Do us a favor and poke your head outside for a sec.
You feel that? Brrrrrr. That’s frosty, alright!
Winter is almost here and that means it’s time to get your vehicle ready. Restock those emergency kits; check your battery life; get an oil change; top up those fluids.
But before you do any of this, you need to make sure you have a reliable set of winter tires. Especially if you live in Edmonton.
#1 Winter Tires Are Designed for the Coldest Temperatures
Surprise! Winter tires are specifically designed for winter! Who would have thought! In all seriousness, a lot of people think their all-season tires handle the road just as well as winter tires do. That’s simply not the case.
Winter tires are made from a special rubber compound that works better as it gets colder. That compound is specifically designed for snowy, slushy, and icy conditions. While all-seasons might work just fine during a rainy day or even in a light snowfall, they are definitely not equipped to handle the amount of snow we get in Edmonton.
#2 Tread Will Tell You Everything
Winter tires have a special single-directional tread pattern (think “V”) that’s designed to push away snow and ice, not just drive over it. Winter tires also have a deeper tread depth than all-seasons. When you combine an open tread pattern and deeper depth with the special rubber compound that’s used in winter tires, you have a vehicle you can trust when roads get icy.
#3 Tire Pressure Matters
Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so it’s important to check your pressure at least once a month. It’s even more important if your vehicle has been out all night. Proper air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption. Transport Canada recommends you check your tire pressure once a month.
Don’t know how to check your tire pressure? WATCH THIS VIDEO
#4 Winter Tires Should Come in Sets of Four, Not Two
Winter tires were meant to be installed in sets of four. While it may seem like a cost-effective idea to only buy two at a time, you’re putting yourself and others on the road at risk. If the back of your vehicle has different tires than the front, your vehicle won’t be properly equipped to handle a sudden ice patch or snow pile.
For example, if you hit black ice and only half your vehicle is outfitted with winter tires, your car will be working against itself instead of reacting as a unit. Sure, you might save money in the short term but it can end up costing you way more down the road.
#5 Replace Your Tires Every Few Years
Winter tires should not be driven once their tread has been worn past 6/32″. When they get this low, they lose their ability to grip the road at all, let alone when it’s covered in ice. If you allow them to get as low as 2/32″, you’re putting yourself at major risk. Your tires will be ineffective and the chances of you losing control on icy roadways increase greatly.
Don’t know how to check the tread life on your tires? WATCH THIS VIDEO
Buy Your Toyota Winter Tires at Mayfield Toyota
Shopping for winter tires in Edmonton? Mayfield Toyota is the best place to get winter tires for your Toyota. We have up to $100 in manufacturer rebates to help you save even more money (for a limited time!
Winter Tires Savings
- Rav4 – $155.90 per tire plus taxes
- Corolla – $107.31 per tire plus taxes
- Highlander – $194.90 per tire plus taxes
- Sienna – $156.25 per tire plus taxes (not run-flat)
- Tacoma – $189.22 per tire plus taxes
We’re also offering an early bird special mount and balance for $100 or Tire Swap for $20 until October 15. Book now and save! These prices are subject to change.