So, you’ve decided that you need winter tires. That’s great! You’ll be joining many drivers on the road who have also decided to make safer driving a priority this winter. While consumers and critics agree that the Bridgestone Blizzak tire is one of the most popular and effective winter tires on the road (thanks, Auto Guide!), there’s still plenty to learn about its technology and uses. Here we answer the most commonly asked questions about Blizzak tires.
How good are Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires?
The only thing more common than Blizzak’s appearance on winter tire review sites is the high rating both professional reviewers and owners give them. The tire’s ability to stop on both snow and ice is unparalleled thanks to its special design. Four key features set the Blizzak tire apart from other winter tires.
- Nanopro-Tech & RC Polymer: The advanced material that makes up the Blizzak tire is designed to maintain grip in wet and cold conditions.
- Zigzag/3D Sipes: Sipes are essentially the teeth of the tire. They “bite” the road as you drive and keep your vehicle from sliding around. The Blizzak’s zigzag sipes are specifically engineered for extra bite in winter conditions.
- Optimized Tread Width: No two tread widths are the same and each design has a unique purpose. With a wider tread width, the Blizzak tire allows for better traction and handling in slick or wet conditions.
- Multicell® Compound: The Blizzak tire has millions of tiny pores that remove the top layer of water on an icy road to help your vehicle maintain traction.
Blizzak tires are designed to help drivers avoid dangerous hydroplaning situations. Additionally, high marks are also awarded for Blizzak tires’ ride, comfort, and value.
Are Bridgestone Blizzak tires good for all seasons?
No. Blizzak tires are not made to be used in all seasons. For safety and driveability, nothing beats a winter tire in the winter. But if you want your tires to last and perform as intended, do not use winter tires in the summer. The shoulders and tread will wear unnecessarily fast.
Different tires are strategically designed to handle certain types of vehicles and road conditions. Winter tires are made specifically for cold, wet, and snowy conditions. For example, they grip the road in a different way than tires developed for non-winter conditions. Features of all-season tires, such as tread design, type of rubber, and sipe depth make them more suitable for milder winters.
How long do Bridgestone Blizzak tires last?
There’s a reason drivers give Blizzak tires higher ratings for overall value. Depending on your driving conditions, you can expect to replace them every three or four years. Optimal design and durability lend to the longer lifespan of the Blizzak tire.
Equip your vehicle with Blizzak tires for the winter season and replace them with all-season tires once winter is over. This helps ensure Blizzak tires stay winter-ready for many years to come. Proper tire storage between seasons will also help.
When do I need to replace my Blizzak tires?
As with other tires, Blizzak tires will show visible signs of treadwear. The penny test is a good way to quickly check the tread on your tires. Put the penny head-side down into your tire’s tread. If you see the top of Abe’s head, it’s time for new Blizzak tires.
If you’re unsure if your winter tires are worn down too much, stop by your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to talk to one of our technicians. We’ll help you determine if it’s time for new winter tires.
Are Bridgestone Blizzak tires directional?
Blizzak tires are directional. This means they feature a tread design that enhances water dispersal — a crucial factor in avoiding hydroplaning — as well as snow traction. Directional tires can also help improve fuel efficiency since they have lower rolling resistance.
Are Bridgestone Blizzak tires studdable?
A studdable tire is designed to hold little metal studs that dig into the ice, enhancing traction. Winter tires come in studded, studdable, and studless varieties. Blizzak tires are the latter of the three.
Blizzak tires are not studdable because they don’t need to be! They’re designed to forgo the time, cost, noise, and potential road damage associated with studded winter tires by featuring an independent block tread design. This design enhances winter traction without the need for additional metal studs.
Where can I buy Bridgestone Blizzak tires?
Ready to drive into winter with confidence? Stop by your local Firestone Complete Auto Care today to talk to a technician about Blizzak tires! Are you more of an online tire shopper? Buy Blizzak tires online for ultimate convenience.