Picking the Best All-Season Tires for Snow

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Colin .

When it comes to driving in the snow and on ice, nothing provides you better traction than a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. If you live in an area that only receives light snow, you may be able to get by with all-season tires. The following options are some of the better performing all-season tires in wintry conditions.

In the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the best winter performance has come from the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The tire features Tuned Performance Indicators with visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry and wet roads, as well as light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicate the ExtremeContact DWS has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. Finally, after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. 

Another Continental tire that offers good traction in light snow is the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. It's designed to balance long wear, a comfortable ride and low rolling resistance with wet grip and all-season traction, including light snow. Independent tread blocks are siped to provide additional biting edges with Continental's Traction Grooves to promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

If you're looking in the Standard Touring All-Season category, consider the Firestone Precision Touring. Currently the second ranked tire in the category, it receives high marks in the following areas:

  • Light snow traction
  • Deep snow traction
  • Ice traction

If you own a crossover or SUV, take a look at Bridgestone's Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire enhances vehicle fuel economy by reducing tire rolling resistance while delivering year-round traction, even in light snow. The tire features four circumferential grooves that help water flow from under the footprints to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction while notches and sipes increase the edges that bite into light snow.

Shop by vehicle to view the options available for your car.

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