It has been repeatedly proven that winter tires are safer for winter driving than all-seasons tires. And since any road accident tends to result in an increase in your auto insurance premium, winter tires can help keep your insurance costs down in the long term.
In Quebec, the use of winter tires is mandatory on all vehicles, during the period from December 15 to March 15. Other provinces do not have similar laws mandating use of winter tires, but some do regulate during which periods studded or chained tire are permitted.
Why are winter tires safer?
Winter tires are specially designed to perform better and more efficiently, and reduce the risk of accidents, on winter road conditions. As a result, car insurance companies recommend the use of winter tires during the appropriate months.
The tread surfaces of winter tires generally have grooves around 30% deeper than all-seasons, and often there are more of them. These grooves ensure a more efficient evacuation of water, snow and slush.
In addition, a winter tire will stay softer and preserve its full elasticity even in very cold temperatures (as low as -40 degrees Celsius). These properties help the tires maintain better grip and control on snowy or icy surfaces. Winter tires are also designed to reduce braking distances, by as much as 25% according to Transport Quebec.
Choosing the right winter tires
There are several types of winter tires available on the market for each of the different vehicle categories. If you don’t know which tires to choose, contact your insurance broker or car insurance company to learn which winter tires are recommended for the type of vehicle you own.