Get the right tires for the right season
May 12, 2020
If they’re called all season tires, you would think those tires would be good for all four seasons. But the truth is, in most parts of Canada, all season tires should be used primarily in spring, summer, and fall.
Here’s a quick breakdown of when you should change between your all season and winter tires.
The Right Time To Change To All Seasons
One of, if not the most important signs that it’s time to change your winter tires to all seasons is when the average daily high is above 7°C for at least 10 consecutive days.i Generally, that means that there is no longer a risk of snow or frost on the roads, making it safe to hang up those winter tires till next season. Late spring is usually a safe bet.
Why It’s Important To Change Your Tires For Spring & Summer
All season tires give you increased grip, handling and stopping distance on wet and dry roads. They also last longer in warm temperatures, and have a lower rolling resistance, which translates to better fuel economy. Driving on winter tires in the spring, summer and fall also does damage and reduces the durability and life expectancy of your tires.ii
Why It’s Important To Change Your Tires For Winter
Once you start to see temperatures below 7°C, it’s time to change back to the winter tires. The rubber on winter tires are designed with deeper treads, giving you much needed grip on unpredictably icy roads. They also give you more maneuverability in snow.iii Oh, and here’s one more reason, you also may be able to save on your car insurance by using winter tires.
What You Need To Know When Picking Out Tires
With so many different makes, models, and types, picking out tires can seem overwhelming. Here are a few important tips to help simplify the process.
- Every car has a proper tire size. You can locate this information on the sidewall of your tires, or on the driver’s door placard.
- You can also find the correct tire pressure here. So if the tire says P185 that means you need a passenger car tire with a width of 185mm.
- It is also important to know the diameter of your rims, to make sure your tires fit properly. Don’t hesitate to ask your mechanic to help you get the right information.
These tips, coupled with the information about which tires to use during which season should help inform your tire making decisions. Having the right tires for the right situation can give you peace of mind behind the wheel and ensure the safety of both you and your passengers.
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