We live in UK in the hills in very rural Devon: two miles of our commute is farm roads, the other thirteen are gritted main road or urban and even in winter, are kept clear. Problem is, our top two miles are very unclear: they can be muddy, snowed-up and as water leaches from the fields on either side, we get a lot of glass ice.
Normally I ride road slicks. That's fine even in winter as long as the roads are gritted, fast and efficient and fun. I have mud-type offroad tyres for the MTB and 'cross tyres for the fixie, which are fine on frosty mud but still spin uselessly on glass ice.
I'm thinking about studs. But I'm told that they're not suited for tarmac, and I've got thirteen miles of tarmac to do with just that two-mile stretch of evil. Would studs be smart or dumb?