Now that winter is upon us, and most of the US is dealing with cold, snow or some mixture of both, here are two videos that prove the merits of winter tires over their all-season or summer-only counterparts. If you live where the white stuff falls on a regular basis, you really do need to invest in a good set of winter tires, as these videos dramatically demonstrate. If the winter tires help you avoid a single accident, you’ve recovered the cost of buying them.
As for brands, I’ve always like Dunlop’s winter tires and have found their Wintersport M3s to be the best winter tires on the market. Not only do they excel in snow and ice, but they also suck less than other winter tires when the roads are clear and dry. You won’t be using them to autocross with, but they provide more grip and less tread squirm than any Bridgestone I’ve ever driven on. If you’re shopping for winter tires for a non-sporting ride, the Bridgestone Blizzak is also a decent choice.
Some will debate the merits of studded snows over the new generation of studless winter tires, and here’s my take: if you drive on hardpack snow and ice for the bulk of the winter, then shop for studded (or studable) tire; if you spend most of your winter driving on dry roads, then why deal with the noise and the hassle of studded snows?