Should I Put Winter Tires on My Car?

Winter is coming, and if you’re asking the question, “Should I put winter tires on my car?” the answer is unequivocally “Yes.” In a perfect world, we would all stay home when faced with ice and snow, but most of us have places to be, forcing us to take our cars out on the road. The best way to maximize driving safety in the winter is swapping out your summer or all-season tires for winter tires. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Designed for lower temperatures: Below 7°C, all-season tires lose traction. Winter tires are made with rubber compounds that stay soft in the coldest weather.
  • Designed for snow, ice and water: Winter tire treads direct water and snow away from the contact area to increase traction and control.
  • Up to 30 - 40% shorter stopping distance: One study showed that a vehicle driving at 50km/h with winter tires stopped in around 60 feet, while a vehicle driving the same speed but with all-season tires stopped at around 90 feet.
  • Better than using all-wheel drive: All-wheel drive (AWD) only helps in accelerating and reducing the chances of becoming stuck in snow. It doesn’t increase braking capabilities of all-season or summer tires.

Always check for the snowflake symbol when buying winter tires and remember to research different brands and models. Technology and rubber compounds are always changing, making the specifications of each winter tire different.

For those who live in the Ottawa area, please see the coupon below for 10% off winter tires from S. Dilawri Automotive Group.