BMW Winter Tire Guide

With fall firmly upon us and winter swiftly approaching, it’s time for BMW owners to consider winter tire installation. This guide will help you determine the best time to install winter tires on your BMW, understand when to replace them, select the right winter tires, and introduce related products and services to ensure optimal winter performance.


When to Install Winter Tires on Your BMW


The government of Ontario recommends having winter tires on your BMW between October 1st and April 30th. It’s therefore recommended for BMW owners to install them between late October and early November. This ensures preparedness for early snowfalls and the decreasing temperatures characteristic of the season.


Summer tires and cold weather are a mismatch. Specifically, winter tires begin to harden below 7°C, affecting stability, grip, and braking distances, especially on cold, damp roads. For BMW high-performance vehicles and M models, these effects are even more pronounced. Therefore, timely winter tire installation is crucial to maintain optimal performance and avoid unnecessary tire wear.


Assessing the Condition of Your Winter Tires


For an enjoyable winter driving experience in your BMW, quality winter tires with adequate tread are vital. If tread depth falls below 1.6 mm, your winter tires are no longer suitable. Aim to retain a tread depth of at least 4.8 mm. To measure tread depth:


  1. Use a specialized tool.
  2. Check the wear indicator on the tire.
  3. Reflect on your tire’s performance the previous winter. If grip or stability was lacking, replacement might be necessary.


Choosing the Best Winter Tires for Your BMW


If replacement is in order, consider the following:

1. Opt for BMW-approved winter tires: These tires are not only optimized for winter conditions but are also tailored to maintain the unique characteristics of your BMW.

2. Understand your driving conditions: There’s a diverse range of winter tires suitable for BMWs. Some excel on snow and ice, while others offer high performance with adequate winter traction. If you drive a BMW electric vehicle, prioritize tires that balance efficiency and performance. Ultimately, choose tires that match the conditions you most frequently encounter. For instance, urban drivers often deal with icy roads, whereas rural drivers might traverse unplowed roads.


Additional Tips:

1. Winter Wheel and Tire Packages: Consider opting for a winter wheel and tire package. BMW winter wheels maintain the vehicle’s sporty look and simultaneously protect your pricier summer wheels from potential damage caused by snow-covered curbs.

2. Expert Assistance: Our tire specialists are here to guide you through the selection process, ensuring you find the perfect match for your specific BMW model. Furthermore, we offer installation, balancing, and proper inflation services.


For all your BMW winter tire needs, we’ve got you covered. From selecting the right tires to installing and maintaining them, we ensure your BMW is winter-ready. Contact us today to discover more about our range of services and winter accessories. Safe travels!