When to Change Your Winter Tires

When to Change Your Winter Tires

Spring is on the horizon and there are some basic maintenance services we all need to have performed on our vehicles. One such service is the change of the winter tires that have been so helpful up until now. Unfortunately, we cannot leave them on all year round, simply because they do not perform well in any other weather other than cold, you will need to switch to either summer or all-season tires.

There are several negative aspects of keeping your winter tires for the entire year.

First of all, winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound, which means that in warm weather they will wear out much faster. There is also the possibility that they will disintegrate if you are driving in extremely hot weather, as you can imagine that would lead to other issues and problems.

Winter tires perform worse in warm weather when it comes to braking, good grip on the road, and fuel economy. This basically means that the stopping distance is increased, you might experience a heightened level of slip when cornering, and the fuel economy will be reduced (which is quite annoying, to be honest).

And now, let us get to when the change should occur. Take a look at the regulations for the state you live in, you can use them as a guideline. However, I would recommend checking the weather forecast regularly, when you notice that the temperatures remain warm enough not to need winter tires anymore, change them. Do not be hasty, make sure that the weather keeps being warm before making the change.

One last piece of advice, when you decide to take your car to an auto repair center for the change, choose one that offers purchase of tires. You might not need new tires, but in case you do, you will have saved time running from one place to another for the separate services. In addition, if the given place both has tires for sale and performs auto services and repairs, odds are they will be able to do the job better than others.