Yeah, it all depends on where you live. When I lived up north near Lake Erie, separate snow tires and wheels was almost a must. And yes, you do sacrifice handling, etc. by running all seasons year round.jmess said:The Continental Exterme Contacts get some good review along with the Pilots A/S. It really is a shame to down grade your tires. A/S are a compromise for all seasons. Having a set of winter tires gives you the best of both worlds. I look at my insurance deductible and figure winter tires and wheels are a good investment.