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Why Specific Season Tires Matter to Car Safety

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Why Specific Season Tires Matter to Car Safety

When it comes to safety, tires are four of the most important parts of your vehicle. They come in a variety of sizes and types. The three types in Canada are: summer, winter and all-season. While most cars are sold with all-seasons, it’s important to consider the possible driving conditions of the upcoming season when deciding which tires to use on your vehicle.

 

Tires for summer driving:

 Summer tires are designed for use in temperatures above 7°C. Typically, the rubber used for summer tires is softer to provide good grip to the road and therefore better handling and breaking capabilities. Because of this, often times summer tires are a perfect set for sports or performance vehicles – those meant for speed. Consider the number of bike riders, hockey players and walking dogs in your neighbourhood, and you’ll understand why the excellent grip of summer tires is important.

 

Tires for winter driving:

 

 Winter tires are thicker and use a more flexible rubber designed to fit into the small grooves of the pavement. The treads are also much deeper, which enables greater traction. Winter tires wear less than the others and therefore are more likely to perform through the season. Winter tires improve cold weather breaking distance and handling overall. Whether your vehicle is 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, four winter tires are a must for regions that see lots of cold and snow.

 

What about all-seasons?

 

 All-season tires are a great compromise between summer and winter for some locations. If your local climate is generally above freezing, but not often in the 20’s, and your vehicle is not considered a sport or performance model, then they could be a great choice. If you get lots of snow or below 4°C temperatures, however, it would be best to stick with winter tires during those months and switch back to all-seasons for the rest of the year.