Winter Truck Tires

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Tech Article on AWD/4WD Systems
Customers often say they don't need winter / snow tires because they have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV. Just because you have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV doesn't mean that your vehicle cannot benefit from a good set of winter snow tires! Keep in mind that while four-wheel drive helps you get moving quicker in the snow, it's of no extra help in stopping the vehicle. In fact, four-wheel drive systems add additional weight to a vehicle, therefore stopping distances on ice and snow can actually be longer than their two-wheel drive brethren. This is where a good set of winter tires can make all the difference. To gain a better understanding of why four-wheel drive isn't all you need this winter, read "Why Electronic Drivers' Aids and AWD/4WD Systems Aren't Enough (All-Season)."

I'm currently running the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 on my 2009 MAZDA CX-7 and have been very impressed with this set of MAZDA tires. The DM-V1 is offered in a wide variety of sizes that fit many trucks, SUVs and crossovers. See more details about my experience with this set of Bridgestone winter tires, as well as the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 in my blog post titled "My Story on Winter Tires."

For wider, lower profile fitments like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne I recommend the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow or Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 in cases where the DM-V1 is not available. 

When the time comes to purchase passenger truck tires, light truck tires or tires for your SUV or crossover, shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tires that work best for your vehicle.

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