Originally written by Jason Avant
Most non-gearheads’ nonchalant approach to our cars’ tires can be summed up in this lyric from an old Phish song: “The tires are the things on your car that make contact with the road”. (Yes, the Vermont jam band actually wrote a song about tires.)
Having the right set of tires on your vehicle saves gas, cuts down on interior noise, makes for a smoother ride, and even decreases the risk of a blowout. Here’s some tips on picking the best tire for your car.
Pop quiz: do you know how to find out what size your car’s tires are? It’s right on the sidewall, along with a bunch of other numbers:
The tire size in this case is 215 65 R15. (Knowing the rest of that info is helpful as well.) You may want to consider changing the size of your car’s tires. On smaller cars, going a size down can improve your car’s overall ride – increasing the tire’s width and lowering the sidewall makes smaller cars handle better and increases general stability. (The trick is to do so without increasing the overall diameter of the tire; many manufactures make “plus sized” tires which do just that.) For pickup trucks and SUV’s, larger tires may be in order. Increasing tire size on a truck or SUV can improve traction and carrying capacity.
Consider your driving conditions.
Let’s face it: you’re probably going to use your SUV to haul your kids to their next Little League game, not for an off-road adventure through the Baja desert. So why put those big knobby all-terrain tires on it? Manufacturers are now offering a wide variety of tires for all sorts of driving conditions; for SUV drivers, so-called Sport Truck tires offer a great-looking (and functional) alternative to traditional off-road tires. If you live in parts of the country that get a fair share of rain and snow, and drive a regular car or minivan, consider all-season tires that display the M&S symbol on the sidewall – those tires will perform well during the winter months.
Consider how your car performs.
If you own a sports sedan or coupe, you’ll want tires that optimize your car’s abilities. In fact, spending a bit more for high performance tires might be a safer choice. That’s because high performance tires are built to withstand the stress of hard cornering, quick stops, and acceleration – notably, the rubber compound is softer than that of a standard tire, making it “stickier” on the roads. But the truth is that most of us are just fine with all-purpose Touring tires, designed to perform well on highways as well as surface streets. Remember that along with picking the best type of tire for your car, you’ll want to make sure that you know how to maintain those tires, and replace them when it’s time to do so.
A truck lift kit is an after-market modification designed to raise the drive height of a truck or Jeep by raising the body or adding height to the wheel well. In the past, some inventive home mechanics would craft their own suspension lift kits, but the results weren’t always the safest. Thankfully these days leading manufacturers design kits specifically for different types of trucks and some report that a lifted truck handles even better than the standard model. But before you invest in a lift kit it is important to consider the following:
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Keep these tips in mind when you’re shopping for your lift kit:
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Wheel alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle's suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or the wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road. Wheel alignment is a big factor in a vehicle's steering response, here are a few reasons why proper wheel alignment is important:
Regularly servicing your car can make the difference between it running smoothly and fuel efficiently, and the risk of it breaking down and incurring an expensive and unexpected repair. Today we're highlighting one of the most important car service, but is often neglected: Brake service. Brake inspections include, but are not limited to:
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Being independent, gradual freedom and wanting to get their L or N sign away sooner than later, can be a great push for a new teen driver to pass their Driving test.
But the statistics are very sobering: The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per km driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
As a parent, you can play and active and crucial role in your teenager’s driving lessons. Here are nine road safety tips to share with your teen to encourage them to be better, safer drivers.
1. Wear your seatbelt
2. Put the Phone Away
Learner and New drivers aren’t allowed to use phones at all while driving. The physical, visual and cognitive distraction leads to unsafe driving and increases the odds of a crash. Before starting the car, have your driver-in-training switch off his phone and put it out of reach. If they need to use the phone, teach them to stop and park where using a mobile phone won’t be a danger to themselves or to other road users. According to researchers, each time a driver writes and sends a text, his or her eyes are off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to drive the length of a rugby pitch. Remind your teen that it’s their job to watch the road when driving, and no one else can do it for him.
Unfortunately, the price of gas seems to only go up. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to curb gas consumption and save yourself a little money in the process. Below are 7 tips to help you improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency so you can buy gas less frequently.
1. Slow down
This is simple and will do wonders for your fuel economy. Many people drive 10 to 20 km/h above the posted speed limit, especially on the highway. While this will get you to your destination a little faster, it can really decrease your gas mileage. Driving the speed limit will help you to conserve fuel.
2. Keep your car maintaned
Keep your car maintained and follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. According to Natural Resources Canada a poorly maintained vehicle can cost the equivalent of up to 15¢ more per litre on fuel.
4. Less items in the trunk
Something as simple as emptying your trunk can contribute to fuel savings. This might be tough if you’re transporting hiking equipment or other outdoor supplies, but you can start by removing winter gear like salt and tire chains. Objects like bike and luggage racks will also create drag and lower your fuel economy, so store them away after excursions instead of leaving them on your vehicle.
5. Check your air filters
Taken from www.insurancehotline.com/preparing-your-car-for-the-winter-season/
In most areas of Canada, the winter season can significantly affect driving conditions, leaving you more prone to accidents. During the winter, even more so than other times of the year, it’s important to focus on defensive driving to protect yourself and keep your family safe and sound. Driving safely also helps keep your insurance rates down, while minimizing wear and tear on your vehicle. A big part of staying safe in the winter is making sure that your car is adequately prepared to handle whatever driving conditions you may face. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your vehicle and give yourself the best chance of staying safe over the winter months.
1. Make sure you have the right oil for your car.
Check your owner’s manual for the right oil for your specific vehicle, but in general oil like 5W30 works better in cold weather conditions than thicker 10W30 or 10W40. The thinner the oil, the more easily it circulates to lubricate your engine in colder temperatures.
3. Check your tire pressure.
Due to the colder air, your tire pressure tends to drop a little bit in the winter. Keeping your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure makes your car easier to handle, making you safer on the roads and will even save you money by improving fuel economy!
Article taken from www.lesschwab.com/article/choosing-custom-wheels-is-about-more-than-good-looks
It is very important to choose tires and rims that fit well with your car’s needs. You might have a powerful engine and the best-in-class transmission system but all of that is worth nothing when the wheel and the tire you have are sub-standard.
Consider your driving goals and style preferences.
"I'm just after chill looks."
Say you just want to personalize a vehicle to make it your own. If you're all about the aesthetics but don't want to change your current ride performance, it's easy: You can keep the same sizing but swap out your wheels for something showier.
Taken from: www.flightnetwork.com/blog/ultimate-guide-summer-fun-vancouver/
Vancouver is gorgeous in Spring time, and it offers some amazing colors in the Fall. But nothing compares to the fun you will find when Vancouver is 79° and sunny! Vancouver offers a variety of attractions, golden beaches, refreshing water activities and ‘fun in the sun’ activities for everyone to enjoy all summer long.
1. Splash Parks
Summer just isn’t summer without splashing around in the water on a hot day. Kids ages 1 to 12 love the many water spray parks that Vancouver has to offer. Stop by Granville Island Water Spray Park and cool off with your kiddies. Let your little ones splash around in the water spray park and on splash pads while the older kids enjoy the bright yellow water slide.
Another fun water spray park is Rainbow Playland at Queen’s Park in New Westminster. This playground features a big water spray park, a petting farm, picnic tables and two playgrounds designed with families in mind. Also a must-do when in Vancouver is the water spray area at Connaught Park in Kitsilano. This park is surrounded by lush catalpa and oak trees, and there are plenty of places for parents to sit in the shade and watch their little ones have fun in the water.
2. Beluga Whales at the Vancouver Aquarium
Nothing says fun like visiting over 50,000 animals and species! The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium that connects thousands of visitors every year with the natural world. Kids can see busy penguins at Penguin Point, enjoy Behind the Scenes Tours and animal encounters, as well as a variety of animal spotlights and educational experiences. In the summertime, there are multiple exciting exhibitions and spotlights to see with your little ones.
After a long winter of dirty boots and spilled coffees, the interior of your car could use a little TLC before you go on your next adventure.
What you will need:
1. A vacuum (preferably hand vacuum)
2. Car glass cleaner
3. Leather cleaner/ upholstery cleaner
4. Microfibre cloth
5. Protectant wipes
1. Start by removing all mats
Remove all mats and while they are out, time to give them some rinse and power-wash. Washing car mats with some gentle soaps are great to remove any stains. Now let them dry and go to step 2.
2. Vacuum underneath all seats
Move the seats to make sure you get every corners. When vacuuming the trunk, be sure to check the placement of your spare tire. If you're worried about the spare tire placement and if it still works properly, call us and we'll be happy to check it for you!
3. Use proper cleaner for the windows
Spray the liquid right on the towel and wipe the window in a rhythmic manner.
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