Spring is in the air! Or maybe an early summer. Whatever the season is, we can officially abandon all that is reminding us of winter starting today (except for the snow still continuing to melt outside, of course). We've suffered a long and treacherous winter, but we can finally confirm that the worst of the season is in the past.
The most tangible sign yet of this seasonal change is confirmation from the Société de l'assurance automobile that starting tomorrow, March 16, Quebecers can legally remove their winter tires and replace them with summer or all-season tires!
Each year from December 15 to March 15 it is mandatory to have winter tires on your vehicle to be prepared for brutal ice, snow, slush, and more.
TL;DR The SAAQ has confirmed on their website that tomorrow, March 16, you can legally remove your winter tires and replace them with summer tires. Reminder that the new Highway Safety Code measure of 2019 means vehicles must have their winter tires back on by December 1. More details below.
Now that we can pretty much guarantee those are all things of the past, you can prepare your vehicle for the warmer seasons ahead.
Since tomorrow is the first day when you can legally take off those weathered winter tires, making the switch any earlier could have result in a $200 to $300 fine.
The SAAQ also advises that you might want to keep your winter tires on a little while longer to ensure no surprise winter weather conditions hit the province. As soon as temperatures drop below 7°C, or when ice or snow is still on the road, the rubber in summer and all-season tires loses its grip.
The treads on summer tires are not designed to hold snow like winter tires, so if you want to play it safe you should probably just wait until all the snow has finally melted away for good.
It should also be noted that this year the laws regarding when you have to put on your winter tires for the season have changed. Although in previous years the deadline has always been December 15, the new Highway Safety Code measure of 2019 means vehicles must be equipped with winter tires by December 1.
Whether you decide to change your tires tomorrow or wait it out a while longer, we can all agree that the changing of seasons is in the air!