Video: How to Choose Tires

Today, tires are developed with leading-edge science to make driving safer and easier. But with so many different tires to choose from, how do you decide which ones to buy? Don’t worry – you got this!
 

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Today, tires are developed with leading edge science to make driving safer and easier. But with so many different tires to choose from, how do you decide which ones to buy? Don't worry. You got this. [MUSIC PLAYING] Depending on where you'll be driving and at what time of year, there's a tire that's just right for you. For safe driving on the road in spring, summer, and fall over a wide range of conditions, all-season tires are ideal. Despite being called all season, however, they are not certified by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada for use in winter. That's because they're missing the enhanced traction you need for driving in cold temperatures or snowy weather. For more control in snow and icy conditions, winter tires are the best choice. When the temperature drops below seven degrees Celsius, the special compounds that winter tires are made of improve traction, stopping, and handling. Winter tires are marked with a mountain snowflake symbol, which shows that the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada certifies them for use in winter. Performance tires are designed for handling and control, with stiffer sidewalls and very gripping tread compounds. They provide the best traction and cornering in wet and dry conditions. The trade-off is that performance tires don't last as long as most all-season tires. If you're planning to do some off-roading in your light truck or SUV, all-terrain tires are a great choice. They have more aggressive tread patterns that increase traction in mud and deep snow, but check to see if the sidewall has a snowflake symbol on it to indicate it's rated for use in winter. All-terrain tires are built with special compounds that make them tough and durable. However, they won't provide the same traction and cornering on the road as all-season tires, and their large tread blocks can generate a lot of noise at faster speeds. Your new tires should be the same size as the tires your vehicle came with, unless you're interested in a sportier look and feel. To find out what the standard size of tires is for your vehicle, look at the owner's manual or doorjamb. You can also check the sidewall of your current tires. If you want to change the look of your car or if you'll be changing your tires seasonally, you may want to buy a tires and wheels package from Canadian Tire. Having wheels in both your winter and all-season tires will save you money every time you need to switch. Once you've narrowed down your tire choices to a few finalists, you can check out how they're rated in our tough tire tests. We test all our tires for dry and wet handling, gas mileage, and comfort on closed tracks with unbiased experts. The ratings help you compare tires and find the ones that are best for your car or truck, and your lifestyle. With the right tires on your car, you can be confident it will handle whatever weather and driving conditions come your way. Don't worry. You got this. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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