Engineered for Canadian Winters: Experience Unwavering Traction in Slush, Snow and Ice

When icy roads and blinding snowstorms hit, you need more than just winter tires – you need the unwavering confidence that comes with Yokohama's high-performance technology. Engineered specifically for the challenges of Canadian winters, these tires deliver superior traction, control, and stopping power for a safer, more assured winter driving experience.



Winter Tire FAQ


When to change winter tires?

For optimal safety and performance in Canadian winters, follow these guidelines:

  • The 7°C Rule: Install your Yokohama winter tires when the temperature consistently stays below 7°C. Yokohama tires use specialized rubber compounds engineered to maintain grip and traction in cold conditions that summer and all-season tires can't handle.
  • Regional Requirements: In Quebec, winter tires are mandatory from December 1st to March 15th. Other provinces may have recommendations, so check your local regulations.
  • Don't Wait for Snow: Winter weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared with your Yokohama winter tires for sudden temperature drops, icy roads, and early-season snowfall.

How long do winter tires last?

Winter tire lifespan depends on several factors, but with proper care, they generally last about 3-5 winter seasons. Here's what influences their longevity:

  • Mileage: The more kilometers you drive on them, the faster the tread wears down.
  • Driving Habits: Aggressive driving with hard cornering or braking accelerates wear.
  • Storage: Proper storage between seasons (cool, dry, dark location) prolongs life.
  • Tire Quality: Yokohama winter tires are renowned for durability. Investing in high-quality tires can increase their lifespan.
  • Road Conditions: Harsher winters with frequent ice and heavy snow can lead to faster wear.

Signs it's time to replace your winter tires:

  • Tread Depth: Winter tires have wear indicators. When the tread reaches 5/32 of an inch or less, they no longer provide adequate traction.
  • Age: Even with minimal use, tires degrade over time. Most experts recommend replacing tires after 6 years, and definitely after 10, regardless of tread depth.
  • Visible Damage: Cracked sidewalls, bulges, or punctures demand immediate replacement.

Maximize your Yokohama winter tire lifespan:

  • Follow Proper Rotation: Rotating your tires regularly promotes even wear. Consult your Yokohama dealer or owner's manual for intervals.
  • Maintain Correct Tire Pressure: Check inflation monthly, as underinflation causes uneven wear.

Are all season tires good for winter?

All-season tires provide a blend of features for year-round use in moderate climates. However, they have significant limitations in true winter conditions:

  • Temperature Sensitivity: The rubber in all-season tires stiffens in temperatures below 7°C, leading to reduced grip on ice and snow.
  • Tread Design: Compared to the deep, biting treads of dedicated winter tires, all-season treads are less effective at channeling away snow and slush.
  • Stopping Distances: Winter tires offer significantly shorter stopping distances on snowy and icy roads.

When all-season tires may be sufficient:

  • Mild Winters: If your area experiences very light snow or temperatures that rarely dip below freezing, all-seasons might be adequate.
  • Occasional Winter Driving: If you only encounter winter conditions infrequently, all-season tires could be a compromise.

Why winter tires are best for Canadian driving:

  • Maximum Safety: Winter tires, like Yokohama's lineup, use specialized rubber compounds and tread patterns tailored for cold weather, snow, and ice.
  • Peace of Mind: Be prepared for unpredictable winter weather changes.
  • Legal Compliance: Winter tires are mandatory in some provinces during specific periods.

Can I use winter tires in summer?

While technically possible, it's strongly discouraged to use winter tires in summer. Here's why:

  • Rapid Wear: The soft rubber compounds in winter tires are designed for cold temperatures. In summer heat, they will wear down extremely quickly, reducing their lifespan and effectiveness in the following winter.
  • Compromised Handling: Winter tires lose their grip and responsiveness on hot, dry roads. This can lead to longer braking distances, poor cornering, and overall less predictable handling.
  • Increased Fuel Consumption: The softer tread of winter tires creates higher rolling resistance, making your vehicle work harder and consume more fuel.
  • Hydroplaning Risk: Winter tire tread patterns are not optimized to channel water effectively on wet summer roads, increasing the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Potential Noise: Winter tires tend to be louder on summer pavement.

The Bottom Line:

Swapping your winter tires for summer or all-season tires when the weather warms up is essential for safety, performance, and saving money in the long run. Yokohama offers a range of high-quality summer and all-season options for your vehicle.


Are winter tires mandatory in Ontario?

No, winter tires are not legally mandatory across the entire province of Ontario. However, they are highly recommended for safe driving during the winter months.

Why you should consider winter tires even if they're not mandatory:

  • Safer Driving: Winter tires offer significantly better traction, braking, and handling on snow, ice, and in cold temperatures compared to all-season tires.
  • Insurance Benefits: Many insurance companies in Ontario provide discounts for drivers who install winter tires.


Studded tires have specific restrictions in Ontario. They are only permitted in Northern Ontario and have limited dates of use.


What are the best winter tires?

There's no single "best" winter tire for everyone, as the ideal choice depends on several factors:

  • Your Location: The severity of winter conditions in your region (heavy snow, frequent ice, etc.) will influence the type of tire you need.
  • Your Vehicle: Cars, SUVs, and trucks have different tire requirements.
  • Your Driving Style: Prioritize ice performance for city driving or deep snow traction for rural areas.
  • Your Budget: Winter tire technology ranges from budget-friendly to premium.

Why Yokohama winter tires are an excellent choice:

  • Canadian Expertise: Yokohama designs winter tires specifically for the challenges of Canadian roads.
  • Advanced Technology: Our tires feature innovative tread designs and specialized rubber compounds for maximum grip on ice, snow, and in cold temperatures.
  • Broad Selection: We offer tires tailored for various vehicles and driving needs, including options for severe winter conditions.
  • Commitment to Quality: Yokohama winter tires are built for durability and long-lasting winter performance.

Let's find the perfect Yokohama tires for your winter driving!