The Best Winter Tires for the Season
The biggest reason why some Canadians choose not to put winter tires on their cars is that they already have “all-season” tires. And after all, winter is a season, right?
And while such reasoning may hold true in warmer climates, it doesn’t really work in this one. Because once the temperature starts to drop, winter tires just work better.
How are winter tires different from all-season tires?
There are two main differences. Winter tires have deeper treads which make them better for traversing and stopping on ice and snow-covered roads. And they are also made from a softer rubber which makes them safer in colder weather in all conditions – even when the roads are dry.
With all-season tires, the rubber starts to get hard once the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius. This impedes the traction that they can provide, so the car will not be able to stop as quickly when you brake. Winter tires stay softer in cold weather which means you can stop faster and will have more control of your vehicle.
What are the best winter tires for the season?
Shopping for winter tires can be confusing as there are so many brands on the market. But all winter tires are required to have a snowflake symbol on the side, so be sure to look for that if you are in the market for new winter tires.
And while any brand of a winter tire is better than not having winter tires, here are the top brands for 2020 according to Auto Guide (i).
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 – This is one of the most popular winter tires on the market and comes highly rated by its users.
Michelin X-Ice Xi3 – One of the most attractive features of this tire is that it has low rolling resistance which can help to improve your fuel economy. This tire also comes with warranty coverage.
Pirellis Winter Sottozero 3 – These tires are available in both standard and run-flat styles.
Firestone Winterforce 2 – This tire is a good option if you want to be able to add studs. It is also a more economical choice than some other winter tires and comes with a warranty.
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT – This tire is available for a large variety of makes and models of vehicles and includes a one-year warranty for uniformity and a six-year warranty for materials and workmanship.
Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c – A well-performing tire that is available in many wheel sizes.
Dunlop Winter Maxx – These tires perform well in snowy conditions.
Continental Wintercontact SI – An excellent tire for snow and ice with lots of warranty coverage.
Will putting winter tires on my car affect my insurance?
Winter tires can dramatically improve the safety of your vehicle whether you are driving on a snowy slope or even just on dry roads in the frigid temperatures. Because insurance companies recognize this, many are willing to give drivers a break on their premiums if they have winter tires put on their cars.
If you are interested in an insurance quote for your car, contact ICD Insurance today!