What should I do with my car for the winter?

Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Jim Holloman
You just got that new BMW 3 Series with the summer only run-flat tires and you're wondering how you are going to drive in the winter.

A new set of wheels and winter tires are going to make all the difference in the world. The traction in the ice and snow make the car better than a 4-wheel drive sport utility with all-season tires. The sport utility vehicles with all-season tires probably won't get stuck, but they don't stop or steer any better than any other vehicle on the road. I don't know about you, but I think stopping on a snow- or ice-covered road is a very good thing. One accident would pay for the winter wheel and tire package.

The other advantage of the wheel and tire package is you are not paying somebody twice a year to switch tires back and forth. You can install the package yourself. You'll also save the wear and tear on your summer wheels. Damage one of the BMW wheels and that would almost pay for the cost of the winter tires. In the long run you come out ahead this way. I have driven BMWs for 20 years and it is the only way to go in the snow belt.

As far as tires go, I have tried them all and I like the Bridgestone Blizzak line of tires. They offer the best combination of ice and snow traction. I no longer have to think about stopping on an incline or wondering if I am going to be able to make it up a hill.  

So bring on the ice and snow.  Well, maybe in a couple months anyway.

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