Tire Rack Now Publishes Run-Flat Tire Survey Results

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

First-generation run-flat tires left many drivers wanting more from their tires. The harsh ride associated with run-flats caused many to look for replacements as quickly as they could. For those who decided to stay with the tires, they did so only for the peace of mind they provided in case of a flat.

Run-flat tires are praised, though, because they provide temporary extended mobility at speeds up to 50 miles per hour for approximately 50 miles. Are you willing to give up a smoother ride for this added safety? What if you could have this peace of mind AND maintain the smoother ride you prefer? Today’s run-flat tires do just that.

With the improvements in run-flat technology over the past few years, more drivers are choosing to stay with these tires. And with options like the Bridgestone DriveGuard now available that can be installed on your vehicle even if run-flats weren’t Original Equipment, other brands will follow suite and the run-flat market will continue to grow.

We’ve recently started to include run-flat tires in our survey results so that drivers can more adequately compare their options, as well. While we have been sharing run-flat tire consumer reviews for a few years, we now have sufficient survey submissions and reported miles of driving experience to publish the related tire survey results on our website.

For each tire performance category where run-flats tires are available and have reached ample survey submissions, the tire’s results are now published directly below the tires that feature standard constructions. This allows drivers of vehicles that can be equipped with run-flat tires to review our survey results as they search for replacement tires.

To learn more about the capabilities of run-flat tires, take a look at “Run-Flat Tires.”

Tire Rack and Bridgestone Invaded the Pepsi Center to Showcase the Blizzak WS80

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Tire Rack and Bridgestone teamed up to introduce the Blizzak WS80 to a group of drivers who have never experienced driving on winter tires, as well as a team of car enthusiasts who wanted to view the new tire first-hand. We invited the teams to Denver and set-up the event at the Pepsi Center, home of the N.B.A.’s Denver Nuggets and N.H.L.’s Colorado Avalanche.

While you can read about how great a tire is, there’s nothing like getting behind the wheel and testing tires yourself. And on the ice of the Pepsi Center, that’s exactly what we invited this group to do. They were able to experience how differently our BMWs accelerated, braked and cornered around the ice when one was equipped with a set of winter tires and the other with a set of all-seasons. As one driver who had never experienced winter tires said, “I could barely get the all-seasons going, and my stopping distance was much longer. I was convinced. The Blizzak proved its worth on the ice.”

Twitter was buzzing with #TalkTires and #TRWinterDrive testimonials.

Additionally, attendees were treated to a visit to the Denver Zoo for a biomimicry demonstration. Team members from Bridgestone explained how engineers study the movement of polar bears and how their paws gain traction on ice and use their findings in their design process of Blizzak tires.

Yes, the presentation was exciting; and testing the tires on the ice was beneficial to the drivers, but the tricycles equipped with Blizzak WS80 and all-season tires stole the show. These trikes were so much fun we could barely get the local media off them in time for them to do their segments! Not only are they a blast to ride, they demonstrate the traction comparison between the two sets of tires very well. As you’re trying to pedal, the tricycle with the winter tires allows you to pedal faster, turn quicker and stop sooner than the bike with all-season tires.

The Pepsi Center and Denver Zoo were a great host for our event. Thank you to all the staff members who took time out of their day to make sure everything was handled properly and professionally. Everyone who participated enjoyed their time in the Mile High city, learned how great winter / snow tires are and got a chance to ride a tricycle for the first time in years!

Tire Rack's Partnership with Notre Dame Athletics

Monday, September 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

“Here come the Irish of Notre Dame!”

For those of us employed at Tire Rack's South Bend, IN headquarters, autumn Saturdays revolve around the local college football team. Notre Dame home games are a great time to meet up with friends, co-workers and family and cheer on the Irish.

For many of us, it’s exciting to announce our partnership with many Notre Dame sporting programs. This football season we are the presenting sponsor for the “Brian Kelly Radio Show,” “Inside Notre Dame Football” and “Thursday Night Classics.” Every Thursday night you can tune in to www.watchnd.tv and view a classic game from the Notre Dame archives. During the broadcast, reminisce with fellow fans and share your thoughts via game-time tweets. With classic games against Michigan from 1998 and Florida State from 1993 to name a few, Throwback Thursday just became more exciting! 

We couldn’t just leave it at football. This is Indiana after all. That’s why we are also proud to be the presenting sponsor of Irish basketball coach's “Mike Brey Radio Show.”

Notre Dame’s fan base is national and loyal and they sure love to show support for their team. We're excited to be associated with this prestigious university and look forward to a great year.

Go Irish!   

On Our Way to the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

It’s an annual tradition for a few Tire Rack employees to make the trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale beginning this weekend. Chris "Trent" Harvey, John "Woody" Rogers and William "Bill" Loring each compete in different classes and are seasoned veterans. In fact, Trent has brought a trophy back home to South Bend, Indiana eight separate times and Bill is a two-time national champion.

Trent, brand manager (brakes and suspension), will be competing in the C-Street class while driving his 2009 Mazda Miata. He will also be participating in the ProSolo event on August 30 and 31. Currently sitting in third place in the points standing for the ProSolo category and sixth in the overall points, he is ready to make the leap to first! He also happens to have a two-time national champion as his co-driver, Chris Fenter!

Competing in the Street Touring Roadster class, Woody is our product information specialist (tires) and will be driving his 2002 Honda S2000. There will be 44 drivers competing in his class on Tuesday and Wednesday and we're rooting for a solid finish for him this year.

Bill Loring, from our IT department, will be driving in the C-Street Prepared class in a 1996 Mazda Miata. This will be the fourth different vehicle Bill has used to compete over the years. As one who won a national championship in 2011 and 2012, Bill is determined to add a third title to his resume.

Good luck to all! Drive fast, don’t hit any cones and have a blast!

For live results, follow the action at http://sololive.scca.com

Buying Winter Tires in August?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

During the dog days of summer, you're not thinking about purchasing winter / snow tires. You’re focused on getting to the lake this weekend for water skiing, not how to prevent sliding across snow-covered roads. Well, maybe you should be, as now is a great time to prepare yourself for winter while saving money at the same time during our "Get Ready. Get Fifty." promotion.

While it seems far away, winter won't skip us this year. And when Ol’ Mother Nature starts getting upset, you’ll be able to handle everything she throws your way with the right set of tires. During the promotion, you can receive a $50 Tire Rack Prepaid MasterCard® by mail when you purchase a set of four select winter / snow tires.

For those who live in the northern part of the country, all you have to do is think back to last year. We were introduced to words like “Polar Vortex” and everyone described the season as "brutal." With some predictions for another bad one, why not make your commutes easier with tires designed to handle the inevitable snow and ice.

Snow tires are the best way to improve winter traction and increase safety. They typically last three or more seasons and increase the life span of your non-winter tires (that are then only driven on in the spring, summer and fall months). And a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package makes it easy to bolt on performance optimized for the season right in your own garage.

Don’t let the upcoming winter make you cringe at the thought of driving again. Install a set of winter / snow tires and find some newly found confidence for those winter trips.

Young African Leaders Visit Tire Rack

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

We recently welcomed over 20 young African leaders from 17 countries as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative program hosted by the University of Notre Dame to our headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Students listened as Matt Edmonds, vice president, told the Tire Rack story and were given a tour of our facility.

As part of the program, the students learn leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring to create new opportunities in Africa where they can put these skills to work. The students learned how we grew from a small shop in Indianapolis to where we are today and how the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Pete Veldman, was key to our success. Matt also explained to the group how integrity and great customer service are our foundation and that both play an important role in building a successful company.

It was clear the students enjoyed their time at Tire Rack. They were filled with energy and loved taking photos in our studio, as well as on our test track.

Where did the young leaders go from here? Most went on to visit other companies across the Midwest, including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Chicago Cubs. A few will also go on to receive an eight-week internship with an American non-governmental organization or business.

We’d like to thank them for taking the time to visit Tire Rack. It's exciting to see the enthusiasm they displayed during their time here and we wish them all the best in the future!

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Is the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Building a Lasting Legacy?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

This past weekend the sports world saw two champions add to their legacy. The new U.S. Open champion added another major title to his resume, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth N.B.A. title since 1999. There’s something to be said about consistently being on top – a place that’s familiar to the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2.

Since its premiere in our survey results back in February 2013, the tire has only known one spot: on top. It has been the top-ranked tire in the Ultra High Performance Summer category because it receives high marks in several areas: hydroplaning resistance, cornering stability and dry traction.

Honed by decades of BFGoodrich g-Force racing where success on the street begins with winning on the track, the tire is used by the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports and Skip Barber Racing for their schools and race series. With racing technology successes incorporated into its design, the g-Force Sport COMP-2 delivers sharp steering response along with wet and dry grip without sacrificing treadwear.

“Accelerate faster. Corner harder. Brake shorter.” This bold statement from BFGoodrich was what we were to expect from the tire when we received it for testing back in July 2012. It definitely impressed! During our time with the tire, it delivered impressive traction, especially in the wet. We determined that it is a very capable Ultra High Performance Summer tire that was ranked first, as it beat out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Yokohama S. drive.

What will the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2’s legacy be when all is said and done? With 17 straight months in first place, it appears it will be go down as one of the best Ultra High Performance Summer tires.

When you buy a set of four BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 tires before July 12, you can receive a $70 MasterCard Reward Card.

Love is...Autocrossing. And Tire Rack.

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

A happy couple, fun with cars and Tire Rack. A perfect marriage in our book.

Angie and Woody Rogers, both Tire Rack employees, placed their first Tire Rack orders back in 1990 before even knowing each other.

Later they met and the rest is (autocross) history.

Woody, who began autocrossing in 1989, convinced Angie to come to an event for their first date. It wasn't long before Angie got behind the wheel and gave it a try herself. The motoring couple continued to compete in local, regional and national level autocross competitions around the country. And many sets of tires later, Angie eventually went on to win two SCCA National Autocross Championships!


Both joined the Tire Rack team on the same day in the summer of 1999. Woody has turned his love of tires and ample time behind the wheel into his role as one of Tire Rack's product information specialists and tire test program coordinator, while Angie has blended her graphic design training and management skills into her current role as print media buyer.

This time of year, you'll find them prepping their 2002 S2000 for yet another season of competition in the SCCA's STR class.


What's Installed? Woody Comments.

Dunlop245/40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Tires

"Chosen because it's an all-around performance leader. This tire is well suited to the task, and inspires confidence to push hard and place the car very exactly, both of which are critical to going fast."

TRMotorsports17x9.0 TRMotorsports C3 Light Grey Wheels

"These wheels have the correct fit plus light weight and economical pricing. It costs nearly twice as much to save just two pounds per wheel."

KW KW Clubsport Coil-Over Kit

"We've used KW Coil-Overs before, and they proved to deliver excellent damping control and a wide range of adjustability."

Eibach SpringsFront Anti-Roll Bar

"The Eibach Front Anti-Roll Bar is hollow for reduced weight and the two-way adjustability on the S2000 fitment helps tune handling as needed."

Intercomp 4" Deluxe Air Pressure Gauge

"Big enough to see from the moon, and always spot on accurate."

AquapelGlass Treatment

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades

"The combination of Aquapel and PIAA Super Silicone wipers makes a great pair to assure visibility during even the heaviest downpour."

Braille Auto Lightweight Racing Battery (Carbon Wrap w/Mount) 6 lbs.

"Saving weight is an important part of this project, and this should shave nearly 40 lbs. from the car while still having plenty of cranking power."

SPCSPC Adjustable Ball Joint

"Installed in the front upper control arms, the SPC ball joints add additional adjustment range to the OEM suspension so we can get sufficient negative camber to optimize tire performance."

2014 One Lap of America Winners Trust Michelin

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Catesby Jones’ and William Taylor’s 2010 Nissan GT-R came up a little short in the 2012 and 2013 One Lap of America, but this year was a different story as they won their first overall victory. Not only did they have the best vehicle, they were again this year driving on the top-rated tire from our Max Performance Summer category – the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Pilot Super Sport tires are designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Jones and Taylor would agree, as they were able to best the competition in the Wet Skidpad portion of the competition, too. 

These tires are truly for the driver who cares about how tire technology enhances their vehicle’s performance and safety. They are engineered to deliver durability, handling and traction while increasing treadlife. The tires are also comparatively light, with a weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight to improve handling.

It’s not just the winners of the 2014 One Lap of America who love this tire, our customers do, too. Currently, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has the highest rankings in the following areas of our survey results:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort
  • Treadwear

Watch “Latest vs. Greatest Max Performance Summer Tires” to see why the Michelin Pilot Super Sport can make this summer your most enjoyable driving experience.

Is There Air in the Spare for Your Trip Over the Hill and Through the Woods?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

It’s time for families to come together for the Holidays, and that often means loading the car for extended highway travel.

However, before you load the trunk and begin your trip, make sure you check the air pressure of all your vehicle’s tires, including the spare. Many spare tires are packaged at the bottom of a car’s trunk or under the bed of a crossover, SUV or pickup. This often means that the trunk/cargo area has to be empty in order to check the spare tire’s air pressure. And, in many cases, the vehicle manufacturers have chosen to package the spare with the valve stem down, preventing the air from being checked without removing the jack and all of the tire changing tools. It’s a hassle, but worth a few minutes before drivers load up.

Tire Rack compliments Ford for the spare tire packaging on their new Fusion. As you can see, Ford chose to store the tools and jack in foam under the wheel. This provides the driver easy access to check air pressure in their spare tire.

 

Ford Fusion Ford Fusion Ford Fusion


Tire Rack believes spare tire air pressure will be checked more often if it's easy to do. What do you think? When was the last time you checked your spare tire’s air pressure?

Tire Rack Has a Hall of Famer!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Pete Veldman, Tire RackAt the 2012 SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on October 29, 2012, Tire Rack's Pete Veldman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

While initially skeptical about starting a mail-order tire company, Veldman quickly saw a need for customers to acquire specialty tires easily and efficiently. Thus Tire Rack was founded in 1979 and has established itself as the leader in the direct-to-consumer tire business. Veldman's forward thinking ensured Tire Rack was one of the first tire companies to have an online presence in 1996 that today provides over 50 million annual website visitors the test results, tire selection, reviews and fast shipping options they need to make an informed tire purchase.

His hard work and dedication to giving customers optimum customer service and convenience has led to the announcement that he will be inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame. "The TIA Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of innovators and leaders who have shaped the tire industry over the past century," TIA stated. "By honoring the individual accomplishments of manufacturers, dealers, retreaders and suppliers, TIA celebrates the diversity and rich history of the tire industry."

Tire Rack and all of its employees would like to congratulate Pete on this well deserved honor!

 

Bring the Tire Rack Street Survival Program to Your Community

Monday, March 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America, depleting our most precious resource and hopes for the future. Each year more than 5,000 youths age 15-20 are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes and 196,000 are injured nationwide, mainly because of driver error. To reduce that number, the national non-profit Tire Rack Street Survival® driver education program, now celebrating a decade teaching young drivers to "arrive alive," works with local communities, veteran IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear and driving enthusiasts nationwide to give young drivers the skills and experience needed to reduce these staggering statistics.
 

As funding for high school driver education programs continues to dwindle, this program is made available to teach teens and young adults how their actions govern a car's response, what their vehicle's limitations are and how to avoid accidents entirely. The program even caught the eye of IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear, who enrolled his son in a Tire Rack Street Survival course near their hometown of Carmel, Indiana. "I firmly believe Tire Rack Street Survival is best in giving young drivers valuable experience behind the wheel," said Goodyear. "The first time a young driver feels their car sliding, they're on their way to an accident."
 

Students drive their own vehicles in order to translate their daily driving experiences and are supervised under the watchful eyes of experienced, knowledgeable driving coaches. The hands-on experience gained in real-world driving situations is key to reducing the number of tragedies on our roads.
 

One-day classes are typically held on weekends and are open to permitted and licensed drivers between the ages of 15 and 21. Take a look at the current schedule to find a school in your area.
 

"We're trying to make the roads safer for everyone," said Bill Wade, national program manager, Tire Rack Street Survival. "For the sake of the next generation, we're asking local communities to host a Tire Rack Street Survival program of their own." Besides the use of a large parking lot at a school, stadium or shopping center, no special equipment is required. Community leaders or concerned parents interested in locating, hosting or requesting a Tire Rack Street Survival school in their area can get more information here.

Winter Reminders from Tire Rack

Thursday, October 27, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter DrivingDon't tailgate. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Check your tire tread depth and pressure.

Every year we're reminded how to drive during winter, yet every year we see drivers on the road who behave like it's summer. To help you stay safe behind the wheel and make this winter as safe as possible, these are the things you truly need to remember:
  • Winter tires are worth it.
  • In traction we trust.
  • Never forget the pressure.
  • Tread depth matters.
  • Extra room and don't tailgate.
  • Remain a smooth operator.
The above are Tire Rack's winter reminders. Get more details in "Remember These W.I.N.T.E.R. Tips."

Certain now you need a set of winter / snow tires this season? Shop by vehicle to find the options that works best for your vehicle.

New Winter Tires and Wheels Will Save You Money

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel PackagesWhile replacing your summer or all-season tires with a dedicated set of winter / snow tires is highly recommended, having a set of wheels to install these tires on for the colder months will save you money over time. Tire and Wheel Packages not only eliminate the hassle of changing your tires twice a year, but also mean you'll never have to pay for mounting and re-mounting again.

A package of snow tires and rims allows you to easily remove your summer Tire & Wheel Package in your own garage and easily install your winter set. Detailed installation instructions are included with every package.

Need help selecting wheels for your winter / snow tires? Read "Alloy vs Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages" and then Shop by Vehicle to see what's available for yours.

We Compare Bridgestone Tires on the Ice

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Do all-season tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle perform the same as a set of performance winter tires? To find out, we compared a set of Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 (Standard Touring All-Season) tires with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (Studless Ice and Snow) tires on one of the American market's most popular front-wheel drive cars, the 2012 Honda Civic.

As previous tests we performed on rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles have shown, the Blizzak winter tires performed better in the acceleration, braking and cornering tests. They were able to accelerate 1.5 seconds faster, stop 18.5 feet sooner and take corners faster than the all-season tire challenger.

Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Take a look at "Are Front-Wheel Drive and All-Season Tires Enough for Winter Driving?" for the full test results and to watch the video. We think the results will encourage even the hard-core skeptics among us to buy winter tires for their improved traction on hard-packed snow and ice.

Buy Winter Tires for Safe Winter Driving

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Tech Article on AWD/4WD SystemsSevere winter weather makes driving treacherous. But snow tires and wheels, planning and a little training can make this winter less difficult and dangerous.

No one wants to get stuck in the snow in the winter. Our recommendation? Buy snow tires. They're designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and ice that many parts of the country experience for at least three months a year.

For example, when you compare all-season, O.E. 2011 F150 tires on a vehicle driven in Tennessee, an area that sees very little snowfall a year, the all-season tires will work well. But if you live in Minnesota and experience harsh winter conditions for a long period of time, all-season tires and 4WD aren't enough. Read, "Why Electronic Drivers Aids and AWD/4WD Systems Aren't Enough (Winter)."

Take a look at snow tire prices and snow tire reviews, as well, before you make your decision on which winter / snow tire is best for you.

All-Season Tires for Winter? Think Again!

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter Tire FAQsWith winter right around the corner, replacing your vehicle's all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires is the best way to go. All-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. The all-season tire tread designs and compounds that are engineered to provide extended mileage and durability in the summer are less effective in winter's freezing temperatures, and through snow and on ice. And to help with your decision on which snow tire to choose, take a look at the following performance categories:

Performance Winter / Snow

This category is for drivers who are looking for enhanced dry road handling from their tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. These low profile, H- or V-speed rated tires (perfect for sporty imported and domestic cars) are developed to suit winter driving on European highways. Due to their unique designs these tires must be installed in sets of four.

Studless Ice and Snow

Designed for drivers that want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs, these tires feature the latest compound technology to provide winter traction. You'll trade a little handling to get this excellent ice and snow traction, though.

Studdable Winter / Snow

These tires feature snow tire tread compounds and studdable tread designs for good snow and ice traction. It is important to note that studdable winter tires are often prohibited or restricted in some states; check with local authorities to confirm legality.

Still have questions about the benefits of winter tires? Take a look at "Winter Tire FAQs."

Go Off-Road with Fuzion Tires

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Fuzion XTiDeveloped to meet the needs of light truck tuners and enthusiasts who want a unique style without compromising comfort and affordability, the Fuzion XTi has the capability to go off-road. Delivering traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails, the tire provides year-round traction for Jeeps and sport utility vehicles, even in snow.

The XTi also offers dual sidewall styling options that give enthusiasts the ability to reflect their personality by flipping opposite sides of the tire to display an alternative image. One side features a tribal band inspired by around-the-arm tattoos popular with members of Generation X and Y, while the other side reveals a blazing ring of flames.

Interested in a Fuzion tire review? Check out what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Fuzion XTi here.

Which Tires Are Right for the Upcoming Winter Season?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter DrivingAll-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable characteristics under a wide variety of conditions. That compromise hinders the tires from being a master of any of of them. A tire's tread design and compounds that provide extended mileage and durability under the summer's sun are not as effective in winter's freezing temperatures and through snow or on ice.

While one tire can't be the fastest on the track and most controllable in the snow, winter / snow tires are designed to excel in colder temperatures, slush, snow and on ice. So instead of white knuckling it through the three-plus months of winter, invest in winter wheels and tires to make the winter driving months as safe as possible.

Watch "All-Season vs. Winter / Snow Tires" to see the difference in acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities between the two types of tires.