Living pretty much anywhere in Canada means being familiar with that fluffy white powder cascaded across our roads every winter. Driving conditions can be treacherous at times. Does that mean your vehicle needs winter tires? I didn’t think so until I discovered 7 reasons why winter tires are important.
1. Winter Tires Provide Safety + Performance
Driving safely during the winter requires a certain ability to handle your vehicle. Making sharp turns. Fast stops. Skidding and sliding when you least expect it. Unlike other tires on your car or truck, winter tires provide a level of security in helping you control your vehicle by being specifically designed to handle the toughest weather conditions. You wouldn’t scuba dive without a mask or oxygen. So why would you drive without the necessary components to help keep your family safe?
2. Your Current Tires Just Aren’t Good Enough
All season tires aren’t really all season. Most likely the tires you have on your vehicle right now are the ones that came with the car. You can check with your dealership which type of tires you have and whether or not you should swap them out for winter tires.
In too many cases, most people don’t even check their tires when they require sufficient winter traction for legitimate winter performance. Winter/Snow tires are the only answer.
3. I Don’t Need Winter Tires I Have All Season Tires
So many people say this. I used to be one of them. The trouble is “all-season tires” seems like a one-size fits all can handle any road condition thrown at it, when in reality that is far from the truth. All season tires cannot handle “all-weather conditions. They are meant for heavy ice or snow.
Although your all-season tires might perform okay in many types of weather conditions such as heavy rain or even the mildest snow storm. They are not built to deal with the onslaught that heavy snowfall or frigid temperatures.
4. Winter Tires Don’t Really Make A Difference
You couldn’t be more wrong. Last year was my first year driving in the snow and let me tell you, having winter tires makes a huge impact on how you drive. I nearly went through an intersection, sliding all the way unable to stop because we had not put winter tires on our car.
Winter tires can actually shorten your stopping distance up to 40% providing you the traction control you need when it counts most. The photo above shows you the difference between life and death when it comes to having control over your vehicle.
5. Winter Tires Aren’t As Expensive As You Think
Many people think a reason not to have winter tires is they are too expensive an investment. This just isn’t true. Check your local dealerships as they often have sales on winter tires and discounts especially during Black Friday & Cyber Monday, along with just before the holiday season hits.
You can find winter tires on special not only at your local dealership but many outsourced tire shops. Some discounts up to 75% off because these places understand the
6. Winter/Snow Tires Are Built With Bad Weather Conditions In Mind
Winter or Snow tire technology not only makes the road safer for you by enhancing the performance of your vehicle but it also enables your vehicle to perform safely when temperatures fall below 5ᵒC. Accelerating, braking, taking corners, uphill and downhill on snowy wet or even dry icy roads winter tires will always perform better because they have bad weather conditions in mind.
Winter tires work better because the way they are made. Their tread pattern is thicker and stronger but with a softer and more flexible polymer compound built into it. The shape of the tires is specifically designed with grooves and sipes to produce a unique tread.
7. Winter Tires Are Just Practical
We have more cars on the road than ever before which means having the necessary components on our vehicles. You should be able to get into your car and drive wherever you want without worrying about your safety or the safety of the ones you love.
So don’t wait for the weather to change. Put winter tires on your car and make sure you have peace of mind this holiday season to get you where you need to go.