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Old 10-30-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I finally got a set of snow tires and winter wheels for my car this year. I got tired of getting stuck in my parking lot and having trouble getting up my road in the snow.

I wanted to know when everyone on here usually put their snow tires on and takes them off for the year? Do you wait until just before the first snow? Or do you take advantage of the softer compound for the colder weather earlier?

When do you take them off? Do you wait until you can wear shorts? Or do you take them off when you first see green popping up in the garden?
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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I personally dont use snow tires anymore but when I did I usually threw them on at the end of november
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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When I lived in Montreal, snow tires were a MUST. Obviously.

The general rule of thumb was to get them put on right before you needed them on (i.e. right before the snow), although that made for long lines at the garages. And take them off as soon as you don't think it's going to snow again. I know, that's a little vague, but the consensus is that you don't want to have them on for more time than you need them on because (a) it's a rougher ride, and (b) if there's no snow, the treads wear down quicker on pavement.

I hope that helps a bit.
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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It does. I'll just wait until snow is expected. I'm not worried about lines at a garage. I have a floor jack and a compressor in my garage.

As for the tread wear, snow tires have a softer compound and are better in cold weather than all-season tires or summer tires and I was wondering if anyone here noticed an advange on cold roards with snow tires.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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Not sure what kind of snow tires you bought, but here is some info for you.

CT DMV Chapter 3

DMV: Chapter 3

Slippery Roads:
........ Studded tires are permitted in Connecticut from November 15th through April 30th. ..........
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: CT
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No snow tires here- get a SUBARU! AWD is the best with a top quality all season tire. I just installed Kumho's on my Impreza. However, the subie probably would go like a tank with a set of snows on her...
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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This probably begins the yearly discussion on the need for snows and the various AWD vehicles folks have. The general answer is usually 'it depends' on a lot of variables.

I also install my own snows, usually within days or hours of the first 'lasting' snow. Along the route 84 corridor, I find that is usually somewhere between December 15 through 31st but occasionally it can be after New Year. Of course we can get snow earlier, but it often isn't severe or doesn't last. If you must drive a lot, through difficult driving neighborhoods, and prefer to be ready for the first snow, you should consider installing them earlier. I remove them in early spring usually about late March-Early April IIRC (again watching the weather and sometimes chance a late snow...).

My objective is to use the snows only when it is pretty cold and snow is likely. I get a lot of years of effective use this way. I install on both AWD and FWD vehicles and only in sets of 4. Yes the transition between the snows and summer tires (I use SUMMER performance tires not all season) is sometimes noticeable and requires a bit of adjustment in driving habits. As always YMMV and to each his or her own.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: New England
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Here is a good thread to read about "snows" that we had last year.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/6685200-post40.html

To answer the "when" question, on my wifes FWD sedan, I put them on generally mid to end of Nov and get them off Mid end of March.

If there is an out of place big storm before or after that, the car is still decent with all seasons.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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If you can use studs do so!!
And put tires on when that date comes.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by Wingfoot View Post
If you can use studs do so!!
And put tires on when that date comes.
Studded tires actually perform worse than a modern high performance snow tire on tarmac and snow covered roads.

They also abuse the roads.

Studs are for ice.

This is fact, not fiction...do a search and check the thread I posted above with real world testing.

10 years or so I used to ice race up in Pittsfield MA and we'd make our own studded tires - like these:



THAT'S a stud.
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