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Staying safe with winter tires


Even tires get cold!

Living in a climate that frequently dips below 7° Celsius means you definitely need a set of winter tires.
Cold affects tires and their rubber - they stiffen and don’t grip the road as well.

Add to that the difficult road conditions that winter can bring, and that’s why in winter, tires are even more important than in other seasons.
In cold weather, winter tires offer the best traction on ice, snow and slush as well as on wet and dry roads.



Braking on ice or snow

Winter tires are the champions of braking distance on snow. Compared to summer tires:

A typical car travelling at just 50km/h on snow will take 48 meters to come to a stop with summer tires.

That's 24 meters more than the same car equipped with winter tires!
Your safety is on much better footing with winter tires.



Beware: All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles are not winter proofed!

They may deliver great traction power, but it’s not enough for winter conditions. Braking and handling, especially in turns, are put to the test during winter because of the slippery road surfaces: AWD/4WD do not help in these cases if the tires can’t grip the road.

Only winter tires will keep you safe while accelerating, braking and handling. You need all the right tools to face winter safely.


Are you winter-ready?

  • When should I install my winter tires?

    You should install your winter tires when the temperature drops below 44°F (74°celcius) [°F and °C to be localised]

    Installation and more:

    Ask a technician to make sure the tires are rotated from where they were during the last winter season.
    You should also ask for the remaining tread depth to be measured and the air pressure to be adjusted.

  • Air Pressure

    Tires lose pressure as the temperature drops. For example, if a tire has a pressure of 2 bar (29 psi) at 20°C, the pressure may be only 1.8 bar (26 psi) at 0°C. So it’s really important to check your pressure at least once a month. [°F and °C to be localised]

    Adjusting pressure in cold temperatures

    If you are adjusting your tire pressure outside in ambient temperature, set it to the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended pressures.

    Adjusting pressure in warm temperatures

    If you are adjusting your tire pressure in a warm garage or workshop, add 0.2 bar (3psi) to the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended pressures. This will allow you to compensate for the cold temperature and run at the correct tire pressure.

  • Storage

    Why should I care about storage?

    You can increase the life and performance of your tires with proper handling and storage.

    Steb by step:

    1- Before removing your tires, note their position on your car. Next winter, you should rotate their positions to balance their wear.
    2- Clean your wheels and tires with water and dry them well to limit any corrosion.
    3- Remove any stones or debris that have been trapped in the tire grooves.
    4- Tires should always be stored away from light, in a cool, dry, clean, indoor environment; if tires sit outdoors unused for long periods of time (a month or more), their surfaces become dry and surface cracks can appear.
    5- Don’t store them near solvents (fuel, oils, etc.).

  • About snow chains

    • Snow chains should be used on packed snow.
    • If you don't own a set, quality retailers can advise you on the most suitable snow chains for your vehicle and tire size. There should be, on average, a minimum of 12 chains crossing the tire.
    • Before your journey, take time to learn how to install and remove the chains efficiently.
    • If you're travelling to certain ski resorts you may be required to install snow chains (check before you travel).

  • Windshield safety

    • A small crack on the windshield may, in the extreme cold, become a large crack. Therefore you should repair it before winter sets in.
    • Make sure your windshield washer fluid tank is full and in good condition.
    • Do not dilute windshield washer fluid with water: it could freeze at low temperatures. 

  • Winter material check list

    In case of emergencies, you may get stuck or need to spend time in your car waiting for help. Make sure that your vehicle is equipped with:

    1. Four winter-capable tires
    2. A shovel
    3. A tire gauge, jack, and fully inflated spare
    4. Gravel, salt, or a small piece of carpet
    5. Non-perishable food and water
    6. Jumper cables
    7. Emergency flares
    8. Warm clothes or a blanket
    9. A first-aid kit
    10. Windshield washer fluid
    11. Head light or lamp

  • Before getting on the road

    1-Plan your route and check road conditions

    Checking reports on road conditions will help you make driving decisions and avoid dangerous situations. If conditions are particularly bad, you may want to stay off the roads.

    2- Emergency phone numbers

    Identify the person/people to call in case of emergency (ICE) by putting these three letters before their name(s) in your list of cell phone contacts.

    3- Check your fluids

    Make sure you always have at least half a tank of gas to avoid a frozen gas line. Also, carry extra windshield fluid to ensure proper visibility.

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