When Should You Switch Back to All-Season Tires?

 In Rims & Tires

It’s the first day of spring, which means it’s time to say goodbye to your winter tires, right? Unfortunately, no. As much as we wish that the first day of spring meant the end of winter driving season, anyone in Ontario knows that this is rarely the case. In the next few weeks, you can bet that we see everything from sunny, above zero degrees days to full-on winter snowstorms.

With our weather being all over the place, it can be difficult to know when is the right time to make the switch to summer or all-season tires. Fortunately, your friends at Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener are here to help!

Should I Change My Winter Tires?

Some people might think that since winter tires have more tread, it can’t hurt to use them in the summer. However, it can actually be dangerous to use winter tires in the summer. It’s very important to swap tires at the right time.

Winter tires are made with softer rubber than summer or all-season tires, which is designed to work best in cold weather temperatures. This rubber is more flexible so that it can grip onto bumpy, cold winter roads, and maintain proper handling in these conditions.

In the summer, the roads are smoother and warmer, which makes the tires warmer and more wobbly. The flexible rubber can’t grip onto warm roads and inhibits the car’s ability to stop on time, giving the driver less control over their vehicle. It can also lead to issues such as flat tires or loss of tread, which can only be resolved by replacing the tires.

In addition, when the tires aren’t right for the conditions, the vehicle has to work harder than it would with proper tires, so it requires more gas to operate. This decreased fuel efficiency means your gas bill will be higher! Because of the warmth, winter tires also wear more quickly and the rubber they are made of breaks down. Winter tires are expensive, so get the most out of them by taking them off as soon as you can.

So When Do You Change to All-Season Tires?

So when’s the right time to take off your winter tires, put them into storage, and switch back to all-seasons?

It’s a good rule of thumb to take winter tires off when the temperature is staying consistently over an average of 7 degrees Celsius, even at night. Take your winter tire off before that and you risk not having proper handling when driving, but leave them on when the temperature begins to rise and you reduce their lifespan.

In the next few weeks keep an eye on the temperature and when it’s consistently above 7 degrees, make an appointment to switch to all-season or summer tires. Then go enjoy a lovely spring drive!

If you have any questions about snow tires or when you should switch to all-season tires, give our auto shop in Kitchener-Waterloo a call. Our team is here to answer any of your questions!

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