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Still Think All Season Radials Are Good Enough For Winter?

Posted in Car Accessories, Car Tech, Cool Stuff, driving, Maintenance, Safety, Tires, Videos by Kurt Ernst | December 5th, 2010 | 9 Responses |

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?

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9 Responses

  1. a says:

    how are you gonna store those tires if you don’t have a garage?

  2. Mark Smith says:

    While interesting, is there really anything new here? The All season tires give you less margin for error than the Winter tires do, but the bottom line when driving in snow and ice is SLOW DOWN!

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  4. […] all season tires vs winter tires test if youre the type of person that wants to save a few bucks by buying all seasons instead of having summer tires and seperate winter tires. than read this article and watch the videos before you make a decision. Still Think All Season Radials Are Good Enough For Winter? […]

  5. […] all season tires vs winter tires test if youre the type of person that wants to save a few bucks by buying all seasons instead of having summer tires and seperate winter tires. than read this article and watch the videos before you make a decision. Still Think All Season Radials Are Good Enough For Winter? […]

  6. Kurt Ernst says:

    a, that’s what friends and relatives are for, or you could always rent a storage locker.

    Mark, there may not be anything that’s ground-breaking in the post, but the videos really illustrate the difference between all-season radials and dedicated winter tires. I doubt the average driver knows there’s such a big difference.

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  8. Loveunderlaw says:

    I only use all seasons, have never been stuck with them either! I think iit comes down to what your most comfortable with & driver skill also. I hate Snows, but my dad swears by them LOL :) Of course he drives a RWD luxury sedan, and I have a FWD mid-size sedan. They handle exactly the opposite of each other, in the end just pay attention to road conditions and other vehicles and you should be safe enough.