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New Car Technology in 2018

New Car Technology in 2018 The New Year is all about out with the old and in with the new. Car technology has already come a long way over the years. Now much of the new ground-breaking technology is becoming mandatory features in vehicles. For example, features like automatic emergency braking, lane change controls, lane departure alarms, forward collision warning, blind-spot alarms, rear traffic alerts, and fatigue alarms could become mandatory in all new vehicles to help maximize safety for drivers. Furthermore, autonomous driving continues to become closer and closer to becoming a reality, which could continue the wave of new car technology. The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) revealed a lot of many new inventions but with all the new car technology coming out, we have to wonder what will be next. Well, we think we have stumbled across it – new car technology that can read your mind. Well, read your brainwaves anyways. The technology transmits your brain waves to the vehicle’s brake, steering, and acceleration systems to help the car respond as your brainwaves tell it to. This means it will allow for semi-autonomous driving so as your brain transmits the waves to tell your body to swerve or brake suddenly, the car will receive this information and do it for you before your body has a chance to react. This new technology could make huge strides for vehicle safety. As we do like to stay on top of the latest in car safety technology, the best way to stay safe while driving is to keep up-to-date with your regular car maintenance at your local Integra Tire. We can check your fluid... read more

New Year = New Year’s Resolutions for Car Maintenance

New Year = New Year’s Resolutions for Car Maintenance It’s the mark of a new year – 2018. The holidays are over and your mind is set to get started on your new year’s resolutions. You’re probably thinking about starting to go to the gym and eating a healthier diet but have you thought about your vehicle? Regular vehicle maintenance can help to deter future problems with your vehicle so adding regular vehicle maintenance to your new year’s resolution could save you a lot of money, time, and hassle down the road. We’ve compiled some items that need regular maintenance to help you with your new year’s resolution goals: Oil Changes Oil changes should be completed once every 5,000-10,000km. Most new vehicles will have a monitor that will notify you when it’s time for your oil change but it’s also a good idea to check your oil level and its clarity. To check our oil pull out the dipstick in your oil reservoir and clean off the end with a rag. Next stick it back in the reservoir and pull it out to see where the oil level is measuring – the dipstick will have markers indicating if it’s low. If it is low, then you can add more oil to it – your owner’s manual will indicate the recommended type of oil to use in your vehicle. You should also bring your vehicle into your local Integra Tire and we can check to ensure that there are no leaks in your reservoir or oil pan. Also look at the colour of the oil. If it’s a thick black sludge, then it means your oil needs changing as... read more

How to Travel Safely This Holiday Season

How to Travel Safely This Holiday Season We know that this time of year is full of fun and festivities. Many of you will be travelling to see your friends and family so we want to ensure that you all get there safely. Here are some tips to follow when you’re travelling throughout the holiday season: Plan Your Route Plan your route ahead of time so that you can avoid traffic and possible construction. It’s also a good idea to plan to travel off peak driving times to ensure that you avoid traffic congestion and get to your destination on time. Watch the Weather and Road Reports You never know when the weather could shift so it’s a good idea to check the weather report for all the areas that you will be travelling through in order to get to your destination. You should also check the road reports before you leave the house to ensure that the roads you will be driving on are safe. Have Your Vehicle Inspected If you haven’t had a vehicle inspection in a long time, it’s a good idea to get one completed before you hit the road. We will check your tires, your brakes, your battery, your headlights, your oil levels, and your windshield washer fluid levels to ensure that everything on your vehicle is working correctly. Drive When You’re Awake and Aware Avoid driving for extended periods of time to ensure that you’re fully awake and aware. Also ensure that you avoid driving at night when you are getting tired. This will help to ensure that you get to your destination safely. Plan a Safe Ride Home If... read more

Winter Tire Options

Winter Tire Options Now is the time to make sure that you’ve got your winter tires on your vehicle. It will increase your confidence on winter roads. We carry a wide array of winter tires from all your favourite brands. Here are a few of your choices: BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI The BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI will get you where you need to go this winter. Its sipes offer extreme traction on ice and snow. Its compound provides grip in slush and its grooves evacuate the snow and water. Its construction gives it good handling as well. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 will give you piece-of-mind whenever and wherever you are travelling this winter. It is created to fit many SUVs and light truck vehicles. It is designed to provide ultimate grip on snow and ice to give you optimum braking power. Continental WinterContact SI The Continental WinterContact SI will help give you the best grip on the road in any wintery conditions. It has grooves that will give you amazing traction on snow and ice. It has a Vehicle Alignment System that will give you verification that your wheels are aligned. Its PolarPlus Technology helps you stop in icy conditions. Cooper Weather-Master S/T2 The Cooper Weather-Master S/T2 will get you and your family to your destination throughout the long winter months. It is pinned for studs to give you extra traction. It is severe weather rated to give you confidence on the winter roads and it will give you a quiet ride. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady winter tire will give you confidence as you take your... read more

Preparing Yourself for Winter Driving

Preparing Yourself for Winter Driving It’s November 1 and in most parts of the country, winter is here. We all know that snow can hit us unexpectedly and we may not all be prepared for driving on winter roads. Here are some tips to keep you safe on the roads this winter: Have the Right Equipment Ensure that your winter tires are in good condition and are properly inflated. You can find the recommended PSI for your tires on the side sticker of your vehicle’s door. Have a winter safety kit in your vehicle that includes a flashlight, extra batteries, an extra cell phone charger, booster cables, salt or sand, a shovel, extra warm clothes, a snowbrush, and a windshield scraper. Get Your Vehicle Winterized Ensure that you’ve got winter windshield washer fluid. Have your oil checked to ensure it’s clean and the reservoir is full. Get your brakes tested. Make sure that your car’s battery is strong. Check your windshield wipers to ensure they are working properly. Adjust Your Driving Check the weather and road reports before you leave the house. Slow down and drive according to the conditions. Accelerate gently. Increase your stopping distance. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to 10 seconds. Avoid cruise control. Stay five car lengths back from any snow plow. Turn on your lights. Fill up with gas when your tank is below half full. By following these tips, you and your family should stay safe all through the long Canadian winter. Remember that you can bring your vehicle into your local Integra Tire whenever you need help with your vehicle... read more