How to choose your ideal Winter Tires

Driving in snow or cold weather during winter is inevitable in Canada especially the parts of Quebec, Manitoba, Prince Edward to name a few.

During this time, You’re probably wondering which winter tires to choose.

As a general tip: don't choose random tires simply because it was recommended by your family and friends, rather, you should consider your own needs, your vehicle type and your driving habbit when it comes to selecting the ideal tires for you.

I summarize below the things that matter when your selecting your ideal winter tires

1. Know your tire size

Understanding your tire size is crucial. Not all tires are the same as it comes in different sizes.To find out the true size of your tires, just take a look at the sidewall and you will find a code consist of the following:

  • the width of the tread, or the part of the tire that touches the road, in millimetres.
  • the ratio (as a percentage) between the top of the tire (sidewall height) and the width of the tread (section width).
  • interior diameter of the tire, in inches.

2. Know the types of roads you drive on

Are you a city driver, highway driver, side road drive? Understanding this will help you choose which tire to choose.

If you drive mainly in the city, tires with a good price-quality ratio will do the job.

3. Look at the tires

Look around, check those tires outer apperance especially the grooves, flexibility, and lateral stiffness.

Keep in mind that large grooves provide better traction on winter surfaces, while helping to displace snow and slush.

4. Choose between snow tires and ice tires.

In general, ice tires are considered superior, since they offer excellent traction on snow as well as ice.

In highways And dry surfaces = it is recommended to have ice tires. In downtown = you can choose snow tires.

5. Learn about handling and braking

Ask the sales representative about tires handling and braking capability as Your winter tires have a major impact on handling and braking,. This is one of the main reasons why winter tires are mandatory. When the temperature drops below 7°C, all-season tires lose too much traction and flexibility for safe driving.

With better tires, your vehicle will brake more effectively and reliably and will also handle better when turning.

6. Compare UTQG ratings.

When you go to the store, ask and compare UTQC (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) performance ratings, indicated on all North American and some European tires. This rating gives you an idea of a tire’s resistance as follows:

  • Treadwear grade: The ratings generally fall between 60 and 700 (the higher the rating, the more resistant the tire).
  • Traction grade: This varies from AA for the highest level of traction to A, B, and C grades (tires with the best traction let vehicles stop without swerving on wet surfaces).
  • Temperature grade: This ranges from A to C.