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Winter Tires – How to Purchase and Maintain Them (Part 1 of a 3-Part Series)

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   February 26, 2014 08:40

When purchasing winter tires, the customer is often overwhelmed with decisions – the first of which is whether or not to purchase them in the first place.

 

Winter tires are costly, but well worth the investment. Built for all types of vehicles, these special tires allow the driver to deal with icy roads to reduce the chance of spinning out or fishtailing on corners. In hilly areas driving in winter can be a hazard as well, with snow and ice, and a nervous driver’s mind can be put better at ease knowing that their braking capacity is strengthened with winter tires, and that they will be able to stop at a shorter distance, to allow for the driver’s maximum reaction time.

 

Since the elasticity of regular all-season tires is decreased when the outside temperature drops below a certain point - 7°C/45°F –the customer can expect the performance of their all-season or summer tires to decrease as well. That being said, the customer can expect increased performance in their winter tires, because their winter tires are built differently, with a compound that maintains elasticity. This is crucial in a collision situation.

Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada are advising motorists to always be mindful about safe driving in winter.

Vehicle handling is improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels. View a demonstration video showcasing the benefits of using four winter tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index by visiting visit http://www.rubberassociation.ca/wintertirevideos/wintertirevideos.html.

Snow Tires

Tires marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction performance requirements, and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.

 

If you intend to drive in severe winter conditions, install four winter tires that meet the "snow tire" designation on your vehicle. These snow tires will assist you in controlling your vehicle safely in slippery conditions.

Tires marked "M + S" – or "mud and snow" tires, also known as "all-season" tires— continue to provide safe all-weather performance, but may not always be suitable for severe snow conditions. Wide, high performance tires, other than those that are specifically designed as snow tires, are not considered suitable for use on snow covered roads.

Which Snow Tires are Available (And Where)

You can contact tire dealers or manufacturers to obtain information on which models meet this new designation.

Please remember:

• Install four winter tires - To help maintain control and stability of your vehicle in icy conditions, Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada recommend that you install winter tires in sets of four.

• Mixing tires with different tread patterns, internal construction, and size degrades the stability of the vehicle and should be avoided.

• As a tire wears, snow traction is reduced. Tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicators have reduced traction and should not be used on snow-covered roads or in severe snow conditions, and should be replaced as soon as possible.

• Proper air pressure extends tread life, improves safety, and reduces fuel consumption — all vital factors in saving energy and protecting the environment. Tire pressure decreases as temperatures drop, so be sure to check the pressures at least once a month when the tires are cold, especially and preferably after the car has been out all night to get an accurate reading. (For more information on proper tire inflation, please see the publication “Riding on Air” at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng//motorvehiclesafety/tp-200.htm.)

If you have winter tires and still find yourself in a collision, Maaco Collision and Auto Repair will take care of all your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program. Call us at (306) 653-5655 or visit us at www.maacosaskatoon.ca, or come see us at 659 51st St E, so that we can help you get back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened

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Icy Road Conditions

posted by Maaco Saskatoon    |   January 14, 2014 14:00

This time of year, road conditions-in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan-can be very icy and sometimes, it can even be tough to walk on the road without slipping and falling. Imagine what being on the road with a car is like! A car is both fragile and rugged. One wrong move on an icy road without the proper winter tires might have you in a fender-bender (or the ditch), but as well, a car must be winterized to survive in harsh winter weather conditions.

Driving on interchanges require extra-special attention and focus while driving, because these often get salted and sanded less frequently than other main roads. While driving on main roads, such as the downtown core, that are often frequented by pedestrians, take extra care and go slowly in these areas, as these are often the iciest of areas. Sometimes leaving a few minutes early for work in the morning will get you ahead of the morning traffic rush, but sometimes it’s also necessary, for driving slow on icy roads so you’re not in a collision.

When on an icy road, if you feel yourself start to skid, don’t brake and don’t panic. If it is slippery, make sure you pump your brakes, also called “threshold” braking, until you come to a complete stop. Trying to see where black ice is, which is invisible, can be hard to do, so please make an effort to drive slowly and carefully at all times.  Remember that if you are in a collision to remain calm.  Our next blog will be on what to do when you are in an accident, keep checking back for more great information.

 

If you are in a collision, Maaco Collision Repair will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program. Give us a call at (306) 653-5655 or visit us at www.maacosaskatoon.ca, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.

 

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