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Important Toyota Winter Tires for Facing Our Winters

Important Toyota Winter Tires for Facing Our Winters

Important Toyota Winter Tires for Facing Our Winters

2023 Prius Prime tire

Time to Check Your Winter Tires: Are You Prepared?

Whether we like it or not, winter is on the horizon, and it’s the time of year when it’s crucial to check the condition of your winter tires or to buy new ones. The icy temperatures, snow, and ice make winter a demanding season for drivers, and winter tires are not an option. They are mandatory according to the law in effect, and necessary for your safety, your passengers’ safety, and the safety of other road users.

However, it's not enough to just opt for any brand or the cheapest ones. Whether they are Michelin, Yokohama, Dunlop, Toyo, Hankook, Continental, Goodyear, General Tire, Pirelli, Uniroyal, Laufenn, Gislaved, Bridgestone, Firestone, or BFGoodrich, your winter tires must be perfectly suited to your vehicle model to play the crucial role they are meant to.

Selecting the Ideal Winter Tires for Your Toyota Model

Selecting winter tires that are suited to your Toyota model is essential. Besides safety, a well-suited winter tire offers several advantages such as improved grip, fuel economy, increased durability, and comfortable driving.

Key Factors in Choosing Winter Tires

Before buying your next winter tires, it’s important to consider the following points:

  • The model, year, and version of your Toyota;
  • The size of rims and wheels;
  • The weight of the vehicle;
  • The drivetrain and wheelbase;
  • The use of the vehicle;
  • Driving habits.

The ideal tire model for an SUV like the Toyota RAV4 or the C-HR may not be as efficient for a Toyota Camry or a Sienna, even if the required tire size is the same.

You should also think about the general condition of the roads you travel on. If you mainly drive on well-cleared but often icier roads, you will need a winter tire that performs better on ice than on snow, or vice versa if you often travel on snowy roads.

Assessing the Condition of Your Winter Tires

Depending on the number of kilometers driven each winter, your tires will last a certain number of years. You can ask our specialists to check the condition of your tires, or you can do it yourself using a wear indicator or a simple 25-cent coin. To be safe and effective, your winter tires should have grooves with a minimum depth of 1.6 mm. By placing the 25-cent coin, with the caribou’s nose facing down, between the tire grooves, you can see if your winter tires are still good. If the caribou’s nose is not visible, you can keep your tires. Otherwise, you will need new tires to get through the cold season without any trouble.

Take the time to consult the recommended tire specifications for your Toyota vehicle and make sure to choose high-quality winter tires for safe driving.

Schedule your tire change appointment today at Dixie Toyota and get ready for winter: reach out to us now!


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