Common Winter Tire Myths
MYTH 1- My vehicle has 4WD, I do not need winter tires.FALSE These systems do provide optimized power transmission delivery but provide minimal assistance in transverse handling and braking situations. Important weight combined with higher ground clearance are other factors that affect negatively the stability and control of these vehicles. With the installation of winter tires, the driver can feel optimized levels of traction during all maneuvers including acceleration, braking and handling situations. MYTH 2 - I have ABS (antilock braking) I do not require winter tires.FALSE These advanced systems are designed for vehicle stability, power transmission, and controlled braking and alone are not substitutes for optimized traction grip during all types of winter driving maneuvers including braking, acceleration, and handling. MYTH 3 - It doesn’t snow that much anymore. I feel my all-season tires are my best choice.FALSE Although all-season tires can be used in a moderate winter environment, winter tires provide the best cold weather performance below 44°F. This includes wet and dry in addition to snow/ice/slush surfaces where greater tread flexibility leads to better grip. MYTH 4- Braking distance is the same with my all-season tires in winter.FALSE The braking distance of a winter tire compared to an all-season tire, depending on speed and road conditions, can be up to 10% shorter, or two vehicle lengths. MYTH 5 - The outside temperature does not affect my tires air pressure.FALSE Proper inflation is a critical part of tire care and should be checked monthly. In fact, for every 10°F lost in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure - so it's especially important to check air pressure after the first frost. Also, keep in mind that properly inflated tires ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent irregular or premature wear. MYTH 6- Winter tires are too expensive.FALSE The cost of winter tires is generally equivalent if not less than replacement tires on the vehicle. Furthermore, over the life cycle of your vehicle, you will need to purchase at least one extra set of tires on average. Equipping the vehicle with winter tires by the first winter season will represent the same cost at the end but will optimize the performance in treacherous driving conditions with the benefit of added safety.