Need HELP...Snow tires or All Season???

  1. Most of you know I'm going to Southern Oregon...tomorrow in fact. Buttttt It's snowing there in the mountains, and I want to know if I need snow tires or will all season do in this area?? I know I might need them as winter progresses, but I was hoping to get up there and buy them, as Oregon has no sales tax. I know cheap, cheap, cheap...:chuckle.

    But I need help from those in the know about the area. Should I buy them now...or when I get there...or if at all??? Thjanks for any and all replies...
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  3. by   emily_mom
    I live in northern WI and I go with all season tires with no problems. I also drive a little Saturn (no weight) and have never lost control on slick roads (knock on wood with it snowing as I type).

    I think it depends more on what kind of vehicle you drive and how you drive. Going slow is more important than what type of tire you have. Two weeks ago we had our first big snowstorm. A truck tried to pass me on the highway and whipped a sh*tty, ending up in the ditch. I was going to stop and assist, but I had to get to a Pharm test (and I had a dress on). Besides, if I would have tried to stop, my car prob would have ended up where he was, or my car on the side of the highway would have been a hazard.

    Defensive driving....every man for himself!!!!
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    What kind of a vehicle do you have?
  5. by   Brownms46
    emily_mom ,

    What a cute pic..!!

    Thanks! I have a 2001 Ford Focus Rusty, and the tires on it have good thread...but haven't checked to see if there'er 6/23 or whatever depth need for good traction in snow. I usually am a very cautious driver. But I haven't driven in snow in waaaaay too many years! But I had snow tires in Buffalo.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I think that MOST of the time the roads are clear and snow tires arent needed at all.
    Unless you are going to be on snow packed roads over 50% of the time I'd just go with some all season radials.
    They will do the job just fine and give a smoother ride than snow tires do.
    The Focus is a front wheel drive and should do well in the snow.
    Remember, accellerate and brake slowly in the snow.
  7. by   Brownms46
    THANK YOU sooooo much Rusty, and emily_mom....!

    You both have been wonderful to take the time to post a response to this question, and you have helped calm my fears a WHOLE lot!!
  8. by   canoehead
    I go with real snow tires every time because if you are a nurse you don't get to stay home during snowstorms. And some of us are out even before the snowplows- gotta have good traction.
  9. by   CEN35

    7 years working nissan and ford, driving all kinds of cars and living in ohio's snow belt.......says alot!

    if you have a car that is rearwheel drive, get snowtires. if you have a vehicle that is front wheel drive, it isn't going to make much of a i would stick with all season.