Spring is here! We can see the snow melting, and we can feel that the weather outside is getting warmer. It is clear that spring is just around the corner. Now’s the time to start thinking about installing your summer tires on your vehicle.
That said, is it the right time to install those tires or should you wait a little bit longer?
To answer that question, we first have to understand what summer tires are designed to do and their limitations. Summer tires are designed to operate at above 7°C. When it is colder than that, your tire will harden, and the compound will wear maturely
More importantly, a summer tire loses its effectiveness when it is too cold which leads to increased stopping distances and decreased stability on the road. Now according to the Weather Network, most regions in Canada won’t have average temperatures above 7° until April.
Moreover, the Weather Network also states that Canada gets its last snowstorm in April once every three years.
When you look at it that way, it appears that waiting a few more weeks to install your summer tires may be a wise decision. After all, you don’t want to get caught in that last snowstorm with inappropriate tires.
On the other hand, it is also wise to book your appointment for your summer tire installation now. The fact of the matter is that most people install their summer tires in April. By booking your appointment right now, you will be ready when the weather outside is truly appropriate for summer tires and you will avoid the crowds!