6 Frequently Asked Questions About Winter Tires

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Q: How long do winter tires last?

A: Many variables can impact how long your winter tires will last, most concerning your driving habits. Though we can't provide an exact lifespan, based on an average driving distance of 20,000--25,000 km per year, you'll generally get at least 4--5 seasons out of a set of tires.

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Q: How can I tell if it's time for new winter tires?

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A: You can quickly check your tire tread depth by inserting a toonie into a tire groove with the bear standing upright. If you see the top half of the letters or more on the silver rim, your tread is quite worn, and it may be time for a new set. With 16 top tire brands to choose from, a Toyota expert can help you find the perfect setting for your vehicle. Book a service appointment for assistance.

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Q: How do winter tires differ from all-season tires?

A: There are three main differences between winter tires and all seasons, which explain why winter tires provide optimal performance on slippery and cold roads:

  • The rubber compounds of winter tires are designed with softer and more flexible material than all-season tires. This flexibility provides a more sufficient grip in slippery and wet conditions.
  • Deeper tread depths offer improved traction on snowy roads, reducing snow buildup and providing a safer drive.
  • Sipes are also included on winter tires to give drivers more control on ice.

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Remember, safety should always be your priority when it comes to driving. Choosing the right tires for the season can help ensure a safe drive, no matter the weather. Look out for tires branded with three-peak mountain snowflake icon, as they'll provide improved snow traction beyond the standard in all seasons. If you're searching for new winter tires for your vehicle, use our Tire Selector Tool to ensure you get the right tires at the right price.

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Q: Can I mix and match my winter tires?

A: The answer to this one is always a very straightforward "no." Mixing brands, seasons, or use durations put your vehicle at risk of fishtailing. It can cause problems with your braking and steering. Toyota Tire Experts are specially trained to help you find the perfect set for your vehicle. By booking a tire changeover at your Toyota Dealer, you can trust that your car will run at it's best on the right tires all winter

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Q: How should I store my off-season tires?

A: Storing your off-season tires in the proper conditions can improve their longevity. Your storage location should be dry, away from direct sunlight, and at an appropriate temperature (ideally around 15oC or slightly below1oC). Finding suitable space to store your off-season tires can be tricky, but Toyota has you covered. Our Toyota dealer offer storage options to fit your needs. Have your winter tires held, changed and replaced all in one place.

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Q: Is winter tire maintenance different from that of all seasons?

A: With cold weather comes the potential for tires to lose pressure quicker, so we recommend monitoring your winter tire pressure more frequently than all seasons. Toyota University Trained Technicians can help you check and correct your tire pressure if you need assistance. 

To keep your vehicle performing at it's best in winter and beyond, we recommend you request a service appointment every 6 months or 8,000km, whicheveer comes first.

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