Edmonton is an incredible city and one we are proud to be a part of. We love it in the warmest of times and yes, we even love it when the thermostat dips below -30 C. And if there is one thing we have learned after years of driving in this city, it’s the importance of winter tires.
Year after year, we see people still choosing to drive their all-season tires long into the winter months. This contributes to hundreds of accidents that could have been avoided if the driver has simply had been driving with winter tires on their vehicle.
Winter tires are not just a helpful suggestion; they play a vital role when it comes to keeping you and your family safe each winter. Especially in Edmonton, where the temperatures are cold and the streets are often covered in black ice.
#1 WINTER TIRES ARE DESIGNED FOR COLD TEMPERATURES
Winter tires are made with a rubber compound that is fine-tuned for cold weather. It helps the winter tire stays soft in freezing cold temperatures which means it can grip the road better. In contrast, all-season tires are made up of a rubber compound that becomes less flexible as the temperature drops. Eventually, it hardens and freezes which greatly reduces your ability to adapt to changing driving conditions.
#2 WINTER TIRES HAVE A DIFFERENT TREAD THAN ALL-SEASONS
You want to look for a V -shape on your winter tires. This pattern helps your vehicle push obstacles like snow and slush out of the way. Winter tires also have a deep tread death which gives you the ability to drive through large amounts of snow. All-seasons, on the other hand, were not. This means when the roads get difficult this season (and you know they will) you can have peace of mind knowing your Lexus has the right tools to get you where you need to go safely.
#3 AIR PRESSURE IS CRITICAL
Once you have purchased your winter tires make sure to check their pressure regularly. Transport Canada recommends you check once a month. Proper tire air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption.
#4 INSTALL YOUR WINTER TIRES IN SETS OF FOUR
You can’t outfit your Lexus with winter tires on the front and all-seasons on the back and expect both sides of the vehicle to react to snow and ice in the same way. Winter tires were meant to be installed in sets of four. This keeps your vehicle consistent across all types of roadways, icy or otherwise.
#5 REPLACE YOUR TIRES EVERY FEW YEARS
Like anything else, winter tires eventually start to wear down. Depending on how much driving you do, you can certainly use the same set of winter tires for several years. However, once the tread begins to wear down your chances of maintaining control in a slippery situation slowly start decreasing.
A good rule of thumb is to change your tires once they have worn past 6/32″. If you forget to check and discover they are lower than 2/32″ we recommend changing them immediately before driving. This means your tires are bald and they won’t be able to maintain any grip if things get unsafe.
Drive a Lexus in Edmonton and Need Winter Tires?
Your Lexus deserves a quality set of winter tires. Lexus South Pointe carries 14 of the top tire brands all of which offer a selection of luxury winter tires specifically designed for the Lexus brand. We also match any competitors advertised tire price.
Let our Lexus South Pointe Tire Experts help you find the perfect set of tires for your Lexus. If you live in Edmonton and haven’t already made the switch, now is the time. Don’t be caught slipping and sliding this winter. Get your Lexus some beautiful winter tires and drive with confidence.