The right tire combined with weather-appropriate driving behavior significantly increases driving safety. This is particularly so in winter when colder weather means that driving conditions worsen and the risk of road accidents is increased. Winter tires are especially designed to provide optimum performance when cornering, braking and driving uphill or downhill in snowy and icy winter conditions as well as at low temperature. They use special compounds, blade and sipe technologies together with distinctive tread designs which give the tires a high grip on wet, snow and ice and can significantly reduce braking distances in winter weather. Winter tires are not only useful in snow conditions but will also provide improved performance over summer tires on dry roads when temperatures are lower than 7ºC.
ALL SEASON VS ALL WEATHER TIRES
All-weather tires are not the same as all-season tires. If you drive in any kind of winter weather, or even just below freezing climes, all-weather tires are superior to all-season.
All-weather tires carry the Transport Canada pictograph of mountain peaks containing several snowflakes. This logo indicates these tires pass the test as a “snow/winter” tire. The important difference is they can be left on the car all year round.
All-season tires do not carry this logo because they have not passed the winter test. All-season tires were originally meant to be able to cope with snow and ice, but their grip falls quickly when temperatures drop.
On bare pavement at just below freezing, an all-season tire takes about 30-per-cent longer to stop than a snowflake-rated tire. Throw in a bit of slush, snow or ice, and the stopping differences become apparent. Contact us if you have any more questions, or are considering All Weather tires on your vehicle.
Performance Tires are designed for more specialized driving habits and also have a few sub-categories. Basic performance tires have low speed traction for vehicles such as muscle cars, street trucks and vans. Touring tires feature enhanced performance and are designed for many of today's late model luxury vehicles. High-performance tires have a lower profile, stiff sidewall and wide foot print for improved cornering response, lower rolling resistance and increased tread stability. Ultra high-performance tires are designed for today's most sophisticated sedans and sport cars. They deliver the ultimate control and response at speed with a smooth quiet ride.