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Everything You Need To Know About Winter Tires In Edmonton

Winter driving in Edmonton can be a daunting task, with heavy snowfalls, icy roads, and freezing temperatures, but with a quality set of winter tires, you can have a safer and more comfortable driving experience. Find the best set for you at your local Trail Tire Auto Center.

What Do You Mean By Winter Tires? 

Winter tires are made specifically to accommodate driving requirements during the most dangerous months of the year. From the tread patterns to the chemical components in the tread rubber, they are designed expressly for enhanced grip and control in winter conditions.

Winter tires include more natural rubber, which gives them a softer structure. When temperatures rise, the interaction between the rubber compound of the tires and the road changes. This has an impact on the tires’ grip. Summer tires harden below 7°C, whereas the specifically formulated compound of winter tires ensures flexibility even below 7°C.

How Do Winter Tires Work? 

Their name implies that they are snow tires, but they are cold-weather tires that perform well in rain, ice, and snow, even on dry but chilly roads. Their softer compound allows them to grip roadways better in cooler conditions than summer and all-season tires, which have a harsher substance.

Its small grooves dig into snow, ice, and mud, quickly dispersing water and assuring greater braking and traction. Meanwhile, deeper tread grooves gather and hold snow, aiding grip on packed snow and aiding in water dispersal, lowering the risk of aquaplaning.

Importance Of Winter Tires In Canada

North American countries like Mexico and Canada have unpredictable weather, so drivers want a solid and super-effective tire that gives them a strong grip on the road during snow storms or heavy snowfall. Here’s why you Winter Tire to your Ride in Canada:

Compromise Free

Winter tires include a flexible rubber compound and a special tread shape designed specifically for usage on snow, slush, and ice in freezing conditions. Drivers will benefit from significantly greater traction during acceleration, noticeably shorter stopping distances, and a drastic boost in directional stability at speed if no compromises are made for other seasons.

Whereas all-season tires are good in both the heat and the cold, winter tires specialize in cold-weather driving, and it shows. Winter tires’ compromise-free, cold-climate innovation allows drivers to enjoy the cold-weather travel season with peace of mind for themselves and anyone else in their vehicle.

Maximized AWD Performance

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is a popular piece of powertrain gear among Canadian consumers across various vehicle types. Today’s models have more fast-acting, precise, and sophisticated all-wheel drive systems. Whether you drive a Subaru, Ford, Acura, Hyundai, or Mitsubishi, your ride’s AWD system reacts to low-traction situations with millisecond precision to keep you and your family safe by assisting you in maintaining vehicle control.

Major Advantages And Disadvantages Of Installing Winter Tires 

When installing Winter Tires on your ride, whether an SUV, Sedan and Heavy duty truck, you achieve numerous advantages, a few of them are as follows:


  • Winter tires, whether wet, dry, snowy, or ice, grip cold roads well.
  • Nothing sticks to snow like snow. In the case of compact snow, winter tires fill their tread grooves with snow, allowing them to grip the road.
  • Their extra-deep treads can disperse more water, reducing aquaplaning and improving handling.
  • They are more durable than summer tires and thus less expensive since they provide more safety in the cold while maintaining flexibility.


  • Summer tires perform better in warmer and more moderate situations than winter tires in freezing climates. As the temperature rises over 7°C, your winter tires must be replaced with summer tires.
  • Possessing a full set of winter and summer tires, including spares, may be expensive – not only to buy but also to store. In some countries, you have no choice, although, in others, an all-season tire may be appropriate

When Should I Buy Winter Tires In Alberta? 

In Alberta, it is recommended to buy winter tires before the temperature drops below 7°C , which usually happens in late October or early November. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather forecast and not wait until the last minute to purchase your winter tires, as demand can be high during peak winter months.

Whether you prefer the convenience of shopping online or the personalized service of in-store shopping, Trail Tire Auto Center has you covered for all your quality tire needs in Edmonton.  Don’t let the daunting price of winter tires throw you off. Trail Tire has a selection of price-efficient used tires to help you find a tire that fits in your budget.