At Cooksville Hyundai, we recommend switching over from your summer or all-season tires to winter tires when the temperature drops below 7°C. The soft rubber compound used in winter tires are designed and optimized specifically for cooler temperatures providing the best handling, performance, and safety in both snows and on ice. Whether you’re looking to buy a set of winter tires, getting them installed or storing your current summer or all-season tires, Cooksville Hyundai has you covered. Here are the most common questions we get asked by our customers!
Thinking about getting your Hyundai winter tires? Not sure what kind or size of tires, rims or wheels your vehicle needs? Let the experts at Cooksville Hyundai help you find the right winter package at the right price for your vehicle.
Winter vs All-Season Tires
Unlike many provinces in Canada where it’s required by law to have winter tires installed on your vehicle throughout the season, it is not mandatory in Ontario. However, it’s recommended by most automotive experts as winter tires are designed specifically to tackle all types of winter weather conditions including deep snow, icy/slushy roads, and extremely cold temperatures. As the average daily temperature drops below 7 °C, the rubber compound used in All-Season tires begins to harden and loses traction, making it hard for drivers to start and stop in wet, slushy and snowy conditions. Winter tires, on the other hand, are constructed with a softer rubber compound that remains pliable in colder climate and features a more aggressive tread pattern that helps decrease snow build up and increasing grip into snow or ice.
Winter Tire Insurance Discount in Ontario?
Having winter tires installed on your car also comes with perks, like insurance benefits. As of January 1st, 2016 insurance companies in Ontario are required by law to provide discounts to drivers who purchased and installed winter tires for their vehicle. The discount and how it may apply will vary based on your current policy. In general, most drivers can expect to receive a 3-5% reduction in their policy. Note that your insurance providers may request documentation before applying the discounts to your policy such as a receipt for purchase/installation, or photograph of the winter tires installed on the vehicle. For more information, please contact your insurance provider.
Alloy or Steel Rims?
For many owners, standard steel rims remain the most popular option when buying new winter tires. Steel rims are often coated in a special black finish that is resistant to corrosion and are the most common rims you will see on a majority of vehicles throughout Ontario during the winter season. However, with alloy rims, owners can enjoy having the practicality of winter tires, while also maintaining the aesthetics and appearance of their vehicle. Having alloy rims not only improves the overall look and feel of your vehicle, but it also offers performance in the long run. In general, alloy rims are lighter than steel rims, thus improving acceleration and braking, as well as overall handling and steering response.