The first decision to make is whether to go with the Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow or the Light Truck Studdable Winter / Snow Tires. If you see lots of ice or continuous packed snow, the studded tires may be used to give the extra traction to pull a heavy load or to help slow down. The trade-off is that these tires are not be the best option for dry or wet roads. The Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow tire would be the best all-around tire for winter use on a mix of dry/wet and icy/snowy roads.
Let's look at some top choices in each category.
Light Truck Studless Ice and Snow
Bridgestone Blizzak W965
- Tube Multicell tread compound featuring microscopic pores and circumferential microchannels to reduce the layer of thin water generated when driving on snow and ice
- Deep tread block tread pattern with zigzag sipes to provide maximum bitting edges and enhance winter traction with out the use of winter studs
Light Truck Studdable Winter / Snow
Firestone Winterforce LT
- An economical option featuring deep tread blocks molded into a directional tread pattern
- Optional TSMI #15 blue-colored metallic winter studs can be installed for $15 per tire
Take a look to see which of these snow tires is available in the correct size for your vehicle.