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  • What driving habits affect tire life?

    Driving fast over uneven surfaces
    When going over gravel, unpaved surfaces, and even dirt or grass fields (where rocks and stones can be present), driving at a normal pace is ill-advised. Instead, proceed cautiously and, as you drive along, try to feel the terrain underneath your car.
    Failing to be gentle on brakes while towing
    When you’re towing a trailer or caravan, you need to take into account the extra stress the larger weight places on your car. While many motorists remain mindful of the fact their vehicle is now taking up a larger space on the road, it’s also essential that you try to be extra gentle in your driving and anticipate more than normal when you need to brake.
    Excessively hard braking
    Hard braking can damage a wider range of parts of the car. Everything from your brake pads to your fuel supply can be impacted by regular harsh breaks. Therefore, while safety is always most important, especially in emergency situations, braking as gently as possible will extend the life of your car's tires.
    Turning the steering wheel when your car isn’t moving
    While this isn’t a dangerous mistake to make while driving, it does wear down your tires over time. Many motorists regularly turn their steering wheel before moving and, in doing so, put tremendous pressure on the tires in the absence of forwarding movement.
    Not allowing your car to warm up
    If you anticipate driving through congested ‘stop start’ traffic, it’s a good idea to take your car for a quick drive around the block before joining into the busier road. As you go along, do some mild braking and, while at a complete stop, gently pump the brakes a little to give them a bit of a workout

  • Why are the tires black?

    The chemical compound is the primary reason for the back color of the tires. It is a stabilizing chemical that is mixed with other polymers to produce the tire’s tread. It significantly prolongs the lifespan of the tires and protects them from the corrosive effects of ozone. Not to mention that carbon black also absorbs and UV rays that ultimately transform into heat and damage the tires by frequent expansions and contractions.
    The tread and belt areas of a tire become hot at the time of driving. The carbon black absorbs that heat quickly and returns it to the road, protecting those areas. As a result, the tires offer a more reliable drive because this element makes them stronger and more long-lasting than tires without the carbon black.

  • How to maintain your tires?

    1. Keep your tires properly inflated.
    Under or over-inflated tires may not accelerate, brake or steer properly. Check your tire pressure at least once a month when the tires are cold, that is, before you head out for a drive. Chances are you’ll find that you need to make an adjustment.
    2. Rotate your tires regularly.
    Rotating your tires will extend their life and improve performance. It’s recommended you rotate your tires once every 10,000 to 12,000 km or six months.
    3. Get a wheel alignment.
    Every year, or about 25,000 km, get a wheel alignment to avoid uneven tread wear.
    4. Make sure your tires are balanced.
    Having unbalanced tires can lead to rapid and premature tire tread wear. You should have your tires balanced every time you change or rotate your tires or when you install a new set of wheels.
    5. Frequently inspect your tires.
    When you’re checking your tire pressure, also visually inspect your tires and be on the lookout for cracks or bulges, objects lodged in the tire, punctures, and uneven tread wear.
    6. Change your tires according to the season.
    In Canada, it’s recommended that you have both summer and winter tires. Both types of tires are designed differently to match the driving conditions.
    7. Don’t mix and match tires.
    While it may seem more cost-effective to replace one or two tires at a time, having mismatched tires can lead to rapid and uneven tread wear or even mechanical issues.
    8. Replace your tires when needed.
    Pay close attention to the tire tread for indication of when to replace your tires. Tires are manufactured with wear bars and when the bar becomes exposed, it’s time to replace them.
    9. Ensure punctured tires are repaired properly.
    Depending on the severity of the puncture or size of the foreign object lodged in your tire, take it to the mechanic can be repaired.

  • How to buy tires?

    Tire size
    Locate a placard on the driver’s side door that indicates what size tires fit your car. For example, your tire size might read P215/65 R15. This string of numbers and letters denotes the tire width, the height compared to the width, and the diameter. In most cases, your new tires should match this size.
    Handling and comfort
    “Tires define the personality of the vehicle,” says Gene Petersen, tire program manager for Consumer Reports, which tests and reviews tires. He tells drivers to choose tires that are not only the right size, but that also optimize the car’s handling and braking ability. Finally, search for tires that reduce road noise and provide a comfortable ride.
    All-season, winter or summer tires?
    You’ll also need to decide whether you want all-season, winter or summer tires.