Why You Need Winter Tires
So you’re wondering, why do you need winter tires for your car?
When considering whether you should get winter tires, it’s important to make the right decision for yourself, your family, and your vehicle. From road and weather conditions to auto insurance, there are a number of great reasons why you need winter tires in any cold climate — and especially in Canada!
Sometimes the cost of winter tires can be an obstacle for car owners. However, with the wide range of used winter tires available at Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener, you can find a safe and affordable option for your vehicle. Each of our used tires is carefully examined and we will only sell tires that have 80% or more of their tread remaining.
So why do we need winter tires? Here are some of the top answers that were supplied by our expert team of used rim and tire specialists. Got a reason that we haven’t mentioned yet? Leave a comment below to let our team know!
Road conditions can be harsh in Ontario. Unplowed snow, slush, and ice can create hazards, not just for you, but for the people and vehicles around you. Winter tires can help you face these challenges and remain in control, especially if your car is using an All Wheel Drive (AWD) system.
In addition to harsh winter weather, there are other things to remember when considering winter tires. Will you be driving on highways or dirt roads? Or are you going to driving more gradual slopes or steep hills and sharp corners? Winter tires might be helpful for the road trips or destinations you want to visit, not just your own community!
Often drivers will ask how cold the temperature needs to be before you switch to winter tires. The general consensus is that if you live in an area where the winter temperatures will consistently drop below 7C or 45F, winter tires are recommended.
In Ontario, you can count on cold weather temperatures. While all-season tires can provide some traction for wet and snowy conditions, they will lose grip in colder weather. The enhanced traction and grip from winter tires will provide a safer and more comfortable driving experience in cold conditions.
Winter Tire Design & Performance
Winter tires are differently than all-season tires. Winter tires are not only made of a different type of rubber, they’re also narrower and better designed to deal with water. Winter tires are usually between 195 – 205mm wide, compared to all-season tires, which are typically 215mm wide.
The width of winter tires increases the pressure on the surface beneath it. As a result, winter tires are better able to cut through snow and reduce hydroplaning. Winter tires will melt the top layer of ice and snow and move it to the sides, allowing your car to stay in contact with the road surface.
Did you know there are insurance benefits to driving with winter tires on your vehicle? Most insurance companies in Ontario will offer discounts of up to 5% for people who have winter tires installed on their vehicle.
These savings are offered to any driver who installs winter tires, new or used, on their vehicle. From the savings you receive each year, you will be able to pay back part of the cost of your winter tires, over the course of several season. Make sure you talk to your insurance broker and find out what you’re entitled to save!
Now that we’ve laid out the reasons, we hope that you have a better understanding of why winter tires are so important for your vehicle.
If you need winter tires for your car, truck, or vehicle, contact the team at Logel’s Auto Parts today. We will help you find a pair of tires to keep you safe on the roads.