November 7, 2007

Don’t wait for snow to install winter tires, Michelin says

Laval, Quebec – While most drivers install their winter tires after the first major snowstorm, the switch should actually be made once the temperature falls to 7 degrees Celsius, Michelin North America says. In most of Canada, this is usually in October or early November and long before the snow starts to fall.

At 7C, the rubber of all-season tires begins to harden, decreasing handling and braking capabilities. The softer silica rubber compound of a winter tire provides optimum performance on wet, slippery road conditions.

“Winter tires are constructed to perform better in hazardous driving conditions, and this includes everything from wet, slippery surfaces to frosty roads to snow,” said Norman Latr

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