Why winter tires are a must-have when the mercury drops
(NC)—Car experts agree that when the seasons change—and the temperatures dip—drivers should also be thinking of an important switchover on their vehicles.
Despite motorists all across the country reminding themselves about replacing ice scrapers and snow brushes in their car trunks, there are still a large number of Canadians unsure of the benefits of winter tires for their vehicles.
The experts, however, concur—winter tires are highly recommended. “This time of year serves as an annual checkpoint and reminder for the importance of having proper winter tires on your vehicle,” says Ian MacDonald, Director of Marketing at autoTRADER.ca, Canada's largest online automotive marketplace.
“Too many fender benders and accidents are preventable for want of proper tires. It's an investment that pays off in peace of mind knowing your vehicle can perform better despite the conditions,” he says, adding that winter tires are a must-have for a number of scientific reasons:
Specialized for the Season
Winter tires are made from rubber that has been specially engineered to maintain its elasticity in colder weather—which means they'll cut through ice and snow, gripping the road much better than summer or even all season tires could ever hope to. Specialized tread also works to give drivers maximum control despite the weather.
Tech Will Only Take You So Far
While features that have become commonplace on many vehicles, such as Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), four-wheel drive and traction control, are designed to help keep your car under control, they don't necessarily help it get more grip. It's the quality of your tires that contributes the most to just how much traction your car really has, and winter tires give you the lion's share of it.
A Strategic Purchase
While the initial financial investment in winter tires may make you want to put it off (as much as $500, depending on the brand, including winter rims), swapping your winters for your all-seasons and back again as the weather changes means having to think less about needing new tires in general. “And,” adds MacDonald, “it's a small price to pay for having that extra safety on the road.”
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