How To Properly Store Summer Tires In Winter

There's very few things that you can do that are more dangerous than using your summer tires in the winter. The colder weather drastically reduces their performance and greatly increases the chances of an accident. However, when you put your summer tires into storage after switching them out for winter ones, you need to ensure that they are stored in the proper conditions so that they are still able to perform once the good weather returns.


The first thing that you should do after having your tires removed from your vehicle is clean them off. You can do this with a pressure washer. This is to remove dirt, grime, and anything else which may have become stuck in the treads of the tire. If you don't do this, you risk these materials drying out the rubber of your tires, which can increase the risk of a puncture or a leak developing when you put them back on your car. If your tires are still mounted on their rims, you should also make an effort to clean the rims with soap and water to prevent rust from developing on them as well.

Airtight Bags and Storage Position

You should also individually store your summer tires in airtight bags. This helps ensure that your tires don't dry out in the dry winter air, which would again increase the risk of your tire puncturing or leaking next summer. Most mechanics and automotive shops will carry specialized air tight bags or containers that you can place your tires in. Further, you should ensure that your tires are stored standing up, not stacked on top of each other. Stacking places undue stress on the bottom tire, whereas storing them upright within an airtight bag will keep the tires in good condition.

Storage Location

Store your sealed tires in a location that is climate controlled, as high temperatures, either hot or cold, can cause physical degradation of the rubber within your tires and ruin their structural stability. You should also store them in areas that are away from direct sunlight, which can again dry out the rubber of the tires. If you are able to find a climate controlled self-storage unit, this is an ideal place for your tires. If not, a closet or storage location in your home that does not become too cold in the winter works as well (though avoid basements, which usually suffer from low temperatures in the winter months).