Get your vehicle’s tires checked out immediately if you’re experiencing and kind of slow leak in your tires.
5. Temperature Changes
During the summer months, BC can get really, REALLY hot. With stifling temperatures of 44 degrees Celsius, our tires can take a real butt kicking. If your tires are under inflated during these months, they will wear out considerably faster due to the coupled extreme heat and wear. This can cause a much-needed tire replacement sooner than you might expect.
Winter can bring its own host of problems cause by the temperature change. If you’re driving on all-season tires, be prepared to bump up that air pressure as the cold weather hits. Cold causes tires to lose air pressure, and if you’re not watching for it, you could end up driving on improperly inflated tires. Which, again, can lead to poor grip on icy roads, and limited stopping power as a result.
How Do I Know if I Need New Winter Tires?
Winter tires are one of those things that are not necessarily required in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions. Although, if you need winter tires for winter travel, you’ll want to make sure that your tires are in good shape before making any road trips. Even if you’re driving on all-season mud and snow tires, you need to make sure they are in tip-top shape before any long haul.
How do you do that? Well, for starters, check the wear indicators. Winter tires generally have indicator bars built in that let you know when the tread is less than optimal. There are usually 6 bars on a tire, and they are located along the inside of the tread grooves. Aside from that, use a tread depth gauge to get you the best reading on whether or not your tires are still good for another season.
Do I Really Need Winter Tires in Vancouver?
Winter tires aren’t always needed in British Columbia. However, if you regularly spend any of our winter months driving the Coquihalla, or head up to the Kootenays or anywhere North, you’ll want to make the investment into good winter tires.
Good winter tires, when interchanged with summer tires, can last a solid 5 or 6 seasons. But it is important to make sure that they are removed before the temperatures start to affect the integrity of the tire.
Winter tires are made primarily for temperatures above 7 degrees Celsius. When the temperatures start hitting consistently over this temp, it’s imperative that you change back to your summer tires. Nothing kills a quality winter tire like driving on it in warmer weather.
Tire Maintenance Best Practices
Whether you’re driving on winter tires, all-seasons, or summer tires, proper tire maintenance is key to preserving the longevity of your tires. And each type of tire requires a different kind of maintenance, but on the whole, all tires need general care.
- Making sure your tires are properly inflated all the time
- Making sure there isn’t any visible damage to the tire or the wheel it sits on
- Ensuring that you’re driving on the appropriate tire for the season and road conditions
- Having your tires rotated regularly
- Checking the tire tread to make sure your tires aren’t bald
Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, and what you use it for, your PSI will be relative to both these things. Check your owner’s manual to see what your tires she be inflated at, and when in doubt, check with a tire professional.
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