I have a mental aversion to slipping the clutch, so I do it as little as possible. I switched to Yokohama Avids on the Escort, and have thoroughly enjoyed them in corners, and taking off. For an all-season, they did remarkably well in snow. I spun, but could play the throttle much more to stay moving. The Mustang currently has Tigerpaw something or others on it...supposedly their performance tire. It's not a terrible tire, but if it's raining hard, I can't touch the gas with the car in gear as it will just spin both tires. I've literally driven around by fishtailing it. They don't slide out on me so much as just spin. Braking seems fine, though. I don't mind the tail-happiness as it's actually saved me from stupid people who cut into traffic. They almost hit my rear end, and I rotate it out of the way before they can. I always run lower pressure in winter, and it works well. Snow tires are a must, though, and studs help. The roads are pretty much left alone, and we get a LOT of ice. I launch both cars around 1000 rpm, unless I want to jump out a little. By 2k rpm, both cars will break the tires loose, and if I keep my foot in it, they will continue to spin. That was the old bottom end on the Escort, too...new one will hopefully be better.