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AmbrociaI have a 92' Saturn SL2. I live in a very snowy area-black ice is no thang for me but I recently moved to the top of a big hill and am worried about getting up it. I currently have Michillen Sports on my car and used them last winter but I need something better and all purpose. I do a lot of long distance driving and am a college student on a tight budget. Anyone have any recommendations???
bikorGetting up a snowy hill on a limited budget . . .

option 1 - even "cheap" or off-brand snow tires will greatly improve winter traction. I've used several, including the design that goes under the brands of Weather(Winter?)Master, Hercules, Mastercraft and Cooper (they're the same thing). Maybe $40 - $50 each? Most tires sacrifice wet and dry traction for snowy and icy traction. If you can, get rims - $40 for 4 mounts and balance 2x a year pays for rims in a short time. Check the classified ads too. Two snow tires on the front only can be dangerous. I did it. Ok for around-town, but can get evil on winter highways.

option 2 - get tire chains or cables for the occassions when you don't think you'll make it up the hill.

option 3 - get snow-friendlier all-seasons. I think it was March 98 Consumer reports that reviewed them and rated their snow ability too ... a good all-weather tire in snow is only an adequate snow tire, at best, compared to snow tires.

dgriswoldI agree with bikor. If you're on a steep hill or incline, and you have black ice, or sheet ice for that matter, I wouldn't expect ANY tire to pull you up it or stop you going down, without the aid of chains.

Good Luck.

Doug Griswold
Sierra Vista, AZ

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