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TIRE SERVICES AT OK TIRE SW MARINE Proper tire maintenance is critical to the safe operation of your vehicle, and will also improve fuel economy, extend the life of your tires, provide better vehicle handling, help to prevent certain types of breakdowns and collisions, and...Read More
Proper tire maintenance is critical to the safe operation of your vehicle, and will also improve fuel economy, extend the life of your tires, provide better vehicle handling, help to prevent certain types of breakdowns and collisions, and reduce exhaust emissions that contribute...Read More
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Drivers are required to obey Winter Tire and Chain Up signs throughout the province. The designated routes require that vehicles are either equipped with winter tires or carry chains from October 1 to April 30. Click on the maps below to see the regional highways requiring winter tires and/or chains.
Brad said there’s confusion among drivers about what tires should be fitted for winter driving, with some thinking their all-season treads will do.
“There’s a big difference between all-season and winter tires,” Brad said. “On winter tires, the rubber compound will stay soft below 7 degrees C. All-season tires remain hard below that temperature and won’t grip as well.”
In recent years, tire manufacturers have come up with a compromise tire — the all-weather tire — which is softer than all-season but not as soft as a snow tire and is rated for driving in snow.
“Vancouver is a classic market for that type of tire. But for anyone planning to go to Whistler every weekend, the snow tire is recommended,” he said.
Brad said drivers should check the side walls of their tires and look for the three peaks and snowflake symbol that shows the tires are rated for snow.
“The old M&S symbol — mud and snow — isn’t good enough,” he said.
Snow tires have soft rubber treads and if they are not removed after winter, they will use up half of their tread life in a single summer’s driving, he said.
An all-weather tire should last about 80,000 kilometres.
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“It’s a good idea to get your car in for a winter check-over. Check your anti-freeze and all your fluid levels. Make sure there are no brake lines or fuel lines that are rusty and could cause a problem over the winter,” advised owner Brad Bulycz.
One of the best investments motorists can make is a full set of winter tires.
“A snow tire is a lot softer compound than a regular all-season tire. The softer tire grips to the snow better, and so you have better braking, better traction – just all around better driving,” said Brad. “As soon as the cold weather hits an all-season tire it hardens like a hockey puck. And what does a hockey puck do on the ice?”
Batteries are another good investment that can help motorists sleep well at night as the cold wind howls outside their bedroom windows.
Brad says that car batteries typically have a life span of six years, and he advises everyone, no matter the age of their battery, to have it inspected before temperatures drop.Read More
The power of preventative maintenance
At OK Tire, we’re big believers in preventative maintenance. That means addressing issues before you find yourself broken down in a blizzard. Stop into our OK Tire service location ( SW Marine Drive & Oak Street) and we can inspect your vehicle, then recommend which items should be fixed and which ones can wait.
Nobody likes fixing what doesn’t appear broken, but preventative maintenance has important advantages:
Transport Canada and the Rubber Association of Canada advise motorists to think about safe driving in winter.
Vehicle handling will be improved when tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are installed on all four wheels. View a new demonstration video showcasing the benefits of using four winter tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index by visiting http://www.betiresmart.ca