No. The reality is they should be used in the spring, summer and fall cause the compound is designed for long life, not winter traction. The other thing to consider is that winter tires are not just snow tires. Back in the day, winter tires had big, knobby chunks of rubber and they were really only good in snow.
There are many times during a Vancouver winter that the roads are exposed or wet, and not covered in snow. Modern winter tires continue to stay soft and pliable, providing the grip you need in all winter driving situations.
If there is one certainty in weather… it’s the change of seasons.
When a regular all-season or summer tire experiences cold temperature, they become hard.
All-season tires aren't designed to stay soft in cold temperatures. Now think of this - a hockey puck. When it comes in contact with cold the ice surface, it becomes hard and slides. That's something you don’t want in a Tire in Winter to do.
Winter tires, in contrast to all-season tires, are specially formulated to stay soft and contour to the road surface even if there is no snow or ice. They provide a level of grip, stability, handling and braking capability that regular tires simply can’t.
If you are planning on buying winter tires don’t wait too long.
The good news is that the earlier you shop the more selection you have. But what tire is right for your vehicle? Let Gorm at NTW help you with their vast knowlegde and expertise.
The reality is that winter is coming and the better prepared you are the easier it will be to manage. Looking at the research and choosing the right winter tire for your vehicle provides a level of safety and grip that you simply cannot get with an all-season tire. So the next time you head outside and you can see your breath, you want to start thinking about winter tires.
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The last thing you need is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere and not be able to start your car. Make sure your battery’s connections are free of corrosion and if your battery is more than 3 years old, consider having a repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. Extreme cold pulls voltage from a battery, making it harder for your vehicle to start. In fact, battery output drops by about half at -18 C. Keeping your battery fully charged – either by driving regularly or by using a battery tender – will help prevent this winter woe.
3. Check your tire pressure.
4. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
Installing wiper blades is a snap to do, too.
5. Consider snow tires.
6. Make sure your antifreeze mixture is correct.
7. Make sure you keep an emergency kit in your car at all times.
- At least one warm blanket.
- Extra warm clothes, including boots, gloves and hats.
- Drinking water and food. Chocolate bars and candy are good choices due to their high sugar content.
- A flashlight.
- A shovel for digging you out of deep snow.
- Jumper cables.
- A flare.
- Extra windshield wipers.
- A first aid kit.
- A bag of sand or salt to give you extra traction if you get stuck.
- Windshield washer fluid.
8. Keep your gas tank as full as possible.
9. Take your car in for a tune up prior to the first snow fall.
10. Have your brakes checked.
If it’s been more than six months since your last brake check, have them checked again before the winter driving season. With the slippery road conditions that winter brings, being able to stop quickly is even more important than usual. Incorporating these seasonal checks can help keep your car running smoothly and safely throughout the winter season, giving you one less thing to worry about when you’re out on the road, and safer driving will keep you safe.
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