It’s that time of year again. Ice and snow are slowing traffic down and vehicles continue to hit the ditch! Yes, that dreaded -40 weather is here and it has us all dreaming of escaping to a Mexican. Sadly, we can’t run away all winter to an exotic location to keep away from the freezing cold but we can make it a little easier on us. Getting in an accident in our winter months can be dangerous and sometimes fatal so they best way to keep us away from the ditch and away from sliding into someone is by getting great tires for the cold. The debate for as long as i can remember has always been Winter or All-Season tires. Here’s a few details about each tire to help you choose the best tire for you.
All season tires provide grip in wet/snowy conditions. They also allow you have stable handling and even tread wear. Experts now call all-seasons “three-season tires”. Although they do fairly well in the winter they by far lack compared to a winter tire. All-seasons are meant more for the beginning signs of winter like light snow fall and slush, but when it comes to ice and get through deep snow they become almost useless.
Winter tires excel in snow and ice. These tires are meant to perform in snow, ice, slush, sleet and cold but dry weather. The reason why winter tires do so well compared to all-season or summer tires is because of the tread and material they are made out of. The special design allows for the tires to travel through snow with ease and the material is a soft rubber material which expands in the cold for better grip. The tread also reduces the snow build up and allows for the driver to be more confident on the road.
It’s safe to say if you live in Alberta you should have winter tires on your vehicle by the time the winter months hit. Better traction means less accidents and that’s something everyone likes to hear!