Being a second shifter, I generally am coming home after they pulled the plows for the night and before they start clearing for the morning commute. I prefer no tire tracks to have to deal with, because often the only tracks out there are made by shined up idiots on their way home from the bar. Generally 45 or 50 mph works good unless the snow is deep enough to start blasting over the hood, then any technique that works is king. And what's up with these studded tires? they became illegal in this state back in the 70's.