Snow Tires aka Winter Tires

Thursday, September 23, 2010 by Bart Blackburn
The term "snow tires" or the more modern phrase "winter tires" are interchangeable for the same products that are designed to give added traction or more importantly, control, for driving in snow and ice.

The performance gains are provided by either designing the tread pattern to give the tire a bigger bite (tread lugs farther apart) or making the tread compound soft and more pliable with microscopic bite particles usually of fiberglass to give the tread compound more bite on the ice and hard packed snow. For newer performance vehicles run-flat winter tires are available as well.

Some of the most popular winter tires are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-50 RFT (shown below, left to right).

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70   Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1  Bridgestone Blizzak LM-50 RFT

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