Why Do I Need Winter Tires?
Driving in a Canadian winter can be a challenge. The best way to meet this challenge is to equip your vehicle for winter driving and to drive with caution in cold weather.
Winter tires handle winter driving conditions so well because they provide the best possible contact between your vehicle and the road. Whether the road surface is snowy or icy, wet or dry, winter tires offer optimal traction in all cold-weather conditions.
When Do I Need Winter Tires?
Don’t wait until you hit that first patch of black ice or see an early winter fender-bender to install your winter tires. As soon as the tempertature dips below 7°C you should consider changing to winter tires in order to benefit from the increased traction, braking and handling they provide.
Today’s winter tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but perform better on cold, dry pavement, too. And remember, once you can see your breath, it’s already time to put on those winter tires.
How Many Winter Tires Do I Need?
When equipping your vehicle with winter tires, it is important that winter tires are installed in sets of four to help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in icy conditions. Anything less than four winter tires compromises your vehicle’s safety and the overall effectiveness of winter tires.
Installing Two Winter Tires on the Front Only
Never install only two winter tires on the front axle of a vehicle. This is particularly dangerous and could result in a complete loss of control. Installing two winter tires on the front axle only will increase the grip in the front, leading to a false sense of confidence and a decrease grip in the rear, causing oversteer.
Installing Two Winter Tires on the Rear Only
Installing two winter tires on the rear axle only will increase grip in the rear, but may surprise a driver with decreased grip in the front, causing understeer.
When the rear of the vehicle loses traction in a cornering situation, you go off the road backward. When the front of the vehicle loses traction in a cornering situation, you go off the road forward.
Where Do I Purchase Winter Tires?
Winter tires can be bought right here at Heffner’s! We offer a price match guarantee so you are sure to get the best deal possible on your winter tires. Visit us for details.
What do I need to do to book a winter tire swap appointment?
Call us to book your appointment today 519-895-9130 - Options 1 - or see your service advisor. The earlier you book the better chance you will be able to beat the rush that occurs after the first snow fall. When your tires are installed at Heffner Lexus, you will have peace of mind knowing the job was done by our certified technicians.
Learn more about the importance of winter tires at:
Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
Information on Winter Tires brought to you by The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada and Transport Canada.