4 Reasons You Absolutely Need Winter Tires in Calgary
Every winter– and all throughout winter– we hear the same question: do I really need winter tires? The answer is a resounding yes! Forget the stories of driving around on bald tires all year and being fine. The fact is that tires are your sole contact point with the road and are therefore your primary safety mechanism. With how icy and snowy it can and will get in Calgary, if you value the absolute safety of your family, it is of the utmost importance to have the best safety mechanism on your vehicle.
Here are the main reasons winter tires are a must-have for Calgary drivers:
The Science of 7 (°C)
- Tire compound; Winter tires are made using a soft natural rubber in the tread compound, which helps them stay flexible and provide a safer grip in temperatures below 7 ℃. On top of this, ingredients are added to the winter tire compound to increase grip in snowy or icy conditions.
- Tread design; The tread design on winter tires features aggressive treads, which dig into ice, snow and slush. Wider grooves between tread blocks push our snow and slush to prevent slushplaning.
With the average temperature in Calgary dropping below 7℃ for half of the year, tires that are adapted to those weather conditions greatly improve the safety profile of your family’s vehicle.
Perhaps the most compelling reason for winter tires is the greatly reduced stopping distance in wintery road conditions. Winter tires can significantly reduce the stopping distance during winter driving conditions, with extreme road conditions like black ice. The tires you choose to put on your vehicle can protect your vehicle and more importantly yourself from unforeseen accidents and injury.
The Four-Wheel Drive Myth
Many drivers believe that since they have an AWD SUV or 4WD truck, winter tires are not necessary. While 4WD, AWD, traction control and ABS control power from your transmission to your wheels, those systems cannot help you stop if you are driving on summer tires or all-season tires that have started to lose their traction capabilities.
It is your tire’s tread that makes contact with the road and it's the tread and its rubber compound that determine how well you can stop in winter driving conditions. An AWD/4WD equipped vehicle can improve acceleration in winter conditions but will not help a vehicle steer properly or stop sooner. While the majority of new vehicles are equipped with safety technology, when it comes to stopping and steering, you need to count on your tires because that is what actually makes contact with the road.
Winter is a way of life for Calgarians and our ability to confront it head-on creates the civic character that we treasure. But one can only conquer winter with the proper tools and Calgarians know that winter tires are a necessary item for the winter toolbox. Honda West has an unbeatable selection of winter tires at the guaranteed lowest prices, with free tire storage too! Book a service appointment to get your winter tires before the snow starts to fall.
Best Priced Winter Tires in Calgary
On top of Honda’s Lowest Price Guarantee on tires, our Honda Tire Source manufacturers are offering up to $100 off a set of tires from now through to December 31st 2020*. Please see below for full rebate details.
NOTE: Rebates can now be processed online by your customers through each manufacturer's rebate website. Please click on “Download flyer (PDF)” link for full details.