Winter tires are designed for winter driving conditions – colder temperatures, snow and ice – and are therefore safer for winter driving than all-season tires. At temperatures below 7 C, all season tires begin to lose elasticity and traction. Winter tires are made with a compound that retains elasticity and gives better control and traction not only in ice and snow, but also on cold, dry pavement. The Goodyear Nordic, for example, stops on average up to 60 feet sooner than a best-selling all season tire travelling at 60 km/hr.
A few tips to remember when installing your winter tires this year:
Winter tires should always be installed in sets of four. Failing to do so may cause loss of vehicle control.
Don't think you're safe if you drive an SUV or truck – all passenger vehicles should be equipped with winter tires.
When purchasing winter tires look for the mountain/snowflake logo on the tire sidewall which indicates the tire has met or exceeded the Rubber Association of Canada's standards for acceptable winter tire performance.
Purchase winter tires as a package with wheels to save time and cost mounting tires onto your existing wheels and reduce stress on your tires, leading to longer tire life.
Look for affordable opportunities to be ready for winter driving. For example, this fall Canadian Tire offers deferred payment on a set of winter tires purchased using their Canadian Tire Options® MasterCard® with no interest, no payment and no fees for 12 months.
Check out your local Goodyear dealer to find the best deals on the best winter tires out there. You know what Canadian winters are like, so if these Goodyears work up in Canada, they will work anywhere there is cold and snowy weather. Be safe this winter, get the best winter tires for your vehicle.