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WINTER’S ALMOST HERE: Select the correct tires for your vehicle, driving needs and budget
Summer Only Tires: For dry, warm weather: emphasis on performance. Totally unsuitable for cold temperatures, wet, slippery, snowy conditions.
All Season Tires: Okay performance when new but loses winter traction quickly with normal wear. Generally not recommended for winter driving.
All Weather Tires: Acceptable warm weather and winter performance. An option if driving is limited to urban areas and moderate winters, if tire Change-over/storage is not an option, or you’re a snowbird driving south.
Dedicated Winter Tires: The greatest winter performance in snow, ice, temperatures below 7° and wet surfaces. No matter what vehicle you drive, four dedicated winter tires are recommended in Canadian winters. And while tire change-over means added expense, remember that your summer rims and warm weather tires will last twice as long!
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Retired Police Sergeant Bob Paterson works closely with The McLennan Group to develop and share practical, economical safety tips for Canadians 50-plus. To read and print out all tips and view Sergeant Bob’s appearance schedule, visit Senior Safety Tips online.