Understanding the Tire Performance Categories for Winter / Snow Tires(Lea en español)
High-Speed Rated Winter Tires
Developed as high-speed winter tires for European driving conditions, these tires typically trade some deep snow and ice traction for enhanced dry and wet road traction, handling and high-speed capability.
High-Tech Winter Traction
Developed to provide ice and snow traction similar to studded winter tires without using studs, these tires typically trade high-speed ratings and some handling responsiveness for enhanced snow and ice traction.
Traditional Winter Traction
Developed to accommodate optional metal studs that enhance ice and hard-packed snow traction. When studded, these tires typically trade some noise and ride comfort for extra ice and packed snow traction (studding available for $15 per tire), or represent a low-cost winter tire option when not studded.