So i was looking at Discount Tire Direct because they have a good Ebay deal going on and talked to the rep on the phone. I was thinking of getting a spare set of rims and winter tires that i could just take on and off in the winter months in Chicagoland area. I have a lift and taking a set of tires off and on wouldn't take more than 20 mins. Chicago/burbs have some really good snow removal and i know winter tires eat it on dry/wet roads so that is why i was thinking of just having a spare set i can take on and off in a whim. I just don't know if it is really worth it with how good snow removal is. Granted, I live more west by the farm lands so that is where the snow can really suck...especially drifts. By my house I can at times have to drive through 2-4 foot tall drifts, which is a pain. (I am familiar with the local ditches*) I have to gun it and blast through them -_- I was wondering what you guys/gals think of winter tires...assuming my situation. Wife currently heads towards city-ish area and i head west towards dekalb-ish. I just don't know how bad winter tires really are in dry and wet roads. I am basing this off of Consumer Reports too. The tires CR had highly rated that i am looking at are below if anyone cared. The tires can last a good 4-10 years if stored well so i don't expect them to go bad. Both cars drive 15-20k a year give or take....maybe more :/ If i didn't mention it i drive a corolla 2012/2013. BTW I am also curious on how tires perform in slush...is that more snow/ice or hydroplanning or something completely different? I-88/355 can at times be nothing but slush. All season (these appear to be better for me at least according to CR) Michelin defender 90,000 miles Continental procontact ecoplus (this was the one reviewed but i don't know if there is a notable difference between eco and non eco) - Continental procontact 60,000 miles Winter tires (not sure if DTD carries these but these are the only good ones) Michelin X-ice xi3 Michelin X-ice xi2 Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice and Snow II/2 (supposedly has better wet/dry braking/hydroplanning) Performance All Season Michelin Primacy MXV4[H] 60,000 miles Continental Pure Contact H/V 70,000 miles (V appears better according to CR) *So these winter periods. Areas by me might get plowed maybe 1-4 times a day. It takes not more than 3-4 hours in storms for 2-4 foot tall drifts to form. When you have a foot of snow and 2-4 foot drifts if you drive 20mph you get stuck on the 1 foot of snow...drifts really take a lot of momentum to get through lol. You have to around here drive at 35-50 MPH to make it through the roads while trying to stay straight. When you hit some of the huge drifts at 40MPH you can drop instantly to 30MPH and if there are several of them you can get stuck if not going 40MPH or more if several drifts are in a row because they slow you down so much. Though at those speeds you also run the risk of getting pulled into a ditch -_- Lucky this isn't too common to be this bad. Maybe 3-5 times this year it was that bad but it was a really bad winter this year so yea....those drifts man It is on my list to get a truck with a plow but i have to finish college first to afford a truck that can work with a plow. I hate the local roads with those damn drifts!