Do winter tires make a difference?
The pictograph of a snowflake and peaked mountain certifies that your tires have been designed for severe Canadian snow conditions. When you see this image branded on the sidewall of your tire, you can drive confidently knowing the Rubber Association of Canada has certified them for adhering to snow-traction performance requirements.
Most seasons aren’t safe in winter
Do not be confused with the side-wall branding of M+S (mud and snow); also known as all-seasons. These tires can’t handle our harsh Canadian winters. In fact, a new Canadian tire standard should suggest that M+S means Most-Seasons; as these tires do not meet the traction requirement established by the Rubber Association of Canada and wear the mountain snowflake.
Winter Tires by the Numbers
Some interesting facts on performance of winter tire vs. most-seasons:
- The tires that display the mountain snowflake boast 18 per cent better acceleration.
- The mountain snowflake tires decrease stopping distance by 15 per cent.
- Softer rubber in the mountain snowflake tires, often made of silica, and with deep stripes have increased tread movement, exceptional traction, even in sub-zero temperatures and deep packed snow.
But you’d better change them back
Don’t get smart and run winters tires all year around, though. This same soft winter rubber will wear much faster and decrease fuel efficiency when used during our warm summer months … our relatively warmer summer months?
Your local City Tire & Auto Centre has a huge selection of winter tires. Call or stop by, we’ll recommend which winter tires best suit your vehicle and driving needs.
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