The weather conditions that affect the road should be considered when you are purchasing a new set of tires. Some motorists understand the importance of changing over their tires during the cold, winter months and we encourage everyone to do the same. The average all-season tire will start to lose its ability to grab the road at 7 degrees Celsius and as you know it can drop well below that around here. If this sounds like you then you're sure to benefit from our winter/summer tire changeover service.
There are 6 key things to consider when looking at your new tire purchase:
Rubber Compound – In the summer the roads are warmer and so in order to keep the tread life within a respectable range, the rubber compound is much harder. The heat from the road doesn’t break down the tread quite as easily while maintaining a good amount of traction in mild conditions. In the winter, road conditions cool down considerably and the colder, sometimes icy road conditions require a tire with a softer tread compound. This is also why you should never run your winter tires in the summer, as the softer rubber will wear down quite quickly on the hot pavement.
Master of None – All season tires are designed to be okay across a wide range of conditions. While this may seem good on the surface, they’re not great and won’t perform when you most need them in a slushy or heavy rain condition. They just don’t have the traction and shouldn’t be expected to perform well under 7 degrees celsius. A winter tire can deliver up to 50% more traction in adverse conditions than an all season tread.
ABS & Traction Control are No Help – While ABS and traction control may sound like it should help you in winter conditions, it’s only as good as the traction of the tread. ABS detects slip and cuts back the throttle or pulses the brakes. The only thing that will improve traction in this case is a better set of tires.
Front and Rear Sets – Mixing and matching sets of tires can be a dangerous play. Tire treads are engineered to work together and no 2 are alike. Mixing tread patterns can lead to erratic handling and most importantly, inconsistent braking and traction. One set could work well in slushy conditions while the other might not and could cause a very dangerous situation in an emergency stop. Don’t give your vehicle a split-personality with different tread types.
All-Season Vs All-Weather – As a final thought, all-season and all-weather tires are NOT of the same breed. All-season tires should be referred to as 3-season only since they are really not designed to handle the cold. All-weather tires are engineered to withstand more of the cold weather conditions that a mild winter can toss onto the road like cold weather, rain, light snow and slush. To put it simply, all weather tires do offer some winter safety and reliability, while all season tires don’t.
Buy With Confidence
You can get the best winter tires from Kelowna Tire Services. We only offer those tires that we would use ourselves, which means that we would only want the best for ourselves. This means that you can buy with confidence knowing that we invest in only the best quality of winter and summer tires for our customers. You could go somewhere that will offer you the cheapest tires possible but this will also be reflected in the quality of the tires. Your tires are too important to skimp on. Even if you have one or two applied at a time, you’re sure to have peace-of-mind by buying your tires from us.
Reliable Changeover Tire Services
When you tell us that it is time for your tire changeover, whether it is your winter or summer tire changeover, we’re here for you. Our mechanics are skilled at effectively handling your tire changeover, which is why so many rely on our mobile mechanics at Kelowna Tire Services to handle this for them. If you want to get what you pay for then do yourself a favor and contact us to help with your changeover needs.