Do Snow Tires Really Have More Traction Then All-Season Tires?
No sense in slip sliding around in the snow and ice when there are a lot of great winter tires available. Our winter tire review includes every tire we could find available in North America.
How Many Snow Tires Should I Buy?
Make sure when buying winter tires you always get a set of 4 for maximum traction and the best handling. That’s just not me saying that, every tire maker on the planet recommends you get a complete set. Reason being that if you have snow tires on one axle and non winter tires on the other, you’re going to have a lot more traction on one axle than the other and could cause a serious handling imbalance.
Today’s winter tires are better at providing ice and snow traction than ever before. The technology used to develop the tread designs and tread compounds has evolved beyond what you may have used previously.
What If My Vehicle Has Traction Control And Or ABS?
They’re great for preventing wheel slippage. But they won’t increase your vehicles traction. You might want to read that again. Only tires of different compounds will increase traction. That’s why you buy snow tires.
Popular Winter Tire Manufacturers
Michelin, Blizzak, General, Nokian, Firestone, Goodyear and Pirelli all make snow tires. The General’s and Firestone’s are geared toward the lower price point, but offer an excellent value. The others are more geared towards folks looking for the very best money can buy.
Check out Tire Rack’s Tire Decision Guide to find the right winter tire for your vehicle.