Winter Tire Options for 3/4-ton and 1-ton Trucks

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
There are often times when your 3/4-ton or 1-ton truck needs additional snow and ice traction. In many cases, a good highway or all-terrain tire will cover your needs. When you plow in severe conditions or need to tow in adverse weather, higher grip levels are required. If you regularly find yourself driving in conditions with packed snow or ice, there's a huge advantage to owning a set of winter / snow tires. There are many snow tires on the market, but not very many that maintain the 3000+ lbs. load rating requirements for a heavy-duty truck. Take a look at the following LT-rated snow tires. While a set of Firestone truck tires in the Winterforce LT model are a great option, along with the Continental ExtremeWinter Contact LT and Michelin LTX Winter, I personally have excellent luck with the Bridgestone Blizzaks and highly recommend them.

Firestone Winterforce LT
Firestone Winterforce LT

Bridgestone Blizzak W965
Continental ExtremeWinterContact LT
Continental ExtremeWinterContact LT
Michelin LTX Winter
Michelin LTX Winter

"We've had several snowstorms back-to-back here and I've driven in every one and these tires worked great. I have no problem accelerating/braking or slowing with transmission (5-speed) on snow. At this time I only have a 1000 miles so I've yet to experience any noise issues but I'm not worried ,the truck is a diesel with 4" exhaust and noise isn't a concern. I would recommend to anybody that drives in snow."
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Reg Cab 4WD (Firestone Winterforce LT)

"This is my second set of Blizzaks, the first was on a 2wd Chevy 2500. Night and day on that truck, just the ability to handle on ice makes the price of the tires worthwhile. The confidence of sure footing in rough conditions is priceless! The tires do sing a little bit on dry pavement. My friend has those tires and they still look like new, they are about 10 years old! The wear on them is far better than expected. The set on the Ford were on my old Ford, 6 years later and they are not past the 'snow' wear bar yet. Don't be fooled by my 'location', I do lots of winter driving with trailers. Extremely satisfied all the way around. " -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Ford F250 4WD Super Duty (Bridgestone Blizzak W965)

"These tires work very well in the cold weather. Good cornering and response and excellent traction in all kinds of snow. Glare ice traction is good but weight in the back of truck helps. Much better than all-seasons." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4WD SLT (Continental ExtremeWinterContact LT)

"Just put them on in time for a 4x4 chain-only situation, 1st time in 12 years here I have seen this, I bought chains so they would allow me to pass, but, never put them on, hammered up through the canyon at almost normal dry speed with zero slippage. Wet, to slush, to snow over ice and I didn't even kick out the rear, unreal tire for an incredible price." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Dodge Ram Wagon B3500 (Michelin LTX Winter)

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