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As kids and parents prepare to plan for schools reopening – if they reopen, that is, as the jury is still out on whether or not COVID-related closures should continue into the school year – and prepare to formulate plans on how to best ensure that the kids are travelling to and from school in as clean an environment as possible (and that everyone else is once your kids step out), keeping your vehicle clean is more important than ever before.
Of course, the need to clean one’s vehicle regularly is not such a simple ask. We all lead busy lives and after household duties, work and any leisure activities we and our children are able to enjoy, car cleaning tends to fall pretty far down the list. Now, however, while we’ve all become adept and cleaning our childrens’ hands when they return home from any activity, we need to do the same for our cars if we’re going to be using them for school runs.
If your busy schedules don’t allow for entire interior detailing appointments every time your kids step out of the car – and if your lives are anything like ours, we doubt they do – here are a few helpful tips on from us and an expert in the field of auto detailing on how to keep your car clean “on-the-fly”, as it were.
Ed Marchese is the general manager of J.S. Auto Detail and Media Fleet Services in Vancouver, B.C. His company provides services from basic cleaning and detailing all the way up to professional cut and polish services, and while many of his clients are bringing in their own personal cars, he also services various fleets from the film and TV industry, the public sector and importantly for journalists, the fleet vehicles that we are provided for car testing.
While wiping a car down is important, Marchese says it’s not as simple as one may think: “Do not use Clorox, Lysol wipes or bleach for interior cleaning. Those will ruin the leather and plastics over time. For at-home use, (warm water) and dish soap is the best choice.”
Having said that, he does say that there are various companies that develop Lysol wipe-style systems specific for automobiles. Turtle Wax, Armor All and Meguiar’s all make wipes that are vehicle-interior specific. Canadian Tire has these and others available online.
When it comes to press fleet distribution, Mondays tend to be the busiest as that’s typically when journalists swap cars. Before COVID, Marchese would be able to clean and turn around a car in an hour. Now, however, manufacturers are requiring more precise cleanup jobs, roughly doubling the time it takes Marchese and his team to prep the interior of a car; according to him, what used to take 20 minutes now takes 40 minutes. Of course, not everyone has 40 minutes to spare whenever they get the kids back home from school, so there are certain areas that Marchese says one needs to focus on:
If you’re not using a child’s seat, this is probably #1 on your punch list when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Seatbelts and their buckles get manhandled every which way and since they sit so low in the car and can get buried in seat cushions, they aren’t as susceptible to the UV exposure that we’ve learned tends to kill COVID. Clean these. Clean them well, and clean them often. While working over a whole interior may take time, wiping down seatbelts does not.
And while we’re on the subject of “must-clean”, make sure you get on these, and quick. The storage bin cover between the front seats, the armrests mounted to the doors and of course those on either side of second-row captain’s chairs in SUVs and minivans should all be taken care of. Since they’re usually pretty broad surfaces, this should take even less time than the seatbelts. A helpful reminder: don’t just clean the armrests on your doors – you’ll want to clean the area on the door card mounted behind them as well.
Once you’ve done the armrests it makes sense to move to the door pulls and releases, as they tend to be part of the same assembly as the armrest. Like the armrests, these are the one area that will get lots of traffic.
Also in this general vicinity are the window and door lock controls – be sure to give them a scrub as they are fun for kids to play with even if they have absolutely no intention of actually rolling down the windows. Although, while summer is waning, there’s still plenty of hot weather to come and those window controls are going to get used.
Cleaning all the buttons and knobs up front is important – and can be somewhat time-consuming – but don’t let that have you forget to clean the rear seat climate control buttons, usually mounted to the rear of the centre console. These can be reached by kids sat in the back, and will be as we continue to deal with warmer temperatures. Again, an easy job that shouldn’t take too long.
So that takes care of the kids. What if you happen to share your car with someone else? Perhaps your teenager has just got their learner’s permit, and wants to go out with some friends…
Obvious, yeah? Well, not so fast. While one might quickly scrub the wheel rim down, there’s a lot more to it than that. The steering wheel hub – often the landing spot for airborne spittle – should not be forgotten, nor should the spokes. Also: wheels these days contain ever more complex button sets; each button should be paid close attention to. And don’t forget the steering column adjust lever or button, either.
The gear lever is probably the next most-obvious arear to make sure you cover during wipe-down. Forget these at your peril.
One should remember that seat controls should be carefully cleaned, as they are oh-so-appealing to toy with. I know, as my daughter loves them. Be sure to give them a scrub, as well as the fore/aft levers below the seat cushions. If you have older kids that can safely sit in the front passenger seat, then chances are that glovebox lever is either going to get played with or brushed against once or twice. And don’t forget about that neat little fold-out sunglasses door at the top of your windscreen because before you know it, you’ll instinctively reach for it and realize that it didn’t receive the once-over.
These are easy to forget since they’re so neatly tucked away and barely used…until they are. Worth a once-over, considering how quickly it can be done.
While it is suggested that UV exposure can take care of surface-level COVID in about five minutes, it would still pay to make sure that your door handles are good to go. Stay ahead of the game on these, as you’ll likely not be quick enough once you park to get a wipe on those handles before the kiddies are ripping them open, eager to get back home for a quick spot of Fortnite before dinner. The exterior trunk release, meanwhile, is important because, as Marchese says, “it’s an (often) forgotten touch point”. So don’t forget it. Maybe give your backup camera lens a wipe while you’re at it? They usually tend to reside in similar environs.
We’ve seen dividers between front and back seats for years in taxi cabs and so on, but the onset of COVID has more regular folks installing these in their cars as well. They’re more the domain of Lyft drivers and so on, but if you want to be extra-super-safe, there are companies throughout Canada that are fabricating these for public sale. Check out Scene Ideas in Vancouver and Vision Glass in Toronto to see how to cab-ify your car.
You might have had to cancel your trip to Hawaii, but you can still go on an end-of-summer expedition.
Summer is synonymous with vacations. Whether you prefer all-out island trips or you’re more like me and take weekend trips away at a friend’s house, quarantine has probably (at best) interrupted your plans. Some states have started opening up in phases, but it’s still not a good idea to get on a plane or head to a busy tourist destination anytime soon. Most other countries have travel restrictions anyway.
But that doesn’t mean cabin fever hasn’t been creeping in. Thankfully, there are things you can do to get out of the space you’ve been occupying nearly 24/7 for the past five months. This is not the time to take a cross-country road trip in search of yourself like Britney Spears in Crossroads, but you can still drive to unique places nearby. Here’s how to safely take a road trip and some suggestions on what to bring.
If you can’t get away, we have recommendations on ways to stay entertained at home. Check out our guides to phone games to survive social distancing, gear for making beer, wine, cider, and mead, how to stay sane in quarantine, and how to stay productive through it all.
Find a Spot in Your State (and Be Smart About It)
Right now, we need to be more mindful of where we’re going and who we’re seeing. You probably shouldn’t be traveling out of state, but if you do, many states now require visitors to quarantine for 14 days. (You need to do the same when you return to your home state.) Skip public pools and tourist attractions. And if there’s any chance you could be infected with Covid-19, or you’re just not feeling well, call your doctor and do not leave your house.
If you’ve been quarantining and need to get out, think about the places close by that you have overlooked. Do you live near a weird roadside attraction that probably won’t be overrun with people? A historic landmark? Or maybe you’re near a lake or a national park that’s reopened? You’ll need to do some Googling to find results in your home state (this seems like a handy website to check). Find somewhere nearby, pack a lunch, and make a day trip out of it, or find a socially distanced campground and stay the night (or three).
If you’re near one of the 12 cabin sites offered by Getaway, they’re open at limited capacity to maintain distance. Check-in and check-out are contact-free, the cabins are between 50 and 150 feet apart (depending on the outpost), and there are no communal spaces for strangers to interact.
Take Extra Precautions
How to Stay Safe
If you find yourself around others at any point on your trip, make sure you wear a face mask. You can buy nice masks or make your own. You’ll need to wash them relatively frequently, so bring a few extras. Washing your hands is just as important if not more. It won’t be easy on a road trip, so you can either bring a lot of water in reusable bottles or pack enough hand sanitizer for everyone. (We have a guide on how to make some yourself.)
A gas can will minimize social interactions on your trip too. But if you don’t want to do that, put on disposable gloves before you touch a gas pump; take the gloves off immediately after—don’t touch your door, your phone, and your face—and sanitize your hands. And please, do not throw dirty gloves on the ground.
Not every public bathroom is closed, but many are. If you’re going to a campground, ask beforehand whether the public bathrooms are open, and check the status of any rest stops along the way. You may need to prepare for going in the woods.
If You Need to Rent a Car
If you don’t own a car, you can still get away by renting one. Prices will vary depending on the type of car you need, the length of your trip, and how far you’re taking it. WIRED writer Matt Jancer recommends Enterprise, but he says Hertz and Avis are solid alternatives if the price is right. Discount rental car services, like Thrifty and Dollar, can be hit or miss. All the top services are thoroughly cleaning cars between customers. (You can find statements on their websites for Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis), but we recommend going through the car with disinfectant wipes just to be safe.
If you don’t want to rent a car (or don’t have a driver’s license), we suggest waiting this one out. Public transportation might be running, but there are a lot of unknowns when you’re getting on a bus or train.
Depending on how far you’re going and how long you plan to stay, consider the following basics:
Comfortable sneakers or hiking boots. And if you’re so inclined, Birkenstock EVAs for relaxing.
Extra socks and underwear.
Face masks. You’ll likely have to stop for gas or interact with people at some point.
Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. You may need to search the depths of your local grocery store for either.
Disposable gloves. These are handy for when you need to touch things like bathroom door handles and gas pumps.
A bag. You probably have one already, but if you need a good weekender, we really like this one from Baboon to the Moon ($149). It comes in fun colors and styles. You can also check out the company’s 22L Backpack ($89), which should be able to fit everything you need.
Here are some extras you might be into, depending on your plans:
Layers. Depending on where you are, temperatures can dip at night.
A Kindle. These ebook readers are affordable, and you don’t need to charge them for several weeks. Bring one so everyone can choose a scary story to read around the campfire.
An instant camera. Phone cameras are superb, but taking pictures on an actual camera is an unbeatable feeling.
A Nintendo Switch Lite. If you have one, don’t forget to pack it! Nintendo’s little console is a great way to pass the time in the car if you’re not driving or navigating.
The Case for a GPS
Garmin Drive 52 GPS
Yes, Google Maps on your smartphone is likely all you need, but if you’re going to an area where your phone may lose service (or you want to limit your data usage) get a dedicated GPS device. You can download maps to use offline on your phone, but if you get lost or have a last-minute change of plans, you’ll need internet to figure out where you are. Having a GPS as a backup is important. This Garmin I bought in 2014 is still my most coveted piece of tech. You don’t need the latest and greatest—though they’re quite nice. Any Garmin GPS still in production will do.
Bring Your Food and Drinks
Pelican Elite 20QT
It doesn’t matter if your trip is going to last a day or a full weekend, you should pack lunch, dinner, and extra snacks and drinks. At a time where it’s up in the air whether restaurants or food halls are open, and you’re trying to limit contact with other people as much as possible, it makes sense to have it all with you. You’ll need to keep it all fresh and cool, so a cooler will come in handy.
We have a guide filled with coolers we like for all situations and budgets, but the Pelican Elite 20QT is our choice for road trips because it’s tall and narrow. It fits into most trunks or back seats. In our testing, ice stayed frozen for two days, even after being driven around and stored outside in 80-degree weather. It has four cupholders with drains, so it can be used as a small drink table too.
A Comfortable Shelter
Coleman 4-Person Cabin Tent
You probably don’t need a tent that’s super luxurious or ultra-lightweight for a casual road trip, so you have ample affordable options. WIRED senior writer Adrienne So loves all things Coleman, and its $190 4-Person Cabin Tent—with a screened “porch,” nonetheless!—should give most people enough headroom, and it fits a queen-sized air mattress.
We haven’t tried the Ozark Trail 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent, but it’s a popular brand among campers and costs just $125, with enough room for two queen-sized air mattresses. If you aren’t concerned about budget, we like the MSR Habitude 4. It packs down small, is easy to set up, and has a built-in vestibule for your dirty shoes, but it costs $500.
Even the most seasoned camper probably doesn’t love sleeping on the ground. A sleeping mat, like the Alps Mountaineering Lightweight Series Air Pad, will give your back a bit of relief. It’s not as good as an air mattress, but it takes up less room.
If You Need to Power Up
Nimble 10-Day Portable Charger
Road trips are a great opportunity to step away from endless scrolling, but there will be times when you need to plug in. To keep everything running, we like Nimble’s Portable Charger. It has one USB-C port and three USB-As. The name 10-Day refers to the ability to charge a phone fully for 10 days. There’s also a three-port 8-Day version for around $100.
If you’re going to be on the road for a while, Goal Zero’s power station packs a powerful punch—with a 187-WH capacity. It has enough power to charge your laptop, phone, or tablet, but it’s quite pricey at $300.
If You’re on the Road Long-Term (and Need Cell Signal)
weBoost Drive Reach Cell Phone Signal Booster
A cell signal booster isn’t necessary for most people, but if you’re planning to be on the road awhile in relatively untraversed parts of the country, you might want to invest in one. WIRED writer Scott Gilbertson spent three years living on the road in an RV and constantly struggled with reception until he started testing the weBoost. He recommends the Drive Reach. At $500, it’s not cheap, but if you need reliable cell service far from a home base, it’s a must-have.
Winter Driving Tips & What to Keep in an Emergency Road Kit
There are many ways that winter roads can be hazardous in Alberta. Here are some of them, and what you should do to make sure you’re safely handling winter driving conditions.
FLUFFY BUT DANGEROUS When road markings are obscured, slow down and leave lots of stopping distance. Always clear snow from your vehicle, including the roof. “You have to be able to see and be seen by others,” Wilson says. “Clean off your lights, mirrors and windows. If you leave a couple centimeters of snow on your hood, it’ll blow onto your windshield and snow on your roof or trunk will blow onto the car behind you.”
FROZEN OUT Ice is often plentiful at intersections, where vehicles brake and accelerate. It’s also likely to form on bridges because the cool air beneath the span freezes the water on its upper surface. Slow down and leave extra room for stopping.
HIDDEN HAZARD Black ice is just like ice but not so apparent—it’s “black” because the ice is clear and you can see the asphalt below. Watch for a sheen on the road surface and treat it as you would ice.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET Freezing rain can make conditions so dicey that it’s sometimes safest to pull off the highway and wait. If you must drive, be sure you have good winter tires and wiper blades, plus plenty of wiper fluid.
STAY BACK If you find yourself behind a snowplow, be grateful the road is being cleared and be patient. Don’t try to overtake it! “Every winter, there are crashes involving people trying to pass the plow,” Wilson says.
MOVE OVER If you see emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, slow down to 60 kilometers per hour or the posted speed, whichever is lower. If possible, give them extra space by moving into the adjacent lane.
FOG ALERT As with falling snow or freezing rain, if you run into fog, use your headlights’ low beams. “If you use high beams, it’s going to magnify the snow and fog and you’re not going to see very well,” Wilson says. “Or if you have fog lights, use them.”
WATCH FOR WILDLIFE Animals will often wander near winter roadways, drawn by the salt and other detritus thrown up by cars. Keep an eye out for signs warning of wildlife.
STAY IN CONTROL Eight tips for handling your vehicle in slippery winter conditions:
Always hold the steering wheel with both hands. “Use 9-and-3 positioning, so you can easily straighten out without oversteering,” says Ron Wilson of AMA Driver Education.
Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads. Your tires can lose traction trying to maintain a set speed.
Apply your brakes well before entering a turn, so the vehicle slows down in a straight line. Leave plenty of extra room for braking.
Don’t pump the brakes—especially if your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS). “If you pump, you’re saying to the system, ‘I want to stop, I don’t want to stop, I want to stop, and so on,” Wilson notes. “With ABS, as soon as you apply the brakes full-on, it brings the vehicle to a stop.”
If your car was built before 2011, it may not have ABS. In which case, push your brake pedal until it’s at the threshold of locking. Then ease up from there.
If you’re driving around a curve and your car starts to slide, keep a light grip on the wheel and steer gently in the direction you want the vehicle to go. Just don’t turn the wheel too much: When the tires catch their grip again, you don’t want to overcorrect.
Don’t touch the brakes if your car is skidding out. If possible, shift into neutral and let the car slow on its own.
Look ahead down the road where you want to go and that’s where you’ll steer to. When the tires have found their grip again, resume an appropriate speed.
Winter driving conditions can be hazardous due to factors such as snow and ice on the road. While it’s important that you are prepared for winter driving, it is also important that your car is up for the challenge. Follow the recommendations below before the winter season to make sure your car can handle winter road conditions.
1. HAVE YOUR CAR SERVICED FOR WINTER CONDITIONS
Before you hit any harsh winter conditions, have your vehicle serviced to prepare it for the challenges winter can pose.
Battery – Battery power decreases as the temperature drops, meaning that it takes more power to start your car in the winter. If your battery is already having problems, your risk of breaking down increases. It is recommended that your auto care provider installs a battery at or above 600 CCA for optimal winter performance.
Cooling system – It is recommended to maintain a ratio between 50/50 and 70/30 of antifreeze to water. Ask your technician what antifreeze should be used for your vehicle and the appropriate coolant-to-water ratio to prevent against corrosion and potential freezing.
Brakes – While cold weather doesn’t necessarily hurt your brakes, a thorough inspection can ensure the best performance when driving in winter conditions.
Belts, hoses, spark plugs, wires and cables – These can go bad at any time of year, but if they go bad during the winter, you could be stranded in a very cold place for a very long time.
If you live in a place that experiences extremely cold winter temperatures, it is recommended that you install winter tires when winterizing your car. When the temperature consistently hovers around or below freezing, the rubber compounds in non-winter tires harden, decreasing the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires use special compounds engineered to resist hardening in cold temperatures, providing better traction in ice, snow, slush, and even dry pavement.
If you live in an area that doesn’t normally have intense winters, all-season tires should be acceptable. However, if you live somewhere with harsh winters or regularly visit places that do, winter tires are the safest choice for you.
3. MAINTAIN TIRE PRESSURE
Every 10° change in ambient temperature could mean a gain or loss of 1 PSI. This means you should check pressure more regularly during winter and refill your tires as needed. Appropriate pressure for your tires can be found on the tire placard in the driver’s side door jamb or in your vehicle owner’s manual.
4. CHECK FOR CHANGING TEMPERATURES THAT COULD AFFECT TRACTION
Before going out for a long winter drive, check to see how temperatures may change while you’re out. Changing temperatures can affect both your traction and driving ability if there is a sudden change that you’re not prepared for.
For example, how you should drive in 0° weather is much different than how you can drive in 32° weather. You generally have better traction at 0° than you do at 32° due to surfaces becoming more slippery at these higher winter temperatures.
5. INSTALL WINTER WIPERS
These come equipped with rubber that keeps ice from collecting on the blades. Just be sure to remove them when spring rolls around. As winter wipers are heavier than regular ones, keeping them on all the time increases the load on the wiper motor.
6. KEEP WASHER FLUID FULL
Replace your windshield wiper fluid often. A single snowstorm can exhaust a large amount of this fluid, so refill the washer reservoir frequently with windshield wiper fluid formulated for winter conditions. If you’re unsure if your washer fluid is the right formula for low temperatures, add a bottle of washer fluid antifreeze to the reservoir. You’ll find it at most auto parts stores.
7. PACK A WINTER SAFETY KIT
Before heading off on a trip, store common tools and supplies in your car in case of an emergency. Use this infographic below to know what to pack before heading out into the snow.
8. KEEP THE GAS TANK AT LEAST HALF FULL
Fill up often! Keeping gas in the tank is more important in winter than in summer. Why? For one thing, a full tank reduces condensation, which can prevent gas line freeze ups. Not only that, but if you’re ever stranded, your engine may be the only thing to keep you warm until help arrives.
9. KEEP YOUR REAR-WINDOW DEFROSTER IN WORKING ORDER
Being unable to see behind you could create unsafe driving conditions. That’s why several states have laws stating that all your windows must be clear of condensation and debris. When winterizing your car, check your rear-window defroster before cold weather arrives to be sure it’s working properly.
10. LEARN WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
It’s important to know what to do before you are in an emergency in case you ever get stuck. If you get stuck in a winter storm while driving:
● Do not leave your car for risk of losing sigh of it
● Do not run your car for long periods of time. Instead, turn it on long enough to stay warm, and then turn it off again to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
Source: By Ron Wilson via ama.ab.ca, April 6, 2018
Heading out on the road after the first snowfall requires most of us to quickly think back to last winter and remember what we’re supposed to do (or not do) when driving on good winter roads and sometimes on less than ideal road conditions and more so when severe weather hits.
We’ve got you covered. Here are some tips so you know what to do:
Look well ahead and watch for black ice at temperatures between +4°C and -4°C, where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. Most times, a driver can’t see black ice. As a general rule, if the pavement looks shiny and black instead of grey-white, slow down.
Watch for ice build-up at intersections, bridge decks and ramps and always slow down before the icy area.
Drive for the conditions. Winter road conditions can change very quickly, so drive proactively, reduce your speed, leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.
Use gentle braking, steering and acceleration when driving on snow covered roads.
Never use cruise control on wet or icy roads. Using cruise control when there is a build-up of water and ice can cause your vehicle to hydroplane (a loss of control due to a layer of water between your tires and the road). Remember, cruise control is designed for ideal road conditions.
Snowplows are equipped with flashing amber and red lights to make them more visible, so be aware flashing amber and red means snowplow ahead.
Give emergency road crews room to work. Drivers should allow extra room on the road for snowplow and tow truck operators, as well as for paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement. Also remember that drivers must reduce speed to 60 km/h or the posted speed, whichever is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped with their lights flashing.
Check your highway route before you leave the house. Visit our AMA Road Reports® interactive map from your computer, smartphone, or tablet before you head out on your travels, or follow us on Twitter to get updates on road & weather condition information.
Quick Question: In a 90km/h zone, are you speeding if you’re driving at 80km/h? Answer: Yes – if you’re driving through blowing snow. Speed limits posted on highway signs, indicate the maximum speed you should travel at based on ideal road, weather or traffic conditions. The reality is speeding can also refer to travelling too fast for those conditions.
Source: By Ron Wilson via ama.ab.ca, April 6, 2018
Once a month, or before embarking on a long road trip, check your tires for wear and damage problems. An easy way to check for wear is by using the quarter test. Just grab a Canadian quarter and follow these 3 easy steps:
Hold the quarter between your thumb and forefinger with the quarter head facing down.
Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and insert the figurehead first into one of the grooves.
If the top of the figurehead is covered by tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.
For more serious problems, try our easy-to-use online tire inspection tool below to help you identify issues and learn how to fix them. (Need new tires? Use our practical Michelin Tire Selector Tool)
To make sure your car’s tread is road-ready, do the Quarter Test below.
Did you know that 86 percent of collisions in Alberta involve at least one driver committing an avoidable error? Before hitting the road in the summer months, protect yourself – and fellow drivers – by brushing up on your driver safety tips.
Tires are often the most neglected part of a vehicle. They should be checked visually prior to each trip, and at least once a month with a tire gauge. Not only will improperly inflated tires affect handling and performance, they can have a negative impact on safety devices such as antilock braking systems, traction control systems, and stability control systems.
Did you know, for instance, that many tire blowouts are caused by improperly inflated tires? The low air pressure causes tire heating and ultimately rubber failure. And if the pressure is really low, the rim will dig into the tire’s liner, compromising the structure.
Other good tire tips include:
Check the condition and placement of the spare tire.
Measure tire pressure when the tires are cold. “Cold” means that a vehicle has been stationary for at least three hours or has not been driven more than 2 km.
Checking tires will benefit drivers by improving handling and braking performance. Other benefits to proper tire inflation include increased driver safety, longer tire service life, better fuel economy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Do you know what to do if you have a tire blowout? Having put hundreds of drivers through our Roadbot driving simulator’s “tire blowout” module, I can tell you that most people respond incorrectly to such a situation. This bears out in NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) data, which shows that tire-related crashes are linked to 700 deaths in North America every year.
No matter which tire blows out – the front or the rear – the steps for safely maintaining control of your vehicle are the same; the only difference is in how you feel it. In a front tire blowout, you will feel the force more in the vehicle’s steering in the direction of the tire that has blown; in a rear blowout, you will feel it more in the seat or body of the vehicle.
Remember, the goal in any blowout scenario is to keep the vehicle balanced and under control. Keep calm, as any overreaction – including oversteering, slamming on the brakes or abruptly removing your foot from the accelerator – can result in a loss of vehicle control.
Should you ever have a tire blowout, AMA recommends the following steps:
Hold the steering wheel with both hands (preferably in the 9 & 3 steering position).
Gradually release the accelerator.
Look well ahead, steering where you want to go to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Correct the steering as necessary.
Once your vehicle has stabilized, apply gentle pressure to the brake pedal. Continue to slow down and pull off the road.
Park in a safe place and put your hazard lights on.
Prior to hitting the road, always do a walk-around inspection to check for obstacles behind or near your vehicle. You should also check your lights, windows, and visual condition of the tires. The latter includes:
Check the inside of the wheels for brake fluid or mud build-up
Check the tire pressure.
Many drivers look at the sidewall of the tire to see the maximum amount of air that can go in the tire. But the maximum is not the optimum. The recommended pressures are printed on the vehicle’s tire information label/tire placard, which is usually attached to the edge of the driver’s door, the door post, the glove box or the fuel door.
If you can’t find the label, check your owner’s manual.
Check the tire tread.
The minimum allowable tread depth is 1.6mm (2/32”) on all four tires for cars, light trucks and multi-purpose passenger vehicles/SUVs.
If you don’t have a tread-depth gauge, a quick way to measure your tires is with a Canadian toonie. Just put the outside edge of the toonie in your tire’s tread and if your tire tread reaches only about halfway into the letters, your tires are not safe and need to be replaced.
Check the condition of the lug nuts and valve cap.
If you’re travelling west on a two-way urban roadway and an emergency vehicle is approaching from the east with lights and sirens activated, do you have to yield to it? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone; in fact, most drivers are uncertain of the rules. To clear things up, when an ambulance, firetruck or police emergency vehicle is approaching from any direction with lights and sirens activated, you must yield the right-of-way.
These are the proper steps:
Safely move your vehicle to allow the emergency vehicle passage.
Drive as close as safely possible to the right curb or edge of a two-way roadway.
If on a one-way street, drive right or left to the nearest curb.
If you’re in the middle of an intersection when an emergency vehicle approaches with lights and sirens activated, safely clear the intersection.
Come to a complete stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Check that no other emergency vehicles are approaching.
To be more aware of emergency vehicles, look at least 15 to 20 seconds ahead and check the mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds. If you see that you’re driving in the lane next to an emergency vehicle (or tow truck) that is stopped at the side of the road with their lights flashing, slow down to 60 km/h (or less, if the speed limit is lower) and drive with increased caution. Even better, to give them room to work safely, move over one lane if possible. If there’s a full lane buffer between you and the emergency vehicle or tow truck, you may continue at the posted speed limit. Lastly, if following behind an emergency vehicle with sirens or lights operating, maintain a safe following distance of at least 150 metres.
Winter is tough on tires: Road conditions can be brutal, and temperature swings can often mean your tires have become badly deflated. As spring emerges, potholes often blossom and create their own risks to your tires. That makes this a great time to spend a few minutes checking your tires and making pressure corrections as needed.
“Being proactive with tire maintenance can improve safety and save money in the long run,” says Gene Petersen, Consumer Reports’ tire program manager. “Just a little time spent inspecting can make a big difference.”
If You Have All-Season Tires
Check the air pressure level on your tires and adjust it as needed to the amount specified on the tire information placard found on the driver’s doorjamb. Improper inflation pressure can affect tire longevity and fuel efficiency.
Don’t forget to check the pressure on your car’s spare tire, too.
Inspect your tires for signs of damage, such as cuts, cracks, and sidewall blisters that could result from striking potholes. Some tire manufacturers and retailers provide road-hazard warranties that can save you money if you have to replace a tire.
If there’s irregular treadwear, that can indicate a problem with how well a tire is balanced on its wheel. Coming out of winter, that treadwear can signal that the tires are out of alignment or that the car’s suspension has been damaged. You might experience symptoms of this while you’re driving, such as a shimmy in the steering wheel or the car pulling to either side. Have such issues evaluated by your mechanic, Petersen says.
This is also a good time to check on how worn your tires have become.
Check the tread depth by placing a quarter upside down in a tire groove. The distance from the coin’s rim to George Washington’s hairline is about 4⁄32 of an inch. If you see all of Washington’s head in any one groove where a treadwear indicator appears, you might want to start shopping for new tires while you have some seasonal grip left. They should definitely be replaced by the time they reach 2⁄32 of an inch. Worn tires tend to stop longer on wet pavement and hydroplane on water more frequently—a concern when spring showers may be in the forecast. (Learn more about how tire wear affects performance.)
It may also be time to rotate your tires. This typically needs to happen every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for guidance on the rotation pattern (front-to-rear, side-to-side) and frequency. Some retailers may provide free rotations to customers. This service not only saves money but also is good encouragement to remain on schedule. Regular rotations keep the tires wearing evenly and can help maximize their longevity.
As the risk of snow and ice melts away, it’s time to replace your winter/snow tires with all-season tires. Don’t delay: The tread on winter/snow tires wears quickly, and you’ll want to preserve them for future use. On top of that, all-season tires provide better grip on dry and wet roads.
Inspect the tires for potential damage: Check the bead area—the inner lip of the tire that seals against the wheel—if the tires have already been dismounted from the wheel. Sometimes the bead can be damaged in the removal process, creating rips or tears in the rubber.
Like with the all-season tires, check the tread depth with a quarter, placing George Washington’s head down into each major groove. If the top of Washington’s head is visible, there is only about 4⁄32 of an inch or less of tread and the tire might not have enough useful life for another season.
Finally, clean the tires with soap and water to remove salt and/or road de-icer. Store in a cool, dry place—out of the sun.
The Best All-Season and Summer Tires for Cars in Canada for 2019
Source: By Éric Descarries via auto123.com, March 28, 2019.
Spring is just around the corner; in fact in your corner of the country it might already be here. And just about anywhere in Canada, whoever has winter tires on their car is looking forward to putting their summer tires back on, in many cases because these tires are mounted on their original wheels that certainly look a lot better than those sorry-looking winter wheels (sometimes, half-rusted steel wheels). For others, it might also be because their original tires are beginning to show too much wear.
When is it time to buy new summer tires?
Today’s cars and light trucks require much less maintenance than before. Even checking air pressure in the tires can be handled by the vehicle’s computer that will warn the driver in case of low pressure. Nonetheless, nothing will tell you about tire wear other than a visual inspection. You might not be a tire expert, but you still can tell if a tire is wearing out.
If in doubt, there’s no better adviser than your local tire dealer. In this case, it’s probably wise to consult a professional tire dealer, though a technician at one of those megastores might be able to handle your call for help.
So you say you’re still seeing treads on your tires? That does not necessarily mean they’re still safe. In many areas, the law requires that you change your tires if there’s only 1/16th (2/32nd) of an inch of depth left of the grooves. But don’t take that to mean you can keep riding on yours! Some tires with about 5/32nd of an inch could still look good, but they’ll be dangerous in heavy rain, as many motorists have discovered when their vehicle started aquaplaning in such circumstances. In short, if a technician tells you your tires have to be changed, best pay heed and do it!
Before you change tires
No matter how old your vehicle is, before mounting new tires on your car or light truck, it’s a good idea to have the front end inspected and repaired or corrected if need be. Depending where in Canada you live, you might have put your ride through a rough winter; deep potholes (especially in cities) can easily have screwed up your wheel alignment. Irregularly worn tires are tell-tale signs of this issue!
Which is the best tire for your car?
Obviously, in most cases, you should go for the same tire the car came with – but that depends what it came with. Sometimes a superior tire is preferable, and this is where the real work begins.
To make sure we got all our facts straight, we went to a well-known tire dealer in the Montreal area to find out which tires could be considered the best available on the market. Obviously this is one question that cannot be answered simply. Simply because, nowadays, there are too many applications. Imagine the more-than-1,000 sizes found in manufacturers’ catalogs (which can be read only by computer since there are so many!).
Before making a choice, consult an expert. Of course, you’ll be looking for the least expensive tire possible. But there’s a nuance to that: you should be looking for the best quality for the price! A cheaper tire is always possible but if that’s your sole criteria, you’re likely to lose in terms of comfort, road-handling and durability.
It’s important to understand that most cars require a specific type of tire that might not always correspond to the price you expected/hoped to pay! For example, so many cars come from the manufacturer with so-called “performance’ tires with the Z speed index.
The speed index refers to the maximum speed a tire is rated to sustain for a pre-set amount of time. The letter identifying it can be found on the sidewall of a tire, after the size of a tire.
For example, a tire size of 205/55 R16 means the tire has a tread surface that’s 205 mm wide, while the sidewall measures 55% of that width. The R indicates it’s a radial tire while the 16 is in inches to identify the circumference of the wheel on which it’s to be mounted. Then follow digits like 94Z. What’s most important is the letter. In this case, the Z means the tire can sustain a speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).
Nowadays, standard tires will come with S, T, H or Z ratings meaning sustained top speeds of 112 mph (180 km/h), 118 mph (190 km/h), 130 mph (210 km/h) and 149 mph (240 km/h). It’s always best not to go for lower indexes, though many dealers will offer H-rated tires that are more comfortable and ensure a smoother ride than Z-rated tires can deliver.
The last remark also applies to “Run-Flat” tires found on many new cars. Often criticized for their hard ride, they tend to be overlooked by motorists in favour of smoother tires. They are a viable option but be aware that your vehicle then probably doesn’t carry a spare tire.
All-season and Green Tires
It’s far less common these days to talk about “summer” tires. These are tires with little tread and aimed mostly at very high-performance automobiles. Today, most vehicles are sold with “all season” tires and that’s what most people should be looking for when buying tires. This type of tire has treads designed to evacuate as much water as possible on wet pavement. They’re also designed for light snowfalls (except in Quebec from December 1 to March 15, when they’re not permitted).
What’s more, many popular-size tires are available in a “Green” design. Green tires are made of different (and sometimes harder) rubbers that reduce road friction, hence improving fuel economy. They are considered to be more eco-friendly, but keep in mind that what they gain in fuel economy, they might lose in road grip, especially on wet pavement.
By the way, it’s possible to order most car tire tires online. That said, if your knowledge of tires is limited, we do recommend that you visit a professional tire centre and speak with a qualified expert.
So, what now?
Depending on where you live in Canada, what follows are recommendations for the best all-season and summer tires available on the market in 2019. Note that this is only a sample since there are so many makes and models out there. But as mentioned, keep in mind that you should choose a tire based on its quality first, and its price second!
1. Michelin Premier A/S
This most recent product from French tiremaker Michelin is slightly more expensive than most competing products but it is available for cars, minivans and even smaller SUVs and CUVs (crossovers). Its main characteristics are grooves that expand as the tire wears out. This helps the Premier A/S remain a great tire on wet pavement even as it begins wears, yielding better braking capabilities than any other tire on the market. The Premier also lasts much longer.
2. Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS+
This tire from Italian manufacturer Pirelli can be fitted on many sedans and coupes like the Camry and Fusion, as well as on minivans and small SUVs and CUVs. It is of the “green” category, with low rolling resistance. And it’s also available in more affordable H-speed index or higher-performance V-speed index for faster cars like mid-sized BMWs. Pirelli P4s can also be considered for similar applications.
3. Goodyear Assurance All Season
The All Season is an evolution of the Assurance family of tires. This type of tire is for regular sedans and coupes, minivans and some SUVs and CUVs. Providing good fuel economy, it’s also very capable on wet pavement and light snow. What’s more, it’s quite affordable and is available in H- and V-speed index.
If you own a performance vehicle, you might consider the Eagle line of Goodyear tires available for Grand Touring to ultra-high-performance vehicle, made in many formats and mainly for all seasons.
4. Bridgestone Turanza
It’s almost impossible to describe all the tires offered by Bridgestone (including its Firestone brand of affordable products). But if you’re looking for a comfort-focused tire, the Turanza line of products is worth checking out. It’s available in H-and V-speed index. On the other hand, if you drive a performance sedan or coupe, you might be interested by the Potenza line of tires though there are too many models to be enumerated here.
Bridgestone has a complete line or Ecopia low-resistance summer tires specially designed for vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to maximize fuel economy. These tires are mostly available with T-speed rating (118 mph or 190 km/h).
5. Toyo Extensa A/S
If you really want another made-in-Japan quality tire, why not have a look at Toyo’s products, particularly the Extensa A/S or else the more-expensive but more-durable Versado Noir; both are available in the most popular sizes.
6. Nokian zLine A/S
Here’s a nice one for you. Suppose you really like your Nokian winter tires. Did you know the Finnish tiremaker also makes a line of quality summer products? For instance there’s the zLine A/S available in the 2.0 version that’s rated “green”.
7. GT Radial Champiro
Surprisingly, many Chinese brands of tires are showing up on the market and earning a reputation as being increasingly reliable and efficient. However, there’s an Indonesian brand available that really stands out for its low price and high quality, and that is GT Radials. Its Champiro A/S for cars and minivans or Savero SUV products are beginning to show up as quality tires that are more and more appreciated by motorists.
8. Nexen and Kumho
Nexen is a South Korean tire brand that comes in an H-rated Aria series, much sought-after by owners of smaller cars. Note that there are other Korean tires that offer similar quality at a reasonable price, for example Kumho with its Solus line of tires.
9. Cooper Evolution
Let’s not forget Cooper, an American tiremaker that’s been producing a wide range of different types of tires for more than 100 years. Many of its products are sold under different name brands, but its Evolution Tour and Evolution H/T could very well be the answer to many of your needs for your car or SUV, and they come at a very reasonable price.
10. Continental ProContact
You’ve possibly noticed that many European cars, especially German-made ones, are delivered out of the factory with Continental tires. No surprise there, since Continental is itself a German brand. This manufacturer offers a big array of tires for all applications but for the majority of motorists, its ProContact line of tires fills most needs.
By the way, Continental even produces a tire model featuring the ContiSeal technology that can plug any small holes in the tire, which could be reassuring for drivers fearing flats or slow leaks!
As you can see there’s a huge range of products to choose from, but whatever you do try to get a quality product, one that should last three to four summers. Remember that your life and that of your passengers relies upon four small contact patches on the pavement, patches that are not much bigger than the size of your palm. And that, at speeds of more than 100 km/h! So always keep an eye on your tire pressure even if you have a monitor in your dashboard.
(The author would like to thank Stéphane Parenteau of Pneus Premier Choix in Laval for his technical help)
Source: By Éric Descarries via auto123.com, March 28, 2019.
Harper’s tire centralizes operations to offer improved customer service
Calgary’s tire guru urges drivers to pick the right tire, not the cheapest.
October 3, 2018– Calgary, AB– Harper’s Tire, which has been operating in Calgary for 87 years, is consolidating its operations at its 4th St SE location in order to create a more personalized customer experience.
With 13 bays and a staﬀ of 17 people, Harper’s continues to be Calgary’s premier tire service company, with a depth of industry knowledge that spans decades.
Two locations, one in the Northwest and the other in Douglasdale, have been sold, allowing the owners and staﬀ to concentrate eﬀorts at the main location. The tire storage service will be moved here and all mechanical repairs will be done on site.
“We heard from our clients and they want to deal with us, personally, because they know and trust us. It’s hard to be in three places at once, and we were spreading ourselves too thin,” says owner Dan Harper.
As online purchasing of tires grows and installers pop up around the city, Harper says it’s more important than ever to provide one-to-one counseling to help customers find the best and safest tires for their vehicles. He encourages consumers to be wary of online reviews and promotions and encourages them to question the source of the information online. As an independent tire service company, Harper’s provides objective advice and informed recommendations
“The typical shopper doesn’t really understand the diﬀerence between all the diﬀerent brands and types of tires, so they tend to make their decision based on price. They can end up choosing the wrong tire for the wrong application and that can lead to problems with drivability and performance of their vehicle,” says Harper.
Started by his grandfather, John, in 1931, Harper says the family is committed to continuing the legacy of quality products and outstanding customer service. Some employees have been on staﬀ for over 25 years. Customers have also spanned generations.
“Our customers tend to be people who are a little fussier about how their vehicles are treated. They want to know their car is going get looked after and we’re not in a rush to get them in and out in a hurry,” says Harper. “We oﬀer same day service, but it’s more important to be thorough than it is to be fast.”
The tire business is changing rapidly with more sophisticated cars and tire technology, but one thing remains constant — people need help selecting and installing the correct tires for their vehicle.
Harper’s also provides auto repair service and will continue to operate its self-serve Carwash at Douglasdale.
You can follow Harper’s Tire on Facebook and Twitter for updates and visit their website for more info. A spokesman is available upon request for media interviews.
Watch Tom Harper de-bunk some common tire myths below:
Any discussion around winter tires is awash with myth and misconception. Are they really needed? If so, how many? Can one skate by with a decent set of all-seasons? If you have all-wheel drive, you don’t need winters.
Tom Harper knows these kinds of conversations better than most. As co-owner of Harper’s Tire, which opened in Calgary in 1931, he’s part of the third generation of Harpers to sit at the helm of one of the city’s oldest tire companies.
Bald tires endanger everyone
As one of the patriarchs of the Calgary tire service industry, Harper encounters such winter tire fallacies on a regular basis. For him, one of the most irritating things to witness in the winter are drivers operating vehicles with bald or nearly-bald tires.
“I’ve been on roads where guys in front of you have been spinning around, like on Deerfoot,” says Harper. “It’s not good…. that’s one thing for me, the danger. I’ve got a child, too. I don’t want to have them risked because somebody isn’t driving appropriately.”
But those aren’t the only problems associated with winter wheels, and Harper hopes to clarify some misconceptions and answer some common questions.
A quick primer
“Everybody has their different myths about whether winter tires are worthwhile or not, and the best thing to say is that once you drive on one you’ll never not drive on one again,” says Harper.
There are a few major differences between tires specifically designed for handling winter conditions and those that are designed for year-round use. The first is the softer rubber compound that remains more flexible as temperature drops. This leads to better traction on ice and snow.
Harper says the cost of a tire is roughly $200, but the difference between driving with them and without them is “night and day.”
There are many types of tires that range from entry-level to high-performance. They include snow tires, all-season tires, and all-weather tires, which are designed to operate better in snowy conditions than all-seasons but don’t work as well in warmer temperatures.
Can I just buy two tires, not four?
Some people believe that only two out of four are needed depending on if a vehicle is front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
“If you had the two new snow tires on the front, and two all-seasons that are worn, you’re going have that amazing grip on the front,” says Harper. “But as soon as [you] drive out here, you’re going to spin around. It’s safer for [you] to run on the worn all-seasons than doing that.”
If I buy winter tires, should I use my summer rims?
Harper also recommends buying tires on their own rims, which is most cost-effective in the long run.
When not in use, generally over the summer months, winter tires should be stored away from light — which can cause the rubber to dry out and crack — and away from the elements outside, preferably in tire bags.“It costs less to put on a wheel and tire package then it does to change them over,” says Harper. “A misconception is that it’s harder on the tire if you don’t have it. But if you have it at a reputable tire store and they install them properly, you’re not going to have an issue — it just costs more.”
How can I measure my treads?
Another important consideration is tread percentage, deduced by calculating the wear on a tire when compared to new. A simple way to calculate tread can be done by taking a quarter and placing it in between the ridges of a tire. On a new tire, one-half to two-thirds of a quarter should be visible. If almost the entire quarter is still visible, it’s probably time to buy new tires.
What should I watch out for?
According to Harper, the biggest limitation is that at the end of the day, it’s still a tire. Depending on weather and road conditions, tires are going to behave differently, and each are designed to work best in specific situations.
“You can’t change the composition of a tire, right?” says Harper. “It’s hard to make it do everything.”
I wanted to write you a quick note, to say how overwhelmed at the customer service I received with your company, and not just with Sales, but the mechanics, the personnel that drove me to and from the C-Train, Etc… I especially want to point out the tremendous customer service I got from Bob Steendam. I had never heard of you guys before (I have only been in Calgary for 7 years 😉 ) anyhow i purchased a Dodge 3500 Truck from a dealer, with 80k on it. The tires were showing cracks and splits, and my first concern was the reliability of the tires, due to wanting to tow our 12k lbs 5th wheel with this vehicle we just purchased. Not giving your sales people any previous detail about prior investigation (with Kal-Tire, and Fountain Tire) When I first called Bob Steendam on the phone, and explained the situation, I was trying to get someone to ‘validate’ if the tires were indeed in need of replacement ASAP or not. As on the internet, there were lots of people complaining about Michelin tires having cracking. (they were the stock LTX A/S tires)
Anyhow talking to Bob, we said to bring the truck by for a look, i explained that my work hours are essentially past 5pm, and he stated a day that he’s there longer then 5, and told me to come on by and knock on the door after hours, so I did. In this day and age, Customer Service I typically find lacking, whereas at Harper’s it is excelling … Many thanks!
- David Stafford -
One Satisfied Customer
I’m one of your satisfied customers.
First of all, I would like to thank Harper’s for looking after my tire needs back in the late fall. I went to your Douglasdale store, and was quite impressed with the way my car was looked after. After my positive experience, I sent a friend to Harper’s to purchase a set of winter tires. She was also quite pleased!
- Todd Green -
1898 – 1931. April 23, 1898 John Munro Skinner Harper born in Scotland & immigrated to Calgary with his family in 1912. J.M. with his father George & brothers George Jr. Williams & James enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army serving in France. When J.M. was discharged, he was offered post-service education & opted to take the vulcanizing course. He was then hired by George Lancaster to work with Fisk Tire. Nov. 15, 1931 J.M. left Fisk Tire & purchased Foster’s vulcanizing located on 130 – 12th Ave. SW, Calgary. He then changed the name to Harper’s Tire Service. The telephone number was 7878, becoming M7878, AM7878 & finally 262-7878.
1931 – 1961.During this period, J.M. added more equipment to be able to provide more vulcanizing for repairs & retreading, 3 more lots were added & a new building was built in 1940. During the war years (1940-1945), tires were rationed; so satisfactory repairs were necessary & custom retreading became a necessity. In 1945 another addition was made to the building to house the new retread molds & a basement for storage of materials & products. Continuing on into the 1960’s, saw a continued growth in the business of servicing more large & small fleets, farm tires, construction tires & over the highway truck tires. Retreading was an important part of the business; one large contract being the city transit system. In 1961, J.M. Harper retired, the tire business was combined with Harper’s Hardware and Jack, Don & Stan (& his three sons) became partners. At this time, the gasoline pumps were removed & a new showroom was constructed on the front of the property.
1961 – 2009. Growth of the marine & sports sales division happened during this time frame (1961-1972); a change in focus for the tire division. Retreading was discontinued & more attention was diverted from large fleets, to small fleets & retail business. A new facility at 5520 – 4th St. SE was purchased for the Marine division. In 1962 J.M. Harper became one of the founding members of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association & served as its President in 1962 & 1963. Sales growth continued during the 70’s & start of the 80’s for both divisions, the ski department was sold & a new facility was constructed for the tire division & Stan & Don purchased Jack Harper’s shares. The old facility on 12th Ave. SW was sold to TransAlta Utilities.
In early 80’s a new facility at 5516 – 4th St. SE was built for Harper’s Tire (1931) Ltd. In 1979 & 1980, Stan Harper served as President of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association. A slump in the economy in the mid-80’s caused a down turn in profits & sales but by 1990, the business was turned around. In 1990 the assets of Harper’s Tire Service (Calgary) Ltd. were sold to 2 new companies: Harper’s Marine Ltd. (Don Harper & family) & Harper’s Tire (1931) Ltd. (Stan Harper & family). Continuing through the 90’s & into the early 00’s; Harper’s has experienced very satisfactory sales & growth from sales & fleets, retail & wholesale & increased mechanical services. Dan Harper served as President of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association in 1999 & 2000 & also serviced as President of the Tire Dealers of Canada from 2000-2004. Dan Harper & Tom Harper are now running Harper’s Tire now. In 2006 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. We remolded the shop & created 6 tire service bays with the most up-to-date equipment. We have 2 alignment hoists & 5 mechanical service bays now. In 2006 we created a separate wholesale office located at 512 Manitou Rd. SE. We became licensed for Out of Province Inspections & Commercial Vehicle Inspections.
2010 – Present. In May 2010, we opened our 2nd location in Douglasdale at 318, 11488 – 24th St. SE. We have 8 service bays with 1 alignment hoist, with the most up-to-date equipment. We have 2 licensed mechanics, 1 apprentice & 4 tire technicians. In 2011 our warehouse moved to new location at #9, 4216 – 61st Ave SE and we celebrated our 80th Anniversary. In February 2013 we opened our 3rd location in Crowfoot at 150, 155 Crowfoot Way NW with 12 service bays with 1 alignment hoist, with the most-up-to date equipment. We have 2 licensed mechanics, 2 apprentices & 5 tire technicians. In December 2013 we closed operation of the wholesale division. In October 2016 we will be celebrating our 85th Anniversary.
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MICHELIN® has created a new Premier Family. Michelin Premier A/S (Passenger Cars & Minivans) & Premier LTX (CUVs & SUVs). Comes with a limited tread wear warranty of 100,000 km. SAFE WHEN NEW, SAFE WHEN WORN. Even when worn, Michelin Premier A/S tire still stops shorter on wet roads than leading competitors’ brand-new tires. (Based on internal wet braking test esults from 60 & 80 km/h vs. Goodyear Assurance TripleTred A/S tires in sizes 235/55R17 (99H) & p215/60R16 (94V), Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus I size 215/60R16 (95V), using Michelin Premier A/S tires in sizes 235/55R17 (99H) & 215/60R16 (95V) buffed to 5/32” of tread. Actual on-road results may vary). Hydroplaning Resistance. With EverGrip technology, expanding rain grooves widen & emerging grooves open as the tire wears, to maintain traction. Excellent Wet Grip. Extreme Amounts of silica in the EveryGrip compound provides exceptional wet grip for everyday handling. Performance that lasts in all driving conditions. Sunflower oil keeps the EverGrip compound flexible in lower temperatures along, with many tread blocks and sipes that act as biting edges to cut through light winter conditions. (Important: While all-season tires are designed to provide reliable performance in moderate winter conditions, the use of four winter tires is recommended for optimal performance and may be mandatory in certain jurisdictions).
I don’t usually do this but I felt that I must write and let you know that I was very impressed with the service I received this afternoon at your 4th Street S.E. location. Being an ex-mechanical shop owner for many years and having been retired for 24 years, I have always found it difficult to find a repair shop that took the time and care to look after a vehicle like I used to do for my customers.
Your front receptionist was very friendly when I called earlier today to see what I would be charged for a 4 wheel balance on my Chevrolet Tahoe and she mentioned to me that the shop was not overly busy and they could handle the work immediately. I showed up after lunch and was in and out in less than anhour and I must also add here that the service person (recent arrival from Montreal) was very efficient and careful with my vehicle and did a tremendous job. I was really impressed! …Regards
- Marc L. D’Hont -
Service Was Exceptional
I dealt with a guy named Mike Bonnell. They had no appointments so he accommodated me as a walk in first thing in the morning. I even got lost on m y way there. Mike gave me directions and still got me in right away when I was late. The invoice was exactly as they quoted and they even put the regular tires into bags before they loaded them in the vehicle. So good recommendation!
- Pete -
Recycle With Harpers
At Harper’s we are dedicated to reducing waste. Over ten years ago we noticed the significant amount of waste being created during routine car maintenance visits and mechanical appointments, and we decided to take action.
Through a great partnership with recycling plants, we have reduced our chemical and toxic waste substantially.
We are very proud to present a win-win situation where customers receive great service and the environment receives less waste.
Fill your tires with Nitrogen
We are an industry leader by being one the first dealers in Canada with Nitrogen inflation for your tires. This service, once reserved for race cars, airplanes and military vehicles is now available for your car or light truck and is included at NO additional cost when you purchase or changeover your tires at Harper’s Tire.
Better Mileage, Use Less Fuel
Less Tire Failures, Less Replacement Costs
Improved Tire Pressure, Longer Lasting Tires
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At Harper’s Tire we greatly believe that the local communities in which we do business is an integral component of our success.
The people in these communities are not only our customers but also our neighbours, friends and family. This is why Harper’s is proud to be involved in local sponsorship activities and donate to various charities and many more sports & social clubs that are too numerous to list.
We are proud to announce that we successfully raised $16,000 for the Calgary Health Trust. We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who participated in this great event—hardworking staff, family, friends, neighbours, valued customers and business partners who made donations.
“On October 15th 2011, Calgary AA Ringette teams hosted a Silent Auction and Social at the Thorncliffe Recreation Centre to raise funds for the upcoming season. We are please to report that, with your support, the evening was a tremendous success. The community responded overwhelmingly, and we are expressing our sincere appreciation for your generous contribution to the Silent Auction. Fundraising is a major source of revenue for our teams. We will use the funds raised at the Silent Auction and Social to cover ice rental costs, travel, and tournament entry fees. Once again, your contribution is truly appreciated.”
–Calgary U16AA Ringett
Dear Mr. Harper,
Thank you for contributing to my team’s silent auction.
Your support means alot to us!
Thank you for your donation to out silent auction and for supporting our team!
Wheels are an integral part of your vehicle. They come from the factory at a basic level and can be upgraded to improve stability, performance and esthetics.
Looking for a change?
Looking to replace degraded, damaged or just looking to upgrade your current wheels can be a challenge if not done correctly. Proper sizing or upsizing and fitment will make the difference between a smooth or harsh handling vehicle.
Finding Your Wheels Bolt Pattern
When it comes to finding the proper fitment for putting aftermarket or different wheels on your car, the bolt pattern is one of the most important considerations. There is a very good reason for this, since “bolt pattern” refers to the number of lug holes in the wheel and the distance between them. The bolt pattern on the wheel must match the bolt pattern on the car, or the wheel will not fit! Not every wheel will fit your vehicle, but they do come in extremely wide varieties so talk with us to find the perfect fit today.
Always remember when you chose your aftermarket wheels that they must fit properly with proper centering rings and securing hardware.
Winter wheel options are becoming more and more common these days. They often come in basic black steel and can be upgraded to alloy for a lot less than you think. Winter wheels and tire combinations can be (often be) down sized to keep costs down and still perform well in winter driving conditions.
Wheel Composition and Construction
Here are some of the more common methods used to create popular wheels on the market, if you see a method not listed below please feel free to ask Harper’s any questions you might have.
SteelSteel is both heavier and stronger than aluminum, and has been used for wheel construction much longer.
Aluminum AlloyAluminum alloy is a mixture of aluminum and nickel. The proportions of metal in the alloy determine both the strength and weight of the wheel. Alloy wheels are now standard on most cars because they offer both cosmetic and performance advantages. Unlike steel wheels, aluminum alloy can be cast and worked in many different designs, giving cars a much more individual look, and offering owners the chance to customize even more. Alloys do tend to bend easier than steels under road impacts, and have a tendency to crack if bent too far.
Cast AluminumCast aluminum is where a molten alloy is poured into a mold and allowed to cool. Several types of casting methods exist, but what they have in common is that cast aluminum is not very dense, and so greater weight of metal is needed for strength.
Forged AluminumForged Aluminum is created by taking a solid “billet” of aluminum alloy and subjecting it to a tremendous amount of heat and pressure. The pressure simply crushes the metal into the desired shape. The forged blank can then also be flow-formed to shape the barrel. This creates a wheel that is extremely dense and very strong, but also very light. Pound for pound, forged aluminum is much stronger than a cast aluminum alloy.
Flow Forming/Rotary ForgedFlow Forming/rotary forged is a hybrid process in which low pressure cast aluminum is stretched and formed using heat and high-pressure rollers to shape the wheel. The stretching and forming process creates a thin and dense metal, which has properties similar to forged aluminum. The flow forming process was pioneered by BBS Wheels, and a great many of their racing wheels are still made via this process.
How to Pick the Right WheelChanging your vehicle’s generic, stock wheels to aftermarket wheels can seem like a fantastic, yet daunting, idea. However, you don’t need to worry you just need to know what to look for before choosing the right wheel for your vehicle. Read on for everything you need to know before buying aftermarket wheels for your vehicle today. A popular idea when upgrading to aftermarket wheels is getting bigger wheels. There are many things to consider when increasing the size of your wheels. While larger wheels look great, they can negatively impact your ride quality, tend to be more expensive than their smaller counterparts and require larger, more expensive tires. On the other hand, wider wheels can use wider tires, which offer your vehicle more traction. This is important if you use your vehicle for driving conditions that demand better grip either for handling and accelerating/braking. To determine what size tires you would need with your bigger wheels, ask Harper’s today. Ultimately when choosing the right wheels, you should consider the maximum tire size you want to fit on them. While this might limit your wheel options, it can help guide you to the best wheel size. You may find that simply going one inch smaller on the wheel diameter gives you twice as many tire options. There’s no sense in buying a nice looking wheel, simply for size, if you can’t find any acceptable tires to fit.
Style ConsiderationsThe options are limitless when it comes to choosing the style of wheels you want for your vehicle. Aftermarket wheel manufacturers create all kinds of designs with different spoke patterns and colors. Chrome adds a noticeable shine to your vehicle, but black rims can also give your vehicle a great curbside appeal. Other wheel colors, on the other hand, provide an original and customized look. Increasing wheel size is also an important aspect of styling for a vehicle. Larger wheels tend to make a vehicle stand out and are more appealing to the eye.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Wheels the same thing as Rims?No, however people often call wheels “rims” and refer to them as the same thing. A rim is the outer edge of a wheel, and it holds the tire firmly in place so that the tire can rotate with the rest of the wheel. The rim connects to the wheel hub via spokes. Many consumers use the term “rim” to describe the entire wheel but for the purpose of this section we will be using the word “wheel”.
What Do I Need to Know About Matching Wheels to Tires?If you would like to keep the tires that you currently use for your vehicle and purchase new wheels, it is important to match the new wheels to your tires. In most cases, the overall diameter of the wheel and tire together remains the same even as the diameter of the wheel increases, which you accomplish by fitting a tire with a shorter sidewall to a wheel with a larger diameter. If you want to match wheels to your tires, your new wheels should have the same diameter as your old ones do. You should also pay attention to the width of a set of wheels, since this should also be the same as the width of your tires. In addition to maintaining wheel diameter, you should ensure that your new wheels have the same bolt pattern as the old ones do. Your vehicle has a set number of bolts for securing the wheels, so your new wheels should have the same bolt pattern in order to ensure compatibility between your new wheels and your vehicle.
How do I Find & Measure my Bolt Pattern?To find your bolt pattern, you need to determine two numbers. The first is how many bolt holes are on the wheel, while the second is how far apart each bolt is. For example, a bolt pattern number of 6 x 5.5 means the wheel has six bolt holes that are 5.5” apart (when you measure across the center of the wheel). The only lug pattern where this method of measurement is different is the 5-lug pattern wheel; measurement is made from the back of the lug hole on one end, to the center of the lug hole on the opposite side. What is the Difference Between Center Bore & Hub-Centric vs Lug-Centric Another important thing to note is the size of your wheel’s center bore, and whether your wheels are hub-centric or lug-centric. To get the center bore’s size, measure the diameter of the hole that centers over the mounting hub. Your wheel is hub-centric if the center bore matches the mounting hub’s size. If it doesn’t, your wheels are lug-centric.
How do I Measure Backspacing?Knowing your vehicle’s backspacing size is an essential part of finding the right wheel. Your wheel’s backspacing is measured from the wheel’s mounting surface (in the middle of the wheel) to the back edge of the wheel. The size will vary, depending on the wheel’s offset. If it has zero offset, the hub mounting surface is even with the wheel’s center line. If it has positive offset, the mounting surface is closer to the front of the wheel, while negative offset is closer to the back of the wheel. Backspacing is measured in inches – 4.5”, for example. If you purchase wheels with the wrong backspacing size, it’s likely they aren’t going to fit your car properly.
How do I Know the Maximum Load for the Wheels?Wheels are advertised with a maximum weight load, which can often cause confusion. This is the max-weight per tire. To get the exact weight load, multiply the advertised max-weight by 4. For example, if each wheel’s load rating is 3500 lbs, the total load rating for your truck would be 14,000 lbs
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What Type Of Tire Is Right For You?
When picking the right tire it’s important to consider many factors such as the type of tire, driving conditions, tread wear and price point. We provide a wide range of tire to fit your needs.
All Season Tires
As the name suggests, all-season tires are specifically designed to provide safe and comfortable driving over a wide range of conditions such as rain, snow or heat. The advantage to all-season tires is that they can remain on your vehicle all year long, and they provide a quieter and more comfortable ride than winter tires. When the temperature goes below 7 degrees, all-season tires become harder and have less traction.
All-season high-performance tires: Tires that deliver a measure of traction on snow & ice without sacrificing dry performance driving capabilities.
All-season tires: Tires that provide a good balance of traction in rain or snow with good tread life and a comfortable, quiet ride.
All-season traction: Indicates the tire’s ability to provide a balance of traction in wet, dry & winter conditions.
Dedicated summer tires will improve the performance and aesthetics of your vehicle. Performance tires are designed for great handling and stability. Usually they are designed with one side of the tire built for dry traction and the other side for wet traction. They may be a stiffer tire which might affect the comfort of your ride. The special compound used in summer tires enhances performance, but may not provide the same tread wear as all-season tires; so you may need to replace them faster.Not recommended for winter driving.
Winter tires have special compounds that improve your traction, stopping ability, and overall handling whenever the thermometer dips below 7°C/45°F. Winter tires provide a high level of grip and control that all-season tires cannot compete with. They are less effective in temperatures above 7 degree, and the tread will wear out much faster. Winter tires are also an added cost.
All Terrain Tires
All terrain tires are built bigger and with increased traction control to handle a variety of road conditions from rain on a city street to a muddy back road. These tires are generally fairly loud, stiff, and not very fuel efficient, but are great for adventure seekers who want to have some fun, but not necessarily go into the bush. They are available in a variety of strengths for durability and designs that provide a look of aggressiveness for different preferences.
Mud-terrain tires are specially designed for off-roading and going where the all-terrain cannot. They are aggressively designed to appeal to car enthusiasts that want to go into the bush or simply make a statement on the road.
Definition of a Tire:
Must be able to carry the vehicle’s load. Has to guide the vehicle. Has to transmit force. Has to deliver the lateral force for turning. Has to absorb shocks & impacts. Has to roll efficiently & be durable.
What a tire must provide:
Cushioning power – Help isolate all the road irregularities
Contact point for the vehicle – Steering control & road grip, everything between you & the road.
Load Carrying – Support load of the vehicle & its contents.
Winter tires become effective at 7 degree C & lower. Summer tires start to lose their effectiveness at 7 degrees. All seasons start to lose some of their effectiveness at 7 degrees and lower. Winter tires will lose their effectiveness higher than 7 degrees. Winter tires are more flexible & need to be able to maintain their flex in the colder temperatures, the other tires rubber become harder the colder it gets. If you reverse it, winter tires go very soft in the hot temperatures & wear out much quicker.
Tire Cupping is a wear pattern (worn out spots or scooped out spots) that emerges on your tires when something on your car is out of balance. Tire cupping can be attributed to bent or worn suspension parts, wheel misalignment, an imbalance of the tire or wheel assembly, or a variety of other issues. Once this type of wear patter has occurred, it is irreversible and tires will wear unevenly and need to be replaced sooner than usual.
The cause of inside and outside shoulder wear is normally due to improper inflation pressure, hard cornering, frequent mountain driving, improper tire rotation practices, a rim width too wide for the tire or from improper wheel alignment. Commercial delivery service vehicle tires frequently experience this type of wear pattern.
If the tire’s head type is at or below 2/32” in any groove of card material or under tread is exposed, the tire must be replaced. If sufficient tread remains, verify proper width and inch. Fitment is as well as verify adjust inflation pressures, the rotors for maximum wear.
A: Vibration is an indication that your car has a problem that needs attention. The tires, steering system and suspension system should be checked to help determine the possible cause of the vibration. If left unattended, vibration could cause excessive tire and suspension wear and could be dangerous.
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Top Quality Soaps And Waxes
Spot Free Rinse
Free Undercarriage Wash
Interior Shampoo Equipment
Tire And Wheel Cleaners
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We have an 8 bay barn style facility that allows for faster turnaround time & a warmer cleaning experience
Fluid Changes (i.e.: transmission, transfer case, rear differentials, front differentials, power steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant, etc…)
Change-Over of Tires, Balance of Tires, Flat Repairs
Front End Component Replacement
Vibrations (Road force balancing tires, On car balancing of tires (at our 4th Street location))
Mechanical and Diagnostic Repairs
Commercial Vehicle Inspections
Out of Province Inspections
Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspections
Finding space for your tires can be a challenge. We offer affordable year round tire storage at each of our locations for all tires purchased or changed-over at Harper’s Tire.
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Same Day Tire Service
We know you’re busy and don’t have a few days to wait for your new tires. Our same day tire service allows you to bring your vehicle in for a tire change or tire repair and leave the same day with your car. We can also book specific tire appointments during the weekdays.
Depending on the type of vehicle and the driving conditions, appropriate maintenance for your vehicle can vary. We would recommend referring to your vehicle’s user manual for your vehicle’s specific needs.
Here are a few tips for General Maintenance & Upkeep:
Oil change: for most vehicles we recommend every 5,000 km with conventional oil and every 8,000 km with synthetic oil. If you frequent areas with high levels of dust and debris in the air (dirt roads and new build communities), we recommend more frequent oil changes as the car is exposed to more environmental factors that create dirty oil. We recommend doing a minimum of one oil change per year, even if kilometers are not reached (Eg. Vehicle is parked for the season).
Tire rotations: we recommend rotating your tires every 10,000 km. Rotating your tires ensures even tread wear that increase tire longevity and provides a more comfortable ride.
Air filter: timing and frequency for changing your engine air filter is dependent on many factors such as the environment you drive in and the amount of driving you do. If you drive in heavy traffic in hot weather, unpaved/dusty roads, or you rack up a lot of miles on a regular basis, then you will likely need to change your filter more often as it will get dirtier faster, but if you’re someone who drives to the train station and back and out for a few errands, then you can probably hold off longer. The general rule of thumb is to replace it when you can no longer see through it.
Shocks and Struts: we recommend inspecting them at 80,000 kilometers. Over time shocks and struts start to weaken are likely to break down. Weak shocks and struts will affect your vehicle’s ability to start and stop due to a lack of stability.
21 pt inspection
At Harper’s we perform a 21 Point Inspection with every oil change.
Cabin Air Filter
Wipers & Washers
Battery Load Test
Front Tire Condition
Rear Tire Condition
Front & Rear Diff. / T-Case
Tires and Wheels
Middle of the Road
Recommended for drivers who want well-designed, high quality tires built for on-road or off-road adventures at an affordable price point with Michelin technology.
BFGoodrich tires are designed and built for tire enthusiasts who enjoy a bit of adventure in life. Decades of motorsports success have helped BFGoodrich develop tires that give you more grip and control either on-road or off. Enjoy a great ride at an affordable price point.
Known for being “The everyday tire with performance that’s anything but,” BFGoodrich® strives to be innovative and deliver products that make a difference in society. BFGoodrich® Tires was founded in 1870 by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in Akron, Ohio as the first rubber company in America. During that period, BFGoodrich® and Akron, Ohio became the rubber capital of the world.
In 1910 BFGoodrich® added Carbon Black into rubber compounds, improving abrasion resistance and added tread life. In 1947, BFGoodrich® invented the first tubeless tire. By 1976, they developed the world’s first light truck performance radial tire, known as the Radial All-Terrain T/A. In 1980, BFGoodrich® developed the Radial Mud-Terrain T/A, the first light truck radial mud tire.
Throughout history, BFGoodrich® has left its mark with 138 years of production. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh shocked the world by flying nonstop from New York to Paris. With BFGoodrich® Tires, Lindbergh successfully landed in Paris as the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Ten years following the landing, BFGoodrich® scientists discovered a brand new way to produce synthetic rubber. This achievement helped aid the United States in World War II, after the supply of rubber was cut off. In 1961, NASA requested BFGoodrich® to design a material that would protect astronauts, and BFGoodrich® was successful.
BFGoodrich® continues to innovate the tire world in the twenty-first century. The most recent tires in the BFGoodrich® production line are the Advantage T/A and G-Force Super Sport A/S (H & V). Advantage T/A is a passenger and sports car tire that is perfect for all-season driving. This tire was developed for excellent traction in wet and dry conditions, using an interlocking sipe design called g-Grip, which maximizes grip in all weather conditions. This g-Grip interlocking sipe design provides great traction and amazing responsive handling. The Advantage T/A has an authentic go-fast look, with quality guaranteed by a 60,000 mile warranty.
The G-Force Super Sport A/S is a great choice for the Tuner and Sports Car enthusiast that wants a great tire for all-season use. The G-Force Super Sport A/S has tremendous grip in wet, dry, and snowy conditions by enhancing water evacuation and decreasing edge aesthetics. Three distinct rubber compounds are used in the design to give the tire ultimate traction. Anti-hydroplaning Aqua Chute Channels are incorporated to improve wet traction with tread blocks designed to grip snow. A continuous Center Rib with Tapered Lateral Voids and Tread Block Reinforcement, give the tire extra toughness for extended tread life. For improved traction in the snow, the G-Force Super Sport A/S added Maxi-Sipe technology that is combined with Snow-Break tread blocks.
Look no further than the G-Force T/A KDW when selecting the perfect Sport Truck/ Sports Car/ Tuner tire for a great summer experience. The G-Force T/A KDW has over eighty sizes to choose from, making this tire ideal for any rim. To give the tire high speed cornering capabilities, g-Control sidewall inserts were added to resist deflection. Large CAD designed Tread Elements provide the G-Force with excellent stability, wear and handling under high torque loads. To reduce sliding on wet surfaces, deep wide grooves help speed water evacuation to reduce hydroplaning.
The New BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire; introducing our toughest all-terrain tire. EVER. 20% tougher sidewalls. (Based on internal sidewall splitting tests vs. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO tire in size LT265/70R17. Sidewall splitting test results were derived from a simulated sidewall aggression testing machine (patent pending US20120245859A1)). Race-proven CoreGard Technology protects against sidewall splitting and bruising so you can take on the toughest terrains with confidence. 2X Longer on Gravel. (Off-road test-Based on commissioned third-party gravel endurance tests vs. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO tire size LT265/70R17). 15% more treadlife on asphalt (on-road-based on internal wear tests vs. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO tire size LT265/70R17) to extend your adventure. Aggressive All-Terrain Traction has 10% more traction in mud (mud traction –based on internal subjective tests vs. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO tire size LT265/70R17) & 19% improved in snow. (snow-based on commissioned third-party tests vs. BFG All-Terrain T/A KO tire in size LT265/70R17. Standard GM Spin test was used) All sizes meet the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) requirements for severe snow traction.
Tires on a Budget
Recommended for drivers who want high quality tires that are dependable and durable at an affordable price point with Michelin technology.
Uniroyal tires are a trusted brand for drivers seeking high quality with an emphasis on dependability. Well-suited for everyday needs, Uniroyal tires are the ideal choice for basic driving needs at a lower price point.
All Uniroyal® tires have a limited warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and material for the life of the original usable tread, or for six years from date of purchase, whichever occurs first.
The United States Rubber Company was originally founded in 1892, as one of twelve original stocks on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. By 1941, The United States Rubber Company bought controlling interest in the Gillette Safety Tire Company, becoming the world’s largest supplier of Original Equipment Tires. In 1961 United States Rubber Company changed their name to Uniroyal Inc.
In 1964, Uniroyal® adapted the Tiger as the symbol of the company; signifying tradition, preservation, and pride as the key factors in the Uniroyal® Brand products. As the Twenty-First Century continues to produce innovative products, Uniroyal® has become devoted to producing high quality, durable car and truck tires that not only look good, but also last longer than any other.
The Tiger Paw Touring Series was developed by Uniroyal®, as a high-performance tire that had the capability to maintain traction on surfaces of all four seasons. The Tiger Paw has tread that effectively evacuates water from the surface patch, reducing the potential for hydroplaning. The Tiger Paw Touring Series comes with two possible warranties; one with a 70,000-mile tread-life warranty for the H/V rated tire, and 80,000-mile T-speed rated tread warranty.
Introducing the Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ All Season tire. Ultra-high performance affordability meets all-season reliability. Reliable Performance in All Seasons, has Optimized tread compound combined with a solid center rib & Tiger Claw tread design. Offers Durability and Reliability on the road Patented DuraShield construction. Increased tread life & more balanced wear Non-directional tread design.
The Laredo Cross Country is an exceptional choice for the SUV and Light Truck owner. This tire features great all-season traction, enhanced off-pavement traction that helps maximize tread-life, and durability and reliability on the road. The Laredo Cross Country has a 60,000-mile limited tread-wear warranty, ensuring that this is one tough tire.
At Bridgestone, our dream is to become a truly global enterprise and to establish the Bridgestone brand as the undisputed world No. 1 brand in both name and substance. Across the globe, our entire team is focused on achieving this goal.
The roots of our dream date back to the establishment of Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in 1931. Anticipating the future potential of tires for passenger cars and the international development of the business, founder Shojiro Ishibashi used an English translation of his surname for the name of the company. Even then he may indeed have been dreaming of the future of the Bridgestone Group.
As Japan’s automobile industry grew, The Bridgestone Group expanded its business to become Japan’s largest tire manufacturer. The company also actively expanded overseas, particularly in Asia. In 1988, the company acquired The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, a well-respected global corporation with a venerable history of its own. This transformed Bridgestone into one of the world’s largest tire and rubber companies and created a global team dedicated to serving customers worldwide with the highest level of quality, service and technology.
We hope this introduction to our company will provide you with a deeper understanding of the Bridgestone Group’s strengths, as well as our future direction.
Bridgestone puts the principle of safety first through all stages of the tire lifecycle, from development to production, sale, and use.
In tire design and development, we’ve defined our three core elements as safety, comfort, and being environmentally friendly, and we will invest the resources necessary to ensure that our tires continue to deliver on all three fronts.
Striking a harmonious balance among the three elements will allow us to achieve ever-higher levels of value as our users “enjoy the extraordinary performance” provided by our products.
ECOPIA provides eco-friendly performance through higher fuel efficiency and safety. It allows for reduced rolling resistance, which in turn enhances fuel efficiency. ECOPIA also reduces the production of harmful carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. It promises reduced rolling resistance without undermining safety from braking performance, including in wet conditions.
DUELER combines the high-level traction and toughness that full-fledged 4WD vehicles require. At the same time, it provides superior driving performance, comfort, and reliability to a wide variety of vehicles including pickups, SUVs (sport-utility vehicles), CUVs (cross-utility vehicles), and premium SUVs/CUVs. The essence of Bridgestone’s tire design technology, recognized worldwide, has been channeled into DUELER tire brand. It provides even greater driving pleasure for various high performance 4WD vehicles
For over 100 years, Continental has been one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers.
Continental AG was founded in 1987 in Hanover, Germany. The company is currently one of the five largest automotive suppliers in the world, and is the second largest European Auto Supplier. As of 2008, Continental employs approximately 140,000 employees at 190 locations in 25 countries. Continental is ranked fourth for market share worldwide and the market leader in Europe for passenger, light truck, and industrial tires.
Continental believes that the Environment is a key responsibility of business. Every product that Continental manufactures is produced with the Environment in mind. As an employee of Continental, one must be obligated to help protect the environment. Continental feels that climate protection is essential part of environmental protection and part of their Corporate Strategy. The company invests in research and technologies for the reduction of carbon emissions produced by automobiles and industry. Continental’s Air Conditioning System is a state-of-the-art system that reduces the amount of pollutant gases. Also, Continental contributes to the conservation of natural resources by using reusable raw materials such as plant-based oils and natural rubber.
For an exceptional choice on the highway and street for Light Trucks/SUVs, the ContiCrossContact LX from Continental is a great option. This tire features great handling and braking created by an Open Shoulder design. Four deep and broad circumferential grooves that widen toward the opening prevent hydroplaning to occur and to reduce tire damage on unpleasant surfaces. To improve steering, three circumferential block rows were added, giving the tire good straight-line performance while still giving the tire a smooth and quiet ride.
The ContiSportContact 3 is the new Ultra-High Performance tire manufactured by Continental. This tire features Asymmetric tread ribs that are designed to absorb obstacles in the road. The ContiSportContact 3 was designed with new tread pattern ribs that give the tire outstanding braking abilities and amazing steering response on dry roads. This tire absorbs forces exerted on braking to improve the stopping distance of any car. The ContiSportContact also has unique grooves that prevent hydroplaning to occur on wet driving surfaces.
For a tire that is perfect for ordinary driving with a passenger, coupe, or minivan, the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology is a perfect choice. This tire features fuel efficiency capabilities, improving gas mileage. The ProContact uses technology to reduce CO2 emissions, adding to Continental’s attempt for a cleaner environment. An 80,000-mile tread-life warranty is given to this series, underlining the superior quality and craftsmanship contributed to this tire. This tire also has world-class stopping capabilities, using an increased wet braking traction for a shorter braking distance.
Cooper Tires has had a long and interesting life starting with the founding in 1914 in Akron, Ohio by two brother-in-laws.
The two men started by purchasing the M&M Company, a company that made tire patches and repair kits. The men followed that by purchasing the Giant Tire & Rubber Company so that they could start manufacturing “rebuilt” tires in Findlay, Ohio in 1917. By 1919 another investor named I.J. Cooper established the Cooper Corporation on an adjacent property and started manufacturing new tires.
In 1930, the two companies merged with The Falls Rubber Company, forming The Master Tire & Rubber Company. The name was changed in 1946 to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, and became a publicly traded company in 1960. In the twenty-first century, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has become the world’s eighth largest tire manufacturer and one of the 350 largest companies in the United States. The company is now one of two tire companies owned by Americans.
Cooper Tires mission is simple: “One company, one team, one goal: Creating superior value for our customers, employees, partners, and shareholders.” The “Cooper Way” is a term used by the company, which involves, “Engaged people, relentless improvement, and excellence in all we do.” Also, the “Cooper Way” includes: “help each other succeed, have engaged communication, do the right thing, be agile, be results focused, and provide world-class customer service.”
The Cooper Advantage is an idea started by the Company to express who they are. The three keys to the Cooper Advantage are: Passion, Precision, and Performance. Cooper Tires uses state-of-the-art technology called Vtech, or Virtual Tire Technology, which allows a computer-aided engineering modeling system that can predict tire performance.
New Cooper CS5 Touring is crafted with leading edge technologies & innovations that meet the demands of today’s consumer. The CS5 Touring provides real-life performance, in real-life conditions for everyday drivers. Wear Square: As your tire wears, the shape of the visual wear indicator will change. This allows you to approximate the tread life remaining on your tires. If the inner & outer Wear Square are at different stages, this indicates a possible wheel alignment issues. □ New, U25% worn, L 50% worn, l 75% worn, ! replace tire. Silica Compound: The new second generation silica tread compound with advanced polymer formulation improves wet handling, shortens stopping distance & lowers rolling resistance for improved fuel mileage. 3D Micro-Gauge Siping: 3D Micro-Gauge siping stabilizes the tread elements by interlocking together to maximize surface contact.
Additionally, the full depth siping (2/32nds) improves wet & dry performance throughout the life of the tire. Stabiliedge: Stabiliedge technology can be found on the edge of the tread elements. It stabilizes the tread while driving which improves response & traction. Asymmetric Tread Design: Specially designed to enhance handling & grip in all-weather conditions, the tread pattern is turned on each half. CS5 Ultra Touring is tuned to deliver crisp steering response, controlled handling around curves & all-season road gripping capabilities. (Inside – Wet grip & Traction/Outside – Handling & Cornering).
Discoverer H/T is the premium of touring SUV/light truck original equipment replacement tire manufactured by Cooper. The tire was designed for comfort and traction in all seasons. High-density “zigzag” sipes enhance traction in wet conditions along with improved traction in snow and ice. A solid center rib improves steering response and noise while driving at high speeds. Four wide, notching circumferential grooves were places on the Discoverer H/T that offer resistance to hydroplaning and improved traction in the snow.
Hankook Tire was established in 1941 in Seoul, Korea, and started manufacturing tires in 1942 with just 110,000 tires a year.
Presently Hankook Tire is producing 50 million tires a year. In 1962, Hankook made Korean history when they began exporting car tires for the first time. By 1974, Hankook developed their first Korean Radial Passenger Tire. Continued growth in foreign trade helped the company exceed the $100 million level in 1980. In 1981, Hankook Tire opened its first sales branch in the United States, and continued to grow to what it is today with branches in 16 countries.
Hankook Tire was ranked in the top ten for larges tire manufacturers in 1991. A strategic alliance was formed in 2003 between Hankook Tire and Michelin Group, the Global Market Leader in the tire industry, making history as Hankook continued to expand.
The success of Hankook Tire is contributed to the mission to “ensure value for every customer in every Hankook product.” To achieve this mission, Hankook uses high-quality products and superior service at both the corporate level and in dealerships worldwide. Hankook’s mission contains five goals: to remain a leader in customer satisfaction, to be one of the best-known tire brands, to consistently provide top-quality products, to maintain a highly knowledgeable and motivated work force, and to achieve significant growth and strong financial results.
Hankook Tire distributes the Ventus V2 Concept, which is a High-Performance All-Season tire. This tire has a special tread compound that is formulated for excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions, but can still perform as well as most summer tires. Adding to the handling, Hankook incorporated a modest kerf density across the tread to aid winter traction without sacrificing the capabilities of wet and dry handling. To ensure that the rims on your high-performance vehicle do not get ruined, a reinforced Rim Guard was added to the sidewall of the tire.
The Optimo H724 is a standard touring all-season tire that Hankook believes is perfect for any touring vehicle. This tire features a streamline symmetric patter and an optimized center rib with a multi-kerf design. The Center Rib gives the H724 improved handling and stability, with decreased noise from the tire. A five-pitch technology reduces tire noise for a quiet ride, making this tire one of the best sounding tires of the market. To decrease chances of hydroplaning, Variable Lateral Grooves maximize water discharge rapidly from the tread patch
Giovanni Battista as a telegraph cable manufacturer founded Pirelli & Co. in 1872. In 1890 Pirelli entered the tire industry with the development of their first bicycle tire. In 1901, Pirelli produced their first automobile tire. Pirelli Tire has now become the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world in terms of sales.
Pirelli is different from all other Tire Manufacturers because they use innovation and research to distinguish themselves, embracing new technology to create a value for the consumer. The goal of the Pirelli organization is to improve performance and minimize their carbon footprint while developing a quality product. “Power is nothing without control,” is used by Pirelli to convey the company’s attitude toward their product. Consistency and responsibility is the ethical code applied by all employees and supplies of Pirelli products.
The P4 Fourseasons is Pirelli’s signature tire, and this tire is dedicated to perform extremely well in any season. A blend of Silica Rich Tread was incorporated in this fine tire, to reduce rolling resistance but still maintain on any drive surface. The P4 is compatible on all types of automobiles, from coupes to minivans, SUV’s, and even crossover vehicles. The P4 has a great high mileage warranty, matched with superior ride comfort, low noise, and Pirelli’s signature traction.
The High Performance All-Season tire that is offered from Pirelli is the P6 Fourseasons. The P6 was originally designed for high-performance luxury European automobiles imported to the United States. The P6 is known best for a smooth ride, while still having the capabilities to maintain high performance driving characteristics, and the ability to succeed in light snow. A 100% Silica Compound with independent shoulder and intermediate tread block sipes aid traction in light snow, giving the P6 a large spectrum of function characteristics.
Pirelli created the P Zero series, which is a Ultra-High-Performance, maximum performance summer tire. The P Zero was created as a result of the 100 years of racing history from Pirelli. The Pirelli P Zero is world renown as one of the best performance tires of all time. The P Zero uses a unique carbon black silica compound (using nano technology), which is molded into Pirelli’s unique Asymmetrical design. The technology and materials used, allow the tire to have responsive handling, hydroplaning resistance, and dry handling characteristics that give the tire even wear for extended tread life.
Toyo Tires has stood for innovation, quality, performance, and excellent service for over 60 years, including 28 years in Canada.
Combined, the Toyo group of companies has development, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and marketing operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.
As a result, Toyo Tires has built a solid reputation around the world. And who knows tires better than the very people who sell them every day? In North America, Toyo Tires has been named #1 Overall Brand again and again and again by tire dealers in Tire Review magazine’s Annual Tire Brand Study*.
In fact, our consumer tires have been voted #1 Overall Brand by North American tire dealers an unprecedented seven times since 2000. Since 2002, our medium truck tires have received the honor five times.
Whether you plan on racing down a world-class track or driving down the highway, Toyo Tires applies leading-edge technology, innovation and testing to every tire we develop, including yours. At Toyo Tires, being driven to perform means leading the way with innovative tire technology. No matter what you drive, we’re finding ways to give you quicker acceleration, more stopping power, more precise cornering and a smoother, quieter ride.
What does this mean for you? No matter where you live, no matter what type of car or truck you drive, no matter how sharp the turn or sudden the stop, your Toyo tires will help you handle it like a pro. A quick read of our key innovations will show you how.
Toyo Open Country tires for your SUV or light truck combine performance and a smooth ride but are also built for power and toughness. Featuring aggressive tread designs, Open Country tires allow you to explore challenging terrains with confidence. Open Country light truck and SUV tires are equipped with technology to enhance their capabilities. A unique combination of polyester casings, multi wave Sipes and superior tire construction make Open Country light truck and SUV tires extremely durable with excellent wear life.
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation.
The company’s complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® – the first mass-market tire using Yokohama’s breakthrough orange oil technology – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.