Now that we’ve had our unsurprising September snow, it’s time to break out the hot chocolate and talk about tires. Edmonton is home to some of the most extreme weather in North America, and the right set of tires can make or break your winter driving experience. To get the best performance out of your vehicle, it’s important to know the difference between winter tires, all-weather tires and all-season tires.
Winter tires feature an aggressive tread pattern that keeps its grip on snow while pushing away water and slush. The flexible rubber compound is designed to remain soft in freezing temperatures, providing you with superior traction. Winter tires are optimal for harsh winters with lots of snow. So basically every Edmonton winter. They provide excellent traction on soft snow, hard packed snow and rough ice, and fair traction on wet ice. However, the rubber compound is too flexible for use in warmer temperatures (above 7 degrees Celsius).
Designed with a unique rubber compound, all-weather tires stay flexible in colder and warmer weather. Their tread design is similar to that of winter tires, built to grip snow and push away slush. All-weather tires keep their form in the heat to provide excellent traction on bare and wet asphalt. They also provide fair traction on ice and snow. This makes all-weather tires a versatile option that’s optimal for milder winters with melting snow. For everyday driving, they’ll pull you through the Edmonton winter.
All-season tires generally use a harder rubber compound, which lengthens their tread life. However, they harden and lose traction at lower temperatures. The tread design is optimal for reducing noise and providing a comfortable ride, not gripping snow and slush. All-Season tires provide excellent traction on dry asphalt and fair traction on wet asphalt, but are not suitable for ice and snow. Looks like they’re only “all season” if you live in Vancouver.
If you’re sporting all-seasons, now might be a bit early to switch over to winters considering the temperature could rise up to 16 degrees over the next couple of weeks. But when winter comes, it’s best to stay safe and switch to winter or all-weather tires.
If you have any questions regarding tires or need servicing on them, our trained technicians are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact West Side Mitsubishi’s part and service department today! Drive Safe.