How to choose the best winter tires for your car
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about swapping your summer tires for a more suitable set. While snow tires aren’t mandatory in most of Canada, they do make winter driving much safer. To find out if you have the best snow tires for the task—or to purchase new ones—head to one of our workshops to discuss your needs with an Auto Value expert. One thing’s for sure: buying a new set of winter tires isn’t something to take lightly. Here are some things you should consider to help you make the right choice.
Where will you typically be driving?
Will the bulk of your winter driving take place in the city? In rural areas? On steep inclines? On the highway? Tire manufacturers design their products to accommodate motorists’ different driving habits. If your daily commute involves the use of minimally maintained or off-the-beaten-path roadways (in mountainous terrain, for instance), then studded snow tires are probably your best bet.
Some winter tires work best on snowy surfaces, while others are designed for performance on ice. High-traction tires are also available for vehicles used to haul heavy loads (like a snowmobile trailer). In any case, keep your typical winter driving habits in mind to make the right choice.
Are the best winter tires also the most expensive?
A higher price tag is usually a good indicator of a tire’s quality, but there are some caveats. Your winter tires should be suited to your vehicle’s weight and suspension geometry, among other factors. The bottom line: you’ll get better results with budget tires that perfectly fit your vehicle than with top-of-the-line ones that don’t. To find the best winter tires for your specific vehicle, speak with an expert at your nearest Auto Value.
When is the ideal time to install snow tires?
Experts recommend having your winter tires installed as soon as outdoor temperatures hover around 7 °C for a few days. Don’t wait until the first snowfall! Equipping your vehicle with a good set of snow tires is one of the best ways to keep yourself and others safe on winter roads.
Find the best snow tires for your needs at Auto Value
To start searching for your next set of safe, high-performance winter tires, have a look through our tire catalogue. It contains hundreds of models from all the biggest brands, including Firestone, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Pirelli, Uniroyal and Yokohama. Need advice? Make an appointment at the Auto Value Certified Service Center nearest you!
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