Studded vs. Studless Snow Tires
November 19, 2012 11:13 AM Subscribe
Studded or studless winter tires for our AWD Volvo S70? We're moving for the winter to an house that sits at about 7500' outside of Bozeman, MT. There's *always* snow on the driveway, which is reasonably steep. And usually (not frequently, but USUALLY) some snow on the paved road into town, which is about 20 miles long.
posted by thomsplace to Travel & Transportation around Bozeman, Mt (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm more concerned about snow than ice, and my understanding is that the studless are better on ice. They also wear faster, but are better for a bare road. The topic was touched on previously
, but the circumstances in Denver are different than mine.
FWIW, both my wife and I are pretty cautious drivers, but we routinely have a toddler in the car, and she is *very* distracting.
I've called tire places in Bozeman, and most have said we should err on the side of studded. But I fear it's confirmation bias, but it's because my experience with studded tires has been fantastic. I'm a little hesitant with studless, because "microscopic film of water" be damned, when I stop or turn, I want something clawing into the terrain!