I'll give the big thumbs up concerning choice of tires as well. Performance tires can't hold a candle to snow tires when it comes to winter performance. Even last weekend when we had a good snowfall here, the neighbor's driveway is at the same slight incline as mine (I'm talking like 10 percent grade if not less) and he could not get his FRONT wheel drive car up the driveway cause he has semi-performance tires on his car. No matter how little or how hard you mash the go pedal, it just spun. Whereas I, with my cheap all-season tires, simply drove right up my driveway, no drama. If all-seasons gave me that much of an advantage over semi-performance tires, imagine what snow tires would do.