In Canada, we are used to long and sometimes harsh winters. Life just carries on though. When the temperature starts to go down, it is time to start thinking about changing your tires. It is better to get tires that are specifically designed for our winters.
Not only do you need to get them, but there is also a time to install them. You want to make sure that they are good, dependable tires which can help ensure a solid performance, which is important in such conditions. Let’s take a closer look at some things you need to know when getting yourself winter tires.
1. Look For Specific Symbols
Try to look for the three peak mountain snowflake symbol. This is important for a country like Canada. The logo is a sort of statement to show that the tires can not only meet but also exceed industry expectations. When you purchase these tires, you know that they were specifically designed to perform on snow and ice.
There is also a time to look out for when it comes to installing these tires. This is when the temperature consistently hits the freezing mark. This is a time when your turning capabilities will need that extra bit of help. You also need a proper grip and only winter tires can deliver this reliably. These winter tires feature special tread compounds that help them to have a certain level of flexibility when the temperature dips.
3. Know The Size
It is important to make sure you have the right size of tire for your vehicle. Tire sizes can vary because it is not a standard size. This will all depend on the type of vehicle you have. There are a couple of ways to know what the right size is for your particular vehicle. This may be stamped or moulded on the side of the tire, or, you can look for the printed sticker on the door frame of your vehicle.
4. Always Get 4 Tires
You need to install 4 high quality tires always. You really should not install just a couple. In other words, try never to mix old and new. Obviously, people will still do this, but it is really advisable not to do so. Winter tires that have different wear or tread depth can have a negative impact on your vehicle. Both the performance and stability will be somewhat compromised. By the same token, you should not use different brands or tire models.
If you purchase a top quality set of winter tires, they should give you a reliable performance (good traction) for approximately three seasons. On average, this would be about 10,000km. per season. However, this also depends on the make and model. Certain brands are better and can even go as high as 60,000km. As you can imagine, these will also be more expensive.
Make sure to pay attention to the specs. Check to see if the tires comply with transportation safety codes. Check things like traction grade (AA is the highest traction grade). There is also a temperature grade. You may see special icons on tires. Make sure you go to a good tire shop and get the advice of an expert so that you can get the best, reliable tires for your vehicle.