I gave my car a hosing down today. I was surprised to see that you can barely run your hand around the inside of the wheel well without hitting the tire. There is less than an inch of space. This would concern me if I planned to use the car in the snow. I remember when I was a kid, my father had a body shop on Long Island. Each year, he had one or two Corvettes in the shop having the fenders repaired. The owners would drive the car in the snow. The ice and snow would build up around the wheel weld. Occasionally a chunk would break free and ride around the tire. In doing so, it would tear out a bid piece of the wheel weld/fender.