Warmer weather is on the way and winter’s icy grip in most parts of the country has finally begun to loosen. Perhaps you have noticed those tiny little green buds peeking up from the garden? Or maybe some of you have noticed that little spring in everybody’s step.

As the days get warmer and the snow starts to melt, many of you are probably planning your summer getaway or preparing the grill for barbecue. But before you get too excited about these, it might be best to focus your attention on car care and your tires first.

While you can technically leave your winter tires all year round, it is best to switch back to summer tires once winter is over.

Check the weather

A complete set of winter tires can easily cost you $1,000. We understand that you want to make the most out of your investment, but leaving them on for too long can cause them to wear out faster.

Heat is the worst enemy of winter tires. They are not made for dry and warm pavement. If left on over the warmer seasons, heat will wear away the winter tire compounds. That said, it is important to make the move to change your tires once the temperature reaches a consistent 7 or 8° C. Your winter tires will wear out a lot quicker above 7° C.

Storing winter tires

When storing winter tires, make sure you keep them in a cool and dry location such as your basement, garage or workshop. It is important to protect the tires from moisture fluctuations and environmental humidity as well. Learn how to properly store your tires to avoid premature wear.

Tires accumulate road grime, dirt, dust and brake dust during normal use. As such, it is important that you clean them before putting them in storage.