Spring is in the air! Have you booked an appointment to have your tires changed yet?
When to make the change
According to experts at Transport Canada, the time to make the switch is when temperatures are consistently hovering around seven degrees.
This is because winter tires are made from a softer rubber compound that wears faster on warmer pavement, impacting the traction of those winter tires for the coming season. Once you see that thermometer rising, it’s time to make the switch!
In Nova Scotia, winter tires are recommended but not mandatory. That said, studded tires are permitted to be used from October 15th to May 31st.
When do my tires become a liability?
If you don’t do your due diligence with tire upkeep, you could be found at fault should an accident occur!
With that said, let’s discuss what that look like.
Overall Tire Safety
Transport Canada recommends a practice of checking your tires regularly for wear and tear, not just when it’s time to change them! Making a habit of doing so could save you money, and possibly liability that is associated with tire failure.
Things to look for include:
- excessive or uneven wear (bald spots)
- embedded stones, glass, or other objects
- cuts, cracks, or bulges
Being mindful will benefit you, other motorists, pedestrians, and even the environment!
Other benefits of regular tire maintenance
Proper tire maintenance overall is key to your safety, however other benefits include:
- Better fuel economy;
- Longer-lasting tires;
- A reduction of harmful emissions;
- Less likelihood of collisions;
- Improved vehicle handling and performance.
In summary, staying organized and aware when it comes to tire maintenance is key to your responsibility as a driver!
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