Entertaining Your Kids on A Road Trip

Entertaining Your Kids on A Road Trip

Thank you to our Grand 9 student, Claire Beauchesne, who spent the day with us for Take Your Kid to Work Day. She helped us out by writing this blog post: Entertaining your kids on a road trip is a difficult thing but I have a few ideas that will help! As a fourteen-year-old girl, I am not interested in playing I-spy or bingo, but I really enjoy listening to audio books and music or doing a digital colour by number. You might think most young kids would not like audio books, and I felt the same way, until my phone died on the way to Saskatchewan, and my mom let me listen to her audio book. At first, I thought it was weird, but then I was hooked on the book. It was like watching a movie for your ears! You can buy or download audio books to your phone that allows you to listen without Wi-Fi.  My favorite app is Libby, and if you have a library card, you can enter it and have access to a variety of free audio books and regular books. The next best thing to do on a road trip is playing a game. One I enjoy is Plates – Family Travel Game. For this app, each player’s phone tracks their score, so you don’t need a Wi-Fi connection. Another fun family road trip game is PSYCH! It will give you trivia questions with multiple choice answers – some that are totally ridiculous. These will help the time fly! My final favourite thing is using colour by number apps, where you can...
Your Next Set of Winter Tires Are Here

Your Next Set of Winter Tires Are Here

In the need of new winter tires? Now’s the perfect time to start your research on the best tire for your vehicle. Not every type of tire will fit every vehicle, so consult with your Integra Tire expert to find out what options you have. Here are some of our favourite picks: Michelin X-Ice® XI3™ With its snowflake certification, the Michelin X-Ice® XI3™ is the ultimate winter tire for family vehicles. It provides superior traction to stop on ice and get you through snow. It has a long-lasting tread that will also provide you great fuel efficiency. Michelin also offers a 60,000km warranty for your piece-of-mind. To find out more details about the Michelin X-Ice® XI3™, click here or visit your local Integra Tire location. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is the perfect tire to help you conquer snow and ice this winter. It reacts to the elements for confident stopping power on snow and ice and stays pliable in the coldest weather conditions. Its tread acts like microscopic studs that will give you extra grip on the road and give you better traction. The Blizzak WS80 also offers a quiet and comfortable ride. To find out more about the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, click here or visit your local Integra Tire location. Continental VikingContact™ 7 The Continental VikingContact™ 7 has the newest technology to provide you with the best winter resistance. Its silica compound will give you excellent grip and braking performance on snow and ice. Its efficient grooves will evacuate snow to give you great handling on snowy and icy roads. The Continental VikingContact™ 7 has...
Rotating Your Tires – What You Need to Know

Rotating Your Tires – What You Need to Know

  Fall is that in-between time that you may ignore your vehicle maintenance but it’s the perfect time to think about your routine vehicle maintenance. It’s not winter tire changeover time yet but before you get that done, you may need to get your tires rotated. Never thought to get your tires rotated? Here’s everything that you need to know: Getting a tire rotation means to reposition your tires, either from front to back or side to side. Not getting tire rotations on your recommended maintenance schedule, could void your tire warranty. Most vehicles should have their tires rotated once every 8,000 – 10,000km. An easy way to remember this is to get it done whenever you get an oil change. Check your owner’s manual to confirm the recommended kilometers to have the tires rotated on your vehicle. Getting a tire rotation can also give the tire technicians a chance to ensure that your tires are properly inflated, free of damage, and that your wheels are balanced. Tire rotations will also decrease the wear on your tires, ensuring that each tire has even wear. For example, front tires on a front-wheel-drive vehicle will wear faster than the back because more friction is put on the front tires; therefore, a tire rotation will help balance out the wear on the front and back tires. Tire rotations will help even out your treadwear, which will help with traction, handling, braking, and cornering. Vehicles each have a different tire rotation pattern that should be followed; this varies based on if your vehicle has all-wheel drive, front-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel drive. This can also...
How to Do a Pre-Drive Inspection

How to Do a Pre-Drive Inspection

Preventative vehicle maintenance is one of the easiest ways to save yourself money on repairs but did you know that there’s even an easier thing that you can do? You can do a pre-drive inspection! Do this once or twice a month in the morning when your vehicle is cold and you’ll save yourself 1000s of dollars in preventative maintenance. Here are some things that you should check on your morning walk around your vehicle: Walk around your vehicle to ensure that nothing is around or under it that you may hit or drive over. Hitting something could cost you 1000s of dollars in body damage and insurance hikes. Check your tires to confirm that there are no cracks or bulges. You should also inspect them for any debris that might have punctured the tire. Finally, check your tire pressure. You can find your recommended tire pressure level on the placard sticker on the inside of your driver’s door. Having correctly inflated tires that are free of cracks, bulges, and debris can help prevent a tire blow out, saving you 1000s of dollars. Check under your vehicle to verify that there are no puddles under it. A bright orange, green or blue stain could indicate an issue with your engine or antifreeze leaking. A black or brown stain could mean that you have an oil leak. A red oily puddle could occur because of a transmission or power-steering fluid leak. If you see a clear puddle, then this is likely condensation and is nothing to worry about. Finding a puddle can save you money because the issue can be...
Sight, Smell, Sound, and Touch – How to Use Your Senses to Detect a Problem with Your Vehicle

Sight, Smell, Sound, and Touch – How to Use Your Senses to Detect a Problem with Your Vehicle

Did you know that some problems with your vehicle may be easy to detect yourself? If you use your senses, you can detect some issues before they become a bigger problem. Sight – Check for puddles under your vehicle because this could mean that you have a leak. A bright orange, green or blue stain could indicate an issue with your engine or antifreeze leaking. A black or brown stain could mean that you have an oil leak. A red oily puddle could occur because of a transmission or power-steering fluid leak. If you notice any of these problems, bring your vehicle into your local Integra Tire for an inspection of the issue. Smell – Many issues can be detected by an unusual smell. If you smell burning toast, this could be an electrical shortage. A rotten egg smell could be a problem with your catalytic converter. If your engine won’t start and you smell gasoline, this could mean that your engine has flooded or that you have a leak in your fuel line. A chemical odour could mean that your brakes or clutch have overheated. A sweet smell could be from a coolant leak. If this odour occurs with a metallic smell, then this could mean that your engine has overheated. If you smell any unusual smells, it is best not to drive your vehicle and to contact your local Integra Tire immediately. Sound – If your vehicle starts making unusual sounds, then this is a good indication that something is wrong. If your vehicle is squealing, this could mean that you have a worn or loose belt....
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...