Who Says You Can't Drive a BMW in the Winter?

Friday, September 10, 2010 by Jim Holloman
I drive a 5 series BMW in the snowbelt and don't have any issues. With the correct tires, the ice and snow is nothing to fear.  You don't have to peel your fingers off the steering wheel when you get to work.

I have a separate set of wheels and winter tires ready for the first sign of the white stuff. I have tried a number of winter / snow tires in my 20 years with BMWs and the best that I have driven on is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. They provide excellent ice and snow traction without giving up all of the ride that I am used to. 

We have done both ice traction tests on a skating rink and snow traction tests on the road and the track and they are excellent. So if you live in fear of the winter commute, look into a set of the best winter tires.

Comments on Who Says You Can't Drive a BMW in the Winter?

Monday, September 13, 2010 by Roberto:
How can you say WS70 are the best winter tires you have used if they were just released this year and is not even winter. Can you explain please, thanks.
Monday, September 13, 2010 by Jim:
Roberto, Thank you for your question. We had the opportunity to drive on the WS70s in January in a Bridgestone Preview event for media and dealers. We also tested the tires this summer on our test track and at a local indoor hockey rink. You can read the tests on our site from the detail page for the tire.
Monday, September 13, 2010 by Roberto:
Thanks for the explanation Jim.
Monday, September 27, 2010 by lulu:
I have a 328 and is running on run-flat tires. Do I absolutely need to change to snow tires when the snow comes? How do these run-flat tires compare to normal tires in snow condition? Pls advice.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim:
I have driven BMW's for 20 years and I would say yes. Most of the run flat tires are not even all season and will give you absolutely no traction. Even with an all season tire you are going to loose 30 percent of the tires traction at 45 degrees or lower, even on a dry day. I would say look at it as an insurance policy .

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