There are a large variety of
tires available for purchase, each type designed for a specific purpose. Tires
are built to respond to different types of weather, driving habits, and size of
many kinds of vehicles.
Designed primarily for dry
and some wet driving, summer tires are not built to perform well on snow and
ice, or in cold temperatures. Summer tires are designed for hotter weather,
providing maximum traction and resilience on the road.
Summer tire tread design
ranges from orbital grooves, to complex directional patterns, promoting various
levels of handling in summer driving conditions. Not sure which summer tire is
right for your vehicle? Consider the following:
For most vehicles, the
original tire size is a good guide in choosing new summer tires. However, you
should take into account that the larger and wider the tire, the increased
likelihood of hydroplaning. To help prevent this, choose a summer tire with
directional tread design.
With the volume of vehicles
equipped with all season tires, many drivers are unaware of the benefits of
winter tires. Winter tires are designed to provide effective traction in
difficult winter conditions like snow, ice and sleet as they feature a
combination of specialized tread design and compounds that provide more
effective traction in Canada's difficult winter conditions.
Selecting the right winter
tires for your vehicle should be based on your driving style and purpose of
your vehicle. Having the right winter tires on your vehicle will offer optimal
control and traction, while helping to maintain the vehicle's fuel-efficiency.
All Season Tires
Perhaps the most economical
type of tire is the "all-season" tire, because it is designed for
year round use. All-season tires feature a blend of technologies that make use
of different compounds and detailed tread configurations, designed for most
driving conditions like snow, rain, heat, cold etc. It's the "almost"
perfect tire because it offers a smooth, quiet ride, with exceptional handling
in many conditions.
All season performance does
not mean best performance, however. The trade-off is a loss of traction and
compound stiffening anywhere below 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 F). Also, while
all-season tires offer greater highway ride comfort, they are not as effective
on snow as dedicated winter tires.
All-season tires come in two
classes: Passenger Tires and Touring Tires. Passenger Tires feature a smoother
ride and longer tread-life while Touring Tires offer low noise and enhanced