Switching From Summer to Winter Tires
It’s the annual question that starts buzzing around and about every fall. And every year, we seem to forget the answer. Somehow, many of us end up having to pull strings to get the winter tires changed as all car services are fully booked by then, right?
However, there isn’t just one answer to the question, as we need to consider a few factors when putting on winter tires. Prairies versus mountain town, climate, driving routines and times are to be considered.
So, when to put on winter tires? An easy rule of thumb to remember could be October to mid-April. The earlier you change them, the less waiting you’ll have to do. Better to have them sooner than leave it until you wake up to a few feet of fluffy snow on and your car stuck for the day.
If you have summer tires on your vehicle, you want to install your winter set before temperatures hit 7 degrees Celsius-the temperature threshold for that category of tires. If you have all-season tires, your answer may vary a bit more. While it’s recommended to get the winter tires on before average temperatures hit 7 degrees, you can keep them on until snow is imminent. However, this is only if you’re in an area that won’t have much snow and you are certain you don’t have any traction issues with your all-season tires.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind!
You did it. You put on your winter tires. Now, what are you doing with your summer tires if you’re not lucky enough to have extra storage space at your house? Seasonal tire storage is an affordable option people sometimes forget. With Ontario car insurance companies offering discounts of up to 5% for drivers who use winter tires you will have more than enough extra cash lying around to cover your seasonal tire storage.
For only CA$39.95 /season, you get six-months tire storage and forget about the clutter they’d bring around the house or by cramming them into an already tight garage. Simple, out of sight, out of mind; make sure you set a reminder for next April.
A clean, well-maintained self-storage facility will keep your wheels in good condition while they’re not being used. They are kept in a dry place, away from sunlight, and protected from extreme temperatures. All stored goods are labelled and well documented, so you’ll never have to worry about your tires being confused with someone else’s.
Opting for tire storage will bring you that extra space in your home, as it’s much easier to navigate your apartment storage locker, garage, shed or basement when your tires are out of the way.
Also an improperly stored stack of tires can fall and cause an accident or could even be punctured by garden tools, nails or other sharp objects. Keeping your winter tires in seasonal tire storage will guarantee that no accidents or accidental damage occur.
Contact us at Ten Storage today to find your seasonal tire storage, or just come by our Hurontario St (Hwy 10) and King St location during business hours.