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Are You Tires of Winter Yet??


Let’s play winter tires fact or fiction


1. Winter tires make me a better or even safer driver (fiction)

Similarly, if you burn everything that you cook, improved cookware won’t make you a better chef. Self-improvement requires practice.

2. Purchasing winter tires will increase my vehicle’s cost of ownership by more than $800 (fiction)

If you are able to travel 80,000km on 1 set of “all-season” tires and 80,000km on 1 set of winter tires, you will be able to travel 160,000km on 2 sets of tires regardless of what type(s) of tires they are. Your only added cost is for a set of rims that can be had for as low as $50 per rim.

3. Some dealerships include a set of winter tires and rims with the purchase of a new vehicle (fact)

Late fall is a great time to purchase a vehicle to take advantage of this promotion. Some might offer this on used vehicles as well.

4. My vehicle has 4 wheel drive so I don’t need winter tires (depends)

I recommend tires with the M+S (mud and snow) designation for 4 wheel drive vehicles, they are a true 4 season tire as mud is found in spring, summer and fall where snow typically arrives in fall and lasts until spring (or summer here in Saskatchewan). These are great so you don’t need to store a set of tires, just be sure to perform tire rotations at regular intervals.

5. There is no need for me to install winter tires on my hunting truck which is also my daily driver (very true)

However, why not get a set of M+S tires for $1000 and save your super aggressive ($2000-$3000) bush tires for hunting only? You won’t want to go looking for trouble but you won’t have to be scared of trouble finding you either.

6. My winter tires will have to be the same size as my summer tires that came with the vehicle (fiction)

If you are purchasing rims as well as tires, you have several options. Be sure to select a wheel and tire combination that is compatible with your vehicle, talk to someone that you trust for advice if necessary. There are plenty of tire size calculators on the internet so you can compare different diameters (which can affect your speedometer reading) and widths. For example, by selecting 16-inch wheels rather than the factory 17s, you will likely find far more tire options at far lower prices.


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