80% of Canadian drivers using winter tires reported that their tires played an important role in keeping them out of a hazardous driving situation, like a collision or losing control of their vehicles. Which is one of the reasons why winter tires are becoming increasingly popular in Canada.
In places with extremely cold temperatures that receive much snow, winter tires can be used up to 6 months of the year. It’s essential to take care of them when they’re on your vehicle by maintaining the correct air pressure and by doing regular seasonal maintenance on them (such as tire rotations, alignments, and balancing). Once they’ve been removed store your tires in a dry environment away from any direct sunlight.
Do you change to a smaller rim when you install winter tires?
The chances of the rims getting damaged in the winter months are much higher than in the summer. Going a rim size smaller will mean a higher sidewall on the tire which means it can be a little more forgiving, having some extra flex.
Installing all four winter tires
If you decide to buy snow tires, it’s important to get a full set of four instead of just two tires. You might be tempted to install them only on the axle of your vehicle that receives power. However, the danger here is that the traction among your total four tires will mismatch and can negatively affect your car’s steering and grip on wet roads.
What’s the cost to change winter tires?
Installing proper winter tires provides you with many benefits – safety, more control, cost savings, better grip on the road surface in the winter conditions. Every time you have your tires removed from the rim, mounted, balanced, and reinstalled it takes half of a day and can cost anywhere between $100 to $180 (plus HST).
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Whether your car is in need of a service, or you’re on the hunt for a completely new one, CRS Automotive can help. We also have a large selection of all-season, winter, or summer tires available, so if you have any questions about today’s winter tires, our expert staff will be happy to answer them for you.
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