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Old 12-14-2018, 03:10 PM
 
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Apologies in advance, as I feel like this subject MUST have been posted a million times, but I searched and just not finding what I am looking for.....

Making the DFW/Den/GJ drive on the usual interstates. I have done the diagonal 69/50/550 route many times in summer and fall, but I'm not brave/stupid enough to try it in December and January. I AM brave/stupid enough to try to do it in my 4 cyl sedan with FWD. I read a few independent studies about snow and mountain driving, and the synopsis is that though AWD is prefered, FWD is ok but any drive train must have winter tires...i.e. it is the quality of the tires more so than the drive train that matters.

Finally the question: from experienced Colorado mountain drivers, is there a certain winter or snow tire that is preferable?

Any other suggestions?


Oh, you might wonder WHY am I taking my little sedan without AWD, so here it is: 1) I have 2 teen/early 20's girls and they cannot help me make the long drive if I am in a rental (must be over 25); and 2) I am not sure that the rental companies would provide the right kind of tires for me anyway if I am renting from Texas.

TIA
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:25 PM
 
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If you haven't done so already, do read this thread on tires, it has a lot of info.

Most people on here will recommend Blizzak snow tires.

Not sure what a rental car firm will provide, the rental firms at Denver airport will have cars for winter driving but I'd bet they're expensive.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Riley Co
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There's a recent discussion on winter tires & driving @ ih8mud.com the first post lists his ranking, w/Nokian first & Blizzak down the line . . . wisdom on many sites says you need FOUR winter tires, not just 2 on the front/driven wheels.

In winter climates, folks run winter tires on one set of wheels; all-season tires on another. There may be a tire dealer in your area that will store your winter/summer tire sets in the off-season. You will need a 2nd set of 4 wheels, steel wheels are fine, & cheaper than fancy wheels that may have come on your car.

Nokian's site lets you look up what size will fit your car:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 A non-studded tire that offers supreme driving comfort and safety

Have fun in Colorado!
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:38 PM
 
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Marsha, Let me introduce you to our pal Skydog....

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Old 12-14-2018, 08:30 PM
 
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:45 PM
 
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I drove my ford focus with all season tires for years around Colorado. Carried chains with me, only needed them once.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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Paging SkyDog77.
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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AWD Doesn't Matter in the Winter. Tires Do.

Why winter-specific rubber is the most important thing you can buy to make driving in inclement weather safer


The above article tells you just about everything you need to know on the topic.



Blizzak non studded tires are fantastic. I used to drive a RWD BMW M3 sportscar and with proper tires it was better in the snow than an SUV with All Season Tires.




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Old 12-17-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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Thanks everyone so much. I read all of these, watched videos, went to the prescribed past discussion and link. If I am remaining on the interstates (287 87, 25, 70) are my regular tires ok? In the sense that, I know they will close the highways completely if it is severe enough, and keep them clear otherwise? So far, it appears the only real snow will be through Vail pass (so far!).
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Thanks everyone so much. I read all of these, watched videos, went to the prescribed past discussion and link. If I am remaining on the interstates (287 87, 25, 70) are my regular tires ok? In the sense that, I know they will close the highways completely if it is severe enough, and keep them clear otherwise? So far, it appears the only real snow will be through Vail pass (so far!).
If it were me and I was making a single trip, I actually would not buy new tires. I would just watch the weather and not drive if it was bad. Making a trip through and living here are two totally different things.

Just remember that even if there is no snow, all season tires turn rock hard when it’s very cold out. You need to be cautious.
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