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Winter Tires in Toronto

Do You Need Winter Tires in Toronto?

Do you live in Toronto and wonder if you need to buy winter tires? Then maybe your search has led you to the right place. When the first snowstorm hits your city, you are going to be grateful you have winter tires. Toronto’s weather is highly influenced by its location on the shores of Lake Ontario. Although Toronto is warmer than most other Canadian cities, there is still over 1 cm of snow on the ground an average of 65 days a year, between mid-December and mid-March. Ice is also an issue when it comes to winter driving.

Toronto in the Winter

An increasing number of icy condition-related car accidents have been reported over the last few years. As you might not know, only 50% of Canadians drive with winter tires during the cold season. Furthermore, in a survey conducted online among Ontario drivers by Ipsos Reid for Canadian Tire, only 47% said that they used winter tires. Of course, when winter comes, it is important to slow down and keep a safe distance between cars. But why buy winter tires in Toronto? Are they safer than all-season tires? Some all-season tires are winter-approved. That means they passed a variety of tests to make sure they meet the relevant security standards. But be careful, to be identified with the winter-approved icon, they need only just barely pass the tests. Therefore, you should think twice before you decide to choose all-season winter-approved tires.

All-season winter-approved tires have been equipped with a stiffer rubber which reduces their traction power on icy roads. In the event of heavy snowfall, driving becomes more difficult with all-season winter-approved tires because their tread design is not adapted specifically to winter: the treads have bigger blocks and narrower spacing between them. All things considered, even if Toronto does not have the roughest winters in Canada, we do recommend the use of winter tires.

Some people think that, unlike two-wheeler vehicles, four-wheeler vehicles are equipped with a variety of safety devices preventing them from slipping on icy roads. But the truth is, if your vehicle is not running on winter tires, it has close to no traction. Technologies such as electronic stability control and anti-lock brake systems cannot be relied on in winter conditions as they do not perform to their full potential. On the other hand, winter tires are specifically designed to give your vehicle added traction on ice and snow-covered roads.

If you are considering buying winter tires, make sure to go all the way. Some people decide to buy only two winter tires. But the results of doing so are unpredictable and could endanger your safety. You do not want to gamble with your life. If you don’t want to mount and dismount your tires before each season, we suggest you buy a second set of wheels for the winter. You can choose from our wide selection of alloy wheels, replica wheels, and steel wheels. If you have a smaller budget, you can select inexpensive steel wheels dedicated to your winter tires. Alloy and replica wheels can get damaged in the winter. You’ll want to switch to winter tires around mid-November, or when the temperatures drop under 7oC for a continuous period. You should wait until the temperatures go back up again, around mid-April, to remove your winter tires. If the weather is too hot, it will damage them. Winter tires should be stored somewhere cool and dry, away from the sun. Remember that having a second set of tires is not doubling the expense, it’s halving the wear. You’ll have twice the number of tires but will have to buy new ones half as often.

Cars in the Winter

Why Buy Winter Tires in Toronto?

When the temperature drops, a lot of people wonder if a second set of tires is worth the investment. Over the last few years, certain parts of Canada have seen the average yearly snowfall rise significantly. Moreover, it has been said that climate change could bring bigger snowstorms and cause cold snaps to happen more often. With that, more and more people ask themselves if winter tires are becoming necessary because after all, you never know when a snowstorm can happen.

In Toronto, depending on the season, there are three types of tires people use. Summer tires, all-season tires, and winter tires. Every tire type is made differently to adapt to the conditions it is meant to be used in. Summer tires are made with a relatively hard compound that softens with mild temperatures to provide more grip. However, when temperatures drop below 7oC, summer tires regain their stiffness and become ineffective.

To improve their tread life, all-season tires are made with a harder rubber compound than winter tires. When the temperatures drop below -7oC, they stiffen and lose traction, even on dry pavement. Most all-season tires don’t have a tread pattern that is adapted to snow, which means they do not offer any grip on snow-covered roads. They become packed with snow and lose all their traction power. All-season tires can be great for people who live in parts of Canada where there is virtually no snow. As their name suggests, all-season tires perform OK in all types of conditions; however, they are not designed for one specific kind of weather. When it comes to real Canadian winter conditions, you are not going to be able to rely on them.

Winter tires, which are identified with a snowflake symbol, are made with a softer rubber that stays flexible in temperatures below the freezing point. That means they offer superior traction and grip on ice and snow-covered pavement. Their more aggressive tread with bigger blocks and wider grooves ensures more effective snow and slush evacuation. It also helps reduce the braking distance, which is important, especially during winter.

Even if they represent an added expense, winter tires in Toronto could save your life. In Québec, for example, their use considerably reduced the number of yearly road accidents: in 2008, after a law was passed to make winter tires mandatory, the number of accidents dropped by 5%. Because they are made especially for winter, winter tires provide enhanced handling and real traction on snow and slush. Most safety experts recommend the use of winter tires in Toronto.

Transport Québec conducted a study in which the effectiveness of winter tires and all-season tires are compared at -2oC and -20oC. They tested the tires on subcompact automobiles, minivans, and 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Three maneuvers were executed: acceleration and braking in a straight line, as well as an avoidance maneuver. Obviously, in the braking test, all vehicle types braked over a significantly shorter distance with winter tires on. As for the acceleration, all the vehicles tested had better results with winter tires: less distance was required to reach 50 km/h. When testing the avoidance maneuver, the results were the same: winter tires performed considerably better. Numerous other studies prove the same point: winter tires perform better than all-season tires when it comes to braking and acceleration distance on ice and snow-covered roads.

It seems that the benefits of winter tires are often underestimated by the public. We believe that the cost of winter tires and the lack of education on the subject discourages a lot of people from buying them. However, in the long-term, it is less expensive to alternate between winter and summer tires than to use all-season tires all year long. Why? First of all, because winter and summer tires are more fuel-efficient during their respective seasons. Moreover, all-season tires tend to wear faster, so they need to be replaced more often; there is also an increased risk of costly collisions during winter. In certain parts of Canada, you can also get a discount from insurance companies when buying winter tires.

Why Buy Winter Tires Online?

If you usually buy your winter tires in Toronto at a dealer, you might want to consider doing it differently this time. On, you can choose your new tires from the widest selection on the market: Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Continental, BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Firestone, Yokohama, Gislaved, Toyo Tires, Hankook, Dunlop, etc. But that’s not the only upside to buying your tires online…

Better Prices

Because we purchase tires and wheels in large quantities, we can get better prices from our suppliers. Furthermore, we negotiate regularly to ensure we buy at the lowest price possible. After all, our main goal is to simplify your purchase experience… and the first step to doing that is to help you save money on tires and wheels. You also save on transport when buying on Indeed, we offer our customers free shipping, virtually everywhere in Canada. Moreover, if you purchase four tires and four wheels, we mount your new tires on your new wheels for free, before shipping them right to your door! You will be delighted with our prices and your overall purchase experience.

Fast & Free Shipping

Shipping is free almost everywhere in Canada when you order four (4) tires or wheels or more. Benefit from our competitive prices, save on transport and get your products delivered to your door quickly.

Affiliated Installers in Toronto

As you may know, PMCtire’s main goal is to simplify your purchase experience from the moment you select your new winter tires to their installation on your vehicle. In 2010, as a part of our quest to make your life easier, we decided to compile a list of affiliated installers located in every part of Canada. We are the first tire and wheel e-commerce store in Canada to offer our customers such a list. Our affiliated installers will welcome you into their workshop and professionally install the tires and wheels you purchased on

Our affiliated installers use the appropriate equipment to mount and balance tires, including touchless tire changers and electronic wheel balancers. They also hire the best-certified technicians to mount and dismount tires. Moreover, if you need other electrical and mechanical services (such as wheel alignments, brake mechanism checks, suspension work, electronic diagnostics, etc.) they will gladly help you.

We have over 20 affiliated installers located in the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (North York, Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Concord, etc.). If you live in the Toronto region and need to have your new winter tires installed, you can choose from one of our many dedicated affiliated installers.

How Does It Work?

Select an Affiliated Installer

When checking out, enter your preferred postal code (home or office) in the appropriate box. A list of the closest affiliated installers will appear, and you can select the one that is most convenient for you. Simply choose the affiliated installer, and its address will be automatically added as the delivery location for your order. Usually, shipping is free, but if any fees apply, you will see it at the next step.

Ship Your Purchase Directly to the Affiliated Installer

After you select your preferred affiliated installer, you can complete your checkout. Your new tires and wheels will automatically be shipped to the affiliated installer you have chosen. Our customer service team will give a call to the installer you’ve selected to make sure everything is in order before they receive the shipment. You’ll be given a tracking number so you can track your package and get an approximate idea of the delivery date. You’ll be notified as soon as the tires are delivered.

Make an Appointment for the Installation

On the carrier’s website, you will see an approximate delivery date for your package. At least 2 days before the approximate delivery date, call the affiliated installer you selected to make an appointment for the installation.

Pay for the Installation by the Affiliated Installer

Every affiliated installer has its pricing when it comes to tires mounting, balancing, and installation. Note that there may be additional charges for the installation of run-flat tires, TPMS valves, etc. You can pay the total due for mounting, balancing, or installation directly to the affiliated installer.

Make the Most of Your Visit

All of our affiliated installers were selected by us because of their optimal facilities for tire and wheel installation, their highly trained technical staff, and the extended range of other electrical and mechanical services they offer. When scheduling an appointment with your preferred affiliated installer, don’t forget that you can ask them for any other mechanical service. Affiliated installers are qualified to perform overall checkups or do necessary repairs!

Dedicated Customer Service and Secured Website

Our Customer Service team is professionally trained to provide you with great advice and technical help with all things related to tires and wheels. Whether you wonder what winter tires you should buy, which wheels would fit your vehicle, or where to get your tires and wheels installed, they are ready to help. Our website is secure, which means you can shop in full confidence. Our online service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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