Do You need to switch to winter tires in the fall?

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If you live in Canada, the answer is a resounding yes!

80% of the accidents are caused by 20% of the drivers who don’t have winter tires in cold weather. Winter tires are mandatory by law in Quebec and to be honest, I wish Ontario would enforce the same rule. Winter tires increase safety which is why we provide them on all our loaner vehicles at AE Auto Plus. Did you know that some insurance companies actually give you a 2-5% discount on your insurance rates if you show proof of purchase of winter tires?

Even if you have a flexible schedule that enables you to stay at home when it snows, there’s still value in having winter tires. Although the streets may have been cleared of snow by the time you venture out, driveways and parking lots, while usually plowed, are never as well-travelled as roads and therefore never as clean. Just a bit of snow build up in the parking lot can mean a loss of control of your vehicle.

What’s the difference between winter tires and all season? It’s all in the temperature rating. The rubber of winter tires stay flexible in temperatures below 7 degrees. When the tread stays flexible, there is less build up of snow on the tire and hence better control.

The only exception to the winter tire rule is if you have a brand new car with no mileage and brand new tires. If this is the case, you can go through one winter using your all season tires, but after that, I would highly recommend investing in winter tires. You are also going to save wear and tear on your all season tires and they will last longer.

While winter tires allow you to brake better in winter conditions, they don’t allow you to “drive like you stole it!” You still have to be vigilant, cautious and aware of the conditions because you have no idea where ice can be hiding.

In the spring, it’s important to switch back to your all season tires as the weather warms up. In warmer weather, winter tires are like Frosty the Snowman. When the sun is out and the temperature rises above 7 degrees, the rubber breaks down quickly and you wear down your winter tire investment prematurely.


Stay tuned to the blog for my next tip on tire storage and rims or off rims. In the meantime, safe driving!