Yokohama Avid T4: snow traction?

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Posted by Andrew Buc on April 18, 1999 at 14:41:44:

I'm in the market for new tires for my '74 Peugeot 504. Current
tires are 175-14 Kleber CM800S's, no longer available. I was
thinking of going with Michelin Rainforce tires, same size. And
then I noticed that some of the mail-order tire places have the
Yokohama Avid T4 in 195/70-14 for~$15/tire less than the 175-14
Rainforce. I have a set of 14x6 alloys from a Peugeot 505, so rim
width wouldn't be an issue with 195-section tires.

The only hitch is that I live in Seattle. Our reputation for
getting a lot of rain year-round is justified! Also, we sometimes
get snow in winter. Not like in, say, Minnesota, and it doesn't
usually last too long, but while it does, we do have to drive in
it. And the 504's rear-drive chassis isn't the greatest for snow
traction. What I'm leading up to is that a wider tire section
isn't necessarily better in my case. But is 195 vs. 175 enough of
a difference to be concerned about? And does anyone have any
BTDT's on the Avid T4 in snow? TIA

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