With the fading away of the snow, drivers everywhere begin to get the itch to take off their bulky, loud snow tires and replace them with their more sleek, less noisy counter-parts of all-season and summer tires.
But ensuring that they are being changed at the appropriate times, as well as with the appropriate measures taken can be a key factor in not only the longevity of their winter and summer tires, but in performance and safety as well.
According to David Denning, Owner of Fred’s Tire in Orangeville, one of the first factors drivers should take into consideration, outside of the weather, is the actual regular temperature outside.
“[Drivers] should make sure that [they] wait until it’s seven degrees or higher outside before removing their winter tires and having their all-seasons or summer tiles installed,” said Mr. Denning. “This will prolong the life of your tires, and also make for a smoother, quieter ride if they are installed once it’s seven degrees or higher outside.”
The website icandrive.ca also speaks to impact leaving your winter tires on for too long can have, not just on the tires themselves, but on vehicles as well. In an article on their website addressing the issue, their writer notes that ‘one of the main downfalls of winter tires used past the end of dangerous conditions is that they aren’t designed for dry pavement.’
While dry pavement definitely means your tires are going to sound a lot louder on the road, it also leads to a decreased gas mileage for your car, so changing tires can actually help save on the cost of gas.
They also add that using winter tires longer than they should, particularly on dry pavement, can cause tires to wear out faster.
Alignment is one of the things important to check as part of the process of changing the tires, road conditions and weather can all play a role in whether or not your wheels remain aligned.
“Make sure to get your alignment checked once you put on your all-seasons or summers, and take your winters off,” said Mr. Denning. “Over the winter, you go over potholes and abnormal wear and tear on your tires with ice, so it’s good to get that alignment done when you switch your tires.”
Getting the right tires can also play a role in making your vehicle the most ideal, and visually pleasing possible, without having to make major modifications or body work.
“Custom wheels or tires [can help] with the improvement of the look, performance and appearance of your vehicle,” explained Mr. Denning.
And of course, when it comes to storage of tires, making sure they are stored right is another way to ensure the longevity of your tires.
“Always store tires in a consistent, cool place, and not in any hot places,” said Mr. Denning. “This will help to prolong the life of your tires when storing them in these conditions.”
Written by Tabitha Wells