Deciding on a tire can sometimes be very difficult. With some tires, there's a small margin in survey results, or a small price difference, and it's not easy to tell which is the better value. At Tire Rack, we present a lot of facts based on survey results, our own tire tests, or first hand experience with tires. I am often asked this:
If it were your car, what would you put on it?
It's not always a simple answer. What I would put on my car might not be right for yours. We try to answer as honestly as we can, based on as much information we can collect, and then give our individual recommendations.
It's with this in mind that I present you with MY winter tire and wheel package. I drive a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. The stock tire size is 225/60R16, but I'm going to downsize to 215/70R15 for winter. You can read here to find out why downsizing is a good idea. I can get some steel wheels (check your vehicle for availability) and keep my costs down and my tire is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70.
It's no secret that the Blizzak is a great snow tire, but the reason it's my choice goes back to last winter. The day after Christmas here in South Bend, it snowed...and snowed and snowed! I got up to go to work that day and found my father at the end of the street helping a driver out of someone else's front yard because they lost control. I took it more carefully on my way out, but there was so much snow that I couldn't get up the hill to get out of my subdivision. I was using all-season tires. After 20 minutes of driving five feet forward, then sliding ten feet backwards, I had to turn around and go the other way. Needless to say, my pride was hurt. So I vowed to put the best tire on for deep snow that I could the next winter.
And this is it folks. I'm not as concerned with steering response or cornering, I just want the best tire for the worst conditions. I don't want to be 20 minutes late to work anymore. So I'm putting the Blizzaks on my car. And if you ask me, I might tell you to do the same.