The Benefits to Drivers and Road Safety

Did You Know…

1.      7°C is the magic number for when to put on winter tires

As soon as the cool weather begins to creep in and the threat of snow is imminent, it’s time to start thinking about getting your winter tires installed, that is, if you install them. While there are many proven benefits of installing winter tires in Ontario during the winter months, there are still many drivers who don’t install them.

Most sources agree that once temperatures hit 7°C or less, that’s a good guideline for putting on winter tires.

Generally, this means that you will install your winter tires near the beginning or middle of November in Ontario and other parts of the country. However, driving conditions and temperature, of course, will vary by region and from year to year.

2.      Only 51% of Canadians Choose Winter Tires, Despite Proven Safety

Almost half of Canadians believe all-season tires are “good enough” for driving in winter, according to a recent study. This can come as a surprise considering how much of the year we spend driving in wintery conditions.

3.      Ontario Winter Tire Laws

While winter tires are not required by law, they are recommended by Ontario and other provincial governments. However, as of January 1st, 2016, all private insurance companies in Ontario must offer a winter tire insurance discount. So, if you have purchased and installed winter tires and have yet to receive your discount, make sure you contact your insurance provider to tell them you have winter tires.

4.      The Benefits of Installing Winter Tires for Ontario Winters

These days, advancements in both tread design and new rubber compounds deliver greater benefits, including financial incentives. Here are some of the main benefits of installing winter tires:

5% Winter Tire Insurance Discount In Ontario

One of the main benefits of purchasing winter tires in Ontario is the snow tire insurance discount. Installing winter tires on your vehicle automatically qualifies you for a 5% winter tire insurance discount. As they say, a nickel saved is a nickel earned, right?

It is very important note that you need to contact your insurance company to let them know you have purchased and installed snow tires. Depending on your insurance company, you may need to provide some proof, such as a receipt for the purchase of winter tires.

5% Fuel Savings + 5% Winter Tire Insurance Discount = $avings!

Reports indicate that putting winter tires on your vehicle during the winter driving season will save you as much as five per cent in fuel costs. So, in addition to the added safety and security, there is money to be saved, especially over the course of several years. Add this to your insurance discount, and installing winter tires makes financial sense.

5.      Peace Of Mind And Road Safety

Simply knowing that you have winter tires installed on your vehicle provides you with peace of mind in knowing you are doing your part to make Ontario roads and you and your family safe.

Tips for Buying Winter Tires

When buying winter tires in Ontario, it’s important to be diligent and purchase high quality tires. Therefore, it’s important to shop not only based on price, but based on rating and performance of the tire to ensure you get the traction you need.

  • Buy 4 winter tires
  • Make sure all tires are the same make and model.
  • Make sure the tires are the correct size – tire size is embossed on the side of the tire.
  • The cost for winter tires vary, but on average they range from $120-$200 per tire, based on the size and make of the tire.
  • Consider purchasing rims for your winter tires.
  • Have your tires installed by a professional, especially if your vehicle has ABS brakes, all-wheel drive and tire pressure sensors.

How Do You Know If It’s A Winter Tire? Look For The Winter Tire Symbol

There is different tire labeling based on the style of tire. If you are not sure, confirm with the retailer before purchasing. As a general rule, drivers are reminded to look for tires marked with the peaked mountain and snowflake logo. Tires with only M + S labeling are not rated as winter tires.

Choosing the Best Winter Tires:

The best winter tire for you will depend on the road conditions in your area. In general, just like when you purchase other items, brand names with a good reputation are the best option. They are proven commodities and will deliver the results you expect out of a winter tire.

Short List of Top Winter Tires:

  • 3 Michelin X-Ice X13 Winter Tires.
  • 4 Dunlof Winter Maxx Winter Tires.
  • 5 Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Tires.
  • 6 Pirelli Winter Cinturato.
  • 7 Bridgestone Blizzak DM.

Top winter tires for small trucks and SUVs:

  1. Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. – Exemplary traction on ice. – Outstanding durability. …
  2. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2. – Very good traction on ice. – Great traction in snow. …
  3. Dunlop Winter Maxx SJ8. – Great traction on ice. …
  4. Continental Winter Contact Si. – Excellent traction on ice. …
  5. Yokohama IceGUARD iG51v. – Excellent traction on ice.

Each of these snow tire options have pros and cons and are available at multiple price points.

Winter Tire Safety Info & Tips

If you are one of the late adopters and haven’t yet put on winter tires this year, it’s not too late. Winter storms can have a habit of hitting when you least expect it. If and when you do put winter tires on your vehicle, remember these four basic tips:

  1. Always install four winter tires.
    2. Don’t mix tires. Doing so will decrease your vehicle stability.
    3. Check your tires for worn treads.
    4. Check and maintain proper tire pressure, especially in cold weather.

Installing winter tires provides Ontario drivers with many benefits – safety, more control, cost savings and more.

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