Traditional Minus Sizing
By using traditional Plus Sizing techniques in reverse, combining taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels. For example, a 2011 Kia Forte Koupe would have an original 215/45HR17-sized tires in favor of a Minus One 205/55R16-size on 16″ wheels (where the wheel diameter is 1″ smaller and the tire’s sidewalls are ¾” taller) or Minus Two 195/65R15-size on 15″ wheels (where the wheel diameter is 2″ smaller and the tire’s sidewalls are 1″ taller).
good point, it will probably contribute to faster wear since weight isn't' as evenly spread throughout the tire as with OEM pressures.Higher inflation pressures could provide an improvement in steering response and cornering stability but this is only up to a certain point and is usually seen on track and if you accidentally over inflate it too much you can damage your tires more easily when riding over potholes or debris on the road. Better to stick with the manufacturer recommended psi.
All Seasons can be fine it just depends on a number of factors; road conditions, temperature, tire model, tire pressure, the list goes on. Point is under the right conditions you can get away with it.It's always better and safer to have a set of winter tires. I got into a few accidents driving all season tires in winter, so I don't want to take risks anymore.
No doubt that even cheap winter tires better than all-seasons, but sometimes it's just a waste of money because after the first winter season they will be worn out.Every year is the same, the first snow falls and everyone panics with last minute tire changes. I assume even the cheapest set of winter tires could still handle better than a set of all seasons in the snow. So the exact brand is really up to you, though some are better than others.
In that case you have to ask how important your safety is to you because $600 spent now on just winter tires can save you thousands and weeks from taking care of your medical needs. So you can see that as a small fee to better ensure your safety.No doubt that even cheap winter tires better than all-seasons, but sometimes it's just a waste of money because after the first winter season they will be worn out.