My daughter is doing a three month surgical residency in Albuquerque 12/17/11 to 3/11/12. She will be driving in middle of night to Univ. Hosp and to VA hospital. She will rent or lease a car for three months. Should she get all-wheel drive? Are snow tires on rear wheel or front wheel drive sufficient. I understand two foot snowfalls are not uncommon. What other precautions are recommended. PLEASE ADVISE. Richard from Boston.