Yes, we know you’ve heard about how important it is to get winter tires before. You know what? You’re going to hear it again! According to a 2018 Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) survey, about 20% of Canadians don’t use winter tires—and as far as we here at Go Auto Don Mills Chrysler are concerned, that’s 20% too many!
With all the winter weather Toronto’s been getting these past few months, we figured it was time to reach out to that last 2-in-10 who’ve been holding out putting winter tires on their vehicle. It’s not too late!
Will Winter Tires Really Help?
In that same TRAC survey conducted in 2018, 80% percent of respondents said they felt their winter tires had at some point helped them prevent a collision! It’s not a stretch to say winter tires could save your life or the life of someone else on the road. And a set of winter tires is probably cheaper in the long-run than expensive repairs, due to fender-benders and collisions thanks to slippery roads.
But I Have a 4×4!
So what? Four-wheel drive helps on a snow-covered street, but not if all four tires can’t grip the road! Your truck or SUV will be more effective with winter tires, just like any other vehicle. Don’t let all-season tires fool you either. They’re better than summer tires, sure, but they’re not as good as full winter tires in this kind of weather. You can get as much as 50% more traction from your vehicle with full winter tires, and when you hit a patch of black ice, you’ll be happy to have it.
Fine, How Do Winter Tires Work?
Winter tires offer three elements that make them better in cold weather than summer, or even all-season tires. The first comes from the tread rubber itself. In temperatures under 7 degrees, the rubber on regular tires firms up, making it harder for them to grip the road. Winter tire tread rubber remains flexible even as the temperature plunges. Secondly, the treads on a winter tire are deeper, to help reduce snow buildup, and offer a pattern designed to channel out snow and slush. Lastly, the tires have more biting edges, which grip to ice better than a conventional tire. These elements combine to create a tire which has superior braking and traction during winter driving conditions.
Speaking of tires in the winter, you also want to keep them inflated. The shift in temperatures can cause the metal in your wheels to expand and contract, causing you to lose air pressure through the winter. If your tires are under-inflated, you not only lose stopping power on a slippery road, you also lose fuel economy! Keep those tires topped up when you stop at a service station, and your vehicle will perform better during the colder Canadian months.
What are you waiting for? We here at Go Auto Don Mills Chrysler are ready and willing to get you hooked up with a set of winter tires. Don’t think twice about a decision that could save your life!