Well any MT's are generally not good on hard packed snow, they're great in deep snow, just not on packed snow or icy roads.
I realized this again 2 nights ago on my way home from work. The road just looked wet but apparently it had froze cuz as I was cornering onto an over pass bridge my back end slipped out on me and I was sent hurling down the highway at about 80+ km/h, SIDEWAYS, headed for the meridian on the other side of the road. I tried to counter-steer but there was nothing I could do, it was like an ice rink... I hung on and slid for like 10 seconds (trust me its a long time when sliding lol) and SOMEHOW the truck just stopped, mere inches before hitting the concrete barrier...I couldnt believe I didnt hit and total my truck off!!! How there was no traffic in the oncoming lane on what is normally a busy stretch of highway and how I didnt hit that barrier I'll never know. Well I have an idea... I have a cross hanging from my rear view mirror and it's the first thing my eyes were fixed on when I came to a stop... I just started the truck and kept on my way...The sign before the overpass wasnt lyin when it said "slippery when frosty" lol...
Now whether or not different tires would have made a difference in that situation, who knows. It was really sneaky black ice and if I would have known it was frozen I would have been going slower and im sure I would have been fine. Ive been running M/T's every winter for the last 4 years and never a problem(until 2 nights ago) I just adjust my driving to the road conditions. Yes I have to go slower than the rest of the guys with all terrains for a few months but its worth it for the looks. NOTHING beats the look of Mud Terrains IMO, i get lots of compliments... If you can handle slowing down for a few months and possibly throw some weight in the back for added traction(which I do after first snowfall) then I say there's no reason why you wouldnt be any less safe than anyone else on the road...
'98 Ranger 4x4 extended cab, 3.0, 5 spd, 3" body lift, cranked t-bars, 33" BFG M/T KM's on 15x8 Eagle Alloy 058's
Last edited by richyrich; 11-22-2008 at 06:35 PM.