I have a bad habit of speaking too soon, and jinxing things. I mean, during the primaries I said there was no way Trump could be president. I regularly remark on how I haven’t spilled on my shirt—mid meal. I also am the (not-so) proud owner of a 2006 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup champions tattoo, as well as an Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl 51 champions tattoo. What I’m trying to say is, I call things too early and it usually comes back to haunt me. One thing I’ve never called too early—switching to my winter tires. When the temperature starts to drop, and the meteorologists start proclaiming doom and gloom, I’ve already swapped out my summer tires and slipped into something . . . a little more comfortable. I’m telling you, it’s never too early for winter tires. Want proof? Then read on.
We’ve spoken before about the importance of winter tires, once or twice. Or three or four times—but who’s counting? And do you know why? Because they’re just that important. You wouldn’t run a marathon without shoes, would you? So why drive without the proper footwear for your vehicle? Tires are made from rubber compounds, and different types of tires utilize different compounds. This means that most summer tires, and some all-seasons, start to lose their grip when the temperature drops below 7℃. Less grip means it takes longer to come to a complete stop when braking. Taking longer to come to a complete stop when braking means a real opportunity for your front bumper to get embedded in someone’s back bumper. You can see how this is a bit of a dilemma. This crisis can be averted, if you do like me and put your winter tires on sooner.
How soon? Well, this is Alberta, which means there’s always an early risk of snow (case in point, I can see the snow falling through my office window as I write this—in September). Your best bet? Once Starbucks starts advertising pumpkin spice lattes, you should think about getting the jump on getting your tires swapped. Because the people buying pumpkin spice lattes are a lot like putting on winter tires—incredibly basic. Once the wild women of suburbia begin consuming pumpkin spice everything, and switching to heavier duty footwear (in this case, Uggs), you should put some heavier duty footwear on your vehicle.
Truth is, I come from a long, long line of people who speak too soon (but I’ll surely be the last). My father once famously remarked that nothing would surpass the quality of LaserDisc. My great, great, great, great grandfather was best known for declaring the Seven Years War over—after two months. It’s okay, I know this about myself. I also know that I’m never going to struggle with having the wrong set of tires on my vehicle. If you’re a prepared person like me, then get in touch with us at Team Ford and we’ll help you get those winter tires on early, which in my books means just in time.