If you own a car, then you know how important it is to take care of it. It’s not just the gas and oil that need to be changed periodically; your tires also require care. If they are not cared for properly, it can lead to safety issues like blowouts or underinflated tires. I’m sure we’ve all seen those people on the side of the road with their tires popped out because someone didn’t check their air pressure before hitting the highway. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a flat Tire in wintertime when there’s nobody else around!
Not only does this blog post offer some tips on what Canadians do wrong when taking care of their tires, but it also offers solutions to these issues.
Mistakes To Avoid.
1) Not checking tire pressure regularly.
It’s recommended that you check the pressure on your tires every month. This is something you should do before heading out on a long drive or if it has been sunny and hot where you live, as this will make the air in your tires expand. If your tire pressure is too low, it can lead to an accident or unsafe driving conditions due to bad traction control, handling difficulties, pop that, and more.
2) Not getting new tires when needed.
You know how fast the sun goes down……and also how slowly it comes back up……….well it’s about the same with new car tires diminishing. Maybe not quite as quickly but they definitely won’t last forever so if yours are looking worn, get them replaced as soon as possible.
3) Not checking the tread depth regularly.
Another reason that you must check your tire pressure is because neglecting to do so can cause uneven and premature wear on the tires themselves, and if they’re worn too thin, it can be a safety issue as well. It’s important to check your tires for any uneven wearing or cracking when you change them!
4) Driving with low pressure in the wintertime.
Running at low tire pressures when it’s cold outside affects how much fuel your car uses so keep an eye on your tire pressure when it’s super chilly out!
5) Letting kids play ball in the garage……..with the cars!
If you have children then please don’t let them play in the garage with your car, not even for a second! Kids love to go behind our backs and things like putting their tricycles on top of cars can completely ruin someone’s day after they’ve just spent some hard-earned money on getting new tires.
Tips To Use.
1) When checking tire pressure, always remove the valve stem cap before using the device.
2) Remember that winter tires are meant for winter conditions so don’t use them all year round. Their performance is designed to be maximum in harsh cold weather situations, not necessarily warm conditions on summer road trips. Check your owner’s manual or speak with one of our auto experts at your local Canadian Tire store if you have any questions about what type of tire is best for your car and road conditions.
3) Don’t forget to check the spare tire on your car as well! We all know that sometimes we just leave things there and don’t think about them until we need them, so keep an eye on your spare tire pressure is always a good idea. If you neglect it, you can expect more than a flat tire when you go to use it.
4) Do not top-up air in tires with automatic sealant or inflator kits – These products work by injecting a special fluid into the inner tube of the tire instead of air; if they are filled with air this will defeat their purpose. For these products to work properly they should be used in conjunction with a compatible valve stem.
5) Most importantly…..don’t forget to check your tire pressure monthly! If you do, you’ll spend more time on the road and less time standing by the side of it. And that’s a good thing!
TYRE CARE AND MAINTENANCE.
Regularly check the pressure on your tires with an accurate tire pressure gauge. Excessively low or high tire pressures reduce a tire’s ability to perform properly, which can result in serious damage not only to the tires but also to your car as well! The correct tire pressure for each of your tires is indicated on the sidewall of the tire and will also be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Worn-out treads are one of the most common issues that drivers neglect to take care of, so it’s important to remember that if they’re damaged then new ones should be installed immediately by a trained professional at Canadian Tire. Not doing this could result in having to spend much more money on tire repairs or even replacements so take care of your tires, they’ll last you a long time if you treat them right!
WINTER TIRE CARE
The best advice for caring for winter tires is to follow the ” 3H rule “, which means avoiding driving at high speeds when it’s snowing or raining, using proper gear like chains or studded tires, and ensuring that there are no foreign objects embedded into the tread before hitting the road.
Many factors influence how often you should have your vehicle serviced, including how far you drive each year as well as what kind of condition your car is in. Of course, the best way to make sure that it gets done is to consult your local Canadian Tire Auto Service Expert and follow their advice!
It’s important to regularly check your tire pressure and tread depth to keep you and your car safe. If they’re both in good condition then chances are that you’ll be able to go longer between visits, saving yourself some time and money!