In Canada we are far too familiar with the hazardous driving conditions a healthy Canadian winter can present to you. For this reason we as a nation are constantly on the lookout for new tire technology to help us cope with these driving conditions. Summer tires are rendered useless when it’s -25 out and there is a layer of ice. This is why it’s good to find out more about your options and understand some things about winter tires.
Differences between winter, all-weather, and all-season tires?
The rubber in winter tires stays flexible when the temperature drops giving them more traction. That coupled with the specially designed tread that grips whilst there is snow or ice on the ground opts for a much better performance during the winter season. All-weather tires are designed with the idea that they’ll be used in wet, slush and snowy conditions. All-seasons are usually made with a rubber compound that begins losing some traction when the temperature dips to less than 6 degrees.
Couldn’t I just get by winter with my all-seasons?
The big compromise! all-season blanket a variety of conditions that they can perform in, however they aren’t a master of any particular one. Winter tires are specifically designed to perform in cold snowy/icy conditions compared to all-seasons which are meant to be drivable in all-seasons. The difference though can be a staggering %50 better traction if you use winter tires in the proper conditions which is a number that can definitely help avoid collisions because of the better acceleration and braking.
I have traction control or ABS, does that help?
though these two are great technological advancements in automobiles, neither of them actually provide better traction. Rather they help you avoid over breaking or over taking available traction of the tires. Changing your tires is the only solution to get better grip.