Originally Posted by Rossi Smash
The noise and vibration of studs
When was the last time you ran studs? Outside of a reassuring click at driveway speeds, I haven't experienced the NVH issue and I see plenty of 75-80 mph driving.
Being a fan of unified theories of everything, I have developed a tire theory that, much like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, virtually every older American driver has an association to somebody who had a Jeep CJ-7 circa 1985. From that association, they have determined many things that remain true and are still repeated endlessly in 2014, including:
- SUVs have a high liklihood of ditch seeking;
- AWD is a better snow technology than 4WD;
- Car tires have better traction than truck tires.
Adding to this collection of misrepresentations is the new idea that studless tires have gained acceptance for any other reasons than a) studs being banned and b) most drivers want maximum dry road performance because that is the condition they see most often. Therefore:
- Studs reduce safety by increasing stopping distances and affecting handling on dry roads;
- Studs are harsh and noisy;
- Studs destroy roads, apparently more quickly than CMV weight and freeze/thaw cycles;
- Studless tires perform almost as well on ice rinks where surface conditions are maintained to ensure ice skate performance;
- All other tires are no-season.
This collective reasoning therefore lands us at one solution, which not coincidentally is the "automatic cred in the parking lot" solution of:
An AWD car with studless snow tires being the best solution to winter travel. It is one solution to winter travel, however, that solution is on the relatively low end of traction in the absence of a snow plow, and I don't think I am the only person who wishes that people would advocate the highest possible level of traction that one car afford while meeting other basic needs.
I am not saying people should buy more than they need, I just wish people would stop advocating against studs, 4WD, etc. because less is not more, it is a compromise of performance almost always based on non-winter conditions. Those can be good compromises, but they also mislead people who don't know better.