Should I use winter tires in Maryland?

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I have a '04 BMW 330Ci and live in Annapolis, MD. I was wondering if I need performance winter tires (not the super snow/winter) or should I simply stick with all-season M+S? Maryland isn't known for a rough winter, and when the snow does fall it's gone into slush in no time.

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5 Responses to Should I use winter tires in Maryland?

  1. was says:

    Why? BMW makes good handling cars comparatively. MAryland, last I checked has snow plows and unless your really insecure with your driving skills you have nothing to worry about. Don’t waste your money

  2. I don’t know what Maryland’s weather is like, but as a general rule, snow tires can help with handling if the temperature goes below 45 degrees, because the ground starts to freeze.
    If there is significant ice or snowfall, or if the temperature is below 45 degrees for most of the winter, you might consider getting winter tires.

  3. dr_layne says:

    I live about 30miles south of Annapolis. The winter weather is not extreme here. All season tires will do fine. Just make sure they have good tread. I drove from Annoplis to Waldorf in a blizzard with all season tires in a FWD Saturn. Took 3 hours to get home, but never lost traction.

  4. The All season mud and snow will do just fine.

    I live in snow country, have relatives down there.

  5. Loui1 says:

    It’s true that winter tires give you better grip on the snow and sub zero dry roadways, but AT THE EXPENSE OF GRIP AND HANDLING ON DRY PLOWED ROADS ABOVE 0 DEGREES F. None of the tire marketing ever wants to tell you about that.

    You’d be at a disadvantage 90% of the time if you went with snow tires….not to mention you’d probably wear them out faster if the temps are typically mild.

    My rule of thumb if you’re driving on snow covered or sub zero roads for 50% of the time then snow tires start to make sense. If not, then a good set of allseasons will be more worth it.