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4 Signs You Need Snow Tires: Get Winter-Ready At TIRECRAFT

If you’re considering snow tires for winter 2021, but you’re still on the fence, today’s post is for you. Read on to learn 4 signs snow tires might be right for you, or contact your local TIRECRAFT for help evaluating your unique tire needs.

Frigid Forecasts: Where You Live, Snow Tires Are A Must

If you live in an area with frigid forecasts, you probably need snow tires, because all-season rubber compounds stop working properly when temperatures drop below -7°C. And if you live in Ontario’s snow belt region, you almost certainly need snow tires’ wide grooves, high-volume siping, and gripping power to keep you safe.

That said, there are alternatives for snow belt residents who want to enjoy all-season savings and storage workarounds, such as all-weather tires, which combine the best of the all-season and snow tire category. Get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT to learn more.

Insurance Savings: Without Snow Tires, You Leave Money On The Table

In Ontario, snow tires can qualify you for a discount on your insurance premium. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your monthly insurance costs, and you don’t have the time or money to invest in a Ministry-approved driver training course, buying snow tires is a great option. And when you shop at your local TIRECRAFT, you can save even more with our snow tire rebate promotions and customer loyalty rewards program.

Poor Tread Depth: Your Current Snow Tires Failed The Quarter Test

Your snow tires need deep treads to perform. Although the regulatory minimum is only 1.5mm, this is much too low for optimal snow tire performance. Studies cited by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation show that snow tire treads 3mm deep can stop a vehicle on wet pavement 25% sooner than tires with 1.5mm tread, and most tire manufacturers recommend purchasing a replacement set once the treads wear to 6/32” of an inch or 4.76mm.

Make time for tread testing before the snow starts piling up. It’s fast, easy, and requires no special equipment. In fact, you’ve probably got the one tool you’ll need in your pocket right now.

Grab a Canadian quarter and insert it into your snow tire tread, caribou facing down. If you can see the tip of the nose, it means your tread has worn too far. If the nose disappears into the tread, you’re probably good for another season.

For more help with snow tire tread testing, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT

Snow Tire Damage: Your Snow Tires Are Cracked, Worn, Or Blistered

“The condition of your vehicle’s tire is important,” states the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Winter Driving: Be Prepared, Be Safe. “Worn or damaged tires can affect your ability to drive safely.”

If you notice any of the following types of damage, you’ll probably need to invest in new snow tires for the season:

  • Dry rot
  • Cracks
  • Bulges
  • Blistering
  • Uneven wear

The eye test is often enough to spot most forms of snow tire damage, although booking a professional snow tire evaluation is always recommended. Not only will our team be able to give you a more accurate assessment, but we may also be able to save you money on a replacement with a snow tire service, repair, or rotation.

Start A Free Snow Tire Consultation Near Me: Contact TIRECRAFT

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Ontario Ministry of Transportation. (2013). Winter Driving: Be Prepared, Be Safe!