Do I need to get winter/snow tires ?

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Update, we've have unseanably cold weather here, got the AT3 4S up to ski hill where it was near -10C (~15F). Not glare ice, and road was pretty well sanded in most places but def some slippery bits and the tires did not give me any sense of discomfort at all. Highway travel on mixed asphalt with sections of snow and freezing were fine as well in 2H. Even drove into a bank to see how easy it was to get out, which was "ridiculously easy". (I had no worries about snow really, my concern is always ice and mixed surfaces.) Still loss of traction on bumpy washboard surfaces but i was seeing that above 0, it's just the nature of the beast, see post below re: 4WD trucks vs AWD cars.. anyway these seem like they could be a good responsible option.


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My two Canadian pesos, my previous vehicle (2011 Scion xD) I put blizzaks on it and loved the handling. This last winter in Onterrible wasn’t too bad, and my first in the Ranger, I only had 1 little squirrly moment and that was up in the Bruce Peninsula. Recovered well etc... have the ATM Hankooks. I will probably get winters though as I do a fair amount of driving and I am just used to it. What my question is, should I get the same size snow tire or go bigger or smaller?

also, snow mode works pretty good for me.
 

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My two Canadian pesos, my previous vehicle (2011 Scion xD) I put blizzaks on it and loved the handling. This last winter in Onterrible wasn’t too bad, and my first in the Ranger, I only had 1 little squirrly moment and that was up in the Bruce Peninsula. Recovered well etc... have the ATM Hankooks. I will probably get winters though as I do a fair amount of driving and I am just used to it. What my question is, should I get the same size snow tire or go bigger or smaller?

also, snow mode works pretty good for me.
As mentioned above I elected to go with a gamble on finding a tire that worked all seasons and it turned out to be a winner -- the Coopers. I have the Hankooks almost new sitting in my garage and not planning to put them back on - look for them on kijiji. ;) I went as far up size as I could while staying with same wheels and within manufacturer spec which wasn't much.

If you have separates then I assume you will be mounting them on separate wheels in which case generally you want smaller wheel diameter, standard tire diameter and perhaps skinnier profile.
 

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As mentioned above I elected to go with a gamble on finding a tire that worked all seasons and it turned out to be a winner -- the Coopers. I have the Hankooks almost new sitting in my garage and not planning to put them back on - look for them on kijiji. ;) I went as far up size as I could while staying with same wheels and within manufacturer spec which wasn't much.

If you have separates then I assume you will be mounting them on separate wheels in which case generally you want smaller wheel diameter, standard tire diameter and perhaps skinnier profile.
thanks for the tip, on my Scion the winters were actually larger in all ways and handled great. My train of thought was more surface area = better weight distribution = more friction surface but I can see a case for smaller too, more weight in smaller area opposed to weight spread out.
 

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thanks for the tip, on my Scion the winters were actually larger in all ways and handled great. My train of thought was more surface area = better weight distribution = more friction surface but I can see a case for smaller too, more weight in smaller area opposed to weight spread out.
I think the advantage of skinnier tires is that in deep snow you actually want to get the power down into the snow so that it is pushed around the tires and you plow through the snow rather than under them so you're floating on top of the snow without traction if that makes sense. And since the weight is longitudinal -- if you think about it there is generally the same surface area, it's just distributed differently; it's tire pressure that makes the difference in terms of contact patch -- it gives you more traction for accelerating and stopping, vs the more lateral grip that wider tires give you. But honestly relative to other traction issues it's probably a fairly minor effect.
 
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