It’s no secret that getting from point A to point B in the middle of a Canadian blizzard can be tough, to say the least. Thankfully, there’s one simple step you can take towards a smoother, safer — and even cheaper — winter drive: installing a set of quality winter tires.
As the temperature drops, all-season and summer tires can stiffen and start losing their elasticity, which can lead to decreased traction and poor performance. The rubber used in winter tires, on the other hand, is designed to stay flexible even in extremely chilly weather, so you’ll get a better grip on that slippery side street.
Although they’re often referred to as “snow tires,” winter tires are designed with much more than snow in mind — in fact, they provide noticeably better traction for driving in wet, icy, and slushy conditions. According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada This is an external link, modern winter tires offer up to 50% more traction than all-season tires, which can mean the difference between a close call and a fender bender.
If you live in Quebec, you may be wondering why anyone would consider not installing winter tires. That’s because Quebec is the only province that legally requires every passenger vehicle to sport winter tires between December 15 and March 15. Some mountainous areas in British Columbia also require winter tires.
Each province has its own laws regarding the use of winter tires, studded tires, and other traction devices like tire chains — and some municipalities even have their own laws that differ from the provincial ones. Be sure to check winter tire laws on your local and provincial government websites before hitting the road this winter.
Winter tires don’t just make winter driving safer and easier, but they can make it cheaper, too. In Ontario, car insurance providers are required by law to offer a discount to customers who use winter tires (and even all-weather tires) that display the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol — and only time will tell if other provinces will choose to follow suit. Talk to your broker to find out if you qualify for a winter tire discount.
Originally posted on www.economical.com