Which winter / snow tire categories are best for the winter traction?

Thursday, January 27, 2011 by Mac McNabb
Which winter tire category offers the best in extreme winter traction?
  1. Studless Ice and Snow                                                        
  2. Studdable Winter / Snow (studded)                                                  
  3. Performance Winter / Snow                                                          
  4. Studdable Winter / Snow (without studs)                                            
It's difficult to pick a bad tire from the winter / snow categories. The Studless Ice and Snow category will afford the greatest traction on ice and hard packed snow. For the best Studless Ice and Snow tire look to the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or the Continental ExtremeWinterContact.  
 
The General AltiMAX Arctic is at the top of the Studdable Winter / Snow category. Remember though, they can only compete with the Studless Ice and Snow when studded. Very good tires, but harder on the roads and actually harder on the air quality due to cement dust and asphalt dust created by the studs' impact with the roads. 
 
The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D top the Performance Winter category. This tire category is designed to provide reasonable winter traction, but keep your sports car fun to drive on dry winter days! 

Prioritize and pick the tire characteristics that fit your driving style and needs. Start your search to see which ones are available for your vehicle.

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