It’s almost winter and that means it’s time to put on a set of winter tires that will handle well in the snow. It’s always a good idea to have an extra set of rims with winter tires in order to get the most traction the colder seasons. Not only do winter tires help give your 4×4 better handling in the snow, they are designed to work better in cold weather to not get as stiff as normal all-season tires all allow them to stay flexible in freezing temperatures. Any 4 wheel parts shop or tire center will be able to recommend good tires for your vehicle, but here are some popular tire choices for the 2013 season.
- Bridgestone Blizzak WS70- This is a good snow tire for driving every day in snow and ice. With their “NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound”, thousands of microscopic tubes and cells are spread on top of the normal winter compounds in a way that continues to grip even as the tires wear down and lose tread. These are a very popular choice amongst consumers and very reliable.
- Michelin X-Ice Xi2- These tires are great in the winter-time and are one of the best options available for those who drive on a lot of ice. They’re not the best option for those who drive in a lot of snow, but in areas with high ice these excel. The secret to the superior traction in these is Michelin’s deep grooves with their “cross Z-spines”.
- Nokian Hakkapeliitta R.- Definitely a unique name, many consider this to be the best snow tire in the world. These tires have very efficient pump sipes where small water pockets push water away where the tire hits the road. Combined with sharp shoulders that increase lateral grip, this is a fantastic tire to buy for the snow.
- Dunlop Graspic DS-3- These tires are more suitable for crossovers and on-road vehicles, but are a great choice for the daily commuter. They have a silica-based, glass fiber-reinforced tread molded into a symmetric independent block tread design to help provide grip in snow and ice.
- Goodyear SilentArmor- This is a great choice for trucks and SUV’s that may go offroad in the snow or drive in a wide variety of snowy conditions. They’re branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol indicating they meet the tire industry’s severe snow service requirements. Goodyear’s Durawall rubber compound is molded at the base of the tread grooves to increase resistance rock drilling.