As soon as the temperature consistently dips below 7°C drivers should change over to winter tires to benefit from the increased traction, braking and handling in all winter conditions, including snowy, icy, and cold and dry pavement.
When choosing winter tires, take into
consideration how much winter driving will you do, your driving habits, local
driving conditions, and the level or safety and performance you expect from
your vehicle and your tires, and consider your overall driving needs:
When equipping your vehicle with winter tires, it is important to install four winter tires to help maintain control and stability of the vehicle. Anything less than four winter tires compromises vehicle safety and the overall effectiveness of winter tires.
Never install two winter tires on the front axle of a vehicle only. Installing two winter tires on the front axle only increases the grip in the front and leads to a false sense of confidence. The difference in tire grip between the front and rear wheels will cause oversteer.
Never install two winter tires on the rear axle of a vehicle only. Installing two winter tires on the rear axle will increase grip in the rear, and the difference in grip between the front and rear tires will cause understeer.
Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
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Tel: (519) 249-0366
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