Why go with Studless Ice and Snow tires?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Mac McNabb
These questions face lots of people each fall:
  • Which tire should I choose for winter?
  • Can I go with the least expensive winter tire?
  • Do I need a performance winter?
  • Should I go with studs or not?
First, let's agree that the best Studless Ice and Snow tire outperforms studded tires on sheer ice. Read these test results: Studless vs. Studded

Next, le'ts talk about a little tire logic: Always prepare for the worst. That is the best policy you can have -- look at your worst consistent driving conditions. 
  1. Do you see ice storms occasionally?
  2. Do you encounter roads before they are plowed?
  3. Is your drive or cul-de-sac rarely plowed or on a steep grade?
  4. Are there bridges or dangerous intersections on your daily route?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the most extreme winter tire may be necessary for your daily driving needs. The true Studless Ice and Snow tires take today's technology and help give you the best chance to make it to work or home safely. 

Consider these winter / snow tires for your vehicle:

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 -- Best-in-class SNOW traction
Continental ExtremeWinterContact -- Current ICE champ in our tire test
Michelin X-Ice Xi2 -- Best-in-class road manners, second place on ice
Dunlop Graspic DS-3 -- Budget solution in the ICE category

Comments on Why go with Studless Ice and Snow tires?

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Hi:
What about these test results:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=123
Studded < studless?
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Team:
The 2009 test you reference doesn’t contain any Studless Ice and Snow winter tires, but rather uses Studdable winter tires. That test also shows the limitation of these “studdable” winter tires, that without the addition of carbide-tipped studs they aren’t able to provide high levels of ice traction.
Friday, August 9, 2013 by Sahalu:
Thank you soooo very much guys for this vital information. I live in Colorado and do occasional mountain driving, for which my current tires are almost useless in icy conditions. It is time for new tires, so your information is really helpful.

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