It’s that time of year again. The ice and snow slow traffic down, vehicles are in the ditch, and everyone is bundled right up! Yes, that dreaded -40 weather is here and it has us all dreaming of escaping to a hot beach down in Mexico. 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 for 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 are 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. All-Seasons are also better known as a 3-season tire. Though they do fairly well in the winter they lack compared to a winter tire. All-seasons are meant more for the beginning signs of winter like light snowfall and slush, but when it comes to ice and get through deep snow they become almost useless. They were tested and manufactured during “winter months” in southern states that don’t experience the same winters as we do here in Saskatchewan. So, sure, they’re great for a winter in Cali, but they will not help when the windchill is -36 Celsius and the streets are pure ice.
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 are superior compared to all-season or summer tires is the tread and material they are made out of; the special design allows for the tires to travel through the 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 Saskatchewan you should have winter tires on your vehicle by the time the winter months hit. Better traction means fewer accidents and that’s something everyone likes to hear!