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The 10 Commandments of Tire Safety

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#1: Check tire pressures and adjust at least once a month and before long trips.

According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on tire-related crashes, the leading cause of tire-failure is underinflation.

Underinflation can have many causes, including a gradual loss of pressure through membranes in the tire itself. It is typical for pressure to drop approximately 1 psi per month and 1 psi for each 5-degree (C) loss in ambient temperature.

Underinflation has immediate effects on vehicle handling (as well as fuel consumption), but its potential impact on overall safety and tire life are even greater.

It results in premature and uneven tread wear on the outer edges. It also increases stress on the carcass itself, through flexing and overheating, which can lead to structural failures such as tread separation.

That’s why it is imperative to check and adjust tire pressure at least once a month and before every long trip (400 km). Recommended pressures are printed on a label

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Why Rotate Your Tires?

techcenter-tirerotateThe front tires of your car will wear much more quickly than the rears. Not only that, but the right front tire might tend to wear out more quickly than the left front because the nature of American traffic means that left-hand turns (which load the right-front tire) tend to be taken at higher speeds, and under higher loads, than right-hand turns (which load the left-front tire). And, right-side tires are more likely to be faced with road hazards and hitting curbs. The result of all this is tires wearing out at different rates.

 
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Proper Tire Inflation

techcenter-tireinflationThe tire inflation pressure for your vehicle is very important in providing you with safe driving and a fuel efficient vehicle.

The key to correct tire pressure is to know the correct pressure for your vehicle. The best place to find this inflation pressure is on the vehicle placard.

 
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How To Measure Tire Thread Wear

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  1. Take a penny and pinch between your thumb and forefinger.
  2. Put Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown into one of the grooves on the tread. Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest.
  3. If you can see the top of Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown, the treads are worn and need replacing.
 
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Why Should I Put On Winter Tires?

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All Season Tire

  1. Harder rubber, best grip on dry or wet road surfaces.
  2. Performs best at temperatures above 5c: loses traction and grip under -5c.
  3. In very cold waether, loses elasticity, causing adangerous accumulation of snow in the treads.
  4. On compacted snow and frozen road surfaces, longer braking distance than a winter tire.

Winter Tire

  1. Softer rubber, so it’s more flexible in snow and grips more in cold temperatures; performs well up to -40c.
  2. Tread is 10% thicker than on an all-season tire.
  3. More agressive footprint (30% more grooves), which assures greater traction and quicker ejection of snow and slush.
  4. Reduced braking distance by up tp 25% compared to an all-season tire.