Winter Tire Center
Winter Tire Information
“Do I really need winter tires?”
Every Year the same question is asked: “Do I really need Winter Tires?” The answer is a resounding Yes!
Rubber tends to harden in cold weather, thus reducing friction and stopping capability. New generation winter tires maintain their elasticity and gripping power at low temperatures (-35 C and below), whereas all-season tires tend to stiffen and lose gripping power around 0 C.
Winter tires reduce stopping distances by up to 25%, (2 to 3 car lengths). That could be the difference between a safe stop and a fender bender, or worse.
What Defines A Winter Tire?
Section 208 of the Motor Vehicle Act
(1) For the purpose of this section, “winter tire” means a tire that is:
(a) Advertised or represented by its manufacturer or a person in the business of selling tires to be a tire intended principally for winter use, and that provides or is designed to provide, adequate traction in snow or mud; and
(b) In the condition respecting tread wear and other particulars, the regulations prescribe.
(2) The minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act may, by a public notice or by placing signs, prohibit vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway that are not equipped with chains, winter tires or sanding devices, or a combination of these the minister considers adequate and necessary in view of prevailing road conditions.
(3) For the purposes of a prosecution under this section, the onus is on the defendant to prove that a tire alleged not to be a winter tire is in fact a winter tire.
Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires
See the below videos for helpful information on winter tires