When most people think about tires and outdoor temperatures, they think of extreme summer heat causing blowouts on the highway, but cold weather also poses a problem for tires. When the thermometer begins to dip, the air pressure in your tires may also drop, affecting your fuel economy and making your tires more vulnerable to punctures.
Just about everyone in Canada has, at some point, awakened to find their tires low or flat on a cold morning. Drops in pressure aren’t always indicative of a leak; cold temperatures can cause pressure to decrease. Cold temperatures make air contract, thus lowering air pressure in tires. For every 10-degree drop in temperature, there’s a 1-psi drop in tire pressure, on average.
Low pressure makes tires more vulnerable to puncture and also causes them to wear down faster, so it’s important to check your tire pressure at least once a month in the winter if possible. Winter tires can also help with performance issues caused by ice and snow, providing added traction and less likelihood of excessive wear, thanks to their hardier design and construction.
Tire Pirates has served the Calgary area for more than 25 years, providing tire repair, brake service, and auto repair service. The company specializes in tire repair and replacement, and it carries a wide range of name-brand tire products from top manufacturers. For dependable all-weather tires and winter tires that won’t let you down, visit Tire Pirates today.
With the cooler fall months quickly approaching, which can bring sleet, snow, ice, and slushy driving conditions, two questions we are asked frequently are “ When should I buy new winter tires ?” and “What is the difference between all season tires?”
All season tires are misnamed and designed to only provide decent transaction and control for part of the year in the warmer spring and summer months. This means they do not have the added traction required for Calgary winter road conditions. However, they will work in light snow and muddy conditions, but not in colder temperatures and slushy, heavy snow, or icy conditions.
Winter tires, on the other hand, are made exclusively for wintertime driving conditions. The rubber used to make winter tires are designed to remain flexible and provide superior traction and grip even in severe driving conditions. With all season tires, the rubber on the traction can freeze and get hard, so you have less traction and control.
Winter tires are better for the colder fall and winter months and should be used in any location where temperatures get below 7 Celsius, while all season tires are better for spring and summertime driving.
Now is a great time to start shopping for and to buy a set of winter tires. For assistance in selecting winter tires for your vehicle, or to check out our latest tires deals, please feel free to stop by Tire Pirates or call us at (403) 907-0394 or (403) 907-0431 today!