For some people, tire maintenance is something that is only dealt with once they have had a tire pop. While tires are an added expense, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is able to run properly and good tires are a big part of keeping your vehicle safe. Walmart Canada offers great prices on a range of tires, including some of the best all season tires, light truck, performance, winter options and more. So instead of waiting till it’s a necessity, price out some new tires for your vehicle and keep your safety – and your car’s efficiency – at the forefront of your mind.
All season tires are a good option for driving in most conditions (wet and dry). Compared to other weather tires (summer and winter), they are balanced and reliable, but don’t have as much grip as summer or winter tires as they are developed for specific seasonal driving conditions. If you live in a mild or moderate climate that does not see too many weather extremes, then all seasons may be a good choice for your vehicle for most of the year.
Tire maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore and, if you make it a part of your regular car-care routine, it won’t be long before you do it without thinking. Some people don’t realize how important it is to check both your tire pressure and the tread. Without sufficient tread, your tires may not grip the road properly, which can lead to dangerous driving conditions. And if your tires aren’t properly inflated, it can lead to unexpected damage to your vehicle, or even cause a burst, in addition to lowering your vehicle’s gas efficiency.
Checking tire pressure isn’t complicated. All you need is a tire pressure gauge (either digital or manual) and the factory recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) for your vehicle’s tires. Sometimes, you can locate the PSI in the owner’s manual of your vehicle, or on the inside of the door jamb. Some tires will also have the PSI printed on them but, for most vehicles, the recommended PSI is between 30 to 35. Be sure to check the pressure after your vehicle has sat for at least 3 hours, or before driving it.
Once you know what PSI you need, go to your tire and remove the cap from the valve stem and place the tire pressure gauge on top of the valve; press firmly and the gauge should indicate the inflation level. After you know the PSI, use an air compressor to fill the tires to the necessary level, ensuring that you have equal amounts of air in all of your tires.
While checking the PSI, it is also a good opportunity to check the tread. Tread life is going to depend on the make of your tires and some brands will be longer lasting than others. Tread is important both for keeping your vehicle safe (as bald tires are more likely to spin out during rain or other inclement weather), and also for gas efficiency.
While some tires have a tread wear indicator on them that can be referenced, not all have this indicator. A neat Canadian trick for checking your tread is to grab a nickel and insert the coin into the groove of the rubber (with the Queen’s head facing down). If you can see the top of the Queen’s crown, then your tread is worn and you need to replace your tires.
While some people think that all season tires are sufficient for the winter, many people live in places where weather conditions make it necessary for them to purchase winter tires. Generally, snow tires are made from rubber that is better suited for colder temperatures and may also have more substantial tread (that works better in snow and ice than all seasons). If you do a lot of driving in the winter, and even if you don’t live in an area that gets a lot of snow, these tires are better suited for cold temperatures, so you may experience better response times and a stronger grip on the road during the slippery winter months.
With a great assortment of accessories, rims, and parts for your vehicle, you can count on Walmart Canada to help save you money on vehicle maintenance and upgrades.