The Flat Out Tire Guide: When to Put on Winter Tires

As our temperatures start to dip and head into the inevitable minus 30 degrees Celsius, there are many pieces of vehicle maintenance that are put off as late as possible, or in some cases, when the snow flies. One of the most common pieces of preparation drivers delay doing is changing over to winter tires, which is a costly, and sometimes deadly mistake.

Many people wait until the first snow falls before changing their tires, or continue to run All-Season Tires, and at that point, it’s too late. The material used to create All-Season and Summer tires make them dangerous in temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, rendering them unsafe to have on your vehicle. Having All-Season and Summer tires on your vehicle in colder temperatures increase stopping distances, decrease handling in all conditions, and ultimately loss of traction. All of your tires should be changed over to Winter tires, once temperatures remain steady or drop below 7 degrees Celcius. However, changing your tires too soon can lead to increased and unnecessary wear on your winter tires, and hindering the condition and effectiveness of the tire in cold weather.

The wrong tire for the conditions could lead to fender benders or sliding off the road and into the ditch, but it can also put your life and other’s lives in jeopardy. Not all Winter tires are created equal either. When looking for the correct Winter tire, be sure to look for Department of Transportation602711 approved tires, that are easily identified by the snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tire.

View our full inventory of Department of Transportation approved Winter tires here.