Driving in the midwest is typically a pretty easy thing to do. You can get from point A to point B without having to put too much thought into how you are going to get there and how long it may take you. This can be said for three seasons of the year, once winter arrives, most things about your commute need to be taken into consideration. Are the roads plowed and safe? Do I need to leave early in anticipation of delays? Will I need to get new or winter tires?
It's never too early to be prepared for unpredictable road conditions, that's why tires that help you get through the winter season safely should always be considered.