The Best Winter / Snow Tires for Dry and Wet Roads

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

As we head into the winter season, it's important to remember that not every winter / snow is appropriate for every climate. While northern climates in the United States and most drivers from Canada can find logic with an aggressive Studless Ice & Snow tire, this performance category isn't necessarily for everyone.


Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4


If the majority of your winter is spent on dry plowed roads or wet slush, you may want to consider a Performance Winter / Snow tire. Tires in this category have higher speed ratings than those in a Studless Ice & Snow category and are known for more responsive handling on plowed or wet surfaces. With these higher speed ratings, the tires feel more composed at speed and perform better in transitions with sharp steering inputs. Make no mistake, while Performance Winter / Snow tires may not be quite as favorable in deep snow or on ice as a Studless Ice & Snow tire, they are beyond capable in winter conditions. Two options worth considering in the category are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4.

To learn more about the differences between winter performance categories, read "Understanding the Tire Performance Categories for Winter / Snow Tires."

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