Winter Tires on Ice

Thursday, August 5, 2010 by Porter Pryde

Even though we get plenty of snow in South Bend Indiana, home of Tire Rack's corporate headquarters and main distribution center, we push the season to provide you with the most up-to-date developments in winter / snow tires.  Testing the latest tires on ice in August is accomplished at a local indoor ice rink.

Tire Testing at the Ice RinkIn anticipation of the inevitable winter driving conditions, a hockey rink is used to provide the ultimate simulation of the icy road conditions that we'll face. By monitoring tests in acceleration, braking and cornering on the ice we have confirmed the differences between various winter / snow tires and the traction advantage they have over Ultra High Performance All-Season and On-/Off-Road All-Terrain light truck tires.

We've also confirmed the importance of matched tires on all four corners. Our tests have shown that a rear wheel drive vehicle equipped with all-season tires on the front and winter tires on the back will require slower cornering speeds and longer stopping distances than the same vehicle equipped with four winter tires.

This year, as usual, we tested the latest developments in winter traction by looking at and comparing the newest tires. We  evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the various tires and determine which tires represent the greatest strides in winter driving perfection. Once compiled, the test results will be shared on our website to assist you in selecting your ideal winter tire.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS 70       Continental ExtremeWinterContact  

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70ExtremeWinterContact


Dunlop Graspic DS-3
                Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Dunlop Graspic DS-3Michelin X-Ice Xi2


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