They say proper preparation prevents poor performance, and when the forecast calls for snow (as it so often does in Edmonton) you want to be prepared. So the crew at Team Ford is adjusting that old adage; proper Pirellis prevent poor performance. Now they don’t necessarily have to be Pirellis, but for the love of all that is good in this world, slap some real winter tires on your ride!
Want proof? After Quebec made winter tires mandatory in 2008, winter collision rates dropped 17%. Now since they are the only province that legally requires its residents to use winter tires, you may think you are off the hook. But the last thing you want is for that beautiful new 2018 Mustang you bought from Team Ford to leave the comfort of your garage and end up in a scrap heap somewhere.
Without getting too technical, most modern tires are made from a combination of rubbers, chemical compounds, and other scientific stuff — the type of scientific stuff that people with complex degrees and white lab coats get paid a lot of money to study. A bit of research never hurts as there are many different types of winter tires out there, at many different budgets, but believe us when we say the compounds used in winter tires are meant specifically for the sub-zero temperatures that we are accustomed to in our lovely, snowy city.
“We said tire scientist, not tired scientist!”
In addition to the different chemical compounds, winter tires use a different tread pattern than all season tires. Patterns that have been worked on tirelessly (pun totally intended), and tested rigorously. And honestly, you’ll be treading on thin ice if you don’t use something that has been specifically engineered for, well, snow and thin ice.
There have been enough innovations within the field of tires that the days of slapping some chains on your tires for traction are thankfully behind us — and in fact there are regulations against studded tires in different municipalities all across the country. There are no laws in Alberta at the moment but considering the damage studded or chained tires inflict on the roads, and how much we spend on road construction a year, it’s only a matter of time before the laws change. So take it from Team Ford, and invest in some winter tires for your vehicle. We’ve got plenty in stock, and can help you pick the right one for your ride. So hit the road, before our tire puns start falling flat (the pressure may be getting to us).