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October 20, 2011 11:38 AM | By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
2011 winter tire buyer's guide

Find the right winter tires for your ride

Find the right winter tires for your ride (© Photo: Andreas Rentz, Getty Images News, Getty Images)
  • Find the right winter tires for your ride (© Photo: Andreas Rentz, Getty Images News, Getty Images)
  • BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI (© Photo: Bridgestone)
  • Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 (© Photo: Bridgestone)
  • Dunlop Graspic DS-3 (© Photo: Dunlop)
  • Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3 (© Photo: Goodyear)
  • Hankook Winter i*cept evo (© Photo: Hankook)
  • Michelin X-Ice Xi2 (© Photo: Michelin)
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R (© Photo: Nokian)
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If you haven't already started, you should be doing some serious thinking about winter tires. Most provinces are well into autumn by now, which means daily average temperatures into the single digits. A perfect time to switch over. All-season tires lose their flexibility and performance at around seven degrees Celsius because their rubber compound isn't designed — can't be designed — to stay flexible in giant swath from -40C to plus 40C.

If you buy a separate set of winter tires, you don't have to compromise. They're built and designed to operate in sub-zero temperatures and not turn into hockey pucks. Plus, you get the added benefit of different tread designs that are better equipped at dealing with the ice, slush and snow that make up your daily commute.

And don't use the argument that you can't afford them. While your spiffy new winter tires get used and abused for six or eight months, your all-seasons will be relaxing and unwinding in the relative spa-like conditions of your garage or shed. They're taking a break, which means they'll be able to squeeze another three or four summers out of them by splitting your yearly mileage over two sets.

We've assembled 10 winter tires that you should consider if you have anything from an Audi R8 to a Volkswagen Golf — and anything in between. Click on through to see.

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