Why Are Winter Tires Important?
As the seasons change and the temperature drops, all-season and summer tires can stiffen and start losing their elasticity, which can lead to decreased traction and poor performance. Winter or snow tires use a specialized rubber that is designed to stay flexible even in extremely chilly weather, so you’ll get a better grip.
Are Snow Tires Good for Ice and Slush?
Although they’re often referred to as “snow tires,” winter tires are designed with all of winter in mind, performing better any time it’s cold. Winter tires provide better traction for driving in wet, icy, and slushy conditions. According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, today's winter tires offer up to 50% traction than all-season tires.
When Should I Change my Tires?
Tires should be checked regularly, changed seasonally, and replaced based on wear. The general rule of thumb is that between Thanksgiving and Easter, you'll need your winter tires on. Across major brands, it's recommended that winter tires should be put on when the temperature dips below 7°C.