Frequently Asked Questions about Hyundai Winter Tires

Frequently Asked Questions about Hyundai Winter Tires

Hyundai Tucson winter conditions

Winter is coming and now is the right time to start thinking about outfitting your Hyundai with winter tires. While it's not a legal requirement in Ontario, the advantages of winter tires—especially on icy and snowy surfaces—are significant. They are the best complement to Hyundai's advanced traction and stability control systems as well as Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system. Below, we tackle the most frequently asked questions regarding winter tires for Hyundai cars, electric vehicles, and SUVs.

Do I really need winter tires for my Hyundai?

Absolutely. Winter tires are designed to grip icy roads and remain flexible, even in freezing temperatures. While Ontario law doesn't mandate their use, the safety and performance enhancements they offer during chilly months are significant. For one, your tires are the only point of contact between your Hyundai and the road, meaning that play a critical role when braking. Although your Hyundai’s all-wheel drive system can help with cornering and overall stability, your tires have the most significant impact on overall winter performance.

When is the best time to switch to winter tires on my Hyundai?

You should transition your Hyundai to winter tires when the temperature consistently falls below 7°C. Also, being prepared ahead of the first snowfall of the season is crucial. Thus, installing your winter tires in late October or the beginning of November is recommended.

Where can I get winter tires suited for my Hyundai?

Hyundai's broad lineup encompasses sedans, SUVs, and hybrid models. It's best to collaborate with Hyundai-specific tire centres, like the one at Guelph Hyundai. We offer a diverse range of Hyundai-approved winter tires, guaranteeing a snug fit for your specific model.

How do I choose the best winter tire for my Hyundai?

The tire you pick should mirror your driving environment and habits. Those driving in rural areas might need tires with superior snow traction, whereas urban drivers often face icy patches and require effective braking on clear roads. Regardless of city or country driving, a tire proficient in both snowy and icy conditions is generally the ideal choice. Furthermore, depending on your Hyundai model, certain tires may be more fitting. For spirited driving in a Hyundai Veloster N, a performance-oriented winter tire is perfect. Trekking to snowy destinations in your Hyundai Tucson? A winter tire designed for such excursions would be ideal. Seeking advice from tire professionals ensures you get the best tire suited for your driving needs.

How can I check if my current winter tires are still effective?

There are various ways to evaluate the state of your Hyundai winter tires. First, check that the tread depth exceeds the minimum 1.6 mm required for winter tires. For best results, a tread depth closer to 4.8 mm at the season's start is suggested. Tools designed to measure tread depth are available, or you might notice wear indicators on your tires. Also, reflect upon your driving experience last winter—if your Hyundai lacked grip as the season progressed, it might be time for a new set.

Is it worth considering winter wheels?

Definitely. Marrying winter tires with dedicated winter wheels is a smart decision. They not only keep your Hyundai looking stylish but are typically more economical to fix. Winter can be tough on wheels; having a set solely for winter preserves your summer wheels, ensuring your vehicle retains its value. Another advantage? Winter wheels might allow you to choose a slightly smaller size, often leading to more affordable and sometimes better-performing winter tires.

Considering Hyundai winter tires? Guelph Hyundai is here to help. Besides providing the best tires, we also have storage options and ensure your tires are expertly mounted and inflated following manufacturer specifications. Contact us to find out more.

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