Which Type of Tire Should You Choose?
All-season tires are the most popular tires today. They are designed to handle dry and wet surfaces, and some snow. If you don’t encounter extreme driving conditions, an all-season tire is the practical and economical choice.
Winter tires are specially constructed to perform on snow, slush, ice and cold driving surfaces. Even the rubber is specially formulated to stay pliable in the cold. New winter tire technology, like what you find in Bridgestone Blizzak tires, can help remove water from the surface of the ice so your tires have more grip. Choose winter tires if you live in the snow belt and need tires especially designed to handle harsh, winter weather.
Tips for Storing Your Winter Tires During Summer:
Protecting your winter tire investment for across multiple seasons is easy. The best place to store them is in a cool, dry location. Lay them flat, stacked on top of each other, four high. This method offers the most support and should eliminate problems when you install them again in the fall.
In addition, we strongly recommend you ask your tire store or dealer where you bought your tires for tire storage bags. These thin plastic bags will protect the tires from natural ozone in the air that can cause tire rubber to dry out and crack over time. The bags will extend the life of your tires. Wrap winter tires individually, then stack them.
These tires are designed to provide more grip and enhanced handling for a more connected warm weather driving experience. They let you "feel the road" and drive with confidence. The trade-off is that these tires are a little less comfortable, a bit noisier, and their tread may wear down faster. It’s a compromise many driving enthusiasts are willing to make.
Winter Performance Tires
Winter tires have a unique tread design that allows you to grip the road in snow, ice, slush and on cold driving surfaces that could normally affect traction. Winter tires may give you a less precise handling feel at first, but if you live in a region with winter driving conditions, we strongly recommend winter tires be placed on all four wheel positions.
All-Season Performance Tires
This new breed of tire combines the features of performance tires with the features of all-season tires. These tires meet the needs of high-performance cars in summer conditions, but can also handle cold weather and light snow.
If safety is the priority in your tire selection criteria, then tires equipped with run-flat technology may be for you. Run-flat tires allow drivers to travel approximately 50 miles at 50 miles per hour or less to reach a safe location after a tire sustains complete air loss due to a puncture or cut. Modern touring tires like the Bridgestone DriveGuard use run-flat technology as an added safety benefit. Read more about tire buying, tire types, tire ratings and tire safety on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site. Bridgestone Americas also keeps drivers up to date with the latest tire recall information and links.