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      01-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Winter tire alternative? You judge...

Clearly winter tires are the safest option, however there are alternatives.
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      01-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Might work a little if you're always on snow packed roads. But it'd seem like a few dozen miles on clear, wet/dry roads on the nicer days would just undo any residue....you going to try it?
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      01-17-2013, 10:21 AM   #3
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Might work a little if you're always on snow packed roads. But it'd seem like a few dozen miles on clear, wet/dry roads on the nicer days would just undo any residue....you going to try it?
Given the warmer temperatures and the lack of snow (once or twice a year) we have been experiencing here in the DC metro area, it is hard to justify buying snow tires. I know that the Bridgestones that my car is equipped with offers less grip in the colder months, however this is not enough to propel me to spend $800 (rims and tires). Instead I have been driving a little slower and in the event of snowfall I plan on working from home (as may be the case later tonight). Honestly, for me it is peace of mind knowing that temporary solutions exist.
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The problem is going to be if you're already at work and the weather turns bad. You might make it home OK, but everytime I go home from during a storm I pass several people pulled over with accidents. You'll definitely be more at risk driving in snow/ice with summer tires and if you get in an accident you'll probably kick yourself so basically you have to manage your own risk which might getting the best possible weather reports and staying home if there's even a chance of snow or ice.
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      01-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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Given the warmer temperatures and the lack of snow (once or twice a year) we have been experiencing here in the DC metro area, it is hard to justify buying snow tires. I know that the Bridgestones that my car is equipped with offers less grip in the colder months, however this is not enough to propel me to spend $800 (rims and tires). Instead I have been driving a little slower and in the event of snowfall I plan on working from home (as may be the case later tonight). Honestly, for me it is peace of mind knowing that temporary solutions exist.
After no snow here last year and almost none so far this year, I'm starting to think all-seasons would be better here than the performance snow tires I've been using. But I would not use summer tires below 40 degrees, and I don't want to use all-seasons in summer.

Anyway, the cost of the snow tires doesn't count, because you're putting that much less wear on your summer tires. So you just need some wheels.
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In these cases, why not go for the tire 'socks' then? Never used them, but simple concept alone makes me think they'd work better and would take a comparable amount of time to install/uninstall on bad weather days as this spray would.

The other option is cheap used BMW wheels/winters. It's not too hard to find $3-400 sets on CL and the like, it's still spending money but not $500 wheels, $900 new tires and $200 TPMS sensors. (I run ugly ass OE steelies with like new used tires and no TPMS, which I grabbed from a fellow BMW fanatic for $320).
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      01-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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yeah, buying used way to go, I spent $1600 on a winter wheel/tire set, kinda wish I just went with a used set or just went all season, I"m in the dc area , these last couple if winters have been nothing, but if we have another winter like 2009-2010, I'm set.
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      01-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #8
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Got 17x7.5 and 215/45 wintersport 3Ds with tpms for 600. He even threw in Msport door sills and a summer car cover for free!
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