August has nearly wrapped up, and although the Summer weather may stick around a little while longer, it would be a prudent move to begin thinking about your vehicle and the upcoming seasons. The cool Fall weather comes and quickly goes, and suddenly we’re amid Albertan Winter with blistering snow & icy conditions. Driving in Winter is a different experience. Therefore, you must be mindful of your trajectory and speed. Your tires play a significant factor in your driving; here are the pros and cons of Winter and All-Season tires.
Pros of All-Season Tires:
• General Use: Unless you are residing or plan on residing in Quebec or driving into B.C. from Oct 1 to April 30, you are free to drive around through Canada without the need for winter tires. Therefore, you do not need to pay to own winter tires or have them mandatorily installed on your vehicle. Winter tires could cost you, on average, around, $150 per tire.
• Efficient in Mild Climates: All-season tires offer drivers a fine driving experience, especially to those living in mild climates, with light winters and occasional thunderstorms. A vehicle utilizing all-season tires will not have issues handling and controlling their vehicle.
• Practical: Winter won’t be around all 365 days out of the year; all-season tires are the ideal choice for sedans, trucks and vans throughout Canada that don’t experience winters with snow & ice.
Cons of All-Season Tires:
• All season tires are less effective on the roadways than Winter tires, or even Summer-specific tires for that matter.
• The odds of getting stuck in mounds of snow, should there be heavy snowfall, are significantly increased (especially if your vehicle is not a 4×4)
• In temperatures below 7°F, the rubber compounds in All-Season tires stiffen and become less able to provide traction.
Pros of Winter Tires:
• Effectiveness in Winter: They call them Winter tires for a reason. These tires are the ideal choice for any vehicle owner that must overcome icy, slushy and wet road conditions, as the traction and grip they provide are much better.
• Extra Safety: Driving in the snow with Winter tires also ensures that your safety is looked after. The grip provided to drivers allows them to react to unexpected vehicle halts, pedestrian crossing to avoid injury to both you and other civilians
• Reduced Insurance Premiums: Investing in Winter tires will SAVE you money on the premiums you pay for car insurance. If you’ve recently purchased a set of winter tires, call your car insurance agency to update your account and begin saving money.
Cons of Winter Tires:
• Price: Winter tires can be very pricy for drivers because you must purchase them in sets of four.
• Fragility: If Winter tires are used on road conditions that are not snowy, icy or above 7°F, the rubber material may wear out faster and deteriorate the tire.
Fall is a month away, and it’s never too soon to begin thinking of the future. If you are on the fence about which tires are right for you and your lifestyle, contact Grove Auto Pro today for more information and professional recommendations!