Time to consider winter tires – why?

Ask an engineer about all-season tires and they’ll tell you they’re designed to handle all weather conditions. Well that’s just fine if you live inSouthern Californiabut here in York Region, we tend to experience colder weather for a few months – along with snow.

Winter tires are designed for one thing and one thing only: keeping your car going where you point it when temperatures are low and the roads are covered in snow and ice.

In this province, what passes for an all-season tire is really a three season tire sinceOntario’s winter regions tend to generate colder temperatures and more snow than major urban centres. Of course, much will depend upon the vehicle you drive, too. If you own a sports performance vehicle, you will likely only be driving it when temperatures are warmer and roads are clear. Have you ever seen a supercar with winter tires?

Generally speaking, the majority of all season tires have been engineered to provide excellent control and better performance in hot summer conditions. They are made of a relatively soft rubber which tightly grips the road and lets you make sharp turns on hot, dry pavement.

The rubber compound used to manufacture winter tires performs best at consistent temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius.

Current generation winter tires have shed many of the characteristics that annoyed drivers previously. These tires do not generate loud buzzing noises at speed since they no longer have huge blocks of tread. And, if cost is a consideration, remember this; winter tires wear less in cold weather than all-season tires. All-season tires wear considerably faster when driven in winter.

It’s all about safety. And remember; presently, winter tires in this province are not mandatory. Yet.

Talk to one of our service advisors about winter tires at NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC. All Associates in every department are here for you. Call 905-898-2277. Or come on down to our dealership at 18100 Yonge St. inNewmarket– we’d love to see you and talk about how we can work together.

 

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