I can't but help but look at them everywhere I go. How many people have them? What kind are they? I am talking about snow tires. After driving on them since November, I have become a bit of a snob - for good reason.
The other night it had stopped snowing. I found myself on a long back road ride. It was dark and as I recall, I was the only one out. There was enough snow on the road for you to notice how thick it was. No road noise came into the car. Just a muffled sound that under normal circumstances would make someone slow way down and grip the wheel for deal life. Not for me. There was a peace in the air that night. There was no blinding lights coming in the opposite direction and no snow flakes dancing in my headlight beam (as to cause a distraction as the light refracted). The radio wasn't even on. Dead silence and a reassuring voice inside my head telling me the car would make it home. My thoughts strayed to the tires for a few moments. I thought about where these tires came from and who designed them. I told myself "Hell, they get a lot more snow than we do - in Finland. Theyknow
what they are doing."
People have complained about the Prius in the snow. I have not had one bad experience when driving under ANY weather condition. In fact, I have an AWD SUV I could use instead. I haven't even though twice about taking the Prius into the ice or snow. Nokian is not well known brand tire. For me, it's a secret that needs to be shared. Too much history and know how go into these tires to keep them to yourself.