Winter tires versus all seasons, make the switch before snow

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For many years, winter tire technology remained nearly unchanged. Those old knobby bias ply tires seemed to be around for decades and typically were only put on the rear of many vehicles. In today’s rapid-paced environment, cars (and people) need to move fast and safely. More recently, winter tire technology has progressed rapidly and become so diverse that the variety in product offers tires specific to climates and even four season use… but don’t call them all season tires. Recently, Canadian Tire brought in an independent lab to explain the science behind winter tires, ideal tire selection and why all seasons just don’t work for most of Canada, not only in snow but even below certain temperatures.

Most Canadians will not want to hear about spending more money on their car but the fact is that all season tires can be downright dangerous in winter conditions. And we aren’t just talking about deep snow or even ice, but colder temperatures as well. The industry standard is 7°Celcius and experts agree conventional all season tires don’t work properly below that temperature. There can be several weeks of single digit temperatures with no snow where drivers still run all seasons and even high performance summer tires. Many Canadian drivers believe that if it isn’t snowing or below zero, the car will perform fine on all season tires in dry conditions. This is incorrect and Canadian Tire brought in specialist Dr. Joe Hallett, Commercial Manager, of ARTIS to show off a new technology they are developing that informs drivers when it’s time to switch tires.

Read on for why you need to make the switch.

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