Winter Tires Are the Safer Option

Personal Injury Lawyer in Vancouver - BLW LawyersAll weather tires have flooded the market in recent years, promising drivers a convenient alternative to dedicated winter tires. While it sounds great to get by on one type of tire all year round, all weather tires are a compromise—and your choice to take that compromise could come back and bite you. Learn why winter tires are still the safest option.

What are All-Weather Tires?

All-weather tires promise to perform all year round, in rain, sleet, snow, and sun, in any climate. Some all-weather tires come with a mountain snowflake symbol, which supposedly indicates they can handle snow.

The convenience of not having to switch out tires is tempting, but how can the same tire hold up in both Miami and a Montreal winter?

This isn’t a trick question: It can’t. Even tire makers admit that all-weather tires don’t provide the same cold-weather performance as winter tires, nor does their tread last as long as summer tires.

Why Winter Tires are the Best Bet

From a cost perspective, it may be cheaper to invest in all-weather tires than to buy a dedicated pair of winter tires and pay your mechanic to rotate the tires on and off seasonally (even if the all-weather tires will wear out faster and thus require frequent replacement). However, cost is not the main consideration here; it’s your safety and the safety of others.

It is important to drive with the right tires for the road conditions all year round. If winter temperatures regularly drop below 7 Celsius, you need to invest in winter tires.

All weather tires actually offer less traction on the roads when temperatures plunge because the tread compound hardens in cold weather. This gives you less traction on snowy, slushy roads, which makes you more likely to skid. In contrast, winter tires use a different material for the tread compound, so they maintain their pliability to better grip the road in cold temperatures.

Auto accidents have serious, sometimes fatal, consequences. You could seriously injure another party or yourself, and you could destroy personal property as well as your car. If you are at fault, you could be legally liable. Take it from our auto accident injury lawyers: The cost-conscious decision to skip winter tires could cause you thousands of dollars in legal fines and medical bills. This is not an area to compromise.

Contact BLW Lawyers for Personal Injury Claims

If you have been in a recent accident this winter, contact us today or call us at 604-689-3383 and we will help you with any personal injury claim.

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