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Driving in a Canadian winter can be a challenge. The best way to meet this challenge is to equip your vehicle for winter driving and to drive with caution in cold weather. Winter tires handle winter driving conditions so well because they provide the best possible contact between your vehicle and the road. Whether the road surface is snowy or icy, wet or dry, winter tires offer optimal traction in all cold-weather conditions.

But don’t forget that tread wear can diminish winter tire performance, so before winter sets in, check the tread depth of your tires. Ask your tire dealer for more information on how tread wear can affect your tire performance and when is the right time to replace those worn tires.

Look ahead and think ahead
It may take a vehicle up to twice as long or longer to stop on a slippery surface as it does a dry road. If you need to brake unexpectedly and don’t have ABS brakes, avoid braking suddenly. Give the brake pedal a few soft taps rather than one hard push to avoid skidding.
Climb hills in the highest possible hear to minimize the chances of losing traction and spinning your wheels. When driving downhill, put your vehicle in low gear. If you decide to change to a low gear while descending a hill, do it very gently to prevent sliding.

If you can see your breath, it’s time to switch!
Don’t wait until you hit that first patch of black ice or see an early winter fender-bender to install your winter tires. As soon as the temperature dips below 7 C you should consider changing the winter tires in order to benefit from the increased traction, braking and handling they provide.

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*All information from Rubber Association

Transport Canada, the Automobile Protection Agency (APA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC), teamed up to create a series of videos that clearly demonstrate how winter tires drastically improve driver safety. Click below to watch the videos!
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