Thinking of taking your winter tires off? Although it is spring, it doesn’t mean you should change your winter tires, just yet. Because it is a transitional season, winter-like weather conditions and temperatures can continue well into this month. According to Doug Annett, director of operations for SafeRoads Canada, the ‘when’ depends on the temperatures, rather than a set day or week on the calendar. When temperatures climb to 7°C or higher, and remain there consistantly, you can take them off. “Winter tires are engineered to give improvement in grip, as compared to an all-season or summer tires, from about 7°C and down,” says Annett. “As long as it’s 7°C or below, keep your winter tires on.” He points out that can be problematic (which is my problem) because temperatures may hit 10°C – 12°C during the day, but at night, they may fall to zero or below at night.
(Source: Nathan Howes, The Weather Network; Image: Veerpreet)