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What are the Benefits of Winter Tires in British Columbia?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ, Safety, Service & Parts, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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Good tire health contributes a lot towards safety in the winter months. Due to inclement weather and the geography of British Columbia, most routes require ALL vehicles to be equipped with winter tires or chains between October and April. By law, winter tires are required to have a tread depth of at least 3.5 mm – how do yours look? Keep reading to find out why winter tires are required for driving near Kelowna, BC and learn more about the advantages of winter tires during harsh conditions.

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All-Season Tires vs. Winter Tires

While most tires look the same upon just a quick glance, there are a number of differences between all-season tires and winter (snow) tires. Most notably, “all-season” doesn’t mean the same thing in British Columbia, Canada as it may mean in other locations across North America. The harsh conditions of winter in Canada let the best features of winter tires shine.

For example, winter tires provide better braking on ice and better snow traction than all-season tires. In extreme temperatures (below 7 degrees Celsius), the rubber of all-season tires loses most of its ability to “grip,” while winter tires – which are made of unique rubber compounds – provide specialized tread patterns and depth optimized to provide the best performance in harsh conditions.

Seasonal Tire Storage near Kelowna, BC

Switching over from all-season tires to winter tires presents a new problem: where to put these four extra tires for the next few months? There are a number of advantages to having your tires stored seasonally at Kelowna Hyundai. While your tires are in our care, they will be stored in a climate-controlled facility. Additionally, they will be cleaned, as well as inspected for any damage.

From now until December 31, Kelowna Hyundai is providing up to 6-months of storage for just $49.95. If you’re interested in learning more about tire storage, check out our tire centre. Contact us or stop in and talk to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our trained and skilled service team! At Kelowna Hyundai, we offer winter tires for all makes and models, so we’re sure to having something that fits your needs!

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