A record breaking winter such as this year means more snowmen, more snowball fights and a lot less school for children. It also means dangerous driving conditions and can bring traffic to a standstill. With the right winter tires, your car can traverse past the ditched and abandoned vehicles to get you safely to your destination. Check out these great snow tires designed to bring you home no matter what winter throws at you.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS60
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 is a studless ice and snow winter tire that is designed to maximize traction in icy conditions without having to deal with the hassle of studded tires. The tire’s tread pattern and silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound on the tread lowers the amount of water on the tire’s contact patch and pushes water out of the tire’s path giving better contact with the road. The tread is designed in a 3-D zigzag pattern that carries moister out of the tire’s path. This decreases the chances of hydroplaning and allows for better braking force. Tirerack.com sells the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 starting at $74.00 for sedans.
Goodyear Ultra Grip
If you live in harsh winter climates where snow and ice stick around all season, a studded tire may be a better option for you. The Goodyear Ultra Grip has a tread pattern designed to create biting edges that grip the road through the ice. The intermediate and shoulder tread blocks of the tire can be studded to add ultimate connection with the road. Tirerack.com sells them at $69.00 for sedans, vans and light trucks.
Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3
If you live in a warmer client with only occasional snow, you’ll want a tire that still handles well in dry conditions. The Primacy Alpin PA3 has a sunflower oil-enriched Helio Compound on the treads to help with traction in ice, but does not have the large biting blocks and an studs of more hardcore winter tires. You’ll give up a little traction in bad weather, but you won’t need to change your tires out every time the snow melts. Get a set from Tiresavings.com starting at $109.00.
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
Pirelli’s Scorpion Ice & Snow is a studless tire designed for today’s muscle cars such as the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and the Chrysler 300C. The tread is made from a rubber that stays flexible in lower temperatures for better handling in wintery conditions. Most muscle cars are rear wheel drive which can be dangerous on slippery roads. The Scorpion Ice & Snow can lower the chance of fishtailing with its angled independent tread blocks that grip into the snow. Tirerack.com sells them starting at $99.00.
Continental Tire ExtremeWinterContact
The ExtremeWinterContact employs an offset asymmetric tread unlike any other tire. It is a mix of a dry condition tire with a studless winter gripping tire. Blending the stiff pattern of a dry road tire with the softer tread compound that stays flexible in extreme cold, the ExtremeWinterContact keeps you safely moving all winter long. Get a set at Sears.com starting around $90.oo.