When the temperature falls below +7C, rubber can stiffen up and make traction and braking more difficult.
But winter tires are the safest option because they’re made of special compounds to improve traction, stopping and handling when temperatures dip.
Winter tires are also covered with grooves and small channels that move water and slush away to the sides, and tiny slits called sipes, which create extra biting edges on snow and ice. This helps the tires maintain contact with the road. All season tires, despite their name, are not designed for use in these conditions.
When choosing a winter tire, make sure it has the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on its sidewall.