Although it is not yet legally mandatory to switch to winter tires in Ontario it is highly recommended by tire industry experts for safety reasons. The reality is that all season tires loose traction and stop performing in -10 degree weather which prevents the vehicle from achieving proper grip while on the road. Winter tires are engineered using softer rubber compounds which enhance grip meaning they are not only useful in snow but anytime its cold. As a bonus most car insurance companies encourage the use of winter tires by offering discounts as an incentive to maintain road safety for all.
Seasonal air temperature changes and precipitation factors combined with the way the tires are manufactured determines the way they perform on the road. This means winter tires should be installed when it is expected to reach temperatures below 7 degrees consistently for at least a week. In Ontario, ideally aim to have winter tires on your vehicle no later than the end of October. Similarly, once temperatures are consistently above 7 degrees it is time to remove the winter tires, ideally no later than the end of April.
While it is at your discretion how you choose to equip your vehicle for the change in season. If you have winter tires only on the rear of your vehicle, the front tires can lose their grip, making it hard to turn. And if you have winter tires only the front of your vehicle, you can end up over-steering because the back tires don’t have enough grip. Also, installing only 2 out of 4 tires can contribute to uneven wear'n'tear and increase the need to replace tires sooner.
We have prioritized our safety protocols to serve you better during these uncertain times. We offer contact-less tire services to your home or office and curbside pick-up or delivery for rims and tires as well as a selection of contact-less payment methods to promote the well-being of our staff and clients!