CAR CARE Driving conditions determine tire choice

Every year many Canadians ask themselves if it’s necessary to change their trusted all-seasons over to winter tires.

Every year many Canadians ask themselves if it’s necessary to change their trusted all-seasons over to winter tires.

Many drivers don’t change their tires because they don’t understand the difference between winter and all-season tires.

Key differences to consider include:

Response to temperature – Winter tires are typically made with a different rubber compound than all-season and summer tires, allowing them to remain softer during cold weather, which provides the flexibility that ultimately leads to excellent handling and traction, even in the absence of any snow or ice.

Tread patterns – Winter tires also have tread patterns that are designed to dig deep into the snow and ice. These features are critical – not only to help prevent getting stuck in deep snow, but to help the driver manage driving on a variety of surfaces.

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