Should I Buy Winter Tires For My Lexus? YES! 

In our climate, winter tires are recommended as they are superior to all-season tires in snow and during icy conditions. While all-season tires might be okay for their first winter season, grip can and will quickly diminish as the tread wears down. Winter tires are designed to give added traction in ice and snow conditions and will typically slow and stop your car in less than half the distance than all-seasons.

Having winter tires on your vehicle also entitle you to a discount as an insurance policyholder in the province of Ontario. See the bulletin to the right for more details, and inquire today at Ken Shaw Lexus about how you can save money on insurance by fitting your vehicle with a set of winter tires.

When rubber compounds reach a specific temperature, the material begins to harden and lose grip with the ground it is in contact with. 7 degrees Celsius is the critical temperature at which point you should be switching to your winter tires. The rubber compound in winter tires is designed to stay soft below seven degrees meaning that the grip you are used to in dry warm conditions will still exist in the frigid weather and will allow for traction even in snow and on ice.

Safety technologies that are standard in most modern cars today can be of great assistance in many conditions, but when it comes to ice and snow, only the physical contact between your tires and the ground matter. All Wheel Drive systems that are offered on many vehicles will help you get going in deep snow and will help pull your vehicle up an icy hill, but when it comes to slowing your car at intersections and taking turns on ice, winter tires do all the work.

It is also strongly recommended to use a set of all four winter tires rather than just two on the front, regardless of whether your vehicle is front wheel drive or AWD. While FWD vehicles may seem like they only need winter tires on the axle that is powering the vehicle, it is important to remember that all four wheels will interact with the cold ice and snow. Using tires of different compounds on the same vehicle could cause an imbalance in traction with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) while braking, taking a corner, or making an avoidance maneuver.

Now that you have four new winter tires on your vehicle, there are still a few important things to keep in mind including proper tire inflation. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are essential to ensuring the safety of your vehicle during fluctuating cold temperatures. Every five degree Celsius drop typically results in a ten percent drop from optimal tire pressure. Temperature drops like this occur frequently in the winter and a properly maintained TPMS will alert you to under inflation. An underinflated tire has a smaller footprint which leads to lower grip. Lower grip in these conditions will lead to less control over the handling of your vehicle. Visual inspections of tire pressure are no substitute for a proper gauge, and having your TPMS checked by us when we are installing your winter tires will lead to safe winter driving.

 

* Should you find a lower Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote on all-season or winter tires within thirty (30) days before or after the purchase of qualifying tires from a participating Canadian Lexus Dealer, present the Lexus Dealer where you purchased or intend to purchase qualifying tires with proof of the Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote. They will verify the price and that the item is in stock and available for immediate sale and delivery, and then match the lower price. This does not include verbal or handwritten quotes. “Price Match Promise” does not apply to advertising errors or misprints, Boxing Day prices, special educational prices, restricted offers, mail order offers, rebates, coupons, premiums, free or bonus offers, limited or minimum quantity or limited time offers, close-outs, liquidations, clearances and financing offers. Offer does not apply to advertised prices or internet quotes from outside Canada, or handwritten or verbal estimates. Offer does include Costco quotes. Canadian advertised or Canadian internet quotes are eligible from local tire retailers only within an 80 km radius of your dealership’s location.
Subject to stock availability. Advertised item must be an in-stock brand sold by the Lexus Tire Centre and be the same size, model, sidewall, speed and load rating. Qualifying tires must be purchased and installed at a participating Lexus Dealer in Canada. Price Match Promise does not apply to costs associated with labour, valve stems, mounting/balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Offer valid from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016.
Offer valid on the following tire brands: MICHELIN, BFGOODRICH, UNIROYAL, BRIDGESTONE, FIRESTONE, GOODYEAR, DUNLOP, CONTINENTAL, GENERAL, KELLY, PIRELLI, YOKOHAMA, TOYO, GISLAVED and HANKOOK. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice.