As the weather begins to cool down and the leaves on the trees change colour, it’s time to switch your summer tires out for winter tires. Whether you’re looking to buy a set of winter tires, get them installed or store your current all-season or summer tires, we’ve got you covered. Here are the most common questions we get asked by our customers!
Thinking about getting your Hyundai ready for the ice and snow ahead? Not sure what kind or size of tires, rims or wheels that would be best for your vehicle? Let our experts at Woodstock Hyundai help you find the right winter package at the right price for your vehicle.
All Season vs. Winter Tires
Although it is not mandatory to have winter tires installed on your vehicles in Ontario, it is a requirement by law for other provinces in Canada. When the daily temperature drops below 7 °C, which generally takes places during late October all-the-way into early April, the rubber compound used in All-Season and Summer Tires hardens and begins to lose traction in lower temperatures. All-Season tires provide traction and grip in a variety of different weather conditions. However, during the winter season, slush and snow can often block the tire grooves and treads making it hard for drivers to stop and go. Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed with a more aggressive tread pattern, as well as a softer rubber compound that remains flexible in lower temperature, decreasing the snow build on the tires and improve braking performance in all types of winter conditions
Winter Tire Insurance Discount?
As of January 1st, 2016 the Ontario government made it mandatory for insurance companies to provide discounts to drivers who have winter tires installed on their vehicles. However, depending on your insurance provider the discount and how it may apply on your policy will vary, most drivers can expect to receive a 3-5% discount on their policy. It is important to note, that the insurance company may ask you to provide proof to confirm that the winter tires are installed before applying the winter tires savings, such as a receipt for purchase, installation, or photograph. For more information, contact your insurance provider.
Separate Set of Rims for Winter Tires?
While it is possible to share one set of rims for your vehicle, purchasing a separate set of rims specifically for your winter tires can be beneficial in the long run. For starters, the initial up-front cost will save you time and money during seasonal tire changes. By purchasing a designated set of winter tires, you eliminate the additional cost of mounting, re-mounting, and balancing your wheels each year with a single set of rims. In addition, by owning a separate set of winter tires, you are also extending the overall lifespan of the rims on your summer/all-season tires from the harsh ice, snow, and salt-covered winter roads in the GTA.