Summer, winter and all-season tires
Summer tires have a lot less tread than winter or all season tires. During the warmer and drier summer months, this is actually beneficial as the tires will have more contact with the road and in turn better grip. In short, summer tires have better traction and handling in sunny weather than winter tires do, but they are not meant to be driven in excessive rain, snow, slush or ice. Doing so could be dangerous, as you may skid on wet or icy roads and not be able to stop in time.
Winter tires will enhance tire traction when driving in the snow, rain or slush that Vancouver weather conditions often bring. A vehicle’s stopping distance is far better in winter driving conditions with winter tires. If you use summer tires in the winter months, you may not be able to stop in time in slippery conditions, increasing the likelihood of a collision. Aside from the obvious safety concern, this could cause ramifications with your insurance company in the case of an accident, as they could refuse to pay coverage based on the fact that you did not have the appropriate tires on your vehicle for the driving conditions
The name ‘all-season’ can be a bit misleading, as all-season tires are generally not appropriate for winter driving conditions, such as heavy rainfall, snow and slush or sleet. All-season tires are best for the in-between months; spring and fall. All-season tires don’t offer the grip and tight handling of summer tires or the superior traction in winter driving conditions that winter tires will provide, but are safe for moderate driving conditions.
Alternating between summer or all season tires and winter tires, while there is an additional cost, will save you money in the long run. The summer or all-season tires will be stored during the winter and the winter tires will be stored in the summer months, which will extend the life of these tires.
Great Vancouver tires has a great selection of both new and used summer, winter and all-season tires. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the proper size for your car. We can also install and align your new tires.