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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter No one likes the word “winter” but here in Canada, it’s inevitable. The best thing that you can do is prepare your car for the looming snow and ice. Here are a few tips that you can do to help your car get through the winter months: Get Your Winter Tires Your winter tires should be installed once the weather begins to reach below 7°C. Certified winter tires will have a three-peak mountain symbol on them indicating that they perform best in the cold and snowy weather. Certified winter tires are made with pliable rubber that will stay soft in cold weather conditions so get them installed as soon as the temperature begins to drop. If your winter tires were stored over the spring and summer, be sure to inspect them for cracks, bulges, and debris. It’s also a good idea to check the tread depth on your tires. If you don’t have a tread depth gauge, we can check them and advise you if you need new winter tires now or in the near future or if they will be in good condition for the next few winter seasons. Get a Seasonal Maintenance Inspection Have your vehicle inspected to ensure that all your systems are running correctly. If you bring your vehicle to your local Integra Tire, we can inspect your brakes, belts, hoses, heating system, and electrical systems. We can also check your battery strength to ensure that it doesn’t need replacing. We will also check all of your lights to ensure that they are all working. Finally, we can check your fluid levels to ensure that... read more

The Importance of Winter Tires

The Importance of Winter Tires Even though we may not want the snow to come, we know that living here in Canada means that it’s inevitable. The snowy roads, slushy berms, and icy corners are on their way so make sure that you’re prepared with winter tires. If you already have winter tires in your garage, then make sure to inspect them for any cracks, bulges, or debris. If you notice anything abnormal with your tires, bring them to Integra Tire and our experts will advise if they can be repaired or if they should be replaced. If your tires look normal, use a tread depth gauge to check the tread; when your winter tires reach 3-4/32, you may want to consider purchasing new tires. Make sure you check with your local government as to what is allowable tread depth. Finally, make an appointment at your local Integra Tire to get your winter tires installed as soon as the temperature begins to reach below 7°C. If you don’t have winter tires yet and you are considering purchasing them, here are some things to keep in mind: Winter tires work best in conditions below 7°C and will wear out quickly if used in temperatures above 7°C. Winter tires will have better traction on snow and ice compared to all-season tires in temperatures below 7°C. Winter tires will be verified with a three-peak mountain symbol. Installing winter wheels onto your winter tires will save you money on each of your tire changeovers and will keep your all-season wheels in better condition. Having both winter tires and all-season tires will keep both sets of tires in better... read more

Tips for Fall Driving

Tips for Fall Driving School is back in session, the leaves are changing colour, and there is a crisp tingle to the air. Fall is here. But when you think of fall, do you ever think about the hazards of fall driving? We’ve compiled some tips on navigating the road this fall season: Watch Out for Pedestrians Kids are back to school and parents are back to work so be cautious of pedestrians this time of year, especially weekdays from 7:00am – 9:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm. On the weekends, people will be out enjoying the warm weather, the fall foliage, and the farmer’s markets, so be cautious when you approach crosswalks. Beware the Sun The sun is rising later and setting earlier so it can cause many hazards in the fall. Make sure to turn on your vehicle’s lights when it’s dark outside so that your rear lights will turn on because your daytime running lights will only turn on your headlights. Also make sure to have sunglasses accessible because the sun will be the brightest on your way to and from work. Look Out for Wildlife In the fall, animals are preparing for hibernation and starting mating season so they will be more active than others times of year. Make sure to watch the ditches in animals crossing areas and turn on your high beams when you are driving in rural areas at night. If an animal is in the road, veer in the direction that the animal came from as animals will instinctively continue on their path across the road instead of turning around. Slick, Slippery Roads In the fall,... read more

Tips for Back-to-School Driving

Tips for Back-to-School Driving Back-to-school season is coming! School supplies, registration fees, new school outfits – are you prepared? Those aren’t the only things to worry about; with back-to-school season, it also means more hazards on the road. Here are some tips on how to navigate the roads in back-to-school season. Beware of more pedestrians Kids will be walking to school for the first time on their own and parents will also be walking their kids to school; this means increased pedestrian traffic this time of year so make sure to slow down. People could cross the street from behind a parked car so it’s important to slow down on busy streets. Furthermore, be aware of pedestrian crossing signs, crossing guards, and j-walkers. Never stop on a crosswalk as this could limit the view of the pedestrian to other vehicles or cause them to block oncoming traffic. Finally, never pass a car that is stopped for a pedestrian. Watch out for busses Bus traffic will increase immensely this time of year so be aware at all times. If the stop sign is out on the bus or its red lights are flashing, ensure that you stop and wait for any children to cross the street and stay at least 20 meters away from the bus. Also be sure not to pass on the right-hand side of a city bus and always give the bus the right-of-way. Be mindful in parking lots If you are picking your child up from school or dropping them off, ensure that you know the pickup and drop-off rules at the school. Whenever you are backing up in a... read more

The Future of Cars in 2018

The Future of Cars in 2018 Technology in the automotive industry is probably one of its most fast-changing aspects. From self-driving cars to self-inflating tires, the industry is moving faster than most people realize. Here are some of the astounding ways that vehicles are progressing in 2018: Tires that Monitor Their Own Wear and Tear Pirelli is launching a tire that goes further than the traditional TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system). Their new system will have a monitor embedded directly in the tire that will monitor its pressure, temperature, and load. The sensor will also have a data system that will connect to the driver’s Bluetooth system to automatically alert the driver if the tires need replacing or are overloaded. The data they collect will even help engineers adjust vehicle’s braking, suspension, and stability controls. Checking your tire pressure with a handheld gauge will soon be a thing of the past. Glasses to Prevent Car Sickness Do your kids suffer from car sickness? Well, Citroën is developing a pair of glasses that will alleviate it. The glasses contain a fluid that harmonizes the triggers to your brain that cause motion sickness. These motion sickness glasses can be worn over prescription lenses and were deemed to be 95% effective. The glasses may not be the most stylish but if they will prevent a smelly situation on your next road trip, we think they’re well worth the investment. The Plant-Based Vehicle Plant-based diets are a growing trend but did you know that plant-based materials are too – for cars nonetheless? Ford is trying to replace petroleum-based materials with plant-based materials in their car manufacturing. They now use... read more