The cold weather is upon us, and our friends in the northern part of our province know that better than anyone with an unexpected snowfall overnight.

With that being said, preparing for the upcoming winter driving season by switching to winter tires is on many people's minds.TireWinter and all-season tires are both viable options for the upcoming winter season

"I mean, really, you could wait till November but then you are waiting when winter is really set in and then we are backlogged and loaded up with lots of people coming in," explained Fountain Tire Owner/ Manager Joanne Hodgson. "I'm hoping to spread it out, and if they want to start thinking about it mid-October, then you are set up for the season."

While many switch over to winter tires, all-season tires are another option.

"If you have lots of snow and lots of ice, strictly a winter tire is by far the better choice. There are lots of all-weather tires out there too if that's your choice in your budget, just to have one tire all year round. So there is definitely options for people for whatever budget they are in," explained Hodgson.

Alberta winters are famous for heavy snow and ice and Hodgson leans towards making the choice of winter tires over all-season.

"Winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound so it acts more like a suction cup on the ice. And it has lots of sipping (sic) on it so it gives you that better traction and better stability when you are driving. And of course, everybody needs to remember to drive with the weather conditions also."

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