Why Are Winter Tires Important?

Winter Tires | Calgary, AB

Driving on winter roads in Alberta can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to consider switching your all-season tires out for winter ones. Whether you’re battling black ice or heavy snowfall, winter tires are made to help provide you the traction you need, when you need it. These are some reasons why you should make the switch as the weather gets colder.

 A special rubber compound. As the winter temperatures drop, all-season or summer tires will stiffen, reducing the likelihood that they will provide good traction. Winter tires use a specific rubber compound that allows the tire to stay flexible, giving it the chance to grip the road better.

Different tread depth and patterns. Winter tires use a combination of deeper treads and unique tread patterns to increase traction. Deep treads reduce snow buildup, therefore increasing the tire’s traction on the snow. The special tread patterns are created to channel snow and slush, while also expelling water.

More biting edges. On the edge of the tires, you will notice tiny ridges. These are known as biting edges. Winter tires increase the number of biting edges on the tires, helping to provide traction on slick ice.

If you’re still unsure if winter tires are important in you live in the Alberta area, talk with our service experts at High River Toyota. They can answer your questions and equip a set of tires on your car.