Winter Tires Ottawa
Here at Gary’s Automotive, we have every brand of winter tire available at our warehouse. Our winter tire experts can give you the best advice for the tire that suits your vehicle and your budget. Bring your car by one of the 5 locations for a free tire analysis and quote. Our winter tires Ottawa experts would love to help. Winter tires offer a softer rubber compound and an increased amount of traction over regular summer tires.
Winter Tires – The Basics
It’s a simple fact that during winter, cars perform much less effectively. It will take you longer to come to a complete stop, you’ll have to take turns more slowly, and you’ll have to reduce your overall speed to keep your car safe. The one thing you can do to make this transition a little easier is get new winter tires installed before conditions get too bad. A winter tire is a tire that is specifically designed to perform better in the winter months. If you live in a region, such as Ottawa, where the temperature drops below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit), then you should have winter tires installed on your car. A good time to take this initiative is right after the year’s first hard frost, but before the first big snowfall. Ice tires are recommended for Ottawa. Snow tires are a little more economical and a good intermediate option. All Season tires are the last option for snow and ice.
I have four-wheel or all-wheel drive, do I really need winter tires?
YES! 100%! Four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems have been proven, time and time again, to not be the most important (or even a very beneficial) factor in winter driving. Your tires are what contacts the road, and without good grip the drive power of your wheels is meaningless. Do not assume that because you have four or all-wheel drive you’ll have a performance advantage over winter, only winter tires can ensure you have the safest ride possible.
Can I settle with all-seasons or normal tires during the winter instead?
Normal tires are meant to operate in moderate temperatures and the rubber has a tendency to become stiff and ineffective when the temperature drops. Winter tires are made of a softer compound that can tolerate cold weather without becoming too stiff.
Snow is another factor that winter tires are designed to contend with. A normal tire is made to deal with rainy conditions and not snow. It’s much more likely for snow to get stuck in the treads and this greatly reduces your car’s traction. Winter tires have grooves that make snow build-up less likely, which increases your car’s traction.
I’m uncomfortable driving in inclement weather. Is there anything I can do?
Sometimes, driving in snowy or bad weather is unavoidable. Your car needs to be reliable in order to get you to where you have to go. When you have to go out in the winter, it is very helpful to reduce your overall speed, be cautious of your surroundings, and make careful turns and stops. Luckily, winter tires can instill more confidence in a driver because of their reliability, traction, and higher ability to stop. Having them installed early in the season is recommended for your safety. Don’t take chances, trust Gary’s Automotive for all your winter tires Ottawa services. Use the buttons below to see our tires and tire repair options, get a free quote on winter tires Ottawa, or to make an appointment!
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