As the leaves start to turn and the days grow shorter, Canadian drivers face the inevitable: winter is coming. At Albion Auto, we’ve seen firsthand the difference that winter tires can make. So before you’re caught on a slick road in the season’s first snowfall, let’s talk about why winter tires are an essential part of your cold-weather preparation.
Traction Transformation: The Winter Tire Advantage
Winter tires aren’t just regular tires with a more aggressive tread. They’re made from a special rubber compound that stays flexible in cold temperatures, ensuring better contact with the road. This flexibility allows for improved traction when accelerating, turning, and most importantly, stopping.
Stopping Isn’t Optional: Shorter Braking Distances with Winter Tires
On ice and snow, stopping distances can be significantly reduced with winter tires. Tests show that a vehicle equipped with winter tires can come to a stop from 30km/h nearly 12 meters shorter than the same vehicle with all-season tires. That’s the length of three cars, which could be the difference between a close call and a collision.
All-Wheel Drive Isn’t All-Encompassing
Many drivers believe that having an all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle means they can forego winter tires. While AWD can help your vehicle get moving in slippery conditions, it doesn’t improve your vehicle’s ability to stop. Winter tires complement AWD by providing the necessary grip for all your vehicle's operations, not just acceleration.
The Economics of Safety: Cost vs. Value
The upfront cost of winter tires can deter some drivers, but consider them an investment in safety and peace of mind. Moreover, using winter tires extends the life of your all-season or summer tires, as you're not wearing them down during the colder months.
Insurance Savings and Beyond
In Ontario, insurers must offer a discount to drivers who install winter tires, which can help offset the purchase cost. But beyond the financial incentive, winter tires contribute to lower accident risk, which can keep your insurance premiums from rising.
Our Commitment: Your Safe Drive Home
At Albion Auto, we're not just about repairs; we're about preventative measures that ensure your safety. Winter tires are a crucial part of your vehicle's winterization process. By offering top-brand winter tires and expert advice, we ensure you’re getting the best fit for your vehicle and driving habits.
Winter is challenging, but with the right equipment, it doesn't have to be dangerous. Don't wait for the first snowfall; prepare your vehicle now. Schedule an appointment with Albion Auto to get your winter tires installed by professionals who care about keeping you safe on the road, no matter the weather.