It's time again to get the snow tires out and installed on your vehicle, or purchase a new set. Here are a few tips you should know about winter tires to help you control your vehicle on snow-covered streets and stay safe.
5 winter tire safety tips
- Make sure to have four wheels that are the same type, size, speed rating and load index. Vehicle handling is improved.
- Look for tires marked with the symbol of a peaked mountain with a snowflake. They meet winter driving standards and are designed for severe snow conditions.
Canadian Tire 2011 online survey
Percentage of drivers using winter tires by province:
98% - QC
68% - NB/NS/PE/NL
43% - ON
41% - BC
40% - SK/MB
28% - AB
Canadian average: 57%
Excluding Quebec: 43%
- Be sure to install four winter tires that meet the 'snow tire' designation on your vehicle if you drive in severe winter conditions. This will help you control your vehicle in slippery conditions.
- All-season tires — or ones marked 'M + S' or 'mud and snow' tires — provide safe all-weather performance but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions.
- Only use wide, high performance tires designed as snow tires. Other types aren't suitable for use on snow-covered roads.
(Sources: Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada)
Stopping Distances at 50km/hTest conditions: -20°C with 3 to 5 cm of compacted snow and ice on asphalt surface. Vehicles equipped with automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes. Tests in 4-wheel drive vehicle conducted in all-wheel drive mode.
SOURCE: Government of Ontario
Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat about winter tires below.