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When the snow starts falling, what does that mean? Well, if you’re like many Canadians, it means you should have had your winter tires installed last week. Winter tires are critical for safe driving in snowy and cold conditions.
If you’ve been searching, “Winter tires near me”, “What are the best winter tires?”, “Where to get winter tires Hamilton”, or something similar, we can help. Downtown Auto Specialist puts safety first, and that means we know the importance of good tires. Here’s what you need to know about them.
If you need a new set, or your first set, of winter tires and you live in the Hamilton area of Ontario, then come over to Downtown Auto Specialist. We have a wide array of winter tires for sale. Our expert technicians can recommend one or more types of tires for your type of vehicle and driving preferences. But why do you need winter tires in the first place?
Many Canadian drivers try to drive on all-season tires throughout winter. At Downtown Auto Specialist, we strongly advise against this. Despite their name, all-season tires aren’t suitable for driving in all seasons, so it’s not safe to use them in winter.
People sometimes call winter tires “snow tires”, but this is not the best name for them. Winter tires can handle snow, which is important, but what’s even more important, they can handle cold weather. All-season tires can’t provide sufficient traction when the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius.
In Hamilton, the average daily high in November is just over seven degrees. This means that for most hours in November, the temperature is below seven. Even before a single snowflake falls, the efficacy of your all-season or summer tires is already significantly reduced in a place like Hamilton. That’s why it’s critical to switch to winter tires in late October or early November to ensure both your safety and the safety of others.
Tire manufacturers make winter tires out of different rubber compounds and create special tread patterns, designs, and siping so these tires can provide traction even in extreme cold. The tire experts at Downtown Auto Specialist can recommend the best winter tires for your vehicle. Different vehicles, such as front-wheel or rear-wheel drive, require different types of tires.
Some Canadians drive on all-weather tires during winter. Is this safe? Yes. All-weather tires are not the same as all-seasons. All-weathers are embossed with the snowflake pictogram, meaning they’re rated for winter driving in Canada.
There’s no need to keep searching for the best winter tires near you if you’re in the Hamilton area of Ontario. Just come to Downtown Auto Specialist. We are proud to offer the best tires available for sale.
To book an appointment to have winter tires installed on your vehicle, please click here. If you want to learn more about tires, or about any of our products or services, please get in touch with us via our website or call us at 905-529-2833.