Tires are a vehicle’s most important safety feature
The engine and brakes of a vehicle work directly through the tires. Even the most advanced traction and stability control systems are limited by the tire’s ability to hold the road. If a consumer has all season tires that are worn, under inflated, or not suited to the environment, they put themselves, their vehicle, and others at risk.
Winter or Snow
Snow tires provide ultra grip in those icy conditions.
How do they grip?
They are engineered differently. Good snow tires look almost like a performance tire, with small close together tread squares and wedge shaped gaps between tread blocks, helping to keep the snow out of the tire grooves. Snow tires are made of a softer rubber compound, softer rubber allows it to cling to ice in the winter when the rubber is cold. Snow tires are also designed with “siping”. Siping are thousands of tiny cuts made in several direction on the tire that provide thousands of tiny bits of grip going straight and around corners.
How do you know they’re made for snow?
The Rubber Association of Canada has developed a set of performance standards for severe winter tires and an Icon of either a Snowflake or a Mountain will identify an approved wheel.
All Season Tires
All season tires are cost effective and could provide you with great versatility almost year round.
What do they mean by All Season Tires?
All Season is just how it sounds. These tires will provide adequate traction on wet and dry road conditions. They will work best during the average condition of all seasons! They are not engineered specifically for any season or speed. But will work great in minimal rain, even less snow, and maybe a bit of cold. We wouldn’t recommend driving in a snowstorm or when the roads are flooding. This is the time that all season will provide value.