Winter Tires and Wheels

When should I have snow tires put on?

Ideally, before the first winter storm hits. Because Calgary weather isn’t always predictable, we recommend getting your vehicle ready with the right tires in late fall, early to mid November, at the latest. Try to avoid putting snow tires on too early, however, as driving on dry pavement will wear out snow tires’ traction much more quickly.

Do I really need snow tires, or are all weather tires okay to use?

No, when it comes to giving you the starting (and, more importantly – stopping) traction you need, all weather tires (AWT) just don’t cut it. All weather tires are great for rain and shine during the other three seasons, but your vehicle needs the grip of snow tires to perform safely on snow and ice.

My vehicle already has AWD. Do I really need snow tires too?

Yes, you really do. All-Wheel drive might be enough to get you going through slushy snow and black ice, but they won’t help you stop when it matters. Being able to stop quickly enough is critical in many winter driving situations, and the ten to thirty extra feet it takes you to stop without snow tires could mean the difference between a close call and a fatal accident.

My vehicle is front/rear wheel drive. Is it okay to only use two snow tires?

Nope, it’s not. Having snow tires only on the tires which power your vehicle will give it imbalanced traction, and won’t provide the kind of stopping and starting power that having four balanced snow tires will. The stopping power and traction of a vehicle with only two snow tires is barely better than a vehicle with no snow tires at all – so double your investment and quadruple your safety.

Even classic, sports and performance cars can be driven in the winter, with the help of quality snow tires. Drive your “cool” car in the winter when everyone else puts theirs away!

How often do I have to buy new snow tires?

If they’re not too worn down, snow tires can often be re-used for a second, and sometimes even third winter season. Remember that the more worn your snow tires are, the less stopping power they’ll provide. If you’re at all unsure about whether or not your snow tires are still good, have one of our technicians look them over before they’re installed, and we’ll give you our honest opinion.  Remember: your summer tires will last longer if you switch to snow tires during the winter.