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Getting winter tires installed on your vehicle


Kelly Noseworthy, reporting
November 11, 2011 — Many places in Canada have already been touched by winter -- and Ontario is no exception. According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), now is the time to get those snow tires on your vehicle.


November is when most drivers get winter tires installed on their vehicles
November is when most drivers get winter tires installed on their vehicles

A simple switch, and Bob Wilton is winter road ready.

“With the safety advantage, why wouldn’t you do it?” he asks.

Bob is used to driving in bad weather. That’s why he’s invested in four winter tires.

“If it helps you stop in the winter, in the snow, going around corners, even acceleration, so it’s a safety issue.”

The idea is to get them on before the snow starts to fly.

“Putting them on a week or two early isn’t going to hurt anything at all, in fact being proactive will save you time and a headache,” says Dave Wilson of Second Time Around Tires.

Winter weather is good for business. At the beginning of the season, workers can change a hundred sets of tires in a day.

“People do start lining up at 6:30 in the morning just to get their snow tires on,” Wilson explains.

Winter tires are specifically designed to handle ice and snow. In temperatures below 7° C, your all-season tire can slip and slide.

It won't be long before you're driving in these kinds of weather conditions
It won't be long before you're driving in these kinds of weather conditions

“All season tires in that kind of temperature, they become really hard and they lose their elasticity,” says Silvana Aceto of CAA South Central Ontario. “That means you’re going to see reduced traction, reduced handling and reduced cornering.”

Winter tires have silica in them. This compound stays flexible in cold weather giving you better grip and traction on snowy roads.

“When it comes to the braking distance of winter tires, they break about 25 percent shorter or two vehicle lengths compared to all season tires,” says Aceto.

Even though winter tires cost a little more, Bob says he won’t put a price tag on safety.

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