Most of us start preparing for the holidays and all the winter fun long before fall is over. From shopping to decorations to planning get-togethers with friends and family, we take the time to get it all done. However, many of us wait until the black ice and snow starts to install winter tires on our cars.
Experts recommend that you should be installing your winter tires as soon as the temperatures start to dip below 7 degrees Celsius. Doing so can improve your vehicle’s traction, handling and braking. It also helps you avoid the hassle and stress of a snowy fender-bender.
When is the Right Time for a Winter Tire Change?
All-season tires cannot function optimally after the temperature drops to 7 degrees Celsius and lower. This is because all-season tires start to harden as their rubber compound loses its elasticity. The colder the temperatures get, the less pliable the rubber compounds are, thus making them more like a hardened plastic circle than a tire. The all-season tire is no longer flexible enough to provide good traction on the road. The time of day you drive can also determine if it is time for a winter tire change. If the average temperature outside when you drive is still above 7 to 10 degrees Celsius, you may not need to change out the tires just yet. However, if the majority of your driving is done during the colder times of day or night, it’s recommended that you make the switch earlier than some other drivers.
Myth: I Have All-Wheel or Four-Wheel Drive, So I Don’t Need Winter Tires
While it is true that all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles have power going to four wheels instead of two, this doesn’t help at all during braking. Keep in mind that these systems are important for getting you going, or pushing through slippery terrain. Winter tires will improve the acceleration and offer better control while turning. During braking, the all-wheel or four-wheel drive systems aren’t active, and winter tires offer better grip on the road so that your vehicle’s braking system doesn’t have to work as hard When you drive with all-season tires during winter, your stopping distance is much longer because the all-season tires lose their ability to grip the road well.
If you are ready for a winter tire change, AutoNiche’s service technicians can help change your all-season or summer tires for winter tires. When you come in for a tire change, our technicians will:
- Remove the all-season or summer tires from the rims (unless you have winter tires already mounted on a second set of rims)
- Inspect all lug nuts and wheels for any signs of corrosion or damage
- Inspect winter tires for any signs of damage and repair as needed (if possible)
- Install new valve stems (if needed) for the winter tires
- Mount and seal the winter tires to the wheels
- Inflate and balance each winter tire
- Install winter tires and wheels onto your vehicle
- Hand-torque each wheel to the proper manufacturer’s specification
Winter tires are highly recommended, not only by the experts at AutoNiche, but by Transport Canada as well as the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR MARKHAM TIRE INSTALLATION OR WINTER TIRE CHANGE TODAY. Call AutoNiche today!