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Do Bridgestone All-Weather Tires Work In Canadian Winters?

Thinking about upgrading to Bridgestone all-weather tires, but not sure they’ll work in winter? Better ask your local tire expert.

Read on to review research on Bridgestone all-weather tires’ winter performance capabilities, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to book a personalized consultation straight away.

Do Bridgestone All-Weather Tires Work In Canadian Winters?

Bridgestone all-season tires, like the Ecopia EP 422 and Dueler H/L Alenza Plus, come with a number of great safety features designed to enhance winter performance, such as:

  • Newly developed tread rubber compounds that resist wear and contain more silica to add flexibility in wet conditions
  • Optimized tread design to increase grip in any weather
  • Protruding 3D subsurface platforms to create gripping edges along every tread block for extra traction in deep snow

However, all-season tires, which sacrifice some winter performance for the sake of well-roundedness, may not be suitable for drivers facing heavy snow and ice.

“In order to provide good performance in a variety of driving conditions, all-season tires inevitably have to compromise some max summer and winter performance capabilities,” states the Bridgestone website.

But all-seasons aren’t your only options. Enter the Bridgestone all-weather tire.

This tire category is a relatively new one, combining the best of winter tire performance with all-season versatility, and Bridgestone/Firestone is right at the cutting edge.

Bridgestone all-weather tires, like the Firestone WeatherGrip, are designed to work in snowy and icy conditions, as indicated by the three-peak mountain and snowflake symbol, thanks to features like:

  • Open shoulder slots for enhanced water evacuation from the contact patch
  • 3D full-depth sipes on all ribs for even wear and enhanced snow traction
  • Snow traction claw technology on the center and shoulder blocks
  • Snow vices on the intermediate ribs
  • A special rubber compound that stays flexible and grippy in the cold

But are they right for you? Unless you’re driving in heavy snow belt regions, they should be more than enough to keep you safe, but there’s more to finding the perfect tire than meeting winter performance minimums. To determine what features matter most to you, and to get help evaluating your local weather conditions and daily driving demands, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT to book a personalized winter tire consultation, or read on to find out more about Bridgestone all-weather tire capabilities.

Why Consider Bridgestone All-Weather Tires For Winter 2021?

Back in 2019, Bridgestone first announced the launch of the Firestone WeatherGrip, the company’s first all-weather tire offering in the US and Canada, which was engineered to surpass traditional all-season performance in snow, while still offering all the usual benefits of all-season tires, including:

  • $0/year on off-season tire storage
  • $0/year on seasonal tire changes
  • Versatility—suitable for almost all vehicle types, being available in 33 sizes that fit more than 60% of the most popular cars and crossovers on the road today
  • Durability—with a 105,000km limited warranty to keep the rubber on the road for longer

Since then, the Firestone WeatherGrip has been embraced by Canadians as a trusted choice for reliable winter performance and all-season convenience, as evidenced by hundreds of glowing consumer reviews and top performance ratings from Consumer Reports track tests.

Additionally, the winter performance of Bridgestone all-weather tires is borne out by plenty of research, including:

  • Tire Rack testing, which found that Bridgestone all-weather tires’ braking distances were only 5 feet longer on snowy tracks than the best-in-class winter tire option, and only 4.1 feet longer on dry tracks compared to the top-rated summer tires.
  • Tire Deets track tests, which found that Bridgestone all-weather tires had the “best acceleration on snow-covered roads in the all-season/all-weather category,” along with the “Shortest stopping distances on snow-covered roads of any grand-touring tire.”
  • Consumer Reports track tests, which found that the “WeatherGrip excelled… without sacrificing wet grip, which can be a concession for some all-weather and winter/snow tires.”

Take A Closer Look At Bridgestone All-Weather Tires: Contact Your Local TIRECRAFT

Get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT to book a free Bridgestone all-weather tire consultation.

References

Consumer Reports. (2020, February 25). New Bridgestone and Firestone tires are added to consumer reports’ ratings. Consumer Reports.

Tire Deets. (2020, September 15). Firestone WeatherGrip Review: Winter Tire in an All-Season Clothing. Tire Deets.

Tire Rack. (2021, August 27). Testing the Firestone WeatherGrip 2021  Tire Rack. Tire Rack.

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