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.
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!
- 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.