Do you live in an area that sees low to moderate snowfall? Are the roads you experience in the winter typically plowed, but you still need traction in the snow? If this sounds like what winter driving is like in your region, then consider a winter tire in the Performance Winter / Snow category.
A few popular tires to consider within the category include the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Blizzak LM-32 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. All three options provide similar performance when it comes to snow traction and dry road handling and cornering. When comparing very closely, the Bridgestone tires move the balance closer to the snow traction side, while the Dunlop does slightly better in dry conditions. Both brands are an ideal choice for someone who wants to retain some clear road handing and response, but also needs to get home at night before roads have been plowed.
Drivers who live in more of a rural area, or experience heavy snowfalls, should lean towards a Studless Ice & Snow tire. Two great options in the category are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. I've noticed in my experience with both, that the added tread depth of the Blizzak helps with deep snow traction. Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 performs a little better on icy surfaces and tends to handle a bit tighter on clear roads due to the 2/32" difference in depth compared to the Blizzak.
Whether you're looking to buy Performance Winter / Snow or Studless Ice & Snow tires, it's best to order early as stock goes down throughout the fall and winter months. Ordering early when most products are still available will allow you to choose what you want to buy. Begin shopping and create your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!