Are Winter Tires Necessary?

winter tires prince georgeThis time of year means two things: the local department store starts stocking holiday supplies, and your vehicle needs winter tires. But what is it you need to look for to make sure you’ve got what you need?

First up, if you live somewhere where you get snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain, and temperatures below zero (hello Prince George, anyone?) winter tires are crucial. The softer rubber, while it may wear out faster than an all-season tire, grips better in snowy and icy conditions. A good set should last about 20,000 km’s.

Talk to us about studded vs stud-less tires as well. While studded tires can grip better in icy conditions, they’re sometimes not worth it depending on your driving habits, and can only be used part of the year because of the damage they can cause to pavement. It might seem odd to take lifestyle into account, but it's important when making an investment that you get exactly the product you need. That's what we're here for.

When it comes time to buy, do it as early as possible, and buy four matching tires. If you wait too long, you’ll have a limited selection, and may not have the best tires to choose from. Either way, get a full matching set. Winter tires only in the front, or only in the back, means you don’t have the best gripping power possible.

Once you’ve got four tires picked out it’s time to install. There are definite benefits to having dedicated rims for your winter and summer tires. Although it's will be a bigger cost upfront, rims can save time and money down the road.

So, buy early, buy four, and get them put on before the snow flies. Keep you and your family safe this winter.