Snow tires in Seattle?
January 9, 2013 9:57 PM Subscribe
Are dedicated snow tires a good idea for Seattlites who only occasionally visit the mountains?
posted by rouftop to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total)
We have a front-wheel drive Sienna minivan with all-season tires (Dunlop SP 4000 T A/S) that came with the car. And we live in Seattle, which doesn't get a whole lot of snow. We're just dipping our toes in the (frozen) water with regard to winter sports in the mountains. I expect we'll go up there maybe 6-8 times this winter.
We've talked about getting snow tires because we sometimes worry about snowy conditions en route to skiing. We do have chains in the car if things get "bad", but you know, there's that period when it's in between "no snow" and "bad enough for chains" that is hard to gauge. On the other hand, 95% of our driving is in rainy conditions instead, and I've read that snow tires don't perform as well as regular tires do on cleared roads.
Are dedicated snow tires a good idea? If yes, what should we be looking for?