When is the Best Time to Change Summer or All-Season Tires for Winter (Snow) Tires?
Generally, summer or all-season tires may start to become less effective as temperatures fall below 45°F. Thus, as temperatures start to consistently drop below 45°F, if you’re planning to use a winter tire, it’s time to change over. Accordingly, many people in the US have long used a rule of thumb of using winter or snow tires from Thanksgiving to Tax Day – basically, November to April. Of course, though, this varies based on your local climate.
An alternative to switching tires might also be to choose the Goodyear Assurance® WeatherReady® premium all-season tire as your year-round option, depending on what’s right for you and your driving conditions.
An important note about the 45°F temperature recommendation – consider the time of day you’re typically driving. For most people commuting in the early morning, this would be one of the coldest parts of the day – so while the afternoon highs might be warmer, pay attention to the temps overnight into the early morning hours when you consider the best time to make your switch to winter tires.
Why Switch to Winter Tires?
Winter tires are specifically built to work best in colder temperatures – summer tires tend to become stiffer and more inflexible with colder ambient temperatures, giving them less grip in the winter months.
Conversely, summer tires work best in warmer temperatures, as they have tread patterns molded with shallower grooves that are stiffer to give better handling on dry and warm pavement. The rubber in a summer tire is designed to withstand warmer temperatures than the rubber in a winter tire.
How to Store Seasonal Tires When Out of Season?
Proper storage is critical to maintaining the life of your tires season after season. If you’re changing from your summer or all-season tires over to winter or snow tires, you need to properly store those summer tires, so they’ll be ready when the sun is ready to shine again. Keeping the tires indoors is ideal if possible – keep them in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight. Learn more seasonal tire storage tips, and how to properly store your tires.
As always, your local Goodyear Tire Dealers are here to help if you have any questions. The friendly service writers and technicians live in your area, so they know what your seasonal driving conditions are like. Call or stop in and Goodyear will be happy to discuss what’s best for you and your car.