On a 4X4 pickup truck, do you have to put snow tires on during bad weather?

I’ve owned trucks my entire life, but they were always 2WD and I was thinking about getting a real 4WD pickup in case we have a repeat of last winter which saw 3+ feet of snow. I know that you need to have weight in the back of the bed of a 4WD just like you would a 2WD, but are snow/winter tires required if we usually get less than 12-15 inches of snow or are they meant for areas that are constantly hit with heavy snow?

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4 Responses to On a 4X4 pickup truck, do you have to put snow tires on during bad weather?

  1. BI-POLAR ANGLE June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    snow tires are made of a softer type of rubber that stays soft even at temperatures 20 below, this soft rubber construction actually grips ice , that’s why you use them . The aggressive tread design is geared to use the snow as an anchor to help propel the vehicle through snow . You can get the same results with a tire that is all-season with an aggressive tread design and is not a snow tire and would be much cheaper , the only downfall is that the all-season tire won’t stick to ice nearly as well as a winter tire. so if it is just snow and very little ice your dealing with , I would definitely use the all season tires, it’ll save you probably around 3-400 dollars a year and less aggravation changing tires all the time…………….

  2. bo June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    snow tires no but just make sure the tires you have have good all season treads on them

  3. ken k June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    4×4 w snows are for plows and tow trucks/reg driving you are fine w/4wd and all seasons/no weight/have never had snows on my pickups and its going on 30 years/rwd only and no weights/a lot of it has to do with the driver/i do however have general grabber all seasons and they help big time

  4. misty l June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    i would deff put street tires on they are excelent snow tires cant go bad