Are Winter tires needed in the Lower Mainland, or will all season tires suffice? It’s a good question that often sparks debate around this time of year. It’s possible that another winter will pass without any snow accumulation. However the softer compound and more aggressive tread pattern used in Winter tires offer increased traction (compared to all season tires) as soon as the temperature drops below 7°C. Furthermore, all it takes is one snowfall at an inopportune time to cause a dangerous driving situation. In that moment, your choice of tires could be the difference between an accident or a controlled evasive maneuver.