Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Blizzak Snow Tires - Wow!

Late this fall when the tires on our Rav 4 were worn out, we decided to try out a set of 4 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 snow tires for the winter. After getting them mounted up, the first thing you notice is that they are squishy-soft. It takes a little while to get used to the mushy driving characteristics on dry pavement. Not the most desirable thing... if you put on a lot of miles on dry pavement.

But today, we got our first real snowfall of the season. So I went out and did a seat-of-the-pants comparison between our AWD Ford Edge, with essentially new run-of-the-mill all season tires, and the AWD Toyota Rav 4 with the Blizzak's.

The first thing that comes to mind is:

HOLY CRAP!

The Blizzak'a act like they are glued to the road! I would say that they easily had 3 times the traction of the all season tires. Stopping distances? No comparison. It was tough to even activate the ABS with the Blizzaks. Acceleration? Again, no comparison. With the all season tires, moderate throttle was all it took to coax the Edge into a 4 wheel power slide, which then had to be modulated to avoid bad things like trees and curbs. But with the Blizzak's, you simply tromp the throttle, and go. Maybe a little side step here or there... but thats it.

Absolutely incredible the traction that these tires can find in cruddy conditions.

Highly recommended.

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