One of the things I have learned over the years is that if you drive on your snow tires for too long in the spring (or say over an entire summer), your snow tires degrade very quickly during that time, and they soon become useless if you are not careful. It is a hard balance to figure out when you should remove your snow tires in the spring (in Ottawa, in the Sault or places north, I am sure this isn’t even being discussed yet). I called my mechanic and he is inundated with folks wanting their snow tires off and their summer tires back on, so I know that I am at least part of the crowd.
When I was younger one year, I figured I’d save myself some money because I needed to get NEW summer tires but my winter tires were relatively new, so I decided to stay on the winter tires all summer, for my troubles I ended up with:
- Bad gas mileage
- Badly worn snow tires (that had 1 season left in them after that summer, and they didn’t really do that well that 1 season either)
- A noisy car all summer (snow tires on clear pavement are noisier)
Time to take off the snow tires and see if you can save some money on the ever increasing price of gasoline here in Ottawa.
You can drive your winter tires all summer, however, next winter they will no longer be effective. You can run your all weather tires all year, but that means you are never really using the right tire, are you?