Best Brands to Trust When It Comes To Winter Tires
When considering winter tires for sale, look for the Alpine pictograph (a snowflake inside a mountain) on a tire’s sidewall. This mark says the particular tire passed the ‘medium-packed snow test’ under simulated winter driving conditions.
Here are the best brands that can get you through the harshest winter driving conditions.
BF Goodrich Winter T/A KSI
This tire from the boffins at BF Goodrich packs in more grooves and edges with which the tire can bite into ice and snow. The tread blocks feature edges shaped like the teeth of a saw, which provides superior grip. The tire consists of a high-density silica compound allowing the tire to be more flexible at sub-zero temperatures.
Continental Winter Contact TS 860
The TS 860 was found to be the best performer in wet and dry conditions. On a wet track, it showed elevated levels of grip and traction. The tire proved to be competent on the dry handling track as well. According to tests conducted in wet conditions, this tire brought the car to a halt in the shortest distance by over a meter then its competitors. That said, standing water proved to be it’s the biggest enemy. However it showed favorable results in snow.
This tire is a good option for those looking for winter grip without the harshness and noise of metal studs. Its specially designed rubber compound and treads ensure improved performance on all snow packed and icy surfaces.
Dunlop Winter Sport 5
This tire like the TS 860 struggled in standing water. It performed better in shallow wet conditions and even better on snow. The sport 5 proved to be quickest on the snow circuit.
Nokian WR D4
The Nokian favoured snow-based performance at the expense of wet weather behavior. Initial grip fell away as you began to apply more lock when cornering on wet surfaces, and it also over steered too readily off-throttle, although arresting the slide was simple enough.
It was the third fastest tire on the dry circuit with good traction, but it finished sixth in dry braking. In the snow, the Nokian was only bested by the Hankook, with strong traction on inclines and a manageable balance.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8
This Finnish tire is designed to provide superior traction in bad weather. This tire also provides a cushion underneath the metal studs of the studded tire. The cushion also makes sure the tire absorbs impact on dry pavement.