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All About Blizzak Tires

All About Blizzak Tires

When it comes to the best tires for driving in winter conditions, Blizzak tires by Bridgestone are one of the best known choices on the market.  With a strong reputation and a lot of repeat purchases, Blizzak tires have come to be known as one of the best in the industry for handling snowy, icy roads and cold winter temperatures.  

Blizzak tires were first introduced to the market in 1993 and quickly grew to be one of the most popular available.  There are several models of Blizzak tires that you can purchase depending on your winter needs.  Whatever the winters are like where you live, you will find a great set of Blizzak tires that will get you where you are going safely and securely.  The special MultiCell outer layer of the tread on these winter tires provides unmatched traction and helps to keep the snow and ice melt that is created by the friction of your tires moving away from the tire and preventing slipping.  Under a microscope, the MultiCell layer looks a little bit like Swiss Cheese.  These minuscule holes create millions of little biting edges that help keep your car steady on snow and icy roads.  Beneath the MultiCell surface, which comprises a little over half of the tire tread’s depth, is a standard winter tire compound that keeps the tires steady and ready for cold temperatures.

Blizzak winter tires are designed for use in snowy and icy conditions – they are not all season or summer tires. It’s best to use them only during the winter months and remove them for the summer.  This will extend the life of the tread on your tires and ensure you will get many winters’ use out of them.  Snow and ice will not wear away the tread the way that concrete and asphalt do, so put your Blizzak tires on only when the weather conditions warrant it and remove them as spring begins.

There are a few different types of Blizzak tires, some of which offer better handling than others and are best for lighter snow and ice conditions.  The most heavy duty version of the tires are best for those who live in areas with very extreme winters.  Blizzak tires are even available with the convenient “run flat” technology that allows you to keep driving on the tire for up to 50 miles after getting a flat.  This means you can get home or to a repair shop and avoid being stranded on the side of the road waiting for help.  

You can purchase Blizzak tires from any tire shop that sells Bridgestone products.  You may need to special order your set to get the right size tire for your car.  Many tire shops will switch out your winter tires and summer tires for free when you purchase a full set of winter tires there, saving you time, money and a lot of hassle.  

With the right care and use, your Blizzak tires will keep you on the road safely for three to four winters.

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