New Year’s Resolutions for Bad Driving Habits

New Year’s Resolutions for Bad Driving Habits Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolution yet? Some of you may be wanting to exercise more, eat healthier, or quit smoking but have you ever thought that your driving habits may need to be resolved this year? We’ve compiled some of the most common bad driving habits and are giving some tips on how you can change them for 2019: Not Using Your Signal Light You may think that using your signal light is optional but it’s one of the most important habits to have. You should use your signal light whenever you are merging into traffic, pulling in or out of a parking spot, changing lanes, turning left or right, coming out of a traffic circle, and pulling to the side of the road. Tailgating There’s nothing worse than a driver who rides your bumper on your entire commute. You should always give yourself three seconds of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. You can judge the safe following distance by looking at a stagnant object on the side of the road. When the car in front of you passes it, start counting until you pass it. As long as you’ve counted more than three seconds, then you are giving yourself a safe following distance. Keep in mind that your following distance should be increased when the roads are slick. Texting and Driving Texting and driving is something that people know they shouldn’t do but do anyways. If you are someone who is tempted to answer your phone without a hand-free system while you are driving, then you should always keep... read more

Holiday Driving Tips

Holiday Driving Tips   The holiday season is here! Holiday parties and family get-togethers are a weekly occurrence for the month of December and that means more time on the roads and the highway. We’ve compiled some ways to help you stay safe on the road this holiday season: 1. Get Your Seasonal Maintenance Completed Before you leave for your trip, get your vehicle inspected. Bring your vehicle into your local Integra Tire and we can check your tire pressure, brakes, lights, battery, and fluid levels. Getting an inspection will give you the assurance that your car will get you to your destination safely. 2. Plan Your Route Check the weather before you leave on your trip to ensure that the roads will be safe to drive on. Furthermore, you should check the highway and traffic reports to ensure there are no accidents or construction zones on your route. Finally, give yourself extra time just in case you encounter any bad weather, car accidents, or construction zones. 3. Prepare for an Emergency Have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stranded on the side of the road. This kit should include a cell phone charger, booster cables, windshield washer fluid, a shovel, sand or salt, gloves, a blanket, and a flashlight. Finally, make sure that your gas tank is never less than half full in the winter because condensation could build up in the gas lines and freeze. 4. Stay Alert Make sure that you’ve had a good sleep before you drive. If you are feeling fatigued, then let someone else drive for a while. It’s also important... read more

Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Winter Driving You may not be ready for the snow but it’s either already in your region or it’s on its way. We want to make sure that you’re getting to all your destinations safely, so we’ve compiled some tips for safe winter driving: Install Your Winter Tires Winter tires should be installed when the temperature begins to reach below 7°C. The rubber that winter tires are made with stays pliable in the cold temperatures, giving you better grip on the road. Increase Your Stopping Distance Ice will build up in spots where people are continually stopping so intersections are the most likely culprits for ice. Begin your stop about twice as far from the intersection as you would when the roads are dry; this will help to ensure that you come to a safe stop. Increase Your Following Distance When the roads are dry you should follow the 3-second rule for following distances. In the winter you should increase your following distance to 6 seconds. You can follow this rule by watching as the car in front of you passes a stationary object. Once the car passes that object, start counting and see what number you get to when you pass the object; you should get to at least 6 and this will ensure that you’re keeping a safe following distance. Clear Your Car of All Snow Even though it might seem like a pain, it’s important to remove all the snow from your entire vehicle because this will ensure that no snow will blow at the drivers behind you and block their line of sight. Keep Your Gas Tank... read more

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