25 miles per gallon for say, 3,000 miles at 3 bucks a gallon, which would cost you $360. With winter tires you might only get 23 mpg, thus your final cost would be $391 for a net difference of $31. Split that up between you and your buddies and it's ten bucks each, which is not worth worrying about.
I think the main factors in a road trip which you are (sort of) describing would be weather, gas mileage of the car (regardless of the tire selection), comfort of the seats, if you get along with the other people you are going with, and of course number of large pets that will be inside the car and how wet they are.
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