Winter tires are not only better perform in snowy conditions, they also perform better on cold, dry pavement.
Don't wait for snow, change tires when the temperature starts to drop to 5C°, it’s already time to put winter tires. Winter-Snow tires offer superb traction in snowy and icy conditions, when temperature is below freezing.
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• Best winter-snow tires -
Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Michelin's newest winter tire aces even the toughest Scandinavian tests. It clings tenaciously to snow and ice, while driving more quietly and offering less rolling resistance and therefore better gas mileage than other winter tires. However, the Michelin Xi2 is more expensive than the competent.
• Budget winter-snow tires - General Altimax Arctic
The General Altimax Arctic handles winter roads well, the general grips almost as well on ice, just as well in snow, and good on wet pavement. The General Altimax Arctic are noisier and less comfortable, with higher rolling resistance, mean lower gas mileage. Unlike the Michelin, the General can be studded for maximum ice grip. Neither tire brakes or handles well on dry roads, for that you need a performance winter tires.
• Studded winter-snow tires - Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5
For drivers in harsh winter regions who find they get the best results from studded tires, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 is the best of the bunch. The Hakkapeliitta 5 slogs through deep snow and brakes on slick ice better. However, the Hakkapeliitta 5 is best for truly harsh winter it doesn't handle wet asphalt as well as a good studless tire, and it is expensive. Be aware that some regions restrict the use of studded snow tires, becuse of road damage.
• Mild winter-snow performance tires - Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Offer better snow and ice traction than its predecessor, the performance winter tires aren't designed for harsh winters, they're designed to keep performance cars sure-footed in cold weather, and experts say they're far more agile on wet and dry roads than traditional winter tires with slow speed ratings.
Hankook I Pike RC01 - Winter Tire
A special blend of tread polymers provide optimum performance in snow and rain.
Directional tread pattern offers resistance to aquaplaning and excellent handling in wet conditions
Price from $ 45
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice and Snow - Winter Tire
Richly siped tread surfaces, deep tread grooves and a special winter traction compound ensure great traction in ice and snow.
High technology winter polymer compound that maintains molecular adhesion that keeps optimal tread flexibility at low temperatures.
Price from $ 70
Pirelli Winter Carving - Winter Tire
Studdable tire, offering exceptional grip on icy surfaces.
Multiple siping, outstanding stability and optimized stud layout.
Price from $ 71
General Tire Altimax Arctic - Winter Tire
The General Altimax Arctic winter tire has a multi angle sipe system which enhances traction in high angled turns and straight ahead driving.
Directional tread pattern amplifies water and snow evacuation.
Price from $ 76
Goodyear Nordic - Winter Tire
Specifically designed for traction in Canadian winter V shape tread design.
Optimized for efficient water evacuation and improved performance in slush.
Price from $ 79
Michelin X Ice Xi2 - Winter Tire
Advanced Tread Block with Micropumps ensures optimal contact with the road.
A combination of multiple sipes and micro pumps with a rubber silica based Flex Ice technology ensure maximum grip.
Price from $ 86
Dunlop Graspic DS 3 - Winter Tire
The Graspic DS-3 helps deliver traction in lower temperatures for enhanced control without the need for studs.
Premium silica based glass fibre tread helps tread remain soft at lower temperature for enhanced ice traction and control.
Large surface area for stud fixing allows for optimal distribution of weight between the stud and the ice, providing greater safety and driving comfort.
3D rip tread, tie bars design in crosswise grooves offers optimal handling on many different road surfaces.
Price from $ 106
Continental Extreme Winter Contact - Winter Tire
Delivers serious performance in winter weather conditions.
Engineered with an advanced tread compound and structured siping to dramatically improve ice and snow traction.
Price from $ 107
Goodyear Ultra Grip - Winter Tire
Aggressive tread pattern offers superior traction in rain, snow and ice.
Outstanding stability provided by optimal stud pin arrangement, wide tread and square profile.