Why Use Winter Tires?

Why Use Winter Tires - Acumen Insurance

Winter is fast approaching - if not here already - make sure you are prepared with the right Winter Tires this season. Did you know that having four winter tires on your vehicle reduces your braking distance by up to 25% or between 2 and 3 car-lengths? That could be the difference between worry-free stopping and a fender-bender, or worse, a severe accident.

To reward safe winter driving, Acumen Insurance is offering 5% - 10% savings on your auto insurance premium* if your car is equipped with four winter tires.

Why Use Winter Tires?

Winter tires have a special rubber compound and tread designed to handle winter weather. The tire tread remains flexible when temperatures drop below 7°C, preventing snow buildup and helping maintain traction on icy roads.

What is the Right Way to Identify a Good Winter Tire?

According to Transport Canada, "tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions." Look for this marking when shopping for tires, and ask an expert for advice on the best snow tire for your needs.

Our Top 3 Winter Tires to Save on Auto Insurance

  1. Michelin X-Ice X-i3. These tires are designed for use in very cold climates, and perform very well on icy and snowy surfaces, although this means they don’t perform as well on dry pavement. This makes them best for places with heavy snow on the ground. They offer a quiet, smooth ride and are a good investment, as they are highly durable as well as effective.
  2. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. These tires are most often selected for trucks and SUVs and offer strong performance along with a smooth ride. They’re durable and long lasting, and grip snowy and icy roads in very cold conditions exceptionally well.
  3. General Altimax Artic. These tires do their job well and without flash or pretense. They are available with a studded option for extreme winter conditions, but grip well in the studless version as well. They perform very well in a wide range of winter conditions.



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* Applicable to vehicles equipped with 4 snow tires continuously between November and March. To be rated as winter tires, the tires must be marked with the ‘peaked mountain and snowflake’ symbol, as qualified by Transport Canada.  ‘Mud and Snow’ (M+S) or ‘All Season’ tires do not qualify