I live in Calgary. When exactly should I make the switch?

  • When temperatures rise above 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires lose their grip advantage over all-season and summer tires.
  • According to Environment Canada, the average April temperature in Calgary is about 5°C. This jumps to roughly 10°C in May.
  • This means that the optimal time to change over from your winter tires in Calgary usually falls between the months of April and May.
  • Please check the weather forecast and consider the pros and cons of making the winter-to-summer tire switch earlier or later.

Why don’t I just drive on winter tires in the summer?

  • Winter tires are designed to work best in the cold and are less effective at dissipating heat.
  • Risk of overinflating and blowouts are much higher.
  • The rubber compound is much more flexible, which often results in a loss of control, especially when you make sudden turns.
  • Since the rubber compound is softer, this creates more rolling resistance and uses more gas.
  • When you drive on winter tires in summer, you reduce their lifespan by roughly 60%, as opposed to if they were only used in winter conditions.
  • Tire technology has come a long way, but winter tires are still much noisier than summer or all‑season tires.
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What you absolutely need to know for your safety:

  • Driving on winter tires in summer increases the braking distance by at least 10% on dry pavement and 26% on wet pavement!

WARNING!

  • Driving 70 km/h on wet pavement increases the braking distance by up to 42%!
  • Driving 90 km/h on dry pavement increases the braking distance by up to 19.3%!

Contact Heninger Service Centre to get your tires changed now. Click here for a quick tire quote, or call us at 403-214-2500.