This is where winter / snow tires make all the difference in the world. Although the O.E. Honda tires are capable of providing some snow and ice traction, winter / snow tires and even better yet, Tire and Wheel Packages designed for winter provide more safety in winter conditions. The following three active features allow winter / snow tires to provide superior snow and ice performance.
- Tread volume: A tire needs more tread volume for snow traction compared to wet traction. Snow tires need more tread depth in wintry conditions to compress snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. If there isn't sufficient tread depth, the "bites" of snow that can be processed on each tire revolution will be reduced to "nibbles," and the vehicle's traction and mobility in snow will be reduced.
- Active Siping: Sipes are the small "cuts" you see throughout the tread of winter / snow and most all-season tires. These sipes open as the tread comes in contact with the road surface. As the sipes open, they create "biting edges" which conform to the small grooves in the road and ice to provide additional traction.
- Soft Tread Compound: The soft tread compound unique to winter / snow tires is engineered to remain soft in freezing temperatures. This is necessary for the tread to conform to the grooves in the driving surface and create traction. All-season and summer tires get harder when the temperatures begins to drop below 40 degrees, which doesn't allow the tires to grip the road as effectively.
" I live in the Catskills and commute over a dirt road to town, and then to a small city several times a week and have found the Blizzaks' to be the best winter tire I've used in over 40 years of driving. I am never stuck, even in the worst weather." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on 2008 Honda Accord
"I came away with a sense of aw and confidence in these Michelin Ice-Xi2 studless snow tires they are truly amazing!" - Tire Rack Consumer Review, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 on 2010 Honda Accord
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