How to Choose the Right Winter Tires

How to Choose the Right Winter Tires

When it comes to your vehicle, you know that safety is important to you – especially in winter weather conditions. Preparing your vehicle for the long, unpredictable Canadian winter ahead means putting that snow brush back in the trunk, utilizing all defrost functions and most importantly, putting on your winter tires. According to the 2019 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, 80% of Canadians believe that having the proper winter tires has saved them from being in a potentially hazardous driving situation or serious collision. It’s also estimated that 70% of Canadians (excluding Quebec, where winter tires are mandatory) will use winter tires this 2019/2020 season. It’s recommended that winter tires should be put on as soon as weather temperatures hit 7°C or below.

According to the same Canadian Consumer study, winter tires have helped with the following components:

  • Preventing injuries, collisions and fatalities
  • Reducing health and emergency hospital costs
  • Reducing the number of police and ambulance emergency responses during winter
  • Reducing traffic congestion

It’s clear that winter tires are beneficial for everyone. So, when it comes to selecting a new set of winter tires, where should you look, and what should you look at?

There are lots of brands to choose from, but selection means going beyond brand name. Tires vary in price range, quality and durability. You also have to think about the best tires for your vehicle. It can be overwhelming to look over all the different options.

With GM, finding the best winter tires for your vehicle is easy. GM’s Tire Finder can help you browse by your vehicle type and your location, directly linking you to certified service. And if you’re in the Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton or surrounding areas, Humberview Chevrolet Buick GMC is your top destination for certified service. But before you come in, we want you to learn more about your different tire options.

How to Choose the Right Winter Tires

GM works with the best tire brands that deliver on reliability, durability and quality. You’ll find names like Good Year, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Firestone and Hankook, to name a few, when purchasing your tires through our certified Parts department. You can feel confident in these names because they’re also trusted by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada as top recommended brands. The tires provide the best grip on snowy, icy or wet road conditions and come in at varying price ranges to fit your budget. You know you won’t have to compromise safety for price.

It’s important to know that you should use the same tires of the same brand and tread on all 4 wheels to provide the best road traction during winter weather conditions. Using different tires can also impact traction on dry roads. It’s important to know your tires’ speed capability so you can prevent wearing out the tire.

All-terrain tires can perform on most road surfaces and in most weather conditions, however they are not a suitable replacement for winter tires or winter road conditions. Winter tires are also designed to withstand lower temperatures and will perform better than all-terrain tires. All-terrain tires are likely to wear more quickly than others because of their multi-terrain function.

How to Choose the Right Winter Tires

GM offers a 30-day price match guarantee on tires. If you find a better price on select brands, GM will refund you the difference and match the price you’ve found. Your safety is important to us, so ensuring that you’re well-equipped for the winter weather ahead is our number one priority.

We invite you to visit our Service and Parts teams at Humberview Chevrolet Buick GMC. Our expert advice and standout customer service will give you the needed peace of mind that you’re in great hands. Conveniently located at Queensway and The East Mall, across from Sherway Gardens, we’re your premier GM dealership. We invite you to browse our website here.

Call, click or come in to experience the exceptional customer service you’re looking for to purchase your new winter tires.