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Old 08-22-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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I live on campus at RIT and I'm not really planning any extensive trips with my 89 Cutlass Ciera, but I'd like to know if I should invest in snow tires, I'm not from here and I'll be trying to minimize driving in the snow, but after all, I'll still need groceries and stuff for my apartment, but since it isn't very hilly to get to wegmans and walmart would snow tires be overkill?

Don't laugh at this southerner too much if this question is just too dumb.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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Not a dumb question at all. Snow removal in Henrietta is usually pretty good, and with the limited amount of driving you'll be doing you should be fine. That being said, a good set of all seasons and a tune up before the winter couldn't hurt, especially for a first time winter driver.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY (western NY)
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+1 to a good set of all seasons. Most any average front wheel drive vehicle will get by just fine with a good set of all seasons, and you don't even have to break the bank on a set.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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I'd recommend finding an empty parking lot and practice driving after a good snowfall early in the season. For the most part, driving in the snow is all about starting, stopping, and turning at a slower pace than normal (accelerate slower, give yourself more time to brake, take turns slower). Since I doubt that car has anti-lock brakes, you would want to practice pumping the brakes as well. If you find your car is all over the place in a parking lot after some practice, you might want to buy snow tires for the first winter or two until you become used to it. Another thing you should be aware of is road salt is rough on a car, especially the parts exposed underneath the car. Where a 20+ year old car will last in the south, west, or California, you won't find too many around here for that reason.
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I really appreciate it! I'll look into the all seasons.

And I didn't even think about practicing in the parking lot, but now I definitely will.
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