Posted On: Dec 28th, 2015 By: Alissa Barry Tyler
You wouldn’t wear flip flops in the snow, right? (Unless you’re THAT guy.) So why wear all season tires in the winter? Slushing around on all season tires stinks – you can’t trust the grip, taking corners feels if-y and the whole experience is a complete boner for the driver and for the people around you. I’ve had my scare of all season tires in warm weather after a snowfall … and I’m not a fan.
All season tires are misunderstood in that people think they are good in all seasons, but in fact, they are good where all seasons are the same. I learned that from my buddy, Scott Simpson, Owner of 3ZERO3 Motorsports (check out their blog on the importance of snow tires here!) Scott says that the makeup of an all season tire is “a compromise of winter and summer tires.” This makes them a compromise on the road by nature, which is a one way ticket to Suckville. I agree with him that when it comes to having confidence behind the wheel in snow, “nothing takes the place of a dedicated winter tire.”
It’s for this reason that I’m smitten about getting my new winter tires: Yokohama’s iceGUARD iG51v, for light trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Seeing as we have a totally sweet Chrysler Town & Country minivan, I’m excited to put these babies on and give our production vehicle fresh, spiffy shoes, fit for our Colorado winters. (NOTE: T&C is the film industry’s #1 production vehicle, so I don’t wanna hear any crap, m’kay?) Anyway, Yokohama is touting a new tread compound that can take-on any winter road… which I take as a challenge. One of the things they attribute is a zig-zagged edge to get even more of that impressive grip that snow tires are famous for. I’m hoping they will be as awesome as I think they’ll be. Already a massive fan of winter tires, I’ve never driven Yokohamas and I’m downright giddy over putting them on our van.
A full no b-s winter driving review is coming soon!