Tires are four of the most important features on any vehicle. They are also the area most often neglected even though they are relatively easy to care for. You can increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, reduce harmful emissions, save money and make your vehicle safer by adopting a few simple tire maintenance habits.
Tire Storage: Store seasonal tires upright, in an indoor location, out of direct sun or strong artificial light. Tires stored on the rims should be deflated to about 15 psi (pounds per square inch) to avoid cracking or deformation.
The performance of your vehicle’s tires is directly related to the temperature outside. As the temperature drops, even the best summer tires will fail to respond road conditions. All-season tires, while designed for all types of weather, will not perform as well in ice and cold.
As a rule, whenever the average outdoor temperature falls below or climbs above 7 degrees Celsius (19.4 degrees F), your tires will be affected. As the temperature drops, non-winter tires loose elasticity and the grip they have on the road. That’s why the best tires to have when the temperature drops are winter tires. Conversely, winter tires will deteriorate faster in hotter temperatures.
Featuring a combination of specialized tread designs and compounds to provide effective traction in cold, snowy conditions, winter tires are the safest tires for Canadian winters. Marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake, this symbol means your tires will meet the specific snow traction performance requirements – designed specifically for cold, snowy, icy and slippery driving. These tires are also designed for improved traction on cold, dry road surfaces.
Good Advice for Canadian Winter Drivers:
Have you gotten your tires checked recently?
Regardless of how safely you drive, there is always the possibility of getting a flat tire. If this happens on the highway, drive slowly to the safest area, out of traffic. Although this may potentially further damage the tire and wheel, it can also prevent serious injury.