Any driver in Canada knows how harsh winter can be and how important a good set of winter tires are. This is especially true for commuters who travel in and out of Toronto on the 401. We want to remind you, it’s been less than a year since a 40-vehicle accident happened on 401. A combination of strong winds, light snowfall, and sub-freezing temperatures was to blame for the slippery road conditions. Fall is when winter tires are the cheapest, and before the snow arrives is when you should install them.
It doesn’t matter what part of Canada that you live in? Fall is also when you should inspect your tires for signs of wear. This is a big mistake that a lot of drivers make who plan on keeping their all-season radials on. All-season tires are good for areas with limited ice and snow; however, this is Canada we’re talking about. The difference between having or not having them can best be explained in the paragraph above.
What Makes Winter Tires Cheapest in the Fall?
It’s been our past experience that supply and demand are what makes them cheaper in the fall. Here in Canada, winter arrives around November, and this is when tire shops like ours are the busiest. We anticipate this rush and prepare ahead of time by increasing our winter tire inventory in the summer. When tires are bought in bulk, the savings can be passed on to the consumer. As a winter tire inventory is being depleted, tire manufacturers are busy making summer tires.
When the winter tire supply is simply diminishing, it makes them harder to get and more expensive. Even though there might be some available at other suppliers, they come at a premium. Trucking and shipping rates for snow tires overnight or within a couple of days will also increase the price. The best advice that we give to all of our customers is to make an appointment in the fall. This is when we can sell you a quality set of snow tires at the lowest possible price.
Now that we’ve explained what makes winter tires cheapest in the fall, let’s talk about some fall tire tips:
Inspect Your Tires
Check the depth of your tires by using a quarter. Place the caribou’s antlers into the tire tread on each groove. If you can see the top of the antlers, you will need new tires this winter. Tires will lose traction as they wear, and they rely on the tread blocks for grip. You don’t want to be driving on bald tires in the snow, especially on highway 401.
Inspect Last Year’s Winter Tires
If you have a set of snow tires from last winter, dig them out early and inspect them. It’s not uncommon for a set of winter tires to last three to four seasons. If you have any question at all about the safety of your snow tires, stop by our tire shop in Vaughan. One of our friendly tire technicians can help you determine whether they’re safe or not.
Check the Tire Pressure
When the temperature drops, the same thing happens with your tire pressure. This is why a lot of drivers see the indicator light on their dashboard, it’s a warning. It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. Don’t forget about the spare in the trunk, cold weather and time effects that one too.
Order Your Winter Tires Early
Just like we talked about above, it’s a good idea to buy your snow tires early. We’ve discovered, it’s not uncommon for Canadians to own two sets of mounted tires. It just makes sense to have a good set of summer and winter tires that are ready to swap out. Buying your snow tires early will ensure that you have them when you need them the most.
When the snow starts to fly, so do people who wait to the last minute to buy snow tires. All tire shops see this trend, and the result is a massive reduction in inventory. Here at Autobahn Tires, we carry a massive inventory of custom wheels and snow tires for all makes and models.
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