Ford Vehicle Service Information In Penticton BC
<a href="[New%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="images/upload/November_2021/SER-2-2021-ford-explorer-winter-tires-penticton-bc.jpg"alt="A red 2021 Ford Explorer driving on a snowy ski hill"/></a>BC’s winter tire law requires winter tires or chains to be used on most routes in the province from October 1 to April 30. If your car or truck isn’t equipped with winter tires or your current set is due for a replacement, stop into our Service Department at Skaha Ford to discover our wide selection of top brands at competitive prices.

When choosing winter tires for your vehicle, they must be labelled with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol and have the letters “M” and “S” to signify mud and snow. This will ensure that they comply with BC’s winter tire law.

When equipping your Ford with winter tires, it is also essential to install a complete set of four to maintain control and stability of the vehicle. Anything less than four winter tires compromises vehicle safety and the overall effectiveness of the rubber. You also want to avoid mixing tires with different sizes, treads or construction and immediately replace any worn tires.

Drive with peace of mind by equipping your Ford with a set of quality winter tires. To learn more, reach out to our Service Department for additional information and special promotions.

Is It Worth Switching Your Tires Each Year in Kelowna, BC?

(Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:36AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2C%2C%2C%2CSport%20Utility%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/Ford_Expedition_Winter.png"alt="A Ford Expedition parked in front of a frozen lake near a mountain with two hockey player walking nearby"/></a>All-season tires are reliable in a wide range of conditions. Most new vehicles have this type of rubber because of its flexibility. However, in challenging or extreme conditions, you may want to visit a service centre to find something more specialised. 

For example, you may want to switch to winter tires for cold season driving. Here's why:

Better Grip – Normal tire material gets hard at low temperatures, compromising its ability to maintain traction. Winter units use unique rubber engineered to remain soft and flexible in freezing conditions. 

Deeper Treads – Winter tires have deeper treads than their all-season counterparts. This design prevents the buildup of snow and channels water and slush without compromising grip.
Biting Edges – Biting edges are tiny hard slits separate from the treads. Winter tires have thousands of these, which dramatically improve traction on icy roads.

If you have to deal with winter conditions, it is never too early to start planning for rotating between two wheels each year. Contact our dealership to check tire availability and make an appointment in our service centre.
2020 ford escape for sale kamloops bcWith every day December creeps closer - and this, our Service Department knows, demands immediate action from Kamloops drivers. It’s time to exchange your all-season tires for an appropriate seasonal option.

According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, winter tires deliver superior support - enhancing stopping distances by approximately 10%. They also improve acceleration on slick surfaces, increasing overall traction to achieve a 0 to 40 k/mph ratio 20% faster than their all-season counterparts. This ensures no compromises as the weather turns icy.

Want to schedule a winter tire installation with our team? Contact us today!
2020 ford ecosport for sale kelowna bcControversy surrounds studded tires - with some drivers praising their enhanced traction and others deriding the potential damage they cause. The argument is endless, with both sides claiming victory.

What cannot be debated, however, is the need to swap studded tires for true winter-rated options, with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation noting decisive stoppage differences between them:

Studded Performance (When Compared To Winter Tires)
3.6% Decrease On Wet Surfaces
15.6% Decrease On Snowy Surfaces

The distinction is clear - and this is why we encourage drivers to schedule an appointment with our team today to find the perfect winter wheels. Don't compromise performance this season. Instead trade-in your studded tires.
2020 ford ecosport for sale kelowna bcAn intensive study from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation recently discovered that summer tires simply can’t compare to their winter alternatives. These options - which feature a high lateral stiffness that renders them too inflexible for snow, causing brittleness and eventual breakage - deliver weak traction, requiring an average of 43 metres to come to a full stop on icy roads. 

Winter tires, comparatively, require only 32 metres - a full 22% less. This, our Service Department believes, is too great a number to ignore.

Schedule an appointment with us today to request winter tires and let us trade your summer wheels for something far safer.
2020 ford expedition for sale kelowna bcAccording to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, the need for winter tires proves absolute - with Kelowna drivers able to reduce the chance of collision and enhance overall stability while traveling. During a recent study the organization discovered that (when compared to their all-season counterparts) these options promised safety.
Vehicle Equipped With Winter Tires
60 Metre Acceleration: 8 Seconds
50 Metre Deceleration: 18 Metres

Vehicle Equipped With All-Season Tires
60 Metre Acceleration: 11 Seconds
50 Metre Deceleration: 27.1 Metres

Winter tires are the clear winner in this comparison - delivering improved traction. This is why we urge our customers to schedule an appointment with our Service Department before the season changes. Ensure that your vehicle is ready for even the worst weather with help from our technicians. 
ford winter tires available kelowna bcWinter is almost here - and with this comes a need for precise grippage. Your vehicle must be ready to face those wet-weather challenges; and tire treads must, therefore, deliver the necessary strength.

Allow our Service Department to help you achieve optimal treads.

To ensure that tires properly perform on the highway, their treads should measure above 2-mm in depth. This promotes superior grippage, as well as optimises sipe functions (thin slits cut across the surface that provide increased traction). To fall below that number will result in ineffective torque distribution on slippery terrains. 

Unsure if your tires measure up? Schedule an appointment with our team today and let us test your treads.
2020 ford edge for sale kelowna bcThe numbers prove troubling - with Consumer Reports noting that approximately half of Canadian drivers believe their all-season tires will suffice for winter. There is no need, they claim, to make a change. It's too great a hassle with too little a reward.

Our Service Department disagrees.

The value of winter tires has been (repeatedly) proven, with their seasonal-specific designs affording them improved grippage in sleet, snow, and slush; and, when comparing responses between vehicles properly equipped with these options and those that weren’t, Consumer Reports found a clear increase in traction performance.

Non-AWD/4WD Models (Cars)
Good Driving Rating
With Winter Tires: 68%
Without Winter Tires: 46%

Non-AWD/4WD Models (SUVs)
Good Driving Rating
With Winter Tires: 70%
Without Winter Tires: 61%

Utilizing winter tires allows drivers to more effectively navigate the season - and that is why visiting our Service Department is essential. Let our team equip your ride with the OEM options it deserves. We will connect you to high-quality brands that have been engineered to withstand Kelowna’s brutal weather, and this will assure superior traction in the snow.

Schedule an appointment with our team today.
2020 ford explorer for sale vernon bcThe time has come, Vernon. Summer has ended; fall has begun; and winter is drawing ever-closer, leaving only mere weeks to ensure that your vehicle is prepped for the snow. Schedule a tire change today!

As part of our Tire Changeover event - which has been newly extended to November 30th - we’re encouraging drivers to swap their all-season wheels for ones that are winter-worthy. These options are engineered for cold-weather challenges, boasting enhanced rubber compounds (which can accommodate fluctuating temperatures and remain flexible), deeper tread patterns (which afford improved grippage), and increased sipe densities (which generate traction on ice). Through this they assure superior control on BC roads, smoothly adjusting to even the harshest conditions.

All-season tires simply can’t compete.

To learn more about the importance of winter tires - or to schedule an appointment with our Service Department - contact us today.

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