What can you tell about the owner of this car, just from the photo?
Other than (s)he has purchased what has to be the best car ever for about 75 percent of all Canadians?
The black steel rims are a semi-conscious (i.e., nearly-dead) give-away that said owner has already installed winter tires.
Not that there has been any snow - not that I have seen yet anyway, although I have heard that there have been flurries here and there in The Big Smoke.
But winter tires are no longer only about traction in snow.
The tread compound is designed to retain its flexibility in temperatures below 7 degrees C. so it can conform to irregularities in the pavement, which is what gives the tires their traction.
I know for a fact that these tires were installed before November 15 (mainly because this IS indeed my car...). Not that we live in Quebec, where that is the date you must install winter tires (Ontario isn't that advanced).
But because by this date, you can almost always count on temperatures dipping below that 7 degree C. threshold at some point during the day or night.
If you haven't switched yet, git 'er done.
All four wheels, please. Whether you have front-, rear- or four-wheel drive, both ends of the car have to corner and brake, and all four tires need similar levels of grip to maintain the car's balance.
The plain steel wheels are 'sacrificial anodes', to keep your alloys from being beat up by salt or curbs.
They also mean you don't have to have the tires ripped off one set of rims and squeezed onto another twice a year, which is pretty hard on them.
As an old Pirelli magazine ad (subsequently stolen by Michelin) used to say, "the tires are the only part of your car that actually touches the road."
So, like speakers in a sound system, tires are the last place you should scrimp or compromise.
You'll be thankful when that first snow DOES fall.
And so will the rest of us, because we will be less likely to be run into by you.