Winter Tires: Why and When should you make the switch


 

As we prepare for the winter driving season and many drivers debate when (and if) they should switch to winter tires. Automobile technology is changing and cars are performing better because of things like ABS brakes and traction control. Still, those features are only as good as the grip of the vehicle's tires, especially in cold and snowy conditions.

The fact is, the term 'all-season' is really a misnomer when it comes to tires. They're consistently out-performed by dedicated winter tires that increase control and decrease the average stopping distance at 80 km/h by as much as 20 metres. Snow tires are identified by a mountain/snowflake symbol branded on the sidewall.

For those wondering when you should install your winter tires and officially make the switch, you should do so before temperatures begin to consistently dip into the single digits, as industry experts agree conventional all season tires don't perform properly below 7 degrees Celsius.

Autoblog Canada Oct 14, 2014

Date Posted: October 15, 2014

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