Tires: Snow VS All Season In Nanaimo

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 their ability to hold the road. If a consumer’s are worn, under inflated, or not suited to the environment, they put themselves, their vehicle, and others at risk.

Get the most value and safety for the right season

Name Brands including Goodyear, Continental, Michelin and tonnes more safe and economical snow or all season are all sold here! If by some chance someone else has a lower price, bring in a their current advertisement or quote on the same tire… and our Parts and Service team will match or beat the price.

Storage is also available for your off season winter / snow and summer tires in our Nanaimo climate controlled warehouse.

snow tires

Winter or Snow

Snow tires provide ultra grip in those icy conditions. Including that “corner” bridge on the Parkway by College Drive that ices all the time.

How do they grip?

To start with 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. Lastly snow tires are designed with “siping”. Siping are thousands of tiny cuts made in several direction on the tire that provide thousands of tiny bits (ironic?) of grip going straight and around corners.

How does the regular Joe know when it’s 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 year round. Including the hot sticky and cold rainy seasons. They’ll provide you with tires all year long.

What do they mean by All Season?

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. Mainly picture a cozy fall day with the Maple tree leaves still dry enough to rake and jump in…and that sweater grandma knitted you is enough to keep warm. This is the time that all season will provide value.

Here on Vancouver Island, where we don’t normally get to frolic in dry leaves, All Seasons will provide a safe ride at a value you can’t beat for 10 months of the year.