SEASONAL TIRE CHANGEOVERS

A Tire Changeover requires one set of wheels and two sets of tires, and involves keeping your existing wheels while only switching out the rubber tires. This is initially the less expensive option as it doesn’t require purchasing a second set of wheels.

For drivers in Canada, it is important to change tires with the seasons. Winter road conditions can be dangerous with slush, snow, hail and ice creating slippery conditions. To navigate without losing control of the car and stay safe, it is necessary to change over to winter tires in the winter months.

While Quebec requires drivers to switch to four snow tires in the peak winter period (December 15 to March 15), there is no jurisdiction of the same rules in Ontario. However, provincial guidelines strongly recommend winter tires between the peak winter period but many new drivers are unaware of the necessity. In case of an accident with summer tires in the winter season, the insurer may refuse to reimburse the damage and hold the other party responsible instead. It is wise to switch to winter tires in the winter months. Here are a few more reasons to understand the dangers of not doing so.

Reasons to Avoid Summer Tires in the Winter

Summer Tires Lose Grip in the Cold: Simply put, summer performance tires are not designed for sub-zero temperatures. Neither are they designed to hold grip and traction through slush, snow and ice. Summer performance tires are built with tread compounds engineered to provide traction in hot temperatures. As the temperature drops, the rubber mixture hardens and the tires lose flexibility and elasticity, turning rigid. As a result, longer distance is required to completely stop. In warmer weather, they return to their normal state.

Tread Compound Cracking: If temperatures drop below the freezing point, summer tires can risk the possibility of tread compound cracking – a permanent condition where the tires need to be replaced. Alternately, the edges of the tread blocks get chipped away. In both cases, the manufacturer’s warranty will not typically cover the situation as it falls under improper handling of the car.

Advantages of Winter Tires in the Snow

  • Winter tires are designed with soft, elastic-treads that allow a smooth, stable ride even in freezing road conditions.
  • They use a large number of textured sheets or lamellae, increasing absorption of mud and snow and greater grip on wet roads.
  • Unlike summer tires, snow does not clog the narrow channels between the sheets of the tires so they are more resistant.
  • The metal spikes in winter tires repel water and dig into the ice and snow to increase traction on the road, quite like the sharp claws of a cat.

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Advantages of Summer Tires & Performance Tires

When the weather warms up in the Spring, we will bring your summer or performance tires out for installation and store your winter tires until next season. It is smart to have a nice set of tires for the warmer months, because you will get better traction and handling with the softer, grippier rubber that is made for hot weather. Storing your tires seasonally at our tire shop increases your safety on the road, because our trusted technicians and mechanics will inspect each tire and wheel when mounting and balancing to make sure you can hit the road with confidence. Shop for Performance Tires Here.

Seasonal Tire Storage

At 416 Wheels & Tires, we have dedicated climate controlled space for Seasonal Tire Storage. If you need to swap summer tires for winter on the same set of rims, we can store your summer tires properly. If you have a set of winter tires mounted on wheels already, we can install those quickly for a reasonable price.

Seasonal Tire Swap FAQs

Q: What is a seasonal tire change?

A: A Tire Changeover requires one set of wheels and two sets of tires, and involves keeping your existing wheels while only switching out the rubber tires. This is initially the less expensive option as it doesn’t require purchasing a second set of wheels.

Q: How much does it cost to change from summer to winter tires?

A: Generally, a set of four winter tires will cost you between $500 and $1,500 depending on the size. The same can be said for a set of all-season tires and a set of all-weather tires.

Q: How long does a seasonal tire swap take?

A: Just a tire change would be 30–40 min. 

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