Rocky Milana knows exactly when it’s time each fall to install the winter tires on his family’s rear-wheel-drive (RWD) van: His wife tells him. He knows better than to procrastinate as the sky darkens and forecasters mention snow. “If I’m late, I hear about it,” says Milana, manager of vehicle dynamics and testing for BorgWarner Automotive’s TorqTransfer Systems. He handles the chore willingly each fall, swapping the all-season radials for the Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires he ...

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