Winter is coming to British Columbia, which also means: it’s time for winter tires!
There are some myths about winter tires that we'll debunk in this blog. If you use any of these for excuses, it’s time to think again.
1. There is not much snow in Metro Vancouver.
“Each year, there’s hardly any snow anymore.” Well, winter tires are not just snow tires, and they do more than just give you traction on the snow. They’re engineered for wetter weather - pretty much our Vancouver winter - with tread that’s designed to channel water and slush out from under them, which helps avoid hydroplaning — a dangerous situation where your tire’s tread fills with water and “floats” on top of the puddles, and you lose control.
Rubber naturally hardens in cold weather, which reduces its grip. Winter tires are made of a specific rubber compound that keeps them supple at lower temperatures. Tire grip is important not just for acceleration, but also for lane changes and braking. The general rule is that when the temperature drops below 7°C, winter tires grip better than all-season tires.
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