Sporty_g saidI would like to get some dedicated snow tires for the coming season.....NO STUDDED tires though. Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations of makes?....I looked online at some options....they all look round and black...anyone?
Check out tirerack.com - I've bought mine off there in the past and will likely do so again - but they have ratings and recommendations. The people there are also quite helpful/knowledgeable though I guess you have to take it with a grain of salt since they are trying to sell you something but they have an excellent selection. Just bear in mind you have to get rims/wheels specific to your car... and their selection engine guides you in that direction.
Parenthetically, I would also highly recommend for winter driving (or even driving in the rain) getting some type of windshield water repellent. The two most popular options are RainX and Aquapel (both available off amazon). Rainx you have to reapply every one-two months while Aquapel is half a year to a year. If you travel over 40 mph, water just drifts off your windshield - it's really quite magical as you have perfect visibility while watching others flip their wipers like mad. I just tried using RainX last weekend and it was great - just like Aquapel - but just for ease of application, I think I'll stick to Aquapel in the future.
The other benefit in winter is that for slush because the water repels, instead of drying in streaks on your windshield, the salt just dries in a pinprick so you can still see if you're travelling a long ways. Also you can get windshield wipers with the blades coated with the silicone (PIAA w/silicone - available at tirerack and elsewhere I am sure). Good windshield wipers also help tremendously.