Time to Change Those Winter Tires?
Prince George, B.C. – The weather may be unseasonably warm this month, but a local tire dealer doesn’t recommend changing your winter tires quite yet.
“I would honestly wait until the middle of April, I think it’s a little too early yet,” says Kevin Grose, owner of OK Tire. “You get overnight temperatures of below zero, you still get frost and some black ice, so your winter tires are going to definitely prevail over an all-season when it comes to that.”
He says that hasn’t stopped his customers from calling his shop and asking.
“We are getting a lot of inquiries right now. The warmer days especially.”
For those without studded tires, he says leaving them on until next month won’t cause too much wear and tear.
“Typically no, it’s when the temperature stays plus 10 and above, that’s when you start to notice a bit of wear,” Grose says.
“Right now the worst part is the studded tires. It does wear on studs, that’s where the advantage of the studless tires come in. But I would still recommend leaving those on for a couple of more weeks yet anyway.”
The deadline to remove studded winter tires is April 30th.