A blue Acura on the snow

As the temperature drops and the trees gradually shed their leaves, there is no getting around the fact that the winter season is right around the corner. But for vehicle drivers in particular, this signals the imminent necessity for tire changes! This is because, as of 2019, winter tires are now mandatory on all road vehicles between the 1st of December and the 15th of March inclusively (and no longer from the 15th of December onwards). To stay safe during the cold season, remember to schedule your tire change appointment right away!

Acura Plus Blainville, located on the North Shore of Montreal near Laval, Sainte-Thérèse, Boisbriand, Terrebonne and Saint-Jérôme, stresses the importance of changing your tires. Whether you're looking for a car to purchase, like the Acura MDX now on sale, or whether have an existing car that needs maintenance, parts changes or repairs, our team is here to serve you!

Follow the Law, and Stay Safe on the Roads!

When you consider that not having your winter tires on during the mandatory period can mean a fine of $200 to $300, you'll think twice before overlooking this important step! But beyond this penalty, tires that are not suited to the season can, first and foremost, jeopardize your safety and that of your passengers.

This is also the reason why all-terrain or all-season tires are no longer permitted: they have different properties and are not suitable for winter conditions. This is because the rubber on these tires tends to harden with the cold. It's also because they have insufficient grip, and the grooves are not made to retain the snow.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed for temperatures below 7 degrees and for snow or ice-covered roads, both of which can be pretty challenging! They increase traction by holding snow in the grooves and ejecting it quickly. In fact, their grooves are 30% deeper than those of other tires, offering better traction.

When changing your tires, check their condition and in particular check the depth of their grooves, which should be at least 4.8 mm. Helpful tip: insert a 25-cent coin with the nose of the caribou facing the bottom of the tire. If you can see the tip of the caribou's nose, your tire is worn out; remember to repeat this procedure in various places on the tire since the wear may be uneven. If there is insufficient depth, this will compromise the grip…

Along with this, other checks should be done: tire pressure, an inspection of defects, wheel balancing and tire rotation. In other words, ask a specialist! They have the knowledge, but also the necessary equipment to make sure your car and tires are healthy. Plus, a general tune-up is an excellent idea to ensure that your car is fully prepared for the harsh winter season!

Naturally, if the weather conditions are favourable, it's even better to change your tires earlier. Not all winters are the same, and November can be colder or snowier so keep an eye on the weather forecast!

At Acura Plus Blainville, our professionals are used to tire changes and they will carefully detect any problem that may arise, whether it is with your tires or your car. You're never better served than by experts!

Make an appointment with our experienced technicians today to ensure a safe and worry-free winter season.

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