Here is a winter tire that offers excellent overall performance, value, safety, and maybe even a discount from your insurance company. Continue on to read my recommended winter tire (and save loads of dollars in the meantime).
On the Value of Winter Tires
I have driven with all-season tires for a few winters now. I have to say that, up until recently, I dreaded the snow and the freezing temperatures (and the resulting ice). Not only because I don’t like the cold or shoveling my driveway, but also because my car did not perform particularly well in the snow and ice. I dreaded coming up to a stop sign in the worst conditions, and only hoped that my reliable little Mazda Protege would make it through the intersection. Sometimes it would take off right away, sometimes it didn’t. I just thought that this is the way that winter driving had to be and that I should just get over it (I do live in Canada, after all). I was mistaken … winter driving does not have to be any more stressful that summer driving (although, of course, you do have to drive more slowly and keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. Winter tires have made my winter drives far more relaxing.
I will also add that many insurance companies offer a discount if you use winter tires during the winter. My insurance company offered my a 5% discount on my annual premium. For most people, this will help you to pay for these godsends within a few short years.
I should also add that winter tires make your car drive more like a tank – it sticks to the ground because the composition of the rubber is much softer. You accelerate a bit more deliberately, you turn more assuredly, you brake more confidently. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s all good.
Which Set of Tires to Buy?
The assortment of winter tires available is quite large. All the biggies (e.g. Michelin, Hankook, Goodyear, Canadian Tire, and BF Goodrich, etc.) make them. Prices tend to range from about $100 – $200 per tire, installed. As such, buying winter tires can be quite a large outlay. Here is the tire that I have installed on my car and the one that I would recommend to all of my readers based on its excellent value:
The BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSI
Wow! Take a look at that gorgeous conglomeration of finely engineered rubber and steel. Take a moment to revel in its omnipotent glory and magnificent winter handling. Take a look at why it’s such a good value below.
Why I Like The BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSI tire:
Handling in Snow
This tire handles wonderfully in snow. I can actually feel no difference between summer and winter driving in snow up to a few centimeters in depth (a couple of inches if you live in the US). These babies carve through snow with confidence.
Handling in Wet Conditions
Wet roads? No problem. The BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSIs do the job with ease. Bring it on, cumulonimbus clouds. These tires handle beautifully (of course, you must remember to reduce your speed and increase your vehicle distance). These tires do not give you a license to drive recklessly.
Handling on Ice
Very good. The only time, in fact, that I did not feel in perfect contact with the road at all times was very briefly yesterday when we had very icy road conditions. Nevertheless, I never felt out of control – rather, that I was reminded that the roads were icy. I felt completely safe and my trusty little Protege quickly gripped and adjusted to the conditions.
The price of the BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSIs represents excellent value in my opinion. I paid $120 per tire (installed) and also have a $50 rebate coming my way from BF Goodrich. I have also enjoyed a 5% discount on my annual insurance premium since November. The price falls at the lower end of the range for winter tires, and I simply cannot see how any other tire could be so much better as to justify the increased price. These tires represent a terrific value and will keep you safe and driving more confidently throughout the winter months.
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