Winter Tires

Why use Winter Tires?

 

Much too often winter tires are portrayed as  snow tires. The truth is, winter tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but they are intended to provide optimal performance in cold weather temperatures as well. Therefore, even in the absence of snow on the road surface, your winter tires will continue to provide you with performance and safety you expect, thanks to the soft compound mix capable of withstanding extreme temperatures.

 

Best performing tires based on temperature

Benefits of Winter Tires

Benefits of Winter Tires

Winter tires are particularly effective under difficult environmental conditions (snow, ice and mud) and at low temperatures, below +7ºC (44.6ºF). During the winter season, tires play a crucial role in the vehicles overall safety and performance. As temperatures drop, standard (non-winter) compound characteristics show decreased elasticity. This results in a reduced contact area and therefore overall grip. The need for greater mobility and improved safety in winter conditions has led to high demand for winter tires. To better understand the benefits of a winter tire, we must understand that its properties are geared towards ”cold temperature” performance.

 

How a Winter Tire Performs

Did You Know

In the province of  of Quebec, since 2008, the Highway Safety Code Provides that:

”Between 15 December to 15 March, the owner of a taxi or passenger vehicle registered in Quebec may not put the vehicle into operation unless it is equipped with tires specifically designed for winter driving, in compliance with the standards prescribed by government regulation. The prohibition also applies to any person renting out passenger vehicles not equipped with that type of tires. (…)” It is important to remember that tires specifically designed for winter driving constitute a safe solution for driving in winter. They are designed to provide maximum grip on snow and ice covered surfaces, and cold temperatures.

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