January 6, 2021
For the majority of drivers, winter tires are an essential safety investment. But if you’ve never bought a set before, it can be tough to know where to start. Today’s post highlights Auto Guide’s top-3 picks, all of which are available at your local TIRECRAFT dealership.
Snow Tires Are A Smart Investment For Winter 2020-2021
Even with all-weather tires and all-wheel drive, you won’t achieve top performance in ice and snow without top rated winter tires.
“Canadian drivers continue to recognize winter tires as the superior option for safe winter driving,” writes Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, in the 2020 Winter Tire Report. “All Canadian drivers should take advantage of the shorter stopping distance and superior grip of dedicated winters tires, and recognize them as an important part of their road safety equation.”
Hochu’s claims are borne out by several studies. For instance, in one survey of 1,523 Canadian motorists completed between October 2-5, 2020, 81% of participants stated that winter tires had saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation. For these drivers, and approximately 72% of drivers nationwide, winter tires are essential.
If you’re considering buying winter tires for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you. Indeed, it’s easy to get lost in the world of winter tires, where there’s a purpose-built tire for almost every conceivable winter driving scenario, but TIRECRAFT can help! What follows is a brief look at Auto Guide’s top-3 winter tires for 2020-2021, all of which are available in-store for you to compare in person.
Compare Auto Guide’s Top Rated Winter Tires For 2020-2021 At TIRECRAFT
1.The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is one of the most popular and versatile winter tires on the market, thanks in large part to its combination of circumferential and lateral grooves, which are designed to keep water, slush, and snow away from the contact area, where rubber meets the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 also benefits from 3D Zig-Zag sipes and microscopic bite particles, which help your tires cut into dense snow and ice for added grip, along with a water-loving hydrophilic coating for better wet performance.
And while the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is more expensive than most winter tires, TIRECRAFT customers can save big, not only because of our ongoing in-store promotions, but also because prices are dropping with the introduction of the new WS90.
2. The X-Ice Xi3 is the third generation of Michelin’s winter tire lineup, and it’s great for coupes, sedans, family vans, and small crossovers. One of its top selling points comes in the form of low rolling resistance, which translates to better fuel economy for more eco-friendly driving and money saved at the pump. The X-Ice Xi3 also features a silica-based rubber compound and Cross Z-zipes that deliver serious traction and wet-weather capabilities. And if you’re looking for winter tires that perform at high speeds, look no further, as the X-Ice Xi3 features a robust internal structure that includes twin steel belts and spirally wound nylon.
Like the Blizzak WS80, Michelin’s winter tire offerings aren’t cheap, but they feature a six-year treadlife warranty and one-year uniformity warranty, both of which are made even better by the TIRECRAFT Advantage Plus Program.
3. The Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 placed #3 in the Auto Guide rankings. These tires come in both standard or run-flat styles, both of which are designed with high-density sipes to improve braking distances. Pirelli also uses a special winter compound, arranged in a directional pattern with an enlarged contact patch and arrow-shaped center blocks, to increase traction and reduce hydroplaning risk. And while these tires do not benefit from much in terms of a manufacturer’s warranty, TIRECRAFT’s Advantage Plus Program can help you control costs and maximize tread life.
Browse All The Top-rated Winter Tires At Your Local TIRECRAFT
In addition to Auto Guide’s top picks, TIRECRAFT carries all the top winter tire brands, including:
Drop by any of our 220+ locations around the country today to compare all of the top winter tire picks. Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to book a free consultation and find the best winter tires for your unique needs, preferences, and budget.Back