It’s something you should always be aware of, making sure your MINI not only is riding on the correct tires, but also when to swap them out. At the very least you should have separate tires for the winter and summer seasons, especially in Alberta where the weather goes to such extremes. Knowing the 7℃ rule is vital in maintaining the best out of your MINI’s tires. Follow along with us at MINI Edmonton as we outline the best time to switch out your tires.
Switching MINI Tires in the Winter
You need winter tires on your MINI, but no, it’s not about a specific brand requirement, it’s best practice for any type of vehicle you drive. It’s no secret that Alberta brings some less than desirable winter conditions, so having tires with the best tread and material to take on those unruly roads is important. But when should you make the switch over? You never know when the snow could hit in Alberta after all. That’s why the 7℃ rule has been adopted, a guideline to switch your tires over to winter tires when the average temperature dips below 7℃. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially in unpredictable Alberta weather, so when that temperature starts to go down, be forward thinking and switch to MINI winter tires.
Switching MINI Tires in the Summer
Okay, you probably at least understand the importance of winter tires, it makes sense to have specific tires to combat all that winter build-up, but why would you ever need different tires for summer? There’s not a thing on the road and you can drive on anything, right? Not so much, summer can really heat up the roads and you need proper tires that will hold up to that heat, grip to the road and won’t break down easily. You don’t want to have to switch into new tires that often, so getting the correct tires is important for your MINI’s health. The 7℃ rule can still be applied here, just on the other end, so whenever the average temperature rises above 7℃ it’s time to switch to summer tires.