Winter tires don’t just keep your family safe in icy conditions. They improve fuel economy and reduce future maintenance costs. Your vehicle even runs better with a quality set of winter tires on. While they might seem like a big spend now, they actually help you accumulate savings over the long term.
October isn’t too early to start thinking about winter tires. In fact, the earlier you start preparing for the winter roads the better. At Oakville Nissan, our commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us patrons throughout Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, and Mississauga and all across Ontario.
We have a wide selection of winter tires that come backed with Nissan’s 24-Month Road Hazard Coverage. That means your tires have 100% warranty the first year, 50% the second year and flat tire repair coverage up to $40 per occurrence. And if you find a better price somewhere else? Oakville Nissan will match the price within 30 days.
Oakville Nissan carries a wide selection of winter tires by all the major brands including Bridgestone, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Firestone and more. Save up to $125 on qualifying sets of four w/ mail-in rebates. Plus, receive a complimentary Winter-Ready Package (includes Nissan Value Advantage winter wiper blades and a Nissan-branded blanket) with purchase!
Why Do I Need Winter Tires in Ontario?
All seasons tires are not winter tires. While winter tires become more effective as the temperature decreases, all-season tires begin to lose their grip the colder it gets. Once the temperature reads below +7, all-seasons are just not as effective in heavy snow and ice as a quality set of winter tires.
Hundreds of accidents happen each winter that could have been easily avoided had the drivers involved been using winter tires. The problem is, many people don’t understand what winter tires are and why they are so important to have in the first place. Especially during an Ontario winter.
Give yourself the peace of mind this winter that comes with knowing your Nissan has the right tires to get you through the iciest, snowiest and slushiest streets in Toronto. Here are a few reasons why winter tires are so essential.
#1 WINTER TIRES ARE DESIGNED FOR COLD TEMPERATURES
Winter tires are made with a rubber compound that is fine-tuned for cold weather. It helps the winter tire stays soft in freezing cold temperatures which means it can grip the road better. In contrast, all-season tires are made up of a rubber compound that becomes less flexible as the temperature drops. Eventually, it hardens and freezes which greatly reduces your ability to adapt to changing driving conditions.
#2 WINTER TIRES HAVE A DIFFERENT TREAD THAN ALL-SEASONS
You want to look for a V -shape on your winter tires. This pattern helps your vehicle push obstacles like snow and slush out of the way. Winter tires also have a deep tread death which gives you the ability to drive through large amounts of snow. All-seasons, on the other hand, do not have a deep tread depth. This means when the roads get difficult this season (and you know they will) you can have peace of mind knowing your Nissan has the right tools to get you where you need to go safely.
#3 AIR PRESSURE IS CRITICAL
Once you have purchased your winter tires, make sure to check their pressure regularly. Transport Canada recommends you check once a month. Proper tire air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption.
#4 INSTALL YOUR WINTER TIRES IN SETS OF FOUR
You can’t outfit your Nissan with winter tires on the front and all-seasons on the back and expect both sides of the vehicle to react to snow and ice in the same way. Winter tires were meant to be installed in sets of four. This keeps your vehicle consistent across all types of roadways, icy or otherwise.
#5 REPLACE YOUR TIRES EVERY FEW YEARS
Like anything else, winter tires eventually start to wear down. Depending on how much driving you do, you can certainly use the same set of winter tires for several years. However, once the tread begins to wear down your chances of maintaining control in a slippery situation slowly starts decreasing.
A good rule of thumb is to change your tires once they have worn past 6/32″. If you forget to check and discover they are lower than 2/32″ we recommend changing them immediately before driving. This means your tires are bald and they won’t be able to maintain any grip if things get unsafe.
We hope this post was informative and encouraged you to consider choosing winter tires this year. Not only is it the safest choice to make it will help you vehicle last longer and run better, too.