Winter Tires at Go Nissan in Edmonton, AB
Anyone who’s experienced an Alberta winter knows just how tough it can be; from the bitter cold to the icy roads, most Albertans are left wondering why they weren’t living somewhere substantially closer to the equator. But with a warm coat, some winter boots, and a good set of winter tires on your Nissan, you’ll be able to handle anything mother nature throws your way. Here at Go Nissan, your Edmonton-based Nissan group with three conveniently-located dealerships to choose from, we can’t help you with the coat or boots, but we can get you set up with an excellent set of winter tires. Read on to learn more about the importance of winter tires.
Why you need winter tires
The snow, slush, ice, and sand found in copious amounts on Alberta roads during the wintertime aren’t exactly great for traction. Add in the colder temperatures, and your summer or all-season tires just won’t cut it, leaving you in danger of getting into an accident and damaging your vehicle—or worse. Winter tires offer deeper, specially-designed tread patterns more adept at handling the slick and uneven road surfaces. They’re also created from special rubber compounds that handle the cold better, and doesn’t lose its flexibility when the mercury drops. These factors make for tires better equipped to handle our long winters, and to keep you safe behind the wheel.
When should you switch to winter tires?
While you don’t want to wear your winter tires out by driving on them year-round, you should probably switch to winter tires sooner than you think. Most all-season tires start to stiffen up and lose their efficacy at around 7 °C or lower. Even if there isn’t snow on the ground, the temperature drops substantially overnight in the fall, and your morning commute could end poorly if your tires haven’t warmed up properly from the previous night’s low. Don’t wait until you see snow to swap out your tires; not only will getting in earlier decrease the chances of needing to wait for an appointment, but it will also ensure you’ve got the protection you deserve.
What are the best winter tires for Alberta?
Go Nissan carries a wide range of winter tires suitable for our wide range of Nissan models. While your best option is to talk to a knowledgeable Service team member about the best winter tires for your Nissan, we do find the following tires (in no particular order) as some of the best options on the market:
- Michelin X-Ice Xi3
- Continental Tire WinterContact SI
- Pirelli Ice Zero FR
- Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
- General Tire Altimax Arctic
How much do winter tires cost?
Due to the large selection and variable nature of winter tires, it’s tough to determine an exact price—although, you can expect to pay roughly $120 per tire on average. While you may have other ideas on how you could spend that money, it’s a small price to pay for your safety (and a fraction of what you’ll need to pay for a new vehicle). By purchasing your winter tires through Go Nissan, you’ll be eligible for the Go Auto Tire Advantage which offers $400 worth of repairs, a free 2-year road hazard warranty, free lifetime tire rotation, and much more!
How to store winter tires
Once again, due to the special rubber compounds found in winter tires, you’ll want to find a cool, dry place to store them during inactive periods, like a basement or heat-controlled garage. Of course, for those without the space to store their tires, our dealerships offer seasonal tire storage at rates starting at $79.95. This makes it especially easy when it comes time to switching your tires, as you’ll only need to book an appointment and bring your Nissan to the dealership of your choice.
An absolute necessity for those driving in Alberta’s wet and chilly winter conditions, winter tires are a small price to pay for peace-of-mind. For more information on winter driving, including winter driving tips and how to prepare your Nissan for the season, you can follow the links, call us, or fill out the form below.