Winter tires are designed to provide the best possible grip and traction in winter conditions and on icy or snowy roads in Edmonton and Saskatoon. On the other hand, summer tires are designed for improved performance and grip on dry roads in warm temperatures. When the temperature outside rises and the snow melts, it’s time to switch from winter tires to summer tires. Here are a few things to consider when determining when to switch your tires:


As the temperature begins to consistently reach above 7 degrees Celsius (45°F), it’s time to switch to summer tires. Winter tires become hard and inflexible in warm weather conditions, decreasing their grip and making them more prone to tread wear and tear. Winter tires are designed to be most effective in temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. In Northern Canada, where temperatures may stay below 7°C (45°F) for much of the year, winter tires may be necessary year-round. In regions like Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, however, summer tires are recommended when temperatures rise above 7 degrees Celsius (45°F) as they provide improved traction and handling in higher temperatures.

Weather Forecast

Weather forecasts play an important role in deciding when to change winter tires. Find out the expected weather in your area and decide when it is safe and appropriate to switch out your tires. Generally, switch when the temperature is consistently above 7 degrees Celsius. This is because winter tires are designed to remain pliable in cold weather so they can provide better traction in the snow, sleet, and ice. In warmer temperatures, winter tires start to lose their grip and are less effective in wet and icy conditions. At this point, it is best to switch to summer tires that offer better grip.

Driving Conditions

Consider the type and condition of the roads you typically drive on. On dry, flat roads, you may be able to switch to summer tires earlier than usual. Drivers should consider the weather and road conditions before deciding on when to switch from winter tires to summer tires. For example, winter tires may be appropriate until later in the spring or earlier in the spring. In addition, drivers should consider the amount of precipitation and snowfall expected in their area.

Buy Your Winter and Summer Tires Through the TreadNation Program

By purchasing your new tires through the TreadNation program, you will be able to save money on your tire purchases. We deal in many types of tires such as all-weather tires, snow tires, and season tires. Additionally, you will benefit from our tire storage program, which allows you to store your tires for a fraction of the cost of traditional storage. Furthermore, you will be able to take advantage of our free tire rotation, winter driving tips, and free tread depth checks. With these benefits combined, you are sure to get the most out of your tire purchases.