Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx
Originally Posted by Ghost
High performance driving: playing deer slalom when a heard of deer decide to cross the highway right in front of you late at night or in the wee hours of the moning on your cross-country trip;
Just stop. The deer are faster than you. It's the one you don't see that hits you. Shows how the "performance" line is such a reach. Next example will be dodging herd of eight year olds at the school "loading dock".
There appears to be a difference between you and me. You speak of that which you do not know, while I speak from experience.
I have done all of the "high performance" driving described in my above post. My wife and children were in the car with me when I avoided the oncoming car by swerving onto the shoulder (straightening out on the gravel shoulder was the tricky part). Had I had snow tires on the car we would have been a mess. My wife was driving a Chevette when a moose charged the car, from the side of the road as we were driving by. The car would have been totalled had she not swerved and floored the and pedal. I dodged the heard of deer, making several swerves, each of which had they not been made would have meant a deer in my lap while driving to BC from Ontario, just past the Manitoba boarder at 3 in the morning. I have also dodged several other deer, and the occasional idiot driver too. These incidents do not happen often, but if you drive a lot, it only takes one to make the extra expense decent summer tires worth it.
If you want the ultimate deep snow traction, by all means change your tires when they are half-worn out, but, I strongly advise against using the remaining rim protectors, or any snow tire during the summer, when you could be using something with more wet and dry road grip.