We all like to push our luck... but can we actually go too far sometimes?

Every single winter, we Central New Yorkers face the same predicament... When should I put on my snow tires?

Whether you're pushing it off until "it gets worse", or you think your car will be fine in the snow, we've all dealt with the contemplation of when to put the snow tires on. At some point we have to face the lights... and realize they have to go on.

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Credit - Bilanol

All-Season Tires: Jacks of All Trades OR Masters of None?

Let's start with the heroes of the everyday drive – the all-season tires. These trusty companions are like the Swiss Army knives of the tire world. They're designed to handle a bit of everything: rain, shine, mild snow, and the occasional gravel adventure.

They're a compromise, offering decent performance in various conditions, but here's the catch – they're not specialists in any.

According to Nimey's New Generation Cars, when the mercury starts to drop, all-season tires can start feeling like your sneakers on an icy sidewalk... a bit out of their element. They might provide reasonable traction, but when it comes to deep snow and ice, they're not exactly champions.

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Ziga Plahutar from Getty Images Signature

Why Should You Make the Switch to Snow Tires?

Winter Wonderland Grip: Snow tires are your secret weapon against the slippery surprises winter throws at you. Whether it's navigating through a snowstorm or gracefully gliding over an ice-covered road, snow tires are designed to keep you in control.

Braking Brilliance: When it comes to stopping on a dime, snow tires outshine their all-season counterparts. The enhanced traction means shorter stopping distances, a feature that can make all the difference in a sudden winter slowdown.

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Cornering Confidence: Ever felt your heart skip a beat when taking a winter turn? Snow tires provide the stability and control you need to handle corners with finesse, making your winter drive a breeze.

Safety First: Driving in winter conditions can be unpredictable. Snow tires are your ticket to a safer journey, reducing the risk of skidding and increasing overall vehicle stability.

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KarenMassier from Getty Images Signature

So to answer your question... it's never too late to put on your snow tires during the winter season. The longer you wait, the harder it might be to get your car in before the snow really hits... but having them on is better than not at all.

The only time it's too late is when the snow starts to melt. If you made it that far... I think you can wait until next year!

The Top 10 Snowiest Cities in New York State

If you love all things winter, then chances are you live in one of these cities. Road Snacks compiled a new list of the state's snowiest places by looking into their annual snowfall rates and determining the average amount.

So hang onto your snow shovels. This list throws some major curveballs - but it's all facts.

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Top 10 Snowiest Cities in America

If you love skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and maybe even shoveling, you will love the places on this list of the Top 10 Snowiest Cities in America. For this ranking Redfin looked at populations of 75,000 or more that had the highest average seasonal snowfall. Let's dig in.

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11 Christmas Towns in New York to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

New York City may be home to the Rockefeller Christmas tree but there are several small towns and villages that will get you in the holiday spirit with all the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

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The Mohawk Valley Is Home to Upstate New York's Best Christmas Store!

There are hundreds of stores, from craft shops to big box stores and to pop-up shops, that will feature Christmas items for sale this season. There is a small village in Montgomery County (population 2,000) that in our opinion has the best Christmas shop of them all.

Lee's Shops at Wagner Square is an amazing place in the Mohawk Valley. The store actually combines three large historic buildings on Main Street to connect into one exciting 8,500 square foot Christmas Mall. With more than 45,000 items on display it is no wonder that visitors come from around the Northeast to visit and shop for the holiday season here each year. Recently, several large motor coaches companies have put these Christmas shops on their "must see" shopping trips for their bus companies.

See what makes this place so magical in the post below.

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

11 Great Outdoor Winter Sports Stores in Upstate New York

Whatever your winter sporting goods needs are, from backpacks to ice wall climbing, these 11 outdoor sporting goods store have the, well, the goods!

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