Best Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires

Bridgestone makes some of the best winter / snow tires on the market. Their tire models are divided into two basic categories, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.   Studless Ice & Snow Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 The Blizzak WS70 and Blizzak DM-V1 are in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. If you're in need of...  Read More

Best Winter Tires 2013

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.   Bridgestone The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly...  Read More

Steel Wheels for Winter Tires

Steel wheels are a popular option for drivers who experience harsh winter conditions. One of the main advantages to using a steel wheel compared to an alloy wheel is price. Because they cost less, they allow customers who wouldn't typically consider buying wheels with winter tires, the option to do so. Other descriptions of steel wheels that help drivers...  Read More

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 vs Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best performing and most popular winter / snow tires. Even though both are in the same Studless Ice & Snow performance category, each possesses different qualities that may make one better suited for your winter driving needs. The Blizzak WS70 and X-Ice Xi3 rate very well in our customer...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires for a BMW 335i

Just like any vehicle, a BMW 335i will really benefit from running winter tires during the colder months. Even if you own the all-wheel drive model, a winter tire will help you steer and stop with confidence in snow and on ice. The most popular winter tires we offer to BMW customers come from Bridgestone, Michelin and Dunlop. Offerings in this category...  Read More

Deciding When to Put on Winter Tires

On my way into work last week, I noticed the road crews had put salt down due to some early season ice. Here in South Bend, Indiana, we've also experienced some light flurries. However, I will not be putting on my winter tires until later in November because highs this week are expected to reach the low 60s. If I lived somewhere like Rapid City, South Dakota...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires...  Read More

Who Makes the Quietest Tires?

One of the most important aspects people consider when selecting tires is how quiet they are. Drivers want to be able to enjoy conversations with the people in their vehicle or some nice tunes, not the sound of their tires.   When looking for quiet tires, take a look at the options available in the following categories: Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Highway...  Read More

Picking the Best All-Season Tires for Snow

When it comes to driving in the snow and on ice, nothing provides you better traction than a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. If you live in an area that only receives light snow, you may be able to get by with all-season tires. The following options are some of the better performing all-season tires in wintry conditions. In the Ultra High Performance...  Read More

When to Put on Winter / Snow Tires

Starting this time of year, our team receives one question fairly often: "When should I put my winter / snow tires on?" The basic guideline is to change your tires when the average temperature gets into the 40 degree Fahrenheit range.   Doing so will help maximize your snow tire's treadlife and ensure you're prepared for an early winter storm. A winter...  Read More

Run-Flat Tire Symbols

Some drivers assume they have run-flat tires because their vehicle didn't come with a spare tire. This isn't always the case and there are letters on run-flats that designate them as this type of tire. The letters will vary from tire to tire and brand to brand. Below you will find examples of the letters or wording on tires that manufacturers use to...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best winter / snow tires on the market. Many drivers wonder what features separate the two options. As you can see from the pictures below, their tread designs look similar, but there are differences that separate them from one another.   Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70   Michelin...  Read More

Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

When looking for an all-season option from Michelin for your passenger vehicle, consider their Defender and Primacy MXV4. The Standard Touring All-Season Defender has a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles for T- and H-speed rated models and an 80,000-mile warranty for the V-rated tire. We have already tested the tire at and around our headquarters and...  Read More

Best All-Season Tires for Snow

It's late summer and I am already taking calls from drivers asking which tires have the best winter traction. As you may already know, using winter / snow tires will give you the best winter traction. Since not everyone wants to or needs a dedicated set of winter tires, drivers who can use all-season tires in areas that see only light snow should consider...  Read More

Michelin Defender Reviewed

The Michelin Defender has been on the market since last year and is a very popular choice for drivers looking for a good touring all-season tire for their family car, minivan or small crossover.   Defender tires have a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-speed rated options and an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty for the V-rated tire. They also enhance...  Read More

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes...  Read More

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs. In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable...  Read More

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.   The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Micheli...  Read More

Tire Tread Direction

Tires come in a variety of tread designs. The three basic tread designs and examples are listed below: Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (Directional) Michelin Primacy MXV4 (Symmetric) Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Asymmetric) One of the most common questions I receive about tire tread design has to do with asymmetric tires. Their tread design makes it...  Read More

Finding the Best Tires for Your Nissan Maxima

Nissan's Maxima can take a variety of different tires from several performance categories. The first step to determining the best tires for your Maxima is to confirm the tire size. Next, you'll want to research and find what performance category fits what characteristics you desire in your new set of tires. Take a look at the following categories, along with...  Read More