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Re: Snow driving tips?

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The Blizzaks are absolutely terrible in deeper snow. My next set will be Cooper Discoverer A/T 3's and maybe Cooper Studded Weathermaster WSC for the winter.
Family members now have the A/T 3's and love them.
I'm running the Discoverer ATR on my 4Runner and have found they work great in deep snow.
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Breitling65, nice to quote the various sources, but actually driving them makes a difference. I don't know where you're located, but try them in challenging deep snow and let me know what you think.
And how many of them you are actually drove? I am 4 different models on 4 cars, two of them JGC 09/11. All 4 been great. Studded might be better, chains on tires even better than studs. So? We are comparing all seasons to snow tires I believe. Extremely deep snow is very rare in my area and even if it is, it is getting cleaned quick, but anyway I don't have any troubles on Blizzak's.
I drove to Canada while winter many times for many years, drove in deep snow and on top of ice. Blizzak's are great!
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Good luck with the Blizzaks, I'll replace mine with a more aggressive winter tread next time.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

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Had the Blizzak 3's installed when I picked up the WK2 November 2010. Haven't been impressed at all in the deeper snow. This winter hasn't been a challenge so far and I've driven many miles each year since 1969. So far a studded winter tire has worked best for me in Northern New England.

I think the issue with WK2 is more about tire width. These wider tires have more of a tendency to float over deeper snow (also harder to push through +6 inches than narrow tires that knife through) and hydroplane over puddles than the narrower tires used on previous jeeps. It makes a world of difference in snow and mud. I think you will find AT tires with the same profile have similar issues.

As long as you keep in mind that the wider tire profile will need more HP and traction to push through the snow, the blizzacks are excellent. If you are faced with heavy snow often, you may want to use a narrower tire profile.

The wider profile is better on ice and dry/wet highways, however.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Just went through the snow this weekend in ny, switched to snow mode and the beast did the rest including down shifting to a lower gear when needed. Drove down a very step hill by accident, no problem
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Good luck with the Blizzaks, I'll replace mine with a more aggressive winter tread next time.

Again Blizzak's models are different. Performance and studless ice/snow are different in tread. Remember more aggressive tread will produce more aggressive noise and might not be as good for higher speeds. I am currently on W965, they are pretty aggressive on tread and perfect on snow for two winters already. Check this link:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/BigPic...l=Blizzak+W965
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I think the issue with WK2 is more about tire width. These wider tires have more of a tendency to float over deeper snow and hydroplane over puddles than the narrower tires used on previous jeeps. It makes a world of difference in snow and mud. I think you will find AT tires with the same profile have similar issues.

As long as you keep in mind that the wider tire profile will need more HP and traction to push through the snow, the blizzacks are excellent. If you are faced with heavy snow often, you may want to use a narrower tire profile.

The wider profile is better on ice and dry/wet highways, however.

I would agree on narrow for winter, good point.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

I must give credit where credit is due---stock Forteras are pretty darn good so far.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

I'll go with a noiser winter tire as it usually works better. We're waiting for 3-6" of wet snow and sleet tonight and tomorrow. I'll be driving a front wheel drive Fusion with studded Firestone Winterforce tires. Noisey, but I'll make the journey through northwestern Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Just have to crank up the tunes a tad and watch out for the idiots.
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Gotta love the studded snow tires in packed snow and slush for three plus hours today in a front wheel drive vehicle. Felt very safe....
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Re: Snow driving tips?

something that help a lot too is if you are starting to slip or turn sideways on the road at higher speeds or any speed for that matter, DO NOT slam on the brakes. try not to even apply them at all. more often than not, you'll do more damage than good, meaning you'll probably end up spinning 360's on the pavement. most of the time just SLOWLY turn to get back on track and let the vehicle do the rest.
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Re: Snow driving tips?

Add another person to the Blizzak's are no good side. I have had 3 different sets over the years and found they were no better/worse than the off-brand/cheapest snow tire I could find at the tire store tire.

I am still rocking the stock latitudes on my jeep now but have had no issues in the snow and ice with them. Like everyone else, just slow down and drive smooth and you're golden.
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