Are your summer tires worn out? Check out these tips from Kal Tire. #KalTire #TalktoKal #KalMaintenance

Ah, it’s that season again.  It’s time to switch over those winter tires and plan this summer’s road trip. With warmer weather and the potential for reduced COVID-19 restrictions on the horizon, many Canadian drivers will be looking to hit the open road and safely explore their regions. For many drivers, that means getting back into a vehicle that’s been sitting idle save for short trips for essentials. To help ensure drivers enjoy safe travels this spring, Kal Tire is sharing simple but important maintenance tips not to be missed.

Road trips are a big thing for us.  It’s our summer vacation as back in Ontario we’d have such pretty towns to visit from Bobcaygeon to Muskoka to Wine country in Niagara on the Lake to Prince Edward County.  Ontario has such wonderful towns and cities to visit, I wish we were able to get out to Perth, Ontario but now that we are in Manitoba, it’ll be so nice to see what my Province has.

A handful of simple preventative maintenance steps help improve the performance, lifespan, and safety of a vehicle’s most important parts. To help drivers keep their tires and vehicle performing at their best, Kal Tire is sharing some spring maintenance steps and ‘How to’ resources:  At spring changeover, winter tires coming off or all-weather tires staying on, should be inspected for tread depth, inflation, cracking, sidewall bruising and unusual wear, which can be an indication of suspension problems caused by a pothole.

 Some things to think about are what is the “Tire Wear and Tire Pressure?”, “Are your summer tires worn out?
Check out this  5-step guide:

1) How to check tread depth
2) How to check tire pressure
3) How often to rotate tires
4) Are your summer tires worn out?
5) Tips to make your battery last longer

Alignment problems caused by potholes can lead to unpleasant and potentially unsafe complications such as vibrations, poor steering and premature or irregular tread wear.  Something that my city of Winnipeg has is a lot of potholes!
If you notice that your vehicle is ‘pulling’ to one side while driving, it’s usually an indication that your vehicle is misaligned. This can increase the cost of operating your vehicle because you will have to replace your tires more frequently and can also affect safety.

Does your vehicle’s steering suddenly have a mind of its own? Is it pulling or shimmying? Your car could be telling you something happened and it needs a wheel alignment & @KalTire is here to share some tips! #KalTire #TalktoKal… Click To Tweet

Do you need a wheel alignment?

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Suspension

When a vehicle drives over a pothole, the initial force on the tire is transferred to the components of the suspension system (springs, shock absorbers, linkages, etc.). Repeated jolts caused by potholes accelerate the wear and tear of your suspension while decreasing its performance.

1)How can potholes damage your vehicle and tires?
2) Why does my front end shimmy after hitting a bump?

Pothole season takes the hardest toll on your tires. This can lead directly to uneven wear and tire damage and in Winnipeg, we have a lot of them! @KalTire shares some great tips on the blog. #KalTire #TalktoKal #KalMaintenace Click To Tweet

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Batteries
For a vehicle battery to retain a sufficient charge, it needs to operate regularly. If a vehicle sits unused for extended periods, it may not be able to retain a sufficient charge to dependably power vehicle systems. It’s a good idea to get a vehicle’s battery tested if it seems sluggish when starting, or if other electrical issues are evident.
Did you know car batteries have an expected lifespan of about three to five years? From @KalTire there are things you can do to ensure they reach those benchmarks Head to my blog to get your car summer ready! #KalTire #KalMaintenance… Click To Tweet

6 tips to help your battery last longer

Wiper Blades
Wiper blades work hard in the winter, and the rubber is often worn by spring, just in time for frequent rain. More than 90 percent of your driving decisions are based on what you see, so visibility is critical. If you notice streaking, splitting, skipping, scraping or squeaking, it’s time to replace your wiper
blades.

When should you replace your wiper blades?

Do you know the 5 S's of windshield wiper blades? Head to my blog to learn about vehicle maintenance from @KalTire for this summer's road trip! #KalTire #TalktoKal #KalMaintenance Click To Tweet

So are you ready to get your vehicle ready for this year’s road trip? Where will you be heading? I sure wish we could drive back to Toronto but Manitoba is an amazing province with much history and it’s been well over 30 years that I’ve had the pleasure to visit cottage country in Manitoba and the towns around Winnipeg.  We’re switching our tires out this week and I think…..I THINK it’s safe to say that snow will not be around until next November!  Make sure you check your owner’s manual to learn how often the manufacturer recommends alignments and also checking to see if an alignment is needed during your winter tire changes or every fall/spring if you run one set of all-weather tires year-round.

About Kal Tire
Kal Tire is Canada’s largest independent tire dealer and one of North America’s largest commercial tire dealers. Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group is an international leader in mining tire service and supply, servicing more than 150 mine sites across five continents. The company has warehouse facilities across Canada
servicing more than 250 Kal Tire retail and commercial stores. Kal Tire owns and operates 10 truck tire retread facilities across Canada, plus six earthmover retreading facilities located in Canada, the United Kingdom, Chile, Ghana, and Mexico. The company employs more than 6,500 team members. For more
information, visit www.KalTire.com

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kal Tire.  As always, opinions are always my own and never influenced. 

23 COMMENTS

  1. Carmen | 21st May 21

    Great tips and my mechanic boyfriend agrees 😉

  2. Terri A Steffes | 21st May 21

    Great post! I shared it with teen who is about to become a driver. Great information!

  3. Kita Bryant | 21st May 21

    Oh Lawd, this reminded me that I need to check my tires. It’s been a bit since I’ve done it.

  4. Eileen M Loya | 21st May 21

    Very good advice. We regularly have our tires checked. Road safety is a top priority.

  5. Richelle Escat | 22nd May 21

    I would share this to my family and friends, they will benefit from all your tips, thanks!

  6. Ivan M. Jose | 22nd May 21

    Thank you for these tips. We need to keep every part of our vehicle in tip-top condition to ensure safety on the road.

  7. Gervin Khan | 22nd May 21

    Helpful tips, and will definitely share this with my husband. Thank you!

  8. Louisa | 22nd May 21

    Healthy tires are very important. Thanks for the tips and reminder

  9. Lynndee | 22nd May 21

    Thank you for the tips. I will have to check our tires out. I haven’t checked the in a while.

  10. Marysa | 22nd May 21

    It is good to be prepared for safe travel in the summertime. I will have to use your list to do a thorough check.

  11. natalia flores | 23rd May 21

    We need healthy tires always and check this ahead of time before traveling

  12. Catalina | 23rd May 21

    We just switched over our winter tires and we are planning to do a whole check up of our car. Thanks for these tips!

  13. Heather D | 23rd May 21

    Smart to take care of your tires for the summer. Any change of season they should be checked.

  14. jan | 16th Jun 21

    I know that we are about due for getting new tires as we just checked tread depth last week.

  15. nicky | 16th Jun 21

    Thanks for the tips! I’d love to get a road trip in our schedule this summer!

  16. Tannis W | 16th Jun 21

    Thanks for the tips and the reminder that we need to replace a wiper blade on our vehicle!

  17. Debbie Beattie | 16th Jun 21

    I’m probably due for some new tires on my vehicle and now I’m reminded to check

  18. Debbie Beattie | 17th Jun 21

    My husband is the one that usually checks stuff on the vehicles but I didn’t think about the tires

  19. Jeffrey | 17th Jun 21

    These are all great suggestions, thanks!

  20. Elaine G | 17th Jun 21

    These are great tips.

  21. Sandra Dufoe | 17th Jun 21

    Amazing tips thank you for the information.

  22. nicky | 17th Jun 21

    Potholes can be awful!

  23. Rosanne Robinson | 17th Jun 21

    Thanks very much for these terrific tips, it’s a great reminder to get our tires checked!

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