Globe Drive: How to check the life of your winter tires

Globe Drive: How to check the life of your winter tires


Are you tired about hearing why you
should buy a set of winter tires? Forget about the typical sales pitch, think
solely of stopping distance. Today’s winter tires have nothing to do with the
snow tires from years ago. They were big, they were loud,
they were knobby, they were aggressive. Today’s tire is all about the technology
of the rubber. Winter tires will always
be better than all-season tires. As the temperature dips below 7 C the all-season tire slowly
stiffens and loses its pliability. This is where the winter tire is
designed to take over. The rubber technology in today’s winter tire is
designed to work better, the colder it gets. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining,
snowing, icy or completely dry – you’re going to be far better off
with a set of winter tires. How do you know when you
need a new set of winter tires? Well a tread depth measurement tool
like this is what you technically need, but a ‘twoonie’ will do. All winter tires should be replaced at
4/32 tread depth, Which is approximately three millimetres. When we’re looking at a ‘twoonie’ it’s
halfway through the word dollar. Be sure to check
it around the tire and check multiple points. Whenever you get close to 4/32,
you really need to consider replacing that tire. My point is, it doesn’t matter where you are in Canada, picking up a set of winter tires
is worth the investment.

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