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Type of tire matters for winter driving All-season tires won’t cut it when the temperature drops ROSALIND DUANE rduane@nsnews.com

Hockey fans may know that a hockey puck in summer is soft and pliable to the touch, but on the ice it becomes quite firm and rigid.

The same happens to car tires, and that’s why Duncan Pearce of The Urban Garage

in West Vancouver recommends winter tires when the thermometer starts to drop. “Winter tires are an investment in safety,” says Pearce. “I think when safety is involved there’s no cutting corners.” He explains that typical summer and all-season tires are made of a compound that hardens as it gets cold. Winter tires perform better once the temperature dips below 7C, specifically with stopping distances, and the ability of the tire to grip and turn. “All-season tires are just tires made with the same

compound as a summer tire but their tread patterns are designed to evacuate the water through the siping more rapidly and more efficiently so they tend to perform a little bit better in the wet,” explains Pearce. Despite the North Shore being a fairly temperate zone, rotating summer or all-season to winter tires is a much safer choice for winter conditions because they grip the road better in cold temperatures. Buying a set of winter tires means spending money up front,

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Tires most important part besides brakes

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but the investment may also extend the life of summer tires because they aren’t being used throughout the cold season. “All-season tires are designed to be a compromise, and any time you compromise it’s kind of like being an all-rounder on a sports team: you’re never going to do anything the best. You’ll be OK at some things,” says Pearce. “When you try to design a tire to be all things it’s impossible.” All-seasons won’t be the best grip in the dry summer but they will be better in the wet than a pure summer tire. Pearce calls them a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” All-season tires, which most cars are sold with now, are “not bad” in a number of different areas, he says, adding: “By putting an all season tire on your car you’re kind of accepting OK performance but not the best performance.” Optimal traction conditions happen in the dry heat of the summer, but in the

winter tires really have to perform well. “Tires are the single most important safety device on your car aside from your brakes,” says Pearce, noting they are the car’s only connection with the road. Once tires lose traction basically your car is out of control, especially when braking or turning, he adds. “They have a huge affect on the performance of a car. They’re your sole point of contact with the road,” says Pearce. “The biggest thing you can do to improve the performance of your car is to put a good set of tires on it. It’s the least expensive and most effective thing you can do to improve the performance of your car.” Pearce, who founded his full-service (diagnostic, repair, and maintenance) garage in Ambleside in 1999, explains that it’s also important to keep tires in good working condition. “An improperly inflated tire, if too low, will present more rolling resistance and

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Urban Garage service advisor Tony Sabet changes the wiper blades as he helps ready a customer’s vehicle for winter driving. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN

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will therefore consume more fuel to propel the car along the road,” he says, noting that can affect gas mileage. An overinflated tire will not provide optimal traction and will wear improperly as it’s being used. Drivers should also keep an eye on the wear of the tire. On all tires there is a wear bar embedded in the tread. The tire has grooves with tread blocks that form the high point. The channels in between those tread blocks are the grooves and in the groove of every tire there’s a series of wear bars. As the tire tread wears

down the tread blocks will eventually become level with those recessed wear bars, and if that wear bar is equal in height to the tread block it means the tire is completely worn out. A tire gauge can also be used to determine wear by measuring the depths of the grooves. Pearce recommends drivers take a look at their tires at least once every season. Spring and fall are good times to get prepared for extreme driving conditions, he adds, and says now is the time to get winter tires on rather than waiting for the first snowy, wet conditions to come around. October is the best month to put on

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winter tires, but there’s still time if it’s not already done. Most tires will last between two and four seasons depending on a number of factors, including driving distances per year and driving style, says Pearce. For example, someone who drives aggressively and builds up a lot of force in the tires naturally causes the tires to scrub off on the road as opposed to someone who drives more gently (their tires will last longer). Stop-and-go traffic can also affect tire wear as the transmission of force to the road will wear the tire more rapidly than someone who drives rolling along

continuously. This time of year drivers should check and repair tires, brakes, and wiper blades. Pearce explains that wiper blades are made of rubber and often degrade over the summer due to the effects of heat and UV. They are easy and cheap to replace, and are also an important safety feature of the car, especially in wet, snowy conditions. Making sure the car’s heating system is working properly is also important to defrost the windshield and keep everyone in the car comfortable during the cold winter months.

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Hello Kitty and beach holiday inspired air fresheners are some of the fun accessories Canadian Tire has for the car enthusiast on your Christmas list. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

Tire gauges a good stocking stuffer

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pedestrians to be cautious on the roads and Elm says that foggy headlights can hinder the light your car emits onto the road. “What happens when you’re bombing around on the highway all the time is essentially your plastic headlights kind of get sandblasted over a longer period of time,” he says, recommending a headlight polish when this happens. “Basically, a cream and a buffer and some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease, you can actually buff the polish of your headlight assembly back to clear view.” As for the inner workings of the car, Elm advises not to underestimate the importance of testing the pH and temperature protection levels of antifreeze. Antifreeze is measured in both Protective Temperature Rating and it’s pH balance. New antifreeze should read -40/-30 with a balanced pH of seven, according to Elm. “You don’t want it to be either getting to too high

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Ryan Elm of Derosa Automotive buffs out a headlight lens which should help improve night vision for the vehicle’s driver. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD For a proper winter tire that will hold true on trips along the Sea to Sky Highway, the Coquihalla or through slick mountain passes, Wilson says to look for the three-peak mountain and snowflake symbol on the sidewall of a tire. However, one word of caution from the road rubber retailer is to be wary of tires

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marked with the “M+S” symbol, meaning mud and snow. “M+S is another way of saying all-season ... so I would never want to be up in the mountains in the snow with a tire like that,” he says. For those not wanting two sets of tires for the driving they do, all-weather tires are a compromise Wilson would

approve of. As for cable chains for winter roads, he dubs those a “stop gap” and a real hassle to install. “By the time you’ve realized that you should have your chains on you’re usually already in trouble. Picture yourself in conditions where you’re thinking I better put the chains on ... getting out

of the car into the slush and muck and trying to fit these things on around your tires,” he says. “But even when you get them on, if you happen to not fit them exactly correctly you can end up doing damage to the car because they can come off and damage the body or the inner fender.” Tune ups at this time of year are beneficial for diagnosing problems that need to be fixed immediately, but Wilson also says they can help with knowing what to expect from your car performance wise, calling it preventative maintenance. Even if the upgrades aren’t required immediately, knowing what level your car is performing at is advantageous during wet and cold driving conditions. “Having a great shop you can rely on and getting mechanically ready before the first freeze is a great first step for getting ready this winter,” says Elm. “The rest of the winter is on us drivers to remember to give that extra little space in front of us and know that it will take an extra 10 minutes to get there.”

Put your thumb away…

She wants the cheerios, apple sauce and milk stains out of her car.

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