Winter Tire Guide for Your Hyundai

Winter Tire Guide for Your Hyundai

Hyundai Tucson in Winter Conditions

Winter has arrived and it's essential to prepare your Hyundai for the harsh weather conditions that come with the season. One of the best ways to do this is by investing in a reliable set of winter tires. Not only will winter tires optimize your vehicle's performance, but they are also necessary by law on many of British Columbia's highways and regions, particularly Northern, Interior, and Southern regions outside of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In this winter tire guide for Hyundai drivers, we'll cover everything you need to know about choosing the right winter tires for your vehicle.

Why are Winter Tires Important?

Winter tires differ from regular tires in their design and technology, providing better traction on snow and ice. As temperatures drop below 7°C, winter tires retain their suppleness, ensuring that they maintain their grip and continue to provide an ideal driving experience. Regular tires lose their effectiveness during winter, leading to longer braking distances and increased skidding on the road. As a result, winter tires are a critical safety measure for drivers in Prince George.

When Should You Install Winter Tires on Your Hyundai?

The temperature is the biggest factor to consider when installing winter tires on your Hyundai. Once the temperature dips consistently below 7°C, it means it's time to install winter tires. Moreover, you should aim to have your winter tires installed before the first snow comes.

How to Assess the Condition of Your Current Winter Tires

If you're already using a set of winter tires, it's crucial to check their condition before winter sets in. Here are some tips to help:

  • Wear indicators: Modern winter tires come with built-in wear indicators. Check these indicators to ensure that your tires still have sufficient tread depth. Tires with a tread depth of less than 1.6 mm should be replaced.
  • Tread depth measurement: Take a manual tread measurement to check if your winter tires still have the recommended tread depth of at least 4.8 mm.
  • Age: Even with sufficient tread depth, winter tires over four years old should be inspected to assess their condition.

Choosing the Right Winter Tires for Your Hyundai

When selecting winter tires, it's important to consider your vehicle's make and model and your driving habits. Consult with your Northland Hyundai tire centre expert to determine the right winter tires for your Hyundai. Here are some general tips to help you choose.

  • Consider winter wheels – check your owner's manual or refer to tire sidewalls to determine your tire size and ensure a perfect fit.
  • Consider your needs – Winter wheels protect your summer wheels while also allowing you to choose a tire size that is one or two inches smaller which means more affordable winter tires and better overall performance.

Prepare Your Hyundai for B.C.’s Winter Roads

It's essential to equip your Hyundai with the best winter tires to ensure your safety regardless of the weather conditions that come our way. Our winter tire experts are always here to help, so give us a call today and let’s find the perfect winter tires for you.

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