All-Season vs Winter Tires

Yes, they are called "all-season" or "all-weather" tires. But they are not designed to truly handle winter conditions in Canada.

All-season tires are primarily made of a harder rubber compound. When temperatures drop below 7°C, that rubber compound tightens and lose their grip. These tires have a tight-closed tread design that can easily become packed with snow, reducing traction.

Snow tires are designed with a softer rubber compound to remain flexible to better grip road surfaces. They have a more open tread design to improve traction by clearing the snow and slush from tread grooves.Winter weather can be unpredictable but some extra preparation and caution can help keep you safe. It takes longer to stop on slippery road - make sure there's extra space between you and other vehicles. If you do skid, release your brakes and steer in the directon you want to go. Be careful not to "over-streer" or the car could spin. Pay attention to the road surface. Asphalt in winter should look grey-white. If it looks black and shiney, it could be covered in ice. Remember to stay focused on the road.



UP TO $100 OFF TIRES - Twenty brands to choose from. Discounts provided directly by applicable tire manufacturer ranging from $35 to $100 with the purchase of a set of four tires. Visit the website of each tire brand for product eligibility, terms, conditions and promotion period. Ask your tire technician at Richmond Hill Hyundai for more details.

Make the Switch to Winter Tires

When you switch between all-season and winter tires, you are prolonging the life of each set. A set of four all-season or winter tires (changed annually) should last approximately 80,000 to 120,000 kilometres. But ultimately tire life depends on the type of driving you do.

For more information about winter tires, contact the Service Department at Richmond Hill Hyundai. We know about tires and how they perform. Avoid the mad rush after the first snow fall, and make an appointment today to have your winter tires installed.


As of January 1st, 2016, all Ontario insurance companies were required by law to offer some type of winter tire premium discount. These discounts can be as high as 5 per cent.

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