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The 3 Best Tires for Winter Driving

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Best Tires For Nissan Altima

Just a small minority of all drivers use tires specialized for winter driving. By stark contrast, however, tires specialized for a specific type of weather offer greater control than all-season tires. Fortunately, there are a number of specific makes you can choose from. Here are the top three:

Michelin X-Ice Xi2 – Those in the industry regard this tire as one of the best available in the market. This directional tire offers excellent traction on the snow, as well as great ice breaking performance. It provides good firmness at higher temperatures for normal driving, while offering a high degree of flexibility at lower temperatures, which help it successfully navigate packed snow and ice.

This tire possesses cross z-sipes and intermediate tread blocks, which enhance its traction further. The tire meets the US tire industry’s severe snow service requirements.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60 – The WS-60 is a studless snow tire offering exceptional snow traction and ice braking performance. The 3-D zigzag sipes and independent tread blocks increase its durability. Coating its surface is a thin layer of Tube Multicell compound, which removes surface water. Although it has not received any industry endorsements, the WS-60 is used by many automotive enthusiasts for the difficult winter months.

General Altimax Arctic – The directional patter and Center Stability Rib tread design evacuates water and increases the hydroplaning resistance of the General Altimax Arctic. Excellent snow traction and better than average ice braking capability also result. This unique design also gives this tire fantastic straight-line stability control on drier roads. Altogether, these features help this tire meet the auto industry’s severe snow service requirements.

If you are considering adding metal studs to any of these tires, keep in mind studs are only allowed in certain parts of the country during certain times of the year. Your state’s Department of Transportation sets the rules regarding studs, so make sure to check with them prior to adding studs to your tires.

Points to Consider When Buying Winter Tires

Winter tires are not necessarily the best solution for everyone. To determine if winter tires are the right solution for you, keep the following questions in mind:

• How long is winter in your area?
• How stressed do you get by driving in winter conditions with your current tires?
• Do you realize how much of a difference they make for winter driving versus all-season tires?
You don’t have to get winter tires, but they do make it much safer, and a little easier during the difficult winter months.

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