I have an old 1992 Honda Accord station wagon that's essentially a spare vehicle that I use as an around-town errand mobile. My son will also use it when he needs to carry more than his Miata will or in winter driving conditions. It doesn't get a lot of miles on it, about 3k per year (it's only got 125k on it). The problem with it is that it sucks in the snow with all season tires on it. About 8 to 10 years ago I pulled the Goodyears off it, dropped from 195/60/15s to 185/65/15s and put Semipirit Sport Grip tires on it, which are a winter tire. They've actually still got decent treat on them but they've got a lot of fine cracks all over them. I stopped at a tire dealer today and they strongly recommended against runnng winter tires year-round. I understand that tread wear will be greater running a winter tire in summer, as will road noice, but obviously that's not much of a concern, since I've gotten 8 to 10 years out of the current tires and I'm replacing them due to age rather than tread. So the question is, is there really a high danger of blow-outs running winter tires in New England in the summer as the dealer claims...haven't had a problem yet. I was thinking of putting the General Altimax Artics on it. I really don't want to spend a ton on tires and the Generals are priced nicely and readily available. Attached are pics of the Semipirt and General tires.