- 22 November 2017
For a few years, we’ve been given no choice. From December 15 to March 15, our vehicles must be equipped with winter tires.
We often hear “In the olden days, we used to drive on four season tires and we made it!” Did you know that since the implementation of the winter tire law, fatalities and serious injuries have decreased by (36 %)? This makes you look at the situation with a totally different point of view…
We don’t have to prove it anymore. Winter tires improve your control when accelerating, braking and negotiating curves.
For example, at 50 KPH on a snow covered roadway, the braking distance is reduced by half. This is quite a difference!
Also keep in mind that recent models are equipped with many driving assistance programs such as: ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Programming. The efficiency of such programs is directly linked to the ability of the tires to adhere to the road surface.
We often feel that the buying of winter tires is an added expense we could very well live without.
In fact, on a long term basis, they’re not more expensive. Think about it! Both of your summer and winter tires will last longer.
On the other hand, driving all year on winter tires is a poor strategy.
In fact, during hot summer days, winter tires will wear much faster. Moreover, their adherence on hot summer roads is poorer than summer tires.
To help you find the winter tires that are best adapted to your situation, check the results of comparative tests (Protègez-vous or the APA magazine). More expensive doesn’t always mean better.
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