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How to Spend #Canada150 in Your Area

How to Spend #Canada150 in Your Area Every Canadian has been excited for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration since the beginning of the year but now it’s finally upon us! We wanted to share some of the ways that you can spend #Canada150 across Canada: Toronto is celebrating Canada 150 all over the city! You can go to Nathan Phillips Square to see a Vaudeville show in the afternoon. You can visit the Scarborough Civic Centre for fun kids’ activities like face painting. Humber Bay Park West is holding a brass band show. At Mel Lastman Square you can hear the Inuktitut alt-country band, the Jerry Cans, and at all of these locations you can see the fireworks at 11:00pm! Winnipeg is celebrating Canada 150 in true Canadian style with activities like a street hockey tournament, extended patios, and of course – birthday cake! You can also visit the Oak Hammock Marsh for wagon rides, classic Canadian film viewings, and a guided canoe adventure! Regina has a huge list of events for you to celebrate Canada 150 in Saskatchewan’s capital city. You can visit the Wascana Centre for a pancake breakfast, 21 Gun Salute, Metis Fiddlers, the parade of boats, strongman competition, and an old time fair. And don’t forget the fireworks at 11:00pm! You can visit City Square Plaza for a farmer’s market, yoga in the park, and a Downtown Chef Mystery Box Cooking Competition. Edmonton is celebrating Canada 150 in style by revealing a mosaic mural at City Hall. You can also visit City Hall to see the North Stratton Pipe Band, African Drummers, and magician, Brent Cairns. There will also be celebrations taking place... read more

Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips School is almost out and you and your family are ready to hit the open road. Whether you’re travelling to the mountains to go hiking, visiting Ottawa for the Canada 150 celebrations or visiting a local farm to buy fresh produce, you want to ensure that your vehicle can get you there safely. Here are some tips for summer vehicle maintenance: Check Your Coolant Summer weather can be hard on your vehicle, especially in high temperatures or clear sunny days where the sun can overheat your vehicle. It’s important to ensure that your coolant levels are optimal. You can look under the hood and you should be able to see if your coolant levels are at the full line. If they aren’t, your coolant may be leaking and you should bring it into your local Integra Tire to have it inspected. Check Your Belts Winter weather may have eroded your belts. First, listen to your vehicle when you start the engine. If you hear a squealing noise, it could be coming from your belt. The belt may just be loose but it could be cracked. Open your hood to take a look at your belts. If the belt appears to be cracked, bring it into your local Integra Tire and we can replace it for you. Check Your Wipers Your wiper blades may have worn out over the long winter so check them to ensure that they don’t leave streaks on your windshield. If they aren’t properly cleaning your windshield, you can easily replace them for little cost. Wiper blades usually will pop off and the new ones can... read more

Planning the Perfect Road Trip

Planning the Perfect Road Trip Since this year is Canada’s 150th birthday celebration, it’s the perfect time to take a summer road trip to your favourite Canadian destination! We want to help you get prepared for your road trip with these tips: Get Your Vehicle Checked Over Few people realize that winter can be hard on your vehicle. Ice and salt can cause damage to your brakes, cold weather can drain your battery, and ice can destroy your windshield wipers. Bring your car into your local Integra Tire Auto Centre so we can inspect your vehicle to be sure that it is in perfect condition for your road trip. Plan Your Route We all know that Canada is known for summer construction so try to plan your route ahead of time so you can avoid these construction zones. No one wants to spend an extra hour of their trip stuck in a construction zone or making an unexpected detour. Planning your route ahead of time can also help you plan your rest stops and this will help you see unusual road side attractions. Canada is home to many of the “World’s Biggest” monuments so Google your route ahead of time to ensure you hit all the fun photo-opt spots! If you’re travelling over the Canada Day long weekend, do some research on events happening along your route so you can see some spectacular Canada Day entertainment! Pack Snacks If you’re travelling as a family, by yourself, or as a couple, everyone will get hungry at some point so keep some healthy snacks in the car to help you refrain from making extra pit stops.... read more

National Tire Safety Week

National Tire Safety Week Did you know that May 28 – June 3 is National Tire Safety week? In honour of it, we are sharing some of our most important tire safety tips: Check your tires over regularly Each time you go to drive your car, have a glance at all of your tires to ensure they look full and have no debris or cracks in them. If you see anything stuck in your tire, call your local Integra Tire and we can try to repair and patch it. You should also check your tire tread each season to ensure it will grip the road properly. You can check your tire tread depth by using a US penny. Place the penny head side out and down into the tire tread. If you always see the top of the head, your tread is low and your tires should be replaced. If part of the head is covered by the tread, you won’t need new tires for a while. Monitor your tire pressure Most vehicles are now equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) but this system only engages a warning when your tire is significantly low and it is unsafe to drive on it. To prevent your tire from reaching this level, you should check your tire pressure periodically. This can easily be done by using a tire pressure gauge. All you need to do is remove the cap off the air valve, line up the gauge with the valve, and press until you get a reading (make sure that you are not releasing any air when you do this). You can check what... read more

How to Drive and Still Save the Environment

“Eco-friendly” is a buzz word that almost everyone is using nowadays but being eco-friendly is more than just wearing clothes made of hemp and driving a hybrid. Being eco-friendly can be applied to your everyday life. We may think that the only way that we can be eco-friendly on the road is to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle but there are a number of way that you can help the environment while still making your daily commute. Install Eco-Friendly Tires There are a number of tires that are developed to be more eco-friendly. The Bridgestone Ecopia is engineered for fuel efficiency because it has a low rolling resistance. The Michelin Energy Saver A/S is also designed for fuel efficiency and a lengthened tread life, meaning your tires will stay out of the land fill. Adjust Your Driving Habits You can reduce your carbon emissions by adjusting some of your driving habits. The first thing you can do is to come to a gradual acceleration. The harder you push on the gas pedal, the more fuel you are consuming to get your engine going. If you take 5 seconds to get to 20 km/hr, you will greatly notice that your gas tank will stay fuller longer. If you also maintain a consistent speed, you will improve your gas mileage. Using your cruise control on the highway can be one way to assist with this as well. Avoiding high speeds can also help you be more eco-friendly. Roads are designed to be most efficient for your vehicle when you travel the posted speed so following the speed signs will not... read more