What you should know about driving on winter tires

Once you slip winter tires on to your car, you’ll have to get used to sliding less on the road. But that doesn’t mean you’re invincible.

“You could drive the exact same and you would be surprised at the stopping distance you have,” said Angelo DiCicco, general manager with Young Drivers of Canada. “They may be a little bit noisier and they may feel a little bit clunkier around turns – but you should view that as being more sure-footed.”

Unlike normal tires that get harder – and lose their grip on the road – when it gets colder than 7 degrees Celsius outside, the rubber in winter tires is designed to stay soft so tires can keep their gripping power to -40C.

“It’s absolutely the single most important differentiation between today’s winter tires and winter tires of yore,” said Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), an industry group representing tire manufacturers.

Even though winter tires help you stick better to roads, you should stick to being cautious, Maidment said.

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