No installation of summer tires despite the date
It is not possible in Quebec to ask an auto repair shop to have your winter tires removed to have your summer tires installed, even if they have been allowed on the road since March 16 .
C AA-Quebec explained that until April 13, mechanical work should be carried out only on vehicles used for services considered essential or priority. The list includes delivery vehicles, taxi cars, fleets of trucks of an essential service company, vehicles of people working in an essential or priority service, or those of other citizens who need urgent repair to make them safe.
The installation of summer tires, preventive maintenance, such as a change of fluids including engine oil, as well as non-urgent repairs are not recognized as a priority service.
CAA-Quebec reports that it is up to each workshop to exercise its judgment in responding to customer requests, taking into account the government directive which requires that only priority services be offered.
However, the organization added that motorists can contact a garage, if it is open, to make an appointment to anticipate the rush when the restrictions related to COVID-19 will be lifted.
CAA-Quebec recalls that in at least two weeks, it will probably not be hot enough to damage the winter tires used to drive short distances. The organization also recommends keeping winter tires as long as the average temperature does not exceed 7 ° C during the day, since the grip of summer tires decreases when the temperature is below this level.
There is no deadline for removing winter tires, the only exception being studded tires that must be removed by May 1.
When possible, motorists should, however, have their winter tires removed, according to CAA-Quebec, because they are made of a thermal rubber specially designed to maintain its elasticity when the mercury drops. However, this rubber disintegrates much more quickly under the effect of the more intense heat and the risk of the tire bursting increases.
In addition, winter tires are more resistant to the road, which makes driving noisier and increases fuel consumption. And driving with winter tires in summer complicates avoidance maneuvers in emergency situations.
CAA-Quebec also reports that a vehicle traveling 100 kilometers an hour in the rain will require a braking distance of 93.8 meters if it is wearing winter tires, compared to 74.3 meters with tires four Seasons.