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Let's get right to it. There's a big debate that has raged over the years about if whether or not you need to put snow tires / winter tires on your vehicle as you winterize your car. Here are 14 reasons why you should "ditch your all-season tires for the winter." Know why winter tires/ snow tires are so good motoring through the snow and ice? The answer lies in the technology of the rubber that gives these tires their advantage over all-season tires.

Some winter tire / snow tire pundits say that winter tires give you the best performance in the snow and ice. The secret to the effectiveness of winter tires is their ability to stick to the road better than all-season tires while driving in the snow and ice. This article explains how the principle of traction should be a consideration when choosing whether or not to select snow tires for this winter season.

Who doesn't remember that James Bond movie where 007 presses a button and studs magically appear in his tire to give his vehicle better grip on the ice. Well the fantasy is now a reality with Nokian introducing its Hakkapeliitta 8 winter tire with retractable metal studs. Most impressive.

So for those of us who just don't want to be bothered switching to a winter tire / snow tire, Michelin has introduced CrossClimate, a tire combining the best of both worlds. CrossClimate is a tire that has been certified in Europe for safety in all weather conditions; it's all about the braking and shorter stopping distances. No word on when CrossClimate will be available across the pond. BTW: make sure you have a car emergency kit in your vehicle when you winterize your car for the snow and ice season.

Back to: Snow / Winter Tires

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* Best Winter Tires / Snow Tires Reviews
* Winter Tire / Snow Tires FAQ and Myths
* Update on Winter Tire / Snow Tire Technology
* To Chain or not to Chain Your Tires?


ConsumerSearch reviews which are the best snow tires / winter tires on the market and why.

  Best winter tire

  Winter performance tire

  Best studded snow tire

  Cheap studded snow tire

  Best winter tire for SUVs & trucks

  All-weather tire

  Winter tire: trucks & SUVs


What's better for your car: all-season or winter tires? Watch this video for a comparison test.


Here are the top 3 car and truck snow tires / winter tires:

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

  Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 

  Hankook I*cept evo


Another view of the top 10 studless snow tires / winter tires:

  Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 

  Michelin X-Ice Xi3

  Nokian Hakkapeliitta R 

  Continental ExtremeWinterContact

  Nokian WR G3      

  Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

  Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip Ice WRT

  General Altimax Arctic

  Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70

  Dunlop DS-3


Need more? Here are ratings for best overall, SUV/truck, performance and studded winter tires / snow tires.


"O Time and change! ~ with hair as gray as was my sire's that winter day, how strange it seems, with so much gone of life and love, to still live on!" ~ John Greenleaf Whittier