Summer Car Problems

Summer Car Problems

Driving in the summer may seem like a breeze compared to winter driving but there are still problems that can arise. We’ve compiled a list of items to be aware of and how to fix them: Windshield chips – Rocks can fly at your windshield all summer long so be sure to check your windshield regularly for chips – especially check the lower areas of your windshield that are more conspicuous. Fluctuations in temperature can cause the little chip to turn into a huge crack so you want to get chips filled as soon as possible. Air conditioning failure – Air conditioners can wear and its blower motor could go. It could also develop a leak. If you notice that your air conditioning isn’t blowing very hard or very cold, then you should have it inspected. Oil change overdue – Your oil should be changed once every 5,000 – 10,000km. If you’re due for one, the summer months are the perfect time to bring your vehicle in to your local Integra Tire Auto Centre. Driving with winter tires – Winter tires are produced to be used when the temperature is below 7° If you use winter tires in the hot summer months, your winter tires will wear down much more quickly and reduce your fuel economy from the friction they create with the hot road. We recommend having one set of all-season tires that you use when it’s above 7°C and a set of winter tires to use when it’s below 7°C. Weak battery – Extreme heat can cause corrosion on your battery. Test it once a season to...
How to Keep Your Family Safe this Season

How to Keep Your Family Safe this Season

Keeping your family safe whenever you’re in your vehicle is the most important aspect of a vehicle. Whether you are driving the kids to work or taking a cross-country road trip, you want to ensure that your vehicle is always safe. Here are some tips on how to keep your children safe this spring: Properly installed car seats: Children should be on a booster seat or car seat until they are more than 80 lbs and are over 4’9” tall. Car seats should be installed in the back seats. Car seats also have expiry dates so be sure to check that yours is still valid. Have the latest driving technology: Upgrade your vehicle to have the latest security features, such as stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, back-up cameras, and blind-spot monitoring, can help reduce the chances of an accident. Remember to never rely only on these technologies and always be sure to check your surroundings constantly while driving. Avoid distractions: Remove any distractions from arm’s reach, such as your cell phone. Also avoid distractions from your children by ensuring all the child protection locks are on the doors and windows. Remove unsecured items: Anything that is not secured in your vehicle can become a projectile if you get into an accident. Avoid placing unsecured objects on your dashboard or back window and place bags and personal items in the trunk. Stay on top of preventative maintenance: Be sure to have your oil changed once every 5,000 – 10,000 km, regularly check your car battery strength, get belts and hoses inspected, and inspect your tires...
How to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

How to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

April 22 is Earth Day. At Integra Tire we do our best to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are some ways that you can reduce yours: Adjust your driving style. Try to accelerate and decelerate slowly. This will help you to use less gas and decrease the C02 emissions from your vehicle. Check your tires. Driving with under-inflated or over-inflated tires can reduce the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to determine the correct PSI of your tires and add or remove air as needed. The best time to check your tires is in the morning before you have driven your car because the temperature can fluctuate the reading. Get regular oil changes. Oil changes should be done every 5,000 – 10,000 km. Check your oil regularly and if it is getting low or murky, visit your local Integra Tire Auto Centre for an oil change. Get a tune-up. Ensuring that all of your vehicle’s parts are working effectively can help to increase your fuel efficiency. Remove the cargo rack from your vehicle when you aren’t using it. Adding extra weight to your vehicle will increase the amount of gas you use and the amount of C02 you’re putting in the atmosphere. Purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle. Reduce the amount that you drive. Now that the weather is warmer, try to walk or ride your bike. You can also start a carpool to get work or get your kids to school or their after-school activities. Check your traffic apps. Check traffic apps before you leave the house to make sure that you’re using less gas...
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...
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...
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...