The 5 best winter tires in 2018

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In winter, it is essential to count on specific tires that improve your vehicle's stability, even on snowy or wet roads. The installation of winter tires is even required by Quebec legislation! Do you want to find the most suitable winter tires for your car? Your current tires are no longer suitable for your driving and you want to change them? Discover the best winter tires in 2018, and make your own comparison with their key features.

Which Winter Tires Should You Choose?

When choosing good winter tires, it is important to think about the type of vehicle you drive, the use you make of it and your driving style. It is also important to know how to read a tire, especially to know the speed index or load index of your current tires. An SUV driver on a highway will not have the same needs as a person driving a passenger vehicle in the city. But to help you make your choice, we've compiled a list of this year's top-selling winter tires.

Michelin X-Ice 3

Provide maximum protection for your family with the Michelin X-Ice 3 tires that put safety first, even in the harshest of winter conditions, and with this top range tire that fits very well on European cars, you'll enjoy excellent traction on ice and on icy highways.

Designed to bite in snow and ice, this third generation X-Ice winter tire provides the right traction with Cross Z Sipes, micropumps and FleX-Ice rubber compound. Michelin's MaxTouch Construction technology provides a unique shaped imprint that evenly distributes acceleration, cornering and braking forces.

By choosing this tire, you are also counting on its durability, since its characteristics promote equal wear and a longer tread life. Michelin's energy-efficient Green X tires are also designed to help you reduce the amount of fuel you use. No wonder this tire is part of our top picks! Go to our website to find the right size for this tire.Michelin X-Ice 3 Point S

 

Pirelli Ice Zero Fr

Drivers looking for stability and control on winter roads will be delighted with the driving comfort of these winter tires. Developed specifically for city cars and SUV drivers, these tires are among the best winter tires on the market.

Thanks to their directional grooves, these tires offer very good grip on all surfaces, as well as a better road holding. This is due to the high density of the sipes in the centre of the tire, which improves snow retention.

3D sipe technology keeps the tread blocks stable even at high speeds. These tires with rigid sidewalls therefore provide good stability on dry and wet roads. Finally, customers notice and appreciate the comfortable ride of the Pirelli Ice Zero Fr tires, with less noise in the interior, which makes driving more pleasant. Find this tire ! 

Pirelli Ice Zero FR

Yokohama IG51v

Another on of our top favourite of the best winter tires is the Yokohama IG51v, whose performance has been optimized for trucks and SUVs. This tire combines good grip on snow and ice, with slower wear which makes it a good investment over time.

The reinforced compound of this tire and its high density limit the movement of the blocks to improve bearing consistency. In addition to slower tire wear, this saves you fuel! The zigzag circumferential grooves of different widths ensure optimal contact with the road and allow snow, slush and water to be removed more quickly.

Finally, grip and stability are improved on slippery surfaces, snow and ice with diagonal microgrooves and three-dimensional slats that help increase the rigidity of the footing blocks. A great example of technology being used for safety! Check out this tire on our website.

Yokohama IG51V

Toyo Observe Gsi-5

Van, passenger car, SUV and light truck drivers will be impressed by the Toyo Observe Gsi-5 winter tires. Thanks to their traction on snow-covered roads, these tires offer safe and reliable driving, while offering good durability. The other advantage of these tires is that they are available in a wide range of sizes, to perfectly adapt themselves to your vehicle type.

The tire itself was developed to meet the needs of winter driving. Thus, the unidirectional tread pattern improves grip under both braking and acceleration conditions. The unique compound of the Toyo Observe Gsi-5 tire, embedded with crushed walnut shells into the tread, provides better grip on icy surfaces. Finally, you are guaranteed to have a very good grip, even on wet roads, thanks to the presence of absorbent carbonic powder.

You can rely on different technologies, such as star-shaped blades, which provide maximum grip when cornering, accelerating or braking. Not to mention the Arrow lift technology, which helps the tire to ride on snow-covered, mud-covered and even rutted roads. Thanks to this global and balanced offer, the Toyo Observe Gsi-5 tire has become a customer favourite. Find this tire ! 

Toyo Observe Gsi-5

Goodyear UltraGrip Winter

This Goodyear winter tire is the ideal investment for your vehicle if you are looking for reassuring traction and outstanding grip even on slippery roads. Goodyear UltraGrip Winter tires combine safety and performance for stable driving in winter conditions. Moreover, it is these tires that equip fleets of public service cars, such as those of the police. Goodyear UltraGrip Winter tires can even accommodate optional metal studs to improve grip on ice.

No need to worry about snow-covered roads thanks to the directional tread pattern and numerous biting edges that provide increased grip in snow. Wide tread grooves help to remove melted snow and mud to improve grip in winter. Finally, the strong shoulder blocks promote a regular wear of the tread. Find this tire on our website!

Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

These winter tires look promising but you still can't decide? Make an appointment with a specialist in one of the many Point S partnered garages. Our experts can check the condition of your current tires and help you choose the right tires for winter driving. But remember to make an appointment before the deadline defined by Quebec legislation.

 

 

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.

Durability

Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.

Comfort/noise

Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.