By Brian Lockhart
All season radials may make for good driving in summer conditions but when the temperature finally drops down to the ten degree mark, it’s time to switch your rubber for tires that are specially designed for winter driving.
While all season tires were originally designed to be left on a car all year round, it soon became apparent that a tire that performed well in dry conditions just wasn’t suitable for a surface covered in snow or ice.
The Tire Junction in Bolton carries a huge variety of tires designed for winter driving and has a staff that have decades of experience when it comes to knowing what type of tire is best in various driving conditions.
“In the last five or six years the number of people using winter tires has increased incredibly,” said Tire Junction owner Amar Uppal, who has 35 years of experience in the tire industry. “At least half of people are using winter tires. Snow tires do make a difference. They stop you in a shorter distance and give you better traction. Insurance companies now give you a discount for using snow tires.”
The advantages of tires designed for winter used are a wider, more aggressive tread to both power through snow and push it to one side, and a softer rubber compound designed to work well on slick roads.
“Winter tires are made from a softer rubber that gives you a better grip,” explained Mr. Uppal. “The tread must be good enough that the snow can get through. You don’t want a finer tread in a snow tire. Snow tires are recommended for all cars and trucks – SUV’s, four-wheel drive, two wheel drive, it still gives you better traction than an all season tire. A snow tire will stop you quicker on ice as the the grip is better. A snow tire will make the car perform and handle a lot better in winter conditions.”
The time to change to winter tires is based on the the season and the temperature which changes the way tires work on the road.
“It is recommended to change your tires when the temperature gets down to around ten degrees (Celsius),” Mr. Uppal explained. “That’s when you should put your snow tires on. Even on a drizzly day, when the roads are slightly wet, a snow tire will give you better traction than an all season tire.”
The Tire Junction opened in Bolton in 2007 and along with Mr. Uppal’s 35 years in the business, his staff is also highly trained and experienced in the industry.
They recently expanded to their shop to a 5000 square foot operation that includes auto repairs.
Heading toward the winters season, the Tire Junction is currently offering some incredible deals.
Tire size 205-55-16, are currently on sale for $79.00 installed. Size 195-65-15 are on for $69.00.
With the cold winter weather slowing creeping up, it’s time to visit the Tire Junction and make your plans for safe driving all year round.
Cutline: When it comes to winter driving, the Tire Junction in Bolton has got you covered when making sure your vehicle has the right tires for colder weather on the road. Owner Amal Uppal keeps a huge inventory of tires on site and backs it up with his guarantee of the job being done right the first time.