Why You Need Winter Tires in Ottawa, Canada

You can handle winter, but can your tires?  Why do you need winter tires in Ottawa, Canada?




If Mother Nature gave us three seasons, then all-season tires might be perfect.  But she didn't.  When the thermometer begins to dip, the compounds that make up the typical all-season tires become hard and stiff.  The result is less grip - even on dry pavement - which means less safety and performance.

In temperatures below 7° Celsius, you need winter tires.

At precisely 7° Celsius, the superior adhesion of winter tires begins to make a difference, regardless of road or weather conditions. With their specifically formulated rubber compounds, winter tires reduce vehicle stopping distances by up to 25% – performance that can make the difference between a close call and calling for a tow.




There are three component that provide winter tires with their superior traction - tread compound, tread design, and biting edges. LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK.

BITING EDGES ENGINEERED INTO THE GROOVES assist in gripping snow while accelerating and braking in winter weather.  Variable thickness sipes (hairline cuts in the tread that increase tire-to-surface contact) help winter tires prove their worth from the arrival of winter to the beginning of spring.

TREAD DESIGN REFERS TO THE DESIGN FEATURES that lend winter tires their burlier look.  These ridges provide improved traction by whisking away water and snow, for better braking and cornering capability.

THE COMPOUND REFERS TO THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE. In winter tires, that structure includes more rubber for flexibility in lower temperatures.  Some tire brands even incorporate silica for improved grip.


ottawa-tire-imageTHE PHYSICS OF FOUR:

There's a common misconception that two winter tires, either on the front or back depending on drive configuration, are sufficient to maintain control when the temperature falls.

The fact is that tire and vehicle manufacturers collectively recommend that drivers install winter tires at all four corners so that more rubber is in contact with the road at all times.  This simple application of physics, known as co-efficient of friction, helps to ensure maximum traction in snow, on ice, and on roads affected by winter conditions.


WARNING - Never install only two winter tires on the front of a vehicle.  This is particularly dangerous and could result in a complete loss of control.


CAUTION - Installing only two winter tires on the rear of a vehicle could lead to unwanted and sometimes unpredictable handling characteristics.

Schedule Your Appointment and Save Your Quote to Lock in your Discount Price!

The Ottawa Discount Tire Store was created to save you money on your next tire or wheel/rim purchase. We have the best deals on tires in Ottawa with a 100% guarantee that you are happy with your purchase. Let us save you money on brand name tires. Find the tires you need for your car and driving needs at an affordable price. Once you have found the tire that best suits your needs and budget, simply book an appointment online with our service department. We will contact you without delay to confirm the details of your visit.

The Ottawa Discount Tire Store has the tires and wheels/rims you'll need for the performance you want on all the terrains that you'll encounter. We have all the high performance tires, all-season tires, winter tires, all-terrain tires, and off-roading tires you will need for your driving needs. We specialize in tires that fit Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Ford, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Subaru, VW, Nissan, Kia, and Cadillac vehicles. The Ottawa Discount Tire Store stocks name brand tires such as Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter, Michelin Latitude, Laufenn I Fit Ice, Bridgestone Blizzak, Yokohama iceGuard, Pirelli Winter Ice Zero, BF Goodrich Winter TA, Kumho I'Zen at affordable low prices.

The Ottawa Discount Tire is also home of the original Lowest Price Guarantee. Our lowest price guarantee means that your get the best price possible on your next set of tires or we give you $100!

Not sure where to store your all-season tires in the winter and winter tires in the summer? Let the professionals at the Ottawa Discount Tire Store take care of things and remove the headache of loading and unloading your car with tires and rims. FREE tire storage is available in the Nation's Capital at Ottawa Dodge Chrysler Jeep Headquarters located at the corner of St. Laurent Blvd and McArthur Ave, just North of the Queensway, conveniently between Orleans and Kanata.

Leave your winter or summer tires with us and we'll install them for you when it's time. It's another reason why people choose and trust the experts at Ottawa Dodge's Discount Tire Store.
From tires for the highway to tires for rugged terrain to tires for the racetrack and everything in between - the Ottawa Discount Tire Store has what you're looking for.