The coldest months of the year are approaching, and the roads will soon be affected by snow, ice, slush, and cold temperatures, which means tire change season is almost here.
It is important to remember that the timing of winter tire season varies depending on your location and local climate, but it generally spans from late fall to early spring.
Here are some key points that our experts have prepared to keep in mind when thinking about changing tires:
1. Winter or Snow Tires
Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are designed with specific rubber compounds and tread patterns to provide better traction and handling in cold weather conditions. They are most effective when the temperature drops below 7°C (45°F).
2. Legal Requirements
In many regions, there are legal requirements mandating the use of winter tires or snow chains during specific periods or under certain conditions. These requirements are typically in place in areas with frequent winter weather, such as snow and ice. You can check more information in Transport Canada.
Using winter tires during the appropriate season can significantly enhance the safety of your vehicle. They provide better grip on slippery surfaces, reducing the risk of accidents and skidding.
4. Cold Weather Handling
Winter tires improve a vehicle’s ability to start, stop, and steer in cold weather. They are particularly important in areas where winter conditions are severe.
5. Seasonal Switch
Many drivers switch to winter tires as the temperature drops and revert to all-season or summer tires when the weather warms up. This seasonal switch ensures that you have the right tires for the prevailing conditions.
6. Check Local Regulations
If you live in a snowy area, check your local regulations and recommendations regarding winter tires or just contact us 😉 Some areas may specify the exact dates for the winter tire season or have specific requirements for tire types.
Using winter tires when needed can greatly improve your safety and the performance of your vehicle in winter conditions. At BDS, we have experts that will advise you to determine the specific winter tire requirements and recommendations for your vehicles. We are booking appointments for tire changeovers right now, so please reach out to book yours.
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