I have a 2013 Honda Accord EX. I live in Northeastern PA, but commute weekly to Washington, DC. That means I do a lot of driving, but most of it on the Interstate.
I am pretty sure I should get a set of winter tires installed, but I was curious to hear opinions about it from people here. My dealer recommended Glacier Grips. I’m planning to get at least one more quote/recommendation from a local tire shop. My main question is this - the winters can vary from mild to cold. We usually get big snow a few times a year. So, will a majority of dry, mild highway driving from November - March be BAD for my car at all? Will the winter tires be a problem? Or is there nothing to worry about there?
I usually just postpone or rearrange my long drive if weather conditions are known to be bad. But you can’t plan for everything and I had a really bad experience last Christmas with a sort of “flash” snow storm. My old Civic had what I think were sort of “performance” tires on it, and I think they did really well (snow came fast, froze fast, and no one was expecting it - even the Interstate was a sheet of ice). I was in the 10% of cars who, I think, made it up a specific hill without sliding. Also, any comments on the Glacier Grips as tires? Any other recommendations?
The other thing I remember was that the tires on my Civic were really, really loud. So recommendations for well-performing winter tires that will not have a lot of road noise… is that a dream?