Tuesday, October 27, 2020
News The Time To Start Thinking About Winter Tires Is Now

The Time To Start Thinking About Winter Tires Is Now

As Wave 2 of the pandemic begins to settle in, waiting until the first snowstorm is a very bad idea


  • Now, more than ever, waiting until the last minute is a terrible idea.

  • You absolutely want to avoid crowds this year because of the pandemic.

  • Because of COVID, many never swapped over to summer tires in the spring, which poses another problem.


No matter how one looks at the situation, in the fall of 2020, consumers absolutely should get their winter tires installed sooner rather than later. As well, those who never switched over to summer rubber last spring might be in for an unfortunate surprise when they take note of their winter tires.

With the rare exception of the Province of Quebec, winter tires are not mandatory in most territories that are located above the snow belt. Even so, many motorists believe that winter tires are, in fact, the best weapon in the fight against winter driving conditions.

While many Canadians are in the habit of swapping out tires twice a year, a recent survey shared on theweathernetwork.com reports that 11% of Canadians (BC to Ontario) kept their winter tires on all summer due to the pandemic. Of these, 95% plan to drive on the same tires come this winter however it is crucial they be inspected as the mush softer compound tends to wear out faster in warm summer weather and driving conditions.

Winter tire testing with a BMW X3
Winter tire testing | Photo: Nokian Tyres

And now, as the second wave of the pandemic settles in across the country and the northern US states, waiting just a little while longer before getting winter tires installed could result in a huge backlog at your local and all other tire shops. Waiting room capacities are already reduced in most areas so some may be forced to wait outside while the working is being performed.

This year, make the appointment now for some time in October to avoid delays, and crowds, however small.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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