These tires grip the road VERY well. Initially, I lost about 60 miles per gas tank fill by changing to these tires from my all-weather tires which were at 50,000 miles. For me, it was worth the mileage (22mpg to 19mpg) to be safe. I live outside Syracuse, NY- one of the snowiest cities in the U.S. Here, I am faced with all types of precipitation, sometimes in one day. I should have been in an accident twice last winter, but these tires STOPPED on packed snow downhill. My other tires would not have stopped in time. I drive into windy mountain highways into the Adirondacks and Green Mountains as I am an avid skier. I felt confident and safe on these windy roads (but I don't drive stupid or risky). These are my first non "snow" tires. I had always rotated my snow tires with all seasons. These have been great for the past year. If I had to replace my car, I would get these tires again. The confidence of stopping in any weather with the safety of my family/ passengers at risk, the lower mpg is worth it to me.