If you want maximum safety, it is of the utmost importance to use winter tires. As temperatures drop below 7 C, while the winter tire develops more grip, the all-season tire loses grip. Factoring in the summer tire to the equation, they are completely useless under 7 C. Only winter tires are designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and ice that many parts of the country experience. With recent advancements in electronic driver aids like traction control and ABS, it is very important to state that they don't actually provide more traction. These aids help stop drivers from overpowering the available traction of their tires and prevent over breaking. To increase traction and get more grip and control when driving, you need to install better tires.
All-season tires were designed to be a compromise, giving acceptable traits under a variety of conditions. But often times the all-season tire is spread too thin, becoming a master at none of these conditions. The tread design and compounds of all-season tires are geared towards providing extra durability and mileages in the summer, but are much less effective in the freezing temperatures. Paired with snow and ice, the all-season tires begin to highly lack what winter tires can provide. Winter tires deliver exceptionally better snow and ice performance because their tread designs and compounds are created to master those conditions instead of spread itself thin like all-season tires.
Four winter tires should be used on front wheel, rear wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. If you use two different types of tires on your vehicle, such as both winter and all-season tires, you will experience a "split" personality in your vehicle. One end of the vehicle won't react and perform the same as the other in the dry, wet, slush and snow conditions that you'll encounter before the end of winter. Especially in emergency situations, you'll find that your vehicle will probably understeer in one condition and over-steer in another. It is imperative to keep your vehicle handling as consistently as
possible by ensuring that all four tires are the same. Visit Baytowne Hyundai in Barrie, Ontario to get expert advice about winter/snow tires for your vehicle in Barrie, Ontario.
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