It definitely doesn’t look like it, but spring is up next. That means it’s time to start thinking about removing your winter tires. It’s recommended that you make the changeover when the temperature rises about 7 °C. For Saskatchewan, that’s mid March. Above that temperature, winter tires will perform worse and wear down more quickly. If you don’t have non-winter tires, or your set is worn down, you should begin thinking about finding the best tires for your vehicle.
All-season tires can be identified by their combination of deep, straight grooves and shallow cross treads. They are made with stiff rubber that won’t expand or become too soft during the high temperatures of summer. For standard passenger vehicles, all-seasons are the best choice outside of winter.
All-season tires can provide acceptable performance in mild winter conditions. However, the winter driving conditions in Saskatchewan are invariably severe, not mild. At temperatures below freezing, the rubber becomes incredibly stiff and cannot adhere to the road even when the pavement is dry. Therefore, winter tires are essentially mandatory in winter. That’s part of the reason why manufacturers have started labeling all-season tires “three-season tires” instead.
Summer tires consist of more pliable rubber than all-seasons. The treads are shallower and far less complicated than other styles of tire, making them pretty easy to recognise. The uncomplicated, shallow treads give you more contact with the road
Soft rubber and more contact with the road translates to superior grip and resist wheel spin for more efficient launches. On dry or wet pavement, they brake, corner, and handle better than all-seasons.
If you aren’t driving a performance car, you probably don’t want summer tires. If you are a regular driver, using your car to commute, you’re not going to notice the difference between summer and all-season tires. What you will notice is summer tires don’t last as long as all-seasons. Soft rubber in greater contact with the road doesn’t translate to great longevity. For everyday driving in non-winter conditions, the best tires are all-season tires.
Don’t Cheap Out
Unsurprisingly, cheaper tires are made from cheaper rubber. That translates to worse performance and a shorter life. It also increases the chance that you’ll experience a flat tire. Mid-range and expensive tires have better rubber and more carefully engineered treads. They also have reinforced sidewalls that are less likely to crack.
Reports have shown that the best tires can last twice as long as entry-level models. Ultra high-performance all-season tires can last more than 80,000 kilometres. But those projections assume you rotate your tires regularly, maintain proper inflation, and don’t drive recklessly. If you do those things, it’s to recoup the $100 dollars you were hoping to safe with a cheap set of rubber. Plus, better performing tires make you safer and improve your fuel economy.
You can use our tire finder to price out the right set for your vehicle. We carry all makes, models, and sizes of tires. Additionally, Capital GMC Buick offers climate-controlled tire storage to keep your off-season tires in perfect health, ready to reinstall next season.
We’ll make sure the tires we sell you are the correct size recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.