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Why You Should Change Your Winter Tires

Would you wear flip-flops in the snow? Learn more about when to change your tires!

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, Repair Tips, Tires

Why You Should Change Your Winter Tires


The rubber and tread on winter tires are specially designed to be more flexible; making it easier to withstand cold temperatures as well as driving on ice and snow.

When the temperature starts to rise, the flexible rubber that adds traction in the winter will wear down significantly faster compared to all seasons or summer tires.

In addition to wear and tear, driving on warm, dry pavement with winter tires can decrease the drivers’ handling capabilities. Sharp turns aren’t so sharp, and you may notice a bit more noise while you drive.

Important Safety Tips

  • Driving on winter tires in summer increases the braking distance by at least 10% on dry pavement and 26% on wet pavement.
  • Going 70 km/h on wet pavement increases the braking distance by up to 42%.
  • Going 90 km/h on dry pavement increases the braking distance by up to 19.3%.

Winter Tires

When You Should Change Your Winter Tires


Even though the snow and ice may be gone, you should really be changing your tires based on the temperature rather than the winter elements.

The guidelines may vary between tire brands but, on average, the best time to change from winter to summer tires is when the temperature is consistently around 8°C (46°F).

To put this into perspective, treat your tires as footwear. You swap flip-flops for boots in the winter, so you should also swap your tires when the weather changes.


Visit our website for more information on how to change your tires at home!

Special Features at the Canadian International AutoShow

From EV test drives to luxury vehicles, the 2020 CIAS has some great features to look for this year

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, News, Tires

The 2020 Canadian International AutoShow is just around the corner and we have put together the important features for you!


1. A Celebration of Canada’s military history

There will be a military zone to celebrate the vehicles used by the Canadian Armed Forces in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The General Manager of the AutoShow, Jason Campbell says,

“Our presentation of Second World War-era vehicles was very well received last year. These vehicles have been integral to the safety and success of our men and women in uniform. It is an honour to present this all-new impressive mechanized showcase for public viewing at the AutoShow.  We should all be grateful for the work done by the Ontario Regiment Museum for keeping these vehicles in working order and helping us remember all those that have sacrificed so much in the defence of our country.”

Some of the vehicles include:

  • Leopard C2 MBT (Main Battle Tank)
  • CDN Bombardier Iltis
  • CDN M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)
  • AVGP Grizzly (LAV)

2. Back by popular demand… Electric Vehicle Test Drives

With more than 18 vehicles, consumers will be able to discover and have all their EV questions answered!

You can register to drive an electric vehicle at the show or online here!

3. Throwback to the 80s and 90s

The Canadian International AutoShow is teaming up with Oblivion Car and Culture show to bring the newest group of classic cars to Toronto.

The centrepiece of the classic cars will be the DeLorean time machine, made famous from the 1985 blockbuster “Back to the Future”

4. Luxury Cars

The show will feature two luxury cars this year:

The Felino cB7– The Canadian-Made Supercar

La Voiture Noir – The world’s most exclusive Bugatti

“Toronto has quickly gained a reputation as a supercar mecca, and the Canadian International AutoShow is reflective of its host city by bringing some of the most unique and iconic hypercars from around the world to the Show,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow.

“The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is one of the highest profile entrants in this sector, and one of the most beautiful and powerful cars we have ever been able to showcase.”

4. Jack and Jill of All Tires

Visit Jack and Jill in the SOUTH building! We’re extremely excited to be participating in the 2020 CIAS and hope to see you all there. Stop by for exclusive deals on the Jack and Jill of All Tires and fun activities for the whole family!


Find Jack and Jill on level 600 in the South Building, right beside the stairs.

Location: Toronto Metropolitan Convention Centre 

Dates: February 14-23, 2020

Jack and Jill’s AutoShow Journey

A closer look at our AutoShow past.

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, News, Tires

Why the AutoShow?

At first glance inventing sounds simple, but when you begin the process you’ll find that you are faced with a lot of questions: Has someone already thought of this? Will people use it? How will people find out about it?

Transforming your ideas into an actual product is an exciting process. However, once it’s complete, you’re now faced with the decision of how to introduce it into the market-place. 

With all the time and effort put into something you are passionate about, all you can hope for is that your project has a positive and successful response. And that is why we will forever be grateful for the opportunity to showcase the Jack and Jill of All Tires at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. 

2018 CIAS

The Jack and Jill of All Tires makes its debut! Launching full force, our booth included a Fiat 500 to show our product in action and a raffle draw to win a Jack and Jill of All Tires! We also set up a life size photo prop of Jack and Jill as a fun and interactive way to enjoy the AutoShow.



In an interview with Emily Atkins from the Toronto Star, she perfectly highlighted the Jack and Jill of All Tires and helped feature our goals in the article.

“Our intention is to really help people feel more comfortable with changing their own tires and to feel safe on the road. We feel that there’s no better way to launch than at this year’s CIAS” (Devan Tommasini). 

Auto Show

The recognition from the Toronto Star was huge for us. I mean, how cool is that?

We also had the opportunity to participate in the AutoShow Live panel discussions for new products which was a great experience as well. 

We couldn’t have asked for a better launch of the Jack and Jill of All Tires at the 2018 CIAS and we left the show with amazing feedback, new friends and excitement for 2019. 

2019 CIAS

This was our second year at the AutoShow and we couldn’t have been more excited. With such great feedback and interest from our previous year, we couldn’t wait to showcase the Jack and Jill of All Tires in a new location and upgraded booth. We said goodbye to the Fiat 500 and created a fender and wheel prop to give live demos of the Jack and Jill.


And of course, the Jack and Jill photo prop was a big hit AGAIN!



Our favourite moments throughout the show were seeing familiar faces from our previous year. In addition, we had a chance to meet some of our online customers and received positive feedback and support. Engaging with new and familiar people was invaluable in our second year.

2020 Canadian International AutoShow 


Gearing up for round 3! We’re incredibly excited for the 2020 CIAS and hope to see you all there! Stop by for exclusive deals on the Jack and Jill of All Tires and fun activities for the whole family!

Find Jack and Jill on level 600 in the South Building, right beside the stairs. 

Location: Toronto Metropolitan Convention Centre 

Dates: February 14-23, 2020

Winter Accessories

5 Game-Changing Winter Driving Accessories

Here is a list of 5 game-changing winter accessories you didn't know you needed.

By | Accessories, Repair Tips, Safety, Tires

Aside from the obvious jumper cables, first aid kit, washer fluid, snow brush and ice scraper, there are a few more essentials that every motorist should have in their car during winter.

Here are Jack and Jill’s top 5 winter accessories from Amazon:


1. Windshield Snow Cover

Not only does this cover keep the snow off your windshield, it also saves you from scraping the frost and ice. This accessory will ultimately save you time in the morning for an easier and faster getaway!

2. De-Icer

So your windshield is winter-proofed but your door is iced shut…now what?

A can of de-icer can go a long way. Without damaging your cars’ paint, a quick spray will have the frost and ice instantly melted, giving your arms a well deserved break from scraping.


Now that you’ve made your way into your car, there’s a few more accessories to keep you warm and safe.


3. Regular or Electrical Blanket

Electrical or not, a blanket is a great piece to have on hand for any drive.

4. Unscented Candle

There’s nothing worse than your car suddenly shutting down on the side of the road while it’s below zero. Lighting a large unscented candle will warm up your vehicles’ cabin area long enough to keep you comfortable until help arrives.

You’re stuck, now what?


5. Cat Litter

Not an obvious winter accessory but when you’re stuck in snow or on ice, sprinkle some under your tires. Cat litter will help you gain traction so you can get back on the road.


Consider using these accessories to keep yourself prepared and safe this winter!


winter tires

Winter vs. All-Season Tires: What works best?

Get the right tires for the right conditions.

By | News, Safety, Tires

The winter season is quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about changing your tires!


When it comes to the winter season, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving. The weather conditions and cold temperatures have a drastic effect on the function of your regular car tires. So, it’s important to consider changing to winter tires once the temperature starts to drop even if you don’t see the snow!

Why are winter tires so important?


Many parts of Canada and the United States experience extreme winter conditions that make driving very difficult and hazardous. Although all-season tires can somewhat navigate through snow and ice, they may not fully perform well in extreme cases; making winter tires a necessity on the road.

Studies show that at 7° C (44° F), the rubber on all-season tires will stiffen up and begin to have less traction on the road.


Enoch Omololu states that “the main difference between winter and all-season tires is in the rubber compound used to make them. Winter tires are made of softer rubber that remains flexible when temperatures drop and maintain a grip on the road. In addition, winter tires have deeper threads that allow for a bigger bite and traction on snow and ice.”

Where are winter tires mandatory?


In Canada there are only two provinces that have legal regulations for winter tires:

British Columbia

  • Many roads in BC require winter OR all-season tires between October 1st and March 31st
  • Some places outside of the Greater Vancouver and Victoria regions (mountainous regions) require tire chains/studded tires
  • A failure to follow these requirements will result in a fine of $109


  • The previous mandatory date for changing to winter tires was December 15th but has been moved up to December 1st through to March 15th as of 2019, in efforts to increase road safety and encourage other parts of Canada to follow by example
  • This includes every type of motorized vehicle
  • Failure to comply with this regulation may result in a fine between $200-$300

United States

Throughout the United States there are no regulations that legally require you to have winter tires. However, it’s recommended that people driving within the Snow Belt, an area subject to low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, should consider changing to winter tires.



How can the Jack and Jill of All Tires help?


Of course it’s simple to make an appointment at your local mechanic to get your winter tires changed. But why go through the inconvenience of taking time off work and waiting around because of the inevitable delays, just to do it all again in 5 months time? With the Jack and Jill of All Tires you can change your tires on your own schedule.

The average cost of a tire change is $60 CAD, and that’s just for one car for one season! The minimum cost of having your tires changed for you would be around $120 CAD, and at a retail price of $220 CAD, the Jack and Jill of All Tires will pay for itself within two years. Now imagine the time and money you’ll save if you have more than one car to maintain!

  • Having a mechanic change your tires could take hours.
  • Changing them on your own could take 40 minutes.
  • And ordering a Jack and Jill will only take 5


Order your Jack and Jill of All Tires today and change your tires by the weekend.