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Best Highways in Canada for a Road Trip

Now that the snow is gone, we all want to schedule our holidays and get out on the road. Since Canada is celebrating its 150 birthday this year, there will be many great festivities to take in all summer long. If you’re in need of some Canadian road trip ideas, here’s a list of some of our favourite suggestions: Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) The Sea to Sky highway will take you to two of Canada’s biggest tourist attractions –Vancouver and Whistler, BC. Whether you’re travelling in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, there’s always something to do in this area of Canada. Along this road you’ll experience breathtaking views of rugged mountain terrain and clear blue ocean. Take your time travelling this highway to stop at Shannon Falls that cascades over 1100 feet. You can also visit the Sea to Sky Gondola that will take you 2,904 feet in the air to view the Coastal Mountains! You’ll create a memory of a lifetime if you take the family on this road trip. TransCanada Highway (Highway 16) The TransCanada highway is appropriately named since it travels across 10 provinces. You can travel through the prairies on the section of the highway called the Yellowhead highway. In the summer you’ll experience the luscious yellows of canola fields and visit some of the “World’s Biggest” monuments, like the World’s Biggest Pysanka in Vegreville, AB, the World’s Biggest Sausage in Mundare, AB, and the World’s Biggest Border Markers in Lloydminster, AB/SK. This highway makes for some great photo opts. Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) The Icefields Parkway will take you through the... read more

All-Season Tires for the Spring

Now that spring is here and the snow is gone, it’s time for your tire changeover. When the weather begins to consistently reach 7°C, you need to remove your winter tires and put your all-season tires back on your vehicle. Come to your local Integra Tire and we can get your tires changed over today. Did you take your all-season tires out of storage and realize that they’re bald, have cracks, or have bulges? That means that you should replace your tires to ensure that you stay safe while on the road. Here are some great all-season tires that you could consider this spring: Bridgstone Driveguard The Bridgestone Driveguard is an all-season tire that will give you excellent performance on wet and dry conditions and it will save you money on gas because it has a high fuel efficiency rating. For drivers who need to get their kids to and from soccer practice on a rainy day, this is the perfect tire. Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 all-season tire is the perfect tire for high performance vehicles. It is designed to provide optimum grip and stability for easy cornering. Even if you’re on wet pavement, the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 will work great for you. For drivers who love to take their car to the race track, this is the perfect tire for you. Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is an all-season tire made for SUVs to provide the best fuel efficiency a tire can provide. It’s great for wet or dry road conditions so it can get you anywhere you and your family... read more

Spring Maintenance Checklist

The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and you’re in a great mood. With all of us experiencing spring fever, our cars are the last thing we are thinking about. But spring is the time that you need to concentrate on your car’s maintenance to ensure it keeps running smoothly all summer long. Here is a quick list to follow for your spring maintenance checklist: Change Over Your Tires Winter tires are not made to be used in temperatures over 7°C. The rubber that they are made with is more pliable than the rubber on all-season tires; therefore, leaving winter tires on in warm conditions will wear your tire tread much faster than if you were driving on all-season tires. Overall, when the weather starts to consistently reach above 7°C, have your all-season tires put back on your vehicle. Inspect Your Tires If your old all-season tires have been sitting in your garage all winter, check them over for punctures, cracks and bulges. Bring them into your local Integra Tire and we’ll be sure to inspect them too. If we notice that your tread is getting low, we may suggest buying new all-season tires. Luckily we have many sales on right now! Check Under Your Hood Your oil should be changed once every 5,000-10,000km so for most people, the spring is the perfect reminder to get it changed. Also get your belts and hoses inspected to be sure that they are all working properly. Finally, check the charge on your battery. The cold winter months can be hard on a battery and if your battery has already died... read more

How to Maintain Your Tires

To perform effectively, your tires need the proper inflation, correct balance, and optimum tread depth. If one of these elements is off, it could diminish the safety of your vehicle. Here are some tips to follow to ensure that your tires are doing everything they can to keep you safe on the road: Have your tires properly inflated. Your tires have a sweet spot when the air pressure is not too inflated and not too under inflated. You can determine your tire’s sweet spot by looking at the sticker on your side door that will indicate your optimum tire inflation. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month or before any long road trip to ensure that your tires have not lost any air. Check for abnormal tread wear. Your tires will wear over time but they should never wear on the very edge of the tire; this could mean that your tires are out of balance. Having your tires rotated every 10,000km will help prevent normal tread wear. Check for bulges or cracks. If your tires have a bulge or crack, do not drive on them. Bring them to your local Integra Tire and we will inspect them and change them, if necessary. Feel for unusual rocking and listen for abnormal sounds. If your tires cause your vehicle to shake or rock excessively or if they are very noisy on the road, this could mean that one or more of your tires are out of balance. You can bring your vehicle to your local Integra Tire and we can balance them for you. Get a... read more

Can Your Car Handle the Cold?

Winter is hard on all of us. Our skin is dry, our hair is brittle, and our teeth are chattering but have you ever stopped to think that the cold is hard on your car too? You may only think about this when it sounds like your car just ran a marathon when you try to start it on a cold day. With that in mind, here are some tips for taking care of your car in cold weather: Plug It in When the weather is below -15°C, you should plug your car in. When you try to start a cold car, the oil can be too thick to flow properly and start your engine. This is why it may sound like your engine has no juice left in it when you try to start it and it hasn’t been plugged in. Plugging in your car keeps the lubricants warm so that they can quickly flow through your car and help it start easily. Check under the Hood It’s always a good idea to check everything under your hood when the cold weather hits. First, check that your battery terminals are all properly connected. Then you should also check the charge on your battery. If your battery isn’t holding a charge anymore, it will probably need replacing. Your battery should be replaced every five years. Inspect your battery for corrosion as well. Sometimes, you can clean the corrosion off the nodes and clamps but if it’s too corroded, it may need replacing. Check your belts around your engine to make sure that they aren’t cracking or warn. The last... read more