All About Winter, All-Season, and Summer Tires

Winter Tire

Did you know that once temperatures become below 7°C your summer and all-season tires start losing their grip on the cold roads? Take a look at the information below to find out exactly what the difference is between winter, all-season, and summer tires.

Winter Tires
Winter tires aren’t made for just snow, but for all winter driving conditions. The tread compound on winter tires is more flexible for the cold weather and the tires have a wider, deeper tread than all-seasons for better grip on the snow and ice. With winter tires, you have a rubber compound made for the cold, tread meant to grip the snow and ice, and shorter braking distances than all season tires when it’s cold.

Need another reason to buy winter tires? Since January 1st, 2016, a new law in Ontario allows drivers with eligible winter tires to receive an insurance discount. Buying peace of mind for the winter has never been more affordable!

Interested in purchasing winter tires? Take a look at our current specials on our Winter Tires Specials Page.

What’s the difference between Summer and All-Season tires?
All-Season tires are about balance: the goal is to provide traction during three seasons where there are wet and dry conditions. All-Season tires do better than Summer tires when it’s still a little cold, but are not equipped with the proper tread or rubber compound for winter driving. This tire offers a longer tread life than its summer sibling, but a little less grip than Summer tires for steering and braking in the warmer months.
Summer tires are suited for speed and grip on dry and wet roads in warm conditions. Performance-driven Summer tires are especially good with rainy weather, with better tread to stop your vehicle from hydroplaning and better braking ability.

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