At these “realistic” dates, Quebec motorists should be driving on winter tires

At these “realistic” dates, Quebec motorists should be driving on winter tires

October is LGBT History month, as well as, internationally, Breast Cancer Awareness month and, in Canada, Autism Awareness month. The second-last week of October is Canadian Waste Reduction Week. And this Friday, October 4 is World Smile Day.

If CAA-Quebec get its way, Canadians in one province will celebrate another special week at the very start of October its lobbying to declare those seven days Quebecs official Winter Tire Appointment Week.

Really? Yes, really, came the reply from the Canadian Automobile Associations Quebec division. Between the labor shortage and the new earlier legal deadline for winter tires (December 1), theres likely to be a mad rush on garages that do tire changes, the organization recently wrote. So the smart thing to do is to take care of it now!

CAA-Quebec is not saying motorists should swap their summer rubbers for a set of winter tires right this minute. No, its just telling the owners of the provinces 5.2 million passenger vehicles that now is better than later to book a rendezvous with their mechanic shop.

So when specifically should you book that appointment for? We asked The Weather Network and its meteorologist Andr Monette was able to provide realistic dates when drivers in Canadian major cities should make their summer-to-winter tires swap (i.e. when the average temperature drop below the magic 7 C).


Kuujjuaq: September 25 Sept-Îles: October 20 Val-d’Or and Saguenay: October 25 Rimouski and Gaspé: October 30 Quebec City, Gatineau and Sherbrooke: November 5 Montreal: November 10

Maritimes and Labrador

Saint-Jean: November 7 Fredericton: November 9 Charlottetown: November 10 Moncton: November 10 Sydney: November 12 Halifax: November 12 Goose Bay: October 14


Timmins: October 26 Thunder Bay: November 1 Sudbury: November 2 Ottawa: November 9 Kingston: November 11 Toronto: November 15 Windsor: November 21

West and Prairies

Churchill: September 24 Yellowknife: September 27 Whitehorse: October 9 Saskatoon: October 27 Edmonton: October 28 Regina: October 29 Winnipeg: October 30 Kelowna: November 9 Prince Rupert: November 16 Vancouver: December 11 Victoria: December 17

Youre already too late if your hometown is Kuujjuaq, but know that for Montreal, November 10 is halfway between the average date of the first snowfall (October 28) and that of the first real accumulation of 5 cm or more (December 3), says CAA-Quebec.

Oh, for those who think the first snowfall determines the right time to swap, heres a little news for you: the temperature actually determines when, and the magic number is 7 C.

Heres why: Summer or four-season tires start to harden and gradually lose their grip when the mercury drops below 7 C, says Pierre-Serge Labb, CAA-Quebec Vice-President, Automotive Services. These realistic dates, proposed in consultation with The Weather Network, are the dates when the average daily high is below 7 C for each region in Quebec.

But remember this: Because those dates are an average, they are the latest you should wait to install your winter rubbers. And now that the summers heat is no longer threatening our costly winter tires, theres no harm in trading them a few weeks earlier.

Ask Calgary, just for fun, if there’s a too-soon moment to have winter tires on your car

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