This week I tested snow tires on our 6.6 mile road course. I know this sounds strange -- it was 85
degrees and sunny -- but it gives us a good chance to see how these tires handle in warm, dry conditions (because the roads aren't always full of snow throughout the winter season).
I tested the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, Studless Ice and Snow tires.
All four tires had a very good ride and were also very quiet. The best handling of the four were the Michelins and the Dunlops. The Continentals and the Bridgestones were a bit squirrelly under these conditions.
Later this summer we will test these tires on an indoor ice rink. Watch for complete test results online.