SimpleTire Comparison: Bridgestone Blizzak vs. Hankook iPike RW11


Hankook’s affordable winter tire uses their eco-friendly winter tread compound, with a symmetrical tread pattern that incorporates wraparound shoulder blocks and a distinct center section. The iPike RW11’s central grooves help move water and slush away from the contact patch to prevent hydroplaning. For extreme conditions, the iPike can be used with a 6-row stud pattern (where legal), arranged for low noise and excellent retention. The stiffness of the tread block is achieved with a combination of step and wave kerf, making it ideal for SUVs and light trucks.

The Bridgestone Blizzak uses the company’s unique Tube Multicell tread compound, a silica-enhanced formulation designed with thousands of tiny tubes and cells incorporate ...[more]

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What Makes a Winter Tire?


So you might be wondering what the differences are between a winter tire and an all-season tire…actually, the differences are pretty significant.

  • Winter tires are designed with a rubber formulation that stays flexible in sub-freezing temperatures. That flexibility is important to traction in snow and slush, as a summer tire would stiffen and harden below freezing and compromise traction.
  • Winter tires have a more aggressive tread pattern, with deeper voids to help evacuate slush and snow from the tread. They also often feature circumferential grooves to move slush and water away from the tire’s contact patch to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Most tires now feature sipes, a network of tiny cuts in the tread that provide additional biting edges for tract ...[more]

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Simple Tire Comparison: Nokian Hakkapeliita 7 vs. Vanderbilt Arctic Claw


Nokian Hakkapeliita 7

If you’ve got a heavier vehicle like a full-sized truck, sedan or SUV, the Nokian Hakkapeliita 7 is an excellent choice. Nokian uses an innovative winter tread compound with canola oil, silica and non-aromatic oils for low rolling resistance, flexibility at subfreezing temps and excellent traction. The Hakkapeliita 7 has a symmetrical, directional tread pattern that can be used with rows of studs for extreme conditions (where legal). The Hakkapeliita 7’s tread design incorporates straight shoulders with a center section designed for dry asphalt, and a layer of air between the studs and the tire carcass to suppress tire noise and cushion ...[more]

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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires


Winter Tires vs All Season Tires
Tire technology has come a long way in the last 20 or so years, and the big heavy-treaded “snow tires” (aka “mud grips”) of years past are pretty much gone. Newer winter tires offer great traction and handling in a tire that also has low noise and civilized road manners. But what’s the difference between a winter tire and an all-season tire?

All-season tires, on the other hand, are built with different tread compounds and tread patterns, and are usually quieter and better-riding than most winter tires. All-season tires and winter tires both now are designed with sipes, rows of tiny grooves cut into the tread. As the tire rotates through water or snow, the sipes provide thousands of biting edges to dig in and provide traction.

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Simple Tire Comparison: Snow Tires vs. Studded Tires


 

Snow Tires VS Studded Tires

Remember studded tires?  Tires with noisy metal studs driven into the tread? They’re pretty hard to beat for traction in really extreme winter conditions. If your area regularly gets ice and heavy snow, if you live on a hill or out in the country where roads are seldom plowed, or if you have no choice but to put in a lot of miles in winter driving conditions, studded tires (or “studdable”) may be the thing you’re looking for. Remember, though, that studded tires aren’t legal in some states, so do your homework before making that decision.

But let’s talk about “snow tires,” or winter tires. They’ve come a long way in the last few decades…the old truck-style snow tir ...[more]

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Best All-Season Tires for Your SUV


A big reason why SUVs have become so popular is their versatility, especially in cold climates – even if your SUV never leaves the pavement, it’s pretty handy to have that traction when things get snowy. There are plenty of all-season tire options out there for SUVs, but we took the time to pull together some of our favorites for you:

·       Michelin LTX M/S2Michelin’s LTX M/S2 is designed with Michelin’s long-wearing, all-season silica-enhanced tread compound, with Michelin’s MaxTouch construction. The rubber compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with stable independent tread blocks and high-density 3-D Active Sipes for all-season traction. Four wide channels, multiple lateral grooves and open slots at the shoulders help move water away from the tire’s contact patch. Internally, the LTX M/S2 features ...[more]

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Safety Tips For Winter Tires


When the summer fades into autumn and the autumn starts to get colder, everyone prepares for winter and all of the things that it brings. Winter means cold weather, and it means that you will need the proper tires to keep you going during the winter. That is why it is necessary to take care of your winter tires.

If you were to check your tires, you wou ...[more]

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9 Ways to Winterize Your Car


Check your battery. Cold weather is tough on your car’s battery. The chemical reactions required to generate power in a car battery slow down in extremely cold temperatures. At 5 degrees F, a fully charged lead-acid battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. On top of that, during cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. Combine less power output with more power requirements and you get a car that won’t start on a cold winter morning. So have a mechanic run a battery load test to see if you need to replace the battery. Even if you don’t, he’ll check for and clean up any corrosion he finds on your posts and connections. The mechanic might also fill your battery with distilled water if needed.

Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid. You need to see the road to drive safely, but the build-up of winter precipitation and salt on your windshield can greatly reduce visibi ...[more]

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How to Choose the Perfect Set of Winter / Snow Tires


The installation of winter snow tires is probably the first on anyone’s car winterization checklist. However, a lot of us are not familiar with how to choose the perfect snow tires for our cars. Of course, getting snow tires for your vehicle is not as simple as going to the tire shop and picking the first four tires that you see. Instead, there are several factors that must be considered to make sure that snow tires you will buy are the ones that you actually need.

How do I know if it is a snow tire anyway?

You can know whether a tire is built for snowy roads if the tires’ side walls are printed with a logo that shows a snow flake that is surrounded by the outline of a mountain with three peaks, with middle peak being the highest. Upon seeing this symbol, you can be sure that that particular tire is a snow tire. After this, the next criterion must be considered.

Okay, so they’re snow tires, now how do I choose among them?

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