Let’s face it, Montreal Winters can be dreadful. With snow covered roads and icy highways, our daily commute can become a daunting and sometimes even dangerous task. At WheelWiz, we want to make sure you’re well equipped this Winter with the proper snow tires for safe and stress free travels.
Here are a few questions we commonly receive from Quebec drivers and answers to have you ready for this upcoming Montreal Winter.
Do I absolutely need Winter tires in Quebec?
According to the SAAQ, from December 1st to March 15th inclusively, Wnter tires are mandatory on all cars, SUVs and pick-up trucks registered in Quebec. Fines vary from $200-$300 for those who fail to respect the law.
Why are Winter tires required?
The answer is simple: to provide the best possible traction in cold Winter temperatures. As soon as thermometers read as low as 7°C, the rubber compound of summer or all-season tires will harden and grip will be significantly reduced.
The softer rubber compound and tread design of Winter tires is specifically designed for the harsh climate of our Quebec Winters, effectively increasing dry traction, grip in snow and contact on ice.
My current Winter tires seem used. Can I use them for another Winter?
At WheelWiz, we recommend being safe than sorry. If you notice your tires are old and worn, don’t compromise your safety and begin shopping for Winter tires sooner than later.
Although the SAAQ allows as low as 1.6 mm (2/32 in), a good rule of thumb for optimal traction is making sure you tires have at least 4.8mm (6/32 in) left at the time of installation.
Be sure to check your tire’s DOT!
A tire’s DOT will end with 4 digits that will help you identify when the tire was made. That 4 digit number corresponds to the 2 digit week and 2 digit year in which the tire was made.
For example, 2512 means that the tire was made in the 25th week of 2012.
Rubber has a tendency of degrading over time. Sunlight, heat, ice, and general wear and tear can accelerate the breakdown of a tire. As a tire ages, the rubber compound will harden, substantially reducing grip in snow, traction on ice and increasing its likelihood of failure. An easy tell that your tire is slowly expiring is small micro-cracks in the rubber.
Many manufacturers suggest changing tires after 6 years, even if there is some tread left.
How do I choose the tire with the specifications for my car?
With various sizes, speed ratings and tread patterns to choose from, picking the right Winter tire for your needs can be confusing! Contact us at let us point you in the right direction.
Do you have any brand recommendations?
We do! Through independent testing and years of customer feedback, we have our favourite picks for this season! We are confident that these best Winter tires will keep you safe on the road this season.
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WheelWiz wishes you safe driving this Winter season!