No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. -Proverb
Spring has sprung…
Oh how we love the warm, sunny days of spring. Sunshine, green grass, lighter clothing, longer days,. Yet with these wonderful seasonal changes come additional safety concerns, as we hit the open road, windows down with our favourites tunes playing in the background.
This is the time of year that we flock to our local garage to change our winter tires over to all season radials. In Canada, our summers are short and our winters are long. Many people are tempted to leave their winter tires on year round. They may think they even save money by doing so. Don’t buy into this myth. Winter tires have a formulated trade compound that stays soft in the cold, creating a better grip on the road surface. Using winter tires year round shortens the life of your winter tires by breaking down this compound and decreases their effectiveness during the winter season. In addition, Consumer Reports say their tests show that winter tires are potentially worse at stopping on dry and wet summer roads.
In addition to using the right tires for the right season, we should also be monitoring tire pressure. Over inflation will decrease the traction point of your tires on the road surface, while under inflation will result in a pancake effect, also decreasing the effectiveness of tires.
Spring is a great time for a tune up and be sure to top up all fluids. This is also the time of year that we like to really clean the inside of our cars. Carpet and upholstery cleaning will rid your car of the last grimy, salty remnants of winter.
Remember to be aware of an increase in pedestrian traffic and children playing in the streets. Lastly, WATCH OUT FOR THOSE POTHOLES!
Have a safe spring!