If you have driven in an Ottawa winter, you know it is important to have the best winter tires on your vehicle when you need them most. With us, you will find the best deals on a wide range of tires that have been designed to provide a good grip in the snow and ice we experience here.
Winter Tire Traction
As you are aware, traction is one of the key elements to safe driving in winter conditions. Compared to all weather tires, those designed specifically for winter have increased tread specifically designed for the cold temperatures and road conditions. We offer reliable tires that find your budget. They are made with a softer rubber that will provide the proper grip on highway and urban streets. The larger grooves and special edges have proven beneficial in snowy and slippery conditions.
There are several specific reasons why winter tires are important for driving in Canada. Lower temperatures means stopping can be a challenge. Without good tread, a vehicle will simply keep going on the slippery pavement after the brakes have been applied. Winter tires have been shown to reduce the stopping distance by 30% to 40%. This can mean the difference between an accident and safety.
Winter tires are constructed from a compound that does not harden in colder temperatures. If ordinary rubber hardens as temps fall, they will have less grip on the road surface. That means more sliding. It will also increase the distance you need to leave between vehicles because you will need far more room to come to a complete and safe stop after applying the brakes. A softer material will allow more of the tire surface to come in contact with the road. That means more tread to provide stability and control as you drive and brake.
When originally introduced, snow tires were made with deep treads that were fine for heavy snow but now winter or cold weather tires have evolved to adjust to ice, hard packed snow, and wet pavements. As mentioned, the rubber compounds are designed to withstand lower temperatures and still remain flexible and generally will have additives like silica or crushed walnut shells that will offer a better grip. The tires are made with tiny grooves called sipes that move water, like from melting snow or ice, away from the front of the tire. In that way the tire maintains constant contact with the surface of the road to prevent sliding or hydroplaning.
If you plan on venturing into Quebec, winter tires are mandatory there from December 15 and March 15. Also, check with your insurance broker to see if you can’t get a discount for using winter tires.
Winter Tires and Installation in Ottawa
If all of this sounds great, then visit our services or call us to see what we have to offer. We offer winter tires and winter tire installation in Ottawa. We can also help to mount, balance and install them. We have Michelin, Toyo, Goodyear, BF Goodrich brands in stock and more.
Or, if you prefer, give us a call and one of our sales representatives will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Selecting the best tires winter tires in Ottawa and getting the best deal is important to you and your family for safety and for value.