Moving from snow tires to regular ones

By Kemar Trepair on April 27, 2021

snow tyres

 With  winter on its way out and temperature dropping, it is almost time to swap those winter tires out for the regular ones. We will be using this blog to give you some well needed information on when to change them over and a few other pointers. 

Is there a rush to change your winter tires over? I would say yes. Winter tiers are made for the winter which means as the summer warms up, the tires will wear out quickly. This normally happens after prolonged transportation on hot roads. We aren't saying that your tires will be worn out in a few days or even a week of normal driving on a hot road, short periods will not wear out your treading either.  

In some countries across the world drivers are legally obligated to keep both regular tires and winter tires. This is the same in Canada. In some areas of Canada there is an existing winter tire mandate. These laws are set in place to keep the residence safe. 
With each of the tires there are several differences. Here are a few aspects to keep in mind:

Tread pattern

One of the main differences in winter tires and regular tires is the tread material. Winter tires are made from a soft rubber compound designed to operate in low temperatures (below 7degrees Celsius ). These tires are designed to improve the traction between your vehicle and the winter slippery road. The tread  in winter tires are wide, thick treads, that are built in grooves and water wicking Sipes. On the opposite side, regular or summer tires tend to harden at <7°C operating range.


 How do winter tires work?

The threading pattern and Sipes pattern combined with the grip and traction help your winter tires move. The extra wide tread will allow snow to accumulate, this will result in snow-to-snow adhesion, and also provide a better grip on the road. The unique pattern will also enable rapid water drainage which includes melted snow and slush.
Now cost wise, your tires can be a necessary expense. For regular steel rim tires you are looking at around $180 to $210. Changing or mounting the tires if you cannot do it on your own, will cost an average of $75 to get done.  You can find the tires you need at outlets such as Tire, Tireland and Tire Planet
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