As the leaves start to change colour and temperatures drop, it is time to start thinking about swapping out our tires for ones better suited to cold weather. Whether you prefer to call them winter tires, snow tires or cold weather tires, it is important to have them changed once the thermometer hits about 7-degrees Celsius. It is just as important to get the tires recommended by the manufacturer. A set of Hyundai tires will have you tackling cold, snow and ice with ease and safety.
Learn more about the benefits of Hyundai tires in Hamilton at Mountain Hyundai. Our inventory of tires is one of the largest in the city, making it easy to ensure you have the right ones for your car or SUV. From winter tires to high-performance rubber, we've got them all.
While mostly-mild winters in Southern Ontario may tempt you to wing it with your all-seasons, it is a much better idea to install tires better suited to temperature and conditions for the season. Your all-season tires simply do not compare to a good quality set of cold weather tires. We call them cold-weather tires because their benefits begin once the temperatures drop, offering much better performance and safety even before there is snow and ice on the road.
All-season tires begin to lose traction at temperatures as balmy as 7-degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the rubber compounds that are found in all-season tires and high-performance summer tires begin to harden, resulting in reduced road contact and decreased grip, even on dry pavement. Winter tires feature special rubber compounds that remain pliable at temperatures below 7-degrees Celsius. At this temperature, cold-weather tires will offer better performance than all-season and summer tires. This is why it is a good idea to change your tires during mid- to late-autumn, rather than waiting for snow in the forecast.
We have all witnessed drivers panicking as they adapt to changing road conditions on the first snowy day of the year. Traffic crawls and highways become parking lots, Driving in as little as one inch of snow seems to terrify some drivers. Having quality winter tires installed on one's vehicle is sure to instill more confident driving. In some places, such as the province of Quebec, having winter tires is mandatory.
Aside from cold weather, there are plenty of reasons why your Hyundai vehicle will benefit from Hyundai tires. While modern tires are well-constructed thanks to advances in tire technology, tread life is limited and you'll have to replace your tires several times throughout the life of the vehicle. Factors affecting tread life include driving behaviour, road & weather conditions, vehicle type and tire type.
You can maximize the mileage you get from your tires though responsible driving and proper maintenance. For example, if your car is in need of an alignment, wear could be uneven, causing a tire to wear faster than expected. An over-inflated tire will cause fast centre wear while an under-inflated tire will cause fast shoulder wear. A properly maintained tire will exhibit even wear across the tire.
While cheap Chinese-label tires may seem like a bargain, you'll get what you pay for. Tests have shown that some of these tires offer worse braking distances and cornering grip, scoring very low on performance-based tests. In general, road safety is not the ideal place to cut corners, and you'll ride more safely on tires from reputable manufacturers recommended by Hyundai. If you're looking to save money, look into the discounts offered by insurance companies for having winter tires installed on your vehicle.
Mountain Hyundai offers quality tires from all of the world's most reputable manufacturers, including Michelin, Yokohama, Goodyear, Firestone, Uniroyal and more. We offer the tires that are meant for your vehicle, installed by factory trained technicians while you wait.
Finally, it is important to remember that tires should always be installed in matching sets of four. They are designed to work together, and a mismatched set can create instability. It is also important to regularly monitor tire pressure, as cold weather will cause it to decrease. The proper pressure required can usually be found on the sidewall, or in your owner's manual. Furthermore, you may prefer to install them on a dedicated set of rims and protect your summer wheels from the harsh effects of salt and sand. This also allows you to avoid the hassle and charges to remount and balance every spring and fall.
Need new tires or are ready to have snow tires installed on your Hyundai car or utility vehicle? Come see us today and enjoy the benefits of Hyundai tires at Hamilton's Mountain Hyundai. You'll get the right tires for your car, keeping you safer than ever on the road. Our team of Hyundai-trained mechanics can also look after the task for you, from making a quick tire switch, to recommending the best winter tires for your Hyundai vehicle.