How to choose your winter tires

Winter has officially arrived and the time has come to think about safety. In other words, it’s time to think about winter tires, still the very best way to make sure you and your family are safe this winter when the roads are all of sudden covered in snow.

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But how do you go about choosing winter tires?

Firstly, you have to make sure the tires you buy were actually designed for winter driving. Look for the snowflake inside the triangle logo, the official symbol that your tire was designed to be optimal in winter driving conditions.

Secondly, you have to figure out your needs. Will you be driving often in the country where roads aren’t necessarily plowed quickly or on a regular basis, or will you be driving in the city where road conditions tend to be easier. How many kilometers do you drive every winter? Is your vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive and/or traction or stability control and in good condition? These are all factors that will influence which winter tires you need to purchase.

Third rule, figure out your own expectations and important factors that you need your tire to offer. Although all designed to perform optimally in winter, winter tires differ in terms of comfort and noise level, lifespan and harshness. You can learn about a specific tire’s characteristics by reading various reviews posted about the tire.

Finally, you have to determine your budget in advance. That way, when you are shopping for your winter tires, you can segment the various choices offered to you. Do keep in mind however that your tire is the only point of contact between your car and the road, and it is therefore best not to skimp on the quality of your winter tires.

Thanks to Journey Volkswagen of Coquitlam for their help in putting together this article.

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