Posted Dec 10th 2013 8:00PM
That time of year in Canada is upon us. You know, when the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the threat of icy, snow-covered roads looms over our heads. It's also the time of the year where driver's reignite the long-raging debate of winter tires vs. all-season tires, as we all prepare for months of winter driving ahead.
Here at Autoblog Canada, the winter driving season tends to also trigger endless emails from advice seeking friends and family (including many from you, our faithful readers too) asking us our opinion on buying winter tires and whether or not you really need them. In a nutshell, our simple answer is always unequivocally, "Yes, we'd strongly suggest switching to winter tires if you drive in Canada."
However, the second most common question following "Do I really need winter tires?" is always, "What if my car already has all-season tires?!" Well unfortunately, the term "All-Season" can be a little misleading when it comes to snow and admittedly it's a major cause of the confusion surrounding winter tires among consumers. Honestly, if we had it our way, we'd likely banish the inappropriate term "all-season" from tire nomenclature altogether.
Click here to find out the difference between winter vs. all-season tires and check out our recent trip to the Michelin Winter Driving Academy with pro racecar driver Carl Nadeau. While it's only the start of a long and cold season, remember folks, (more) winter is coming. Don't get caught out.