We have finally had a couple of good snowfalls in my area this year, Northeastern PA. The last one was about 8", started as snow and then shifted to snow and sleet mix. I was in a busy business area, lots of shops and malls, when all the stores decided to close at 4pm and dumped a bunch of people onto the highway all at once. Apparently very few driver’s had winter tires. Even 4WD vehicles were slipping and sliding going up hills and had control problems braking on the down hill slopes. My little Civic with Michelin X-Ice2 tires had no problems with traction. My problem was getting around all the stuck cars. I had to bail out of the business route mess, and take a back road up and over a mountain to get home. Of course there were cars stuck all over the road up the mountain, but there was less traffic and it was easier for me to get by and keep moving.
I think these ALL Season tires are mislabeled and should be known as 3 Season tires. If you live in an area without significant snow an all season tire might be OK. Around here folks need winter tires or they really shouldn’t be on the road when snow is falling. An All Season tire without a “snowflake” emblem on the sidewall is really not a winter tire and therefore not an all season tire at all - it is a 3 season tire. Calling them All Season sends the message they will work in the snow and ice and buyers and drivers expect them to work, but they don’t. Anyone agree with me that the term All Season should be dropped in favor of 3 Season?