Winter tire for Nissan
With the impending jingles and cozy fireside evenings comes the thrill of cheer-filled family gatherings whisking 2015 out the door and welcoming 2016. Along with all that merriment though, comes winter driving and dreaded snow and ice packed roads. Choosing the right winter tire can be a confusing and stressful time for most people, that’s why at West End Nissan we’re here to help you through it.
The main question on the mind of most Edmonton drivers is whether or not winter tires are even a necessity – we already have all-seasons, isn’t that enough? The fact of the matter is that while all-season tires are rated for both muddy weather and snow, they don’t respond to our prairie winters as well as they would in less volatile climates.
Winter tires are made with cold-weather specific rubber compounds that grip into the snow better than all-seasons do. Channelling tread patterns and an open tread block pattern on winter tires are also designed for greater traction in snow and on ice. Winter tires also have a larger number of tread sipes (tiny slits in the tread blocks) than all-season tires, giving them more grip on wet surfaces.
There is a financial advantage to investing in winter tires as well. With our long winters, we can easily say that half of the year is spent in cold weather. Taking six months of wear off of your summer or all-season tires means you’ll be replacing them half as often. That’s money that stays in your pocket, or that you can use to pay for your next Mexican vacation when the cold just won’t seem to go away.
When to install winter tires?
Most of us don’t think to install our winter tires until we see snow on the ground, but that’s a habit that could easily put us in a dangerous position.
According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, seven degrees Celsius is the magic number. That’s the crossover point where winter tires begin to outperform all-seasons, even on dry pavement when the snow hasn’t begun to fall yet. The reason for this is the more supple silica tread compounds in winter tires that respond better to cold temperatures than the harder compounds of all-season tires.
So many choices!
With so much competition on the market, it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed by this decision. At West End Nissan, we thrive to constantly alleviate any vehicle-related stress that you might have, and that includes choosing the right winter tire.
With your protection in mind, we recommend that you put your trust in a name that you already know. Bridgestone has been a household name since it was founded in 1931, and their new Multicell tires are leading the industry when it comes to plowing through deep snow and gripping to sheer ice.
The revolutionary Blizzak WS70 is made of a unique Tube Multicell compound that acts like a sponge, with microscopic bubbles soaking up and dispersing water, giving you a better grip on the road. Once the Multicell tubes have removed the water off of the surface of the ice, the Blizzak’s hardened bite particles grip the surface for even more traction. The WS70’s unique zigzag sipes grip snow-covered roads like no other, providing unbeatable handling and responsiveness.
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