Bridgestone Blizzak WS70: Second Winter Review

Friday, December 30, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70Back in November, I installed my Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires with their respective wheels on my car for their second winter. Having purchased the tires for their deep snow and ice traction, they came in quite handy with the nasty lake-effect snow we got hit with last winter in South Bend, Indiana.

The winter of 2011 has been very mild to this point, so I'm finding that the tires don't handle the best on clear roads when the temperature is above 40 degrees. Clearly, I didn't buy the tires for their handling prowess in the twisties and performance in mild temperatures, but rather for their extreme winter grip in deep snow and on ice. I'm noticing every now and again that my traction control kicks in a little bit when I take an off ramp on a wet day. Now that I have a few miles on the WS70s, I'm also noticing a little bit more tread noise, particularly on wet roads. 

I'm very loyal to the Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires, and once these WS70s have plowed through their last snow drift, I'll purchase a set of their next generation of Studless Ice and Snow tire. The Blizzak WS70 has been a great winter / snow tire so far, but if I had my druthers, I hope the new model offers a little more stability and lower noise when there's no snow on the ground. 

Currently ranked second in our Tire Survey Results, the Blizzak WS70 is an excellent option for coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles looking for traction on winter's roads.

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