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When do you switch back to your summer tires?

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When do you switch back to your summer tires?

Just trying to get an idea of when it is best to switch back to my summer tires? I really don't want to risk getting hit with a snow storm with them on because they pretty much are useless in the winter and just spin.
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To be conservative do it on the candy holidays. Winter tires on just after Halloween and off around Easter. :)
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Ah, I'll probably do it the week after I get the bumper fixed (needs the rear bumper replaced as some idiot rear ended me). So the last week of March.
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XtremeModder wrote: Just trying to get an idea of when it is best to switch back to my summer tires? I really don't want to risk getting hit with a snow storm with them on because they pretty much are useless in the winter and just spin.
With winter tires you should be getting a 5% discount on your insurance, and the insurance will specify when those tire should be on the vehicle. My insurance requires 30th December to March 1st.
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Last week of March for the last 5 years.
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Back to all seasons, probably around mid March.

If you have actual high performance summer tires, at least mid April.
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I watch the weather and wait for the "Ides of March or April" to pass.
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Certainly not in February
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It really depends on the weather forecast as well, but usually ends March and early April.

For those who run with a low profile or expensive summer rims. It is better to wait longer until most potholes are filled or you may risk to damage your wheels.
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Easter weekend or a week or two after that depending on weather as I will be running dedicated Performance Summer tires.
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Around April for me. Praying for no surprise winter storm up north!
Good luck!
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Mid April ish for this year or else I would do it in the first week of April
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I had one of my summer tires on today, but that was just to take one of the winters to the shop to get a patch.

I am usually any time mid march to early april for complete change over.
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The day when your insurance company says you can. With TD ... you need your winters on from November 30 to April 1.

If you want .... nobody says you can't.

If you happen to get into an accident and you have your summers on ... the insurance decline your coverage because you don't have your winters on.

You just put yourself at risk .. that's all. Not a big deal eh?

I have heard of claims that went sour because tires. And that person had to deal with it in a civil case because the insurance company said they didn't have the correct tires on during that period of time. That person claimed they had winter tires (just to get the discount on the insurance premium). Obviously they lied. Lying does not justice. BTW ... I have 3 friends working at 3 different insurance companies as claims adjusters and all of them have bumped into such cases where they declined the claim because of the incorrect tires on during the winter months.
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Why is this kind of thread keep on popping up every year ?

Just use logic .. we are in Canada, it snows on occasion even in late April or early May
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Depends on vehicle and insurance policy.

One policy requires until end of march and other until end of april!! [at least when checked with broker, maybe should check with company as well]

Should be consistent like in Quebec; although hear they may prolong period to what was original plan but changed by a month when law passed.
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canada is a big place.

but in southern on, later march - early april is a good date.

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