I live in Upstate NY and I’m just about to start my second semester of grad school in Upstate SC. I’m currently preparing for the drive back down south, and I’m not sure which tires to put on my car for the semester. I have a set of summer performance tires and a set of winter tires, both at about 50% wear. Whatever tires I chose, I probably won’t be back in town to change them again until early May. Looks like SC gets about 3 snowy days each winter, plus the drive down within the next few days.
So do I:
1.) Keep the winter tires on and risk reduced grip in non-snow conditions and excessive wear
2.) Put the summer tires back on, roll the dice on the drive down, and drive (very) carefully in the 3 days of snow
3.) I could keep the winter tires on and bring the summers down in the car, but I would like to avoid this option unless deemed necessary due to limited space inside the car and in my apartment.
Thoughts and previous experiences appreciated!