Winter vs All Season Tires
With winter just around the corner, it might be time to start preparing your vehicle for the change in conditions. Here in Edmonton, we get the most snowfall of any city in North America with a population of over 100,000 people. So chances are, we’re going to have a pretty snowy winter, and that won’t stop people from commuting in their vehicle. This is going to be the first blog in a multi-part series helping you prepare for the inevitably harsh winter to come. The most important thing to think about when preparing your car for winter is the feet. But what kind of tires do you want to get? Let’s take a look at winter vs all season tires to give you our opinion.
No matter what, with winters like we have here, you do not want drive on regular old tires through the snowy, icy conditions of the roads in Edmonton. You’re going to want to either get specific winter tires, or just go with all season tires. All season tires are a great upgrade over standard tires. They provide much better traction and grip when the pavement is either filled with snow, ice, or just rain. Their design makes them great tires for whatever the condition, be it the dry roads of summer, the wet roads of a rainy day, or when they’re filled with ice and snow in the winter. But while the appeal of only having to buy one set of wheels, and not change them before and after every winter, might be extremely high, you still don’t get as many advantages as winter tires. And as we stated, you’re going to want every advantage you can get in an Edmonton winter.
So we recommend that you pick up a set of full-blown winter tires. They not only provide extra traction and grip on snowy and wet roads, they perform better all-around and even offer enhanced braking. These tires have special tread designed just for ice, snow, sleet, and slush. The special tread utilized stays flexible even in below zero temperatures, giving you better better control over your vehicle and even reducing buildup of snow. So while it might be a pain to have to change your tires when the snow is about to fall only to change them back when it all melt, the confidence and control that winter tires grant you is well worth the extra effort.
Feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions about the differences and advantages of winter and all season tires or to inquire about the availability of these types of tires at our stores. preparations