Are all-season tires enough for winter safety?

Every year many Canadians are faced with a decision to determine if it’s necessary to change their trusted all-seasons over to winter tires. Outside the province of Quebec, where winter tires have become required by law, motorists still have a choice—and it’s one that could have a big impact on your driving safety.

Knowledge is the first step in understanding the difference between winter and all-season tires. Goodyear Canada points out the key differences to consider:

Response to Temperature: Winter tires are typically made with a different rubber compound than all-season and summer tires, allowing them to remain softer during cold weather, especially when it’s 7°C or lower. This provides the flexibility that ultimately leads to excellent handling and traction, even in the absence of any snow or ice.

Tread Patterns: Winter tires are designed with specific tread patterns to provide excellent traction on snow and ice. These features not only help prevent drivers from getting stuck in deep snow, but also help when it is time for stop, steer and navigate safely on a variety of surfaces.

Unique Technology: The Goodyear Ultra Grip family of tires covers the winter driving needs of virtually every consumer. This line leverages innovative technology to help provide superior traction in challenging winter conditions. Winter driving experts such as the ILR Winter Driving School, located in Mount Albert, Ontario choose the Ultra Grip Ice WRT tires for superior performance in winter conditions.

More information is available at Goodyear retailers or online at

Written by Canadian Home Trends

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