Reminder: Change Winter Tires back to All-Season Tires

Lisa C. COVID-19, Newcomer Information

If you own a car and/or drive in Alberta, you need to know this:

  • Winter tires are tires designed for use on ice and snow at temperatures below 7°C.
  • All-season tires, on the other hand, are meant to be used at any temperature above 7°C.

In the winter months in Alberta, it’s safer to drive with winter tires when the temperatures reach below 7°C.

* More information resources about winter in Alberta can be found here: https://how-to.settlementcalgary.com/winter-in-alberta/

For the past two weeks, we have been seeing some pretty high temperatures, reaching 10 to 15 °C during the day. It’s time that you made plans to change your winter tires back to all-season tires.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind!

If you decide to DIY (do it yourself):
  • It will save you quite some money in the long run, instead of paying for tire-mounting services twice a year;
  • The downside is that you may have to invest in the tools and machines necessary;
  • Owning a second set of rims (each set of rims for each set of tires) will save you tremendous effort and time every time you change your tires. In case you need some convincing, here’s a guide on How to Put Tires on Rims.
If you decide to pay for tire-mounting services:
  • Shop around first and get some quotes from different services. Read the reviews and get the best service for your buck;
  • Plan ahead! It’s the season, so everyone is looking to having their tires changed;
  • You will be asked to make an appointment and show up on time.

Word of the Day:

Rim: the outer edge of a wheel. A tire is fitted on to the rim.