Spring is coming soon in Canada. In order to properly prepare for the change of season as a vehicle owner, you need to know when to opt out for a winter tire change.
As the snow starts to disappear and temperatures begin to rise gradually, the question ‘When to go for a winter tire change and replacement?’ comes into the minds of most vehicle owners in Canada. However, this question is a tricky one because winter-like temperatures and weather can continue till early April. Hence, it is best to remove the winter tires and go for a summer tire change and replacement in early April.
Here are some signs that you can keep in mind while wondering whether to go for an all-season tire or not.
Keep An Eye On The Temperature
- Winter tires are made up of a softer rubber that does not perform well when the temperature rises and the pavements become hot.
- The chances of wear and tear of winter tires increase during high temperatures and hot days.
- When the temperatures are high, winter tires increase the road resistance and friction with the roads.
- High friction means more power is needed for vehicles to run on the road, thus, reducing the mileage, and causing increased fuel consumption.
- Winter tires help improve the grip on the road when temperatures are below 7o
- When temperatures go to 7oC (44oF) or higher and remain there consistently for some days, it is best to go for a tire change and take off the winter tires.
Mistiming Winter Tire Change Can Be Risky
- In March and April, the temperatures in Canada are fluctuating.
- The worst thing for a vehicle owner like you can be to have the winter tires on for too long.
- You also need to remember that going for a winter tire change too early, when there is still snow on the ground and the temperatures decrease again after you switched from winter tires, can be quite risky.
- You need to keep the winter tires on as long as the temperature is close to 7o
- There are chances that temperatures may be high in the afternoon, while they reduce significantly in the morning and evening.
- If most of your driving happens early in the morning or late evening when temperatures are lower, it makes sense to still keep the winter tires on.
Why Do You Require Summer Tires?
- When temperatures rise above 7oC, summer tires deliver optimal performance and mileage on dry and wet roads.
- The tread patterns and rubber compound in summer tires offer improved safety, grip, and high stability in turns and curves when temperatures are high.
When you go for a tire change and replacement takes the winter tires off, and you can check the treads on the winter tires. If the depth is 4/32 inches, you can keep the winter tires safe and use them for the next winter season.
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