Personal Injury Lawyer on the Benefits of Using Winter Tires

Winter Driving Tips from an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Unlike in Quebec, winter tires are optional in Ontario. However, winter tires are crucial during our colder months. Here are some reasons to consider using them:

  1. At about 7 C and below the rubber in all-season and summer tires begin to harden which reduces their ability to grip onto the road. Winter tires are made in such a way as to be able to grip on the road regardless of temperature. In a situation where a driver must brake suddenly, proper winter tires will stay soft and grip better.
  2. Winter tires also have superior traction. They offer deeper and more prevalent tread which creates a bigger “bite” on the ice.
  3. Ice and snow under your tires tend to melt which creates a lawyer of water and potentially causes hydroplaning. Winter tires reduce this effect with its special grooves which push the water off to the side.