I'm looking into changing to 18" wheel and tires for winter. Originally looking at snow tires. I see however Bridgestone revo2 has size for the 11 treg 255x55R18. Why get snows as this AT tire could last longer and just as capable?
I thought the whole point of snows was basically the lower operating temperature of the rubber compound. When it is frozen are those tire pliable? I guess that is the real question.
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I'm sorry, but you're missing the point of winter tyres.
They have a special compound that means the tread remains flexible at low temperatures.
In addition they also have a lot of tiny sipes in the tread pattern. These squeeze water off the ice so the tyre grips it. Yes, I know that sounds daft but a tyre can grip dry ice in the same way your hand might stick to very cold ice in the freezer!
AT tyres have neither capability.
Winter tyres will stop your car in a much shorter distance.
Yes, ATs will last longer, but you will wish like hell you'd bought proper winters in the first big slide!