I grew up in New England and drove through a decade of winters. Granted, it was southern New England where snow can sometimes turn to rain, and I did live below the snow belt line ... so not terrible, but we got our share of major snowstorms, too. Never drove on anything but all-season radials. My father used snow tires when I was a kid, but once he started driving FWD vehicles, no more snow tires.
Are snow tires *really* necessary for anyone other than those who live way out in the boonies? You’ve got FWD, AWD, 4WD .... isn’t that good enough with all-season tires? I think I would buy a set of chains before I’d go through the aggravation of maintaining two sets of wheels. And then don’t you only need the snow tires for just a fraction of the time you have them on? So you’re swapping tires, then driving with noisy tires that are killing your MPGs most of the time. You gotta be driving on unplowed roads a lot to justify snow tires nowadays, I would think.
Even up in Canada. They must be right on top of snow plowing of roads it’s so commonplace, no? Everybody’s swapping tires all the time??
2011 Equinox 1LT (dlvd. Jan 2011): Summit White / 3.0 L V6 / FWD / Pioneer Stereo / 18" Wheels / 142k miles [01-FEB-2020]
2002 Impala 1LT (dlvd. Jun 2002): Summit White / 3.4 L V6 / FWD / Cassette-CD Combo /228k miles [01-FEB-2020]