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Buying Winter Tires (Posted On: Thursday, October 20, 2011)

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Tires are the most ignored and underrated component of your vehicle. They are the only interface between your vehicle and the road to provide traction to accelerate, steer and stop. Your dealer knows your vehicle best and will ensure it’s equipped with the optimum choice of tire for your driving needs.

Winter Tires

Winter tires stay flexible in temperatures below 7°C to provide the necessary traction for cold-weather driving conditions.

They reduce braking distance on cold, wet, ice and snow-covered roads in comparison to all-season tires.

The traction provided by winter tires enhances the performance of anti-lock braking systems (ABS), vehicle stability assist (VSA), traction control and all-wheel drive in winter conditions.

Industry data shows that in cold weather, a vehicle equipped with winter tires has approximately a 40% less chance of being involved in a collision versus one equipped with all-season tires.


All-Season Tires


All-season tires are designed to provide traction and durability in a wide variety of seasonal road conditions. However, they cannot provide the same levels of traction in winter conditions as a proper winter tire.

They are best suited for use in temperatures above 7°C.


Extending the life of your tires


Tire Pressure

Studies have shown that up to 70% of vehicles on the road have at least one under-inflated tire. Checking and maintaining tire pressure regularly will help extend tire life and reduce fuel consumption. Every time you check your Honda’s tire pressures, you should also examine the tires for damage, foreign objects, and wear.


Wheel Alignment

Misaligned wheels can cause uneven and rapid tire wear. It is normal for wheel alignment to change through the life of the vehicle as wear accumulates and especially if the vehicle is driven on rough roads. If abnormal tire wear or damage is discovered when checking tire pressures or during vehicle maintenance, or your Honda has developed symptoms such as pulling to one side or that the steering wheel is not centred when driving straight, the wheel alignment should be checked and corrected if needed.


Wheel Balancing

Proper wheel balance helps prevent unnecessary wear to the tires, steering, and suspension components and also provides for a more enjoyable driving experience. Wheel balance normally changes as tires wear and should be checked periodically when you change or rotate tires, and especially if you have noticed speed-related vibration while driving.

Wheel balancing should always be done when replacing tires and when a tire has been removed from a wheel for any reason.


Provided by Ward Bond at Blue Mountain Honda
 

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