Winter tires provide the very best in winter driving performance. It is a common misconception that winter tires are only useful in snowy or icy conditions. The truth is that when the temperature hits 7 degrees Celsius or less the rubber in your summer or all-season tires will harden (similar to a hockey puck) and the tires themselves will lose grip, resulting in a serious decrease in traction and safety. Winter tires, on the other hand, are made from a specially formulated rubber compound that will maintain softness and grip up to -45 degrees Celsius.
Check out the top reasons to switch to winter tires:
Winter Tires Improve Safety
As mentioned above, winter tires are made with a special rubber compound that maintains its gripping ability even in the coldest conditions. There is no longer any doubt that winter tires are a safer alternative to all-season or summer tires when used in sets of 4. There are many well established studies proving the effectiveness of winter tires and many governments are starting to institute mandatory winter tire laws, including some provinces in Canada. You can check out some of these studies relating to the safety of winter tires below:
Winter Tires Improve Traction
Besides the safety advantages of winter tires there are also performance advantages. It’s a common occurrence in Canada that when the snow starts falling, cars inevitably end up in ditches or at the side of the road unable to move. These drivers then face expensive towing and repair bills. You can avoid all that by simply buying winter tires.
Winter Tires Improve Overall Tire Longevity
Having a separate set of tires and wheels for the summer and winter can prolong the life of both sets. Using tires for the seasons they were meant for, and the temperatures they were designed for, can prolong their life by minimizing excess wear. It’s just a good idea. Call our experts today and find out how easy and affordable it can be.