Anyone who has still not converted to winter tires can no longer be helped. Although the temperatures do not suggest it, it is winter. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 has been rolling through Germany, which is unfortunately rarely snowed in, for over three months. But this is exactly what the manufacturers are targeting, because the Blizzak LM001 has done extremely well in the last few months since October, especially in the wet.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 on wet road
Contrary to the usual winter tire tests, we are not on the road with the Blizzak LM001 at the North Pole, but rather in real test areas. Exactly where it is ultimately driven. The winter rubber has already unwound a few thousand kilometers and has been looking forward to every rain shower. The ADAC already put the recommended stamp for wetness on the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 last year.
In reality, this can also be confirmed, because the winter tire floats significantly less than a comparable summer tire or competitive products for the cold season. The rounded corners of the profile blocks are responsible for this. They ensure an improved drainage of the water (or slush, if it is present), so that ultimately better road adhesion results. Like many other tire manufacturers, Bridgestone no longer designs the Blizzak LM001 for extreme snow and ice conditions, but concentrates primarily on the muddy weather that is the basis for example in Western Europe.
If you are interested in tires on snow and ice, you will find a test report from Sweden here.
Design of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
The lug design of the directional tread also ensures improved braking performance on snow. Due to the lamella design, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 wears evenly, which ensures a long service life. In addition, the weight has been reduced compared to its predecessor, which ultimately saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions. I can also confirm the lower running noise of the winter tires promised by Bridgestone after the previous three months. This was achieved by increasing the number of tread blocks.
Even in autumnal conditions, the Blizzak LM001 showed no nakedness. At 15 degrees Celsius and a dry road surface, for example, it was still possible to drive through a motorway slip road “too fast” without the tires causing the car to slip. But the traction and directional stability on wet roads were particularly impressive.
Apart from the usual slightly higher consumption compared to summer tires, nothing has been determined so far. Although the tire label only rates the LM001 with an “E”, the standard fuel consumption is between five and six liters (diesel) per 100 kilometers. The next update on the long-term test will follow as soon as Petrus finally makes us happy with snow.