Studs work only on ice - they do nothing to help on snow or slush and can make things 'exciting' (read that as worse) on dry pavement. They are also hard on the roads - states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have banned them, and others restricted use periods.
Further, your 'quiet' studs equals minimal to no studs, if you are driving them on dry pavement, they will wear out rapidly. Check to make sure they are still viable before you rely on something that may not be there . . .
Lack of skills and lack of adjusting to conditions. The first rush hour snow is always the worst. I used to dread it. Often I would take to the back roads to get around the traffic. That is one thing working from home Has eliminated.
I did get caught in Columbus Ohio one day in the snow. Interstate 71 was backed up with crashes everywhere. I just took to Rt 3 and the back roads and got home with no issues.
It was a longer route but I had no traffic and just motored on home.
It is in all how you approach it.
They started drifting as a new sport. We had been doing it for years on snowy roads.
I spend a lot of time in So Cal. I love it there for a week or two at a time but I still will put up with some snow to be able to where I live now.
The snow is not the problem it is the people that make it worse. Think of it like rain on I5 at rush hour.
I drove my S10 and Sonoma for years with the throttle to steer.
I hate FWD as you lose traction you lose steering. Even with traction control you still have less ways to respond.
My AWD is ok and even in dry I keep it in AWD as if I go to take off too hard the FWD will just jerk you around.
I'm in New England, going into my 21st winter. Some have been pretty brutal. I have never swapped out tires for the season. But I am a southern transplant, and I don't enjoy the winter sports, etc, so I don't go into mountain country when weather is a problem. We've had as much as 4 feet on the ground, but the streets are either plowed, or I stay home. They are prepared for this stuff here, and nobody even notices a snowfall of 6 inches or less, compared to my home of Atlanta, where simply the talk of an inch shuts down the city for a week.
Most of my cars are stored during the winter. I would never drive one of those in the liberally-applied road salt. My new Jeep has all-terrain tires, but they haven't been put to a good test as yet.
If you can't drive to where the fun is, why ever drive at all?
What a strange question to ask on a website dedicated to people who enjoy driving!
For many of us, a destination is not required. The drive is the fun. 😎
Many years ago, while living in New England, I equipped my Outback with dedicated snow tires. The difference in performance was amazing. Turning, braking, stopping, and going were all improved.
I think what most people fail to understand is that no matter how advanced a AWD/4WD system you have, no matter how many “gadgets” you’ve got to help you stop or steer or control wheel spin, all of those systems work through the tires. Your tires are the only part of your car that actually touches the road. That’s why good tires are a must, no matter what the weather conditions are.