Winter is creeping steadily closer right across the country, which means that now is the time to get your vehicle equipped with its winter boots. If you are still on the fence as to whether or not you actually need winter tires, read on, because not only is it a good idea, it may well save your life this year.
The 7 degree rule
Your ability to maintain traction on the road requires that your tires are soft and supple enough to get a good grip; however, when the temperatures drop the rubber in regular tires hardens, undermining your ability to maintain control. For best results, as soon as the temperatures fall below 7°C where you live, switch over to your winter treads, as they are made from high tech rubber compounds designed to stay soft even when the temperatures plummet. When it is consistently warmer than 7°C again in the spring, switch back over to your summer/all-season treads.
Dealing with snow, rain, and slush
Winter typically brings with it a whole lot of moisture, which can leave regular tires susceptible to slipping, sliding, and aquaplaning. Winter treads, on the other hand, feature aggressive tread patterns and micro-slits (called ‘sipes’) that make it easier to carve a path through rain, slush, and snow.
The AWD myth
Contrary to what you may have heard, having all-wheel-drive on your vehicle is not an adequate substitute for winter tires. While having power sent to all four wheels can do wonders for your ride’s ability to get out of a snowbank, it will do next to nothing to help your vehicle stop once you’ve picked up speed.
Depending on where you live, you may be required by law to have winter tires installed on your vehicle during winter months; for example, many highways in BC are designated as ‘winter tire only’ routes from October 1st until March 31st each year. Don’t forget, that just as with regular tires, those winter treads need to have at least 3/32” of depth in order to be considered legal in Canada.
Aside from helping you to stay safe (and perhaps even avoid a fine), having winter tires on your vehicle can also save you money on your car insurance; after all, the latest industry data shows that vehicles equipped with winter tires are 40% less likely to be involved in a collision. Should you ever want to sell or trade-in your vehicle one day, those winter treads will also mean your ride is worth considerably more.
If you need winter tires for your vehicle or you are in the market for a better ride altogether this year, head straight to Auto Gallery Winnipeg, where you’ll find a huge range of quality used vehicles and a team of friendly and knowledgeable experts who are always happy to help. Just give us a call, get in touch online, or drop by and see us in person today here at 3777 Portage Ave Winnipeg – you’ll be glad that you did!