Seasonal Tire Changeover: When and Why?

We all know how important it is to get your winter tires on during the change of season, but when exactly are you supposed to do it?

“About when all the partridge berries are picked and Uncle Bob is gone to get his moose.”

Or… An industry rule of thumb is to change over your tires when the temperature is consistently below 7 ̊C. With our Newfoundland weather, though, that time can be hard to identify. Based on City Tire ’s industry experience, we recommend putting your winter tires on just after the first frost.


Why 7 ̊C?

Below 7 ̊C your summer or all-season tires become too stiff, lowering traction and causing you to skid 20% further (that’s about 3 car lengths when moving at 50 KM/hr).

Winter tires are much softer and flexible, even at cold temperatures, and with aggressive tread design, they guarantee optimum traction for ice and snow.

Now, I know what you are thinking.

“I am just going to use winters tires all year around. Ha! In your Face!”

This is NOT the best course of action, because:

  • Winter tires are soft and will wear out much faster than all-seasons during warm weather.
  • Soft tires create extra drag, increasing your fuel consumption by as much as 15%.
  • Winter tires are often studded, and using them during summer is illegal. You’ll be ticketed!

When to install all-season tires?

Thankfully, the urgency to complete this service is not as critical as the winter tire changeover. We recommend when the snow is off the roads and the risk of a snow storm is low, which tends to be around the May 24t h holiday weekend.

Still uncertain? Just ask any City Tire & Auto Representative!

Have other questions about tire safety? Check out our blog for information on winter driving techniques or the difference between winter and snow tires.


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