Looking for a set of winter tires in Mississauga can be a quick and easy process with our free tire finder tool. We provide drivers in Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton with a great selection of tires from most major brands such as Michelin, Goodrich, Pirelli, and Bridgestone. Our online tool will help you compare different tire sets and select the right tires for your vehicle. Don’t forget to book a service appointment to get your tires installed. Here are the most common questions we get asked by our customers!
While all-season tires are designed to provide traction in a variety of summer weather conditions, they are not made to provide grip in severe winter conditions. The primary difference between summer and winter tires is not in their treads, although those may differ as well, but in the rubber that makes up the tires. Winter tires are made with a softer, more silicone-rich rubber compound that stays pliable when temperatures drop below -7 degrees Celsius. Here are some common myths about winter tires.
Winter tires wear out more quickly than all-season tires.
Seasonally installed winter tires last as long as all-season tires and perform better in wintery conditions.
Winter tires are useful only in snow.
Winter tires are designed to provide optimal safety for all types of winter driving on snowy, icy, wet, dry, or slushy roads. At the first sign of winter, the mounting of four winter tires becomes essential.
Winter tires are only useful on country roads, and I only drive in the city
In winter, both urban and rural regions can have the same climate conditions, such as low temperatures and icy roads.
Winter and standard tires are identical
As mentioned above, the rubber in winter tires stays flexible at low temperatures, while the rubber in all-season tires starts to lose its elasticity once the temperature drops below 7oC. In addition, winter tires have a greater number of biting edges to ensure optimal grip on winter roads.
In winter, it’s enough to just drive more slowly.
Winter tires deliver as much as 25% to 50% more traction than all-season tires and have 20% to 25% more braking ability. This can be the margin you need to stop in time or to turn and avoid trouble.
For a full comparison of winter tires with all-season tires please see the following article.