Winter Tire Testing: 4 Key Findings
We wanted to give you proof about how tires really perform in winter’s rugged, everyday conditions. So, we asked an independent tire testing company to do just that. Now, 576 tests and 58 tires later, here’s what you need to know to choose the tires that are going to brake, corner and stick to the road through ice, sleet and snow.
1. Winter Tires Perform Better Than 3-Seasons
Winter tires stopped 8.2 metres (26.9 feet) shorter than 3-season tires on ice. They’re also far better at cornering: Winter tires held a corner in loose snow 25.3% better than 3-seasons.
2. The Only Thing Better Than A Winter Tire Is A Five-Star Winter Tire
While three-star winter tires performed better than 3-seasons, five-star winter tires were, well, the star performers. In fact, five-star SUV winter tires stopped 3.6 m shorter than three-star SUV winter tires on ice.
3. A Worn Five-Star Winter Tire Can Outperform A New 3-Season
We tested new and worn tires. The results were surprising. We found that 5-star winter tires, when worn at 75%, outperformed brand new 3-season tires.
4. All-Weather Tires Are Great For Mild Winter Conditions
All-weather tires are well suited to drivers in urban centres and areas that experience mild winter conditions. They don’t perform as well as winter tires, but all-weathers definitely outperform 3-seasons in winter.
Kal's tire testing: how we did it
Kal’s Tire Testing subjected dozens of passenger, light truck and SUV tires to up to 10 rigorous tests that reflect the rugged conditions Canadian drivers face.
Driving in Canada can sometimes mean sunny skies and clear roads in one minute, and then everything from snow and sleet to ice and fog the next. We wanted you to have better data about how tires perform across temperatures and conditions on real Canadian roads—so that’s how we put tires to the test.Learn about all our test conditions.
To give you unbiased and reliable information you can use to make tire-buying decisions, an independent tire testing team of professional drivers went to great lengths to ensure the accuracy of results, including never knowing which tires were being tested. Between the range of tests conducted, the calibre of the drivers and the technology used to capture the data, we’re proud to share the results of our sophisticated tire testing program.Learn more about all our tire tests.
The independent tire testing group was led by an international race car driver, tire tester and leading driving instructor. His team includes rally champions, advanced driving instructors and vehicle development testers as well as former RCMP and military officers with extensive driving experience. The drivers had the qualifications to drive vehicles with consistent precision.Learn more about why we test.