toolcrib wrote: Your description of the weather in your area explains a lot about your push for winter tires and studs.
Winter tires if temperatures are "low", studs against icy conditions (I don´t think germans and most americans need the later).
Someone who claim driving on tires hard as hockey pucks at freezing point is a matter of training and experience only prove they lack both.
Salt is awful. It ruins your car, and even if it melst ice at -4 degrees celsius, it only levels it out so it becomes a hockey rink when it turns -14 (C) in the night. Then you can hardly even walk on it. Gravel is a better pick.
toolcrib wrote: Living in Sweden, I would have guessed that your biggest complaint in regards to US driving would be our pathetic drivers education program. There is zero effort put into teaching car control, at least when I took my classes there was not.
But even though you have bad apples (like all), most seem to keep speed limits and drive pretty safe. Here people often drive +30% speed limit, and using indicators is dropping 10% per year last decade. Driving behind someone who suddenly brakes sharply to make a turn is "interesting" when it is icy.
toolcrib wrote: P.S. Nokian Hakkapelitta tires are excellent, even when not studded. I plan on having these be the replacement when my current set of winters for my Mazda 3 wears out. Probably after this winter. I have only driven on them in my friends car.
They are the best, wins all the tests in car magazines around here. There are swedish tires (Gislaved) but they are not anywhere near Nokian. As a note, German Continental seems to be the best pick for family car summer tires. Wich is why I bought a set.