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On cold wintery roads, all vehicles – cars, SUVs and trucks – benefit from the traction and control that winter tires provide.
It's a common misconception that two winter tires (i.e. the front wheels on a front wheel drive) are just as good as four.
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Why? All Season Tires start to lose their elasticity and grip when the temperature dips below 7°C—well before there’s snow on the ground.
That’s why winter tires are essential for our coldest season. They’re engineered with a special compound that allows the rubber to retain elasticity in cold temperatures, thereby providing enhanced control and traction for any type of vehicle.
Mixing tires designed for different conditions - with different tread patterns, rubber constructions, and sizes – can cost you the stability of your vehicle.
With different tires at the front and rear ends, your vehicle may either understeer, or oversteer . It’s imperative to keep the same traction at all four corners of the car; otherwise, you could lose the benefits of ABS and potentially lose control of your vehicle.
For all of these safety reasons, Canadian Tire installs winter tires in sets of four, so that you maintain the most balanced and controlled handling possible as you navigate through winter’s challenges.
See the difference for yourself.
Here are some of the special features on winter tires that help them tackle the challenges of winter driving:
Explore these features in our demonstration: