I've had many sets of Firestone tires over the last twenty some years and they always exceed my expectations and the FR710s were no exception. These tires were very smooth when I bought them. When they were new I was in a rainstorm where there was about an inch of water on the road and the traction was unexpectedly good. Later when the tires had about 23000 miles on them I was in a similar storm and the traction was still very impressive. I crossed the mountains of Pennsylvania in several snowstorms over the last few winters and I'm very comfortable and confident with these tires. I had 40000 miles on the tires when I traded the car in and there was plenty of tread left. There's nothing fancy about these tires but the do the job.