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Top 3 Benefits of Winter Tires

2017-09-14 12:00:14

Winter tire driving in snowy forest


Although winter is not yet upon us, it’s important to make sure you are educated about the invaluable benefits of winter tires for your vehicle. When it comes to your own safety and the safety of your family while driving, ensuring your car is equipped with the proper tires is crucial. Mississauga residents are certainly no strangers to harsh snowfalls and icy roads, and yet some drivers are negligent or forgetful when it comes to having their tires changed in accordance with the seasons.


Here are the top 3 benefits of equipping your car with winter tires so you can get a head start on preparing your vehicle for the winter.


Improved grip and superior braking


When roads are covered in snow and ice, winter tires are unarguably better than their all-season counterparts. The softer rubber is designed specifically to allow for better grip during winter driving conditions. Often, snow tires will have deep treads and hard studs to provide maximum traction.  Additionally, they provide superior braking as they are better able to dig into the snow and ice for enhanced brake performance. Many road accidents occur during the winter months due to skidding and other related accidents whereby drivers lose control of their vehicles since all-season tires tend to slide and lock up on icy roads.


Designed specifically for winter driving conditions


Winter tires are made to perform optimally during the colder seasons. This means they have a flexible rubber compound and a specific tread design that’s made solely for use on snow, slush, and ice. Because of this, they provide increased traction during acceleration and shorter braking distances. On the other hand,  all-season tires are made to perform adequately in a variety of driving conditions, whereas winter tires provide specialized performance for cold climate driving which is clearly apparent while on the road.


Maximized all-wheel drive performance


All-wheel drive performance, known as AWD, is growing increasingly popular among Canadian consumers shopping for vehicles due to the added safety benefits they provide. Over the past few years, AWD vehicles are becoming more and more sophisticated; they are fast-acting and precise when it comes to reacting to low-traction situations. This means you are better able to maintain control over your vehicle during unsteady driving conditions. If you have already made the investment in an AWD vehicle, going the extra mile and installing winter tires can really help maximize the performance of your car by giving your system more grip to work with while getting the greatest bang for your buck.  Keep in mind that while all-wheel drive is extremely beneficial, the only way to truly increase the amount of physical traction between a vehicle and the road is through the winter tires.


Xtreme Tire Garage offers a wide variety of winter tires available for selection to help ensure your safety. If you live in the Mississauga area, give us a call at 1-877-274-8008 to set up an appointment to have your tires changed and get a head start on preparing your vehicle for the cold months ahead.