Now that temperatures are consistently reaching past the freezing mark overnight, it's time to start thinking about winter tires. 

"Winter tires help control in the stop, starting and in cornering, especially in high speeds," explained Dallas Work, manager at the Estevan Kal-Tire.

He went on to explain that there are three different types of tires: the all seasons, all weather tires, and winter tires.

"Winter tires are specifically just for winter. All weather tires are actually winter rated tire that you can leave on year-round. They're not quite as good as straight winter tires for the winter but if you don't want to change, it's a lot better option than your all season tires."

"Winter tires are made of a softer rubber. They have more siping and siping is what gives you edges to stop on ice and you need edges on ice to stop. And that's even without studs. Studs help even more because they actually dig into the ice to help you stop."

"They are are designed to kick out snow so that you dig instead of just spinning on top of the snow. Where as a lot of all season tires will just pack with snow and stay in there."

"With our own testing that we do, at 30 km/hr, a winter tire will stop 22 m sooner than an all season tire."

He adds that the time to start considering winter tires is right about now. 

"When you start getting freezing overnight them you can end up with ice in the morning. Ice with a little bit of water on top from the sun as it melts a little bit, is actually the slipperiest condition that we have. So once the temperatures start reaching around that minus three, minus four at night, that's when you want to start putting your winter tires on." 

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