If you live in the northern Europe USA and Canada you know winter.
When the temperature drops below 7 C or 45 F for a extended period the rubber compound of all season tires becomes hard and therefore less traction and a deterioration in braking distance and car handling. This increases your chances of getting into an accident even on dry asphalt.
Some States/territories/provinces such as Quebec have made it law to fit winter tires from December 1 to March 15.
Winter tire compound are softer and tread patterns have been developed to work at lower temperatures and in ice and snow conditions. Look for the peak mountain symbol with a snowflake on the side wall of the tire that indicates it’s suitable for winter use.
For better traction, the tread depth of your tires should be at least 4.8 mm (6/32 in) across the entire width of the tire when they are installed.
Likewise when the temperature is staying above 7 degrees C it’s time to think about taking those winter tires off.
If you are not sure about your tires or the general condition of your vehicle schedule a seasonal inspection with us, our inspector comes to your vehicle.