What you need to know about winter tires!

Oct 04, 2018

Winter Scene 1

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We all know the unpredictability of Canadian weather. Depending on where you are in the country, you can be swimming in your pool in the beautiful summer sun before the next thing you know, you're knee deep in snow. These extreme seasonal changes make it difficult for driving and takes its toll on your car. That's why at Mr. Lube, we've put together this handy guide explaining why you should consider using winter tires each year.

Why should I have a tire change?

Winter tires provide better traction and grip in cold temperatures and snowy conditions. This is because when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius, the rubber compound in standard tires hardens and loses a substantial amount of its grip.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are made with a softer compound and are rubberier than your standard tires. This allows your new winter tires to grip the snow as opposed to sliding right across it. A material called silica included in many winter tires also gives the rubber better grip when driving in the cold, across ice or in snowy conditions.

There are many variables to consider when driving in cold, snowy or in icy conditions when using standard tires. For example, you may have had experience driving on dry, hard, impacted snow and not had much trouble. However, when this snow starts to melt and becomes wet and sloshy, it can dramatically decrease traction when trying to break or turn a corner. Winter tires are built to protect you whatever the conditions on the road, reducing the chance that you will slide or lose traction on the road. This can be the difference between driving home safely and an accident.

Winter Scene 2

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Are winter tires mandatory in Canada?

The answer depends on where you live in Canada. Currently, winter tires are provincially mandatory in Quebec and are also mandatory for many routes in British Columbia.

Winter tires must be fitted to all passenger vehicles registered in Quebec between December 15 or March 15 inclusive, or else you risk a fine. For more information about the winter tire laws in Quebec, visit this link.

In regards to British Columbia, winter tires or chains are mandatory to drive on most routes in the province between October 1 to March 31. For select mountain passes and rural roads, the date is extended until April 30. For more information and a handy map of the routes where winter tires or chains are required, check out this link.

Nevertheless, if you live outside of these provinces, you should still seriously consider winter tires. For example, in Ontario, the majority of cars registered on the road end up with winter tires when the snowfall starts. Remember, this is yours and your family's safety we're talking about, and winter tires are vital to keeping you safe on the road during snowy conditions.

Winter Scene 3

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Mr. Lube tire change

When you decide to change between your standard and winter tires, look no further than your local Mr. Lube. Our team of auto technicians follow the exact product specification of your car's make, model and year, allowing us to provide top-quality and reliable service every time.

Instead of making an appointment with your dealer, since we are warranty approved, you can drive into one of our many locations across Canada and relax with a complimentary coffee and newspaper while we work on your tire change. We will also perform a courtesy check each time you visit to make sure we catch any minor issues early and, by using our innovative Electronic Owner's Manual (EOM) system, we can read your vehicle's exact service interval requirements at the press of a button. This allows us the same information as your dealer, meaning we can offer the same auto care (and maybe even a little extra) for less! 

Most importantly this winter the team at Mr. Lube want you to stay safe on the road. Winter tires are undoubtedly one of the most important safety features you can have fitted on your car, so, with this in mind, we hope to see you soon!