Kal Tire

Kal Tire

September 30, 2010 13:19 ET

5 Valuable Tips for Buying Passenger Tires in Canada

VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2010) - Unless you purchase tires on a regular basis, walking into a tire store and selecting the right passenger tires for your vehicle can seem rather daunting. How do you know which passenger tires are best? Should you consider winter tires? And what about size? What does 225/45R17 mean anyway?

While you likely don't think about passenger tires until you find yourself suddenly needing them, it pays to familiarize yourself with this essential part of your car. After all, you can't put rubber to the road without them!

Here are 5 essential tips to remember when buying passenger tires in Canada.

1. Be consistent

All four passenger tires should be identical. If your passenger tires don't match, you could have dangerous handling problems. For instance, one end of your vehicle may not respond as quickly or completely as the other end, making the vehicle more difficult to control. If you just need to replace one of your passenger tires, replace it with a tire of the same brand type, size and speed rating.

2. Consider your daily driving conditions

Select passenger tires that suit the driving conditions you face most often.
If you face very different driving conditions (heavy snow in the winter and lots of highway driving in the summer), consider selecting two sets of passenger tires. You'll get better driving performance and longer total wear from your passenger tires.

3. Learn the language

One of the most costly mistakes a driver can make is not buying the correct size of passenger tires –a simple mistake, considering how confusing the sizing codes can be. That's why it's essential that you learn to speak the language. Get to know what those codes mean. That way you'll know exactly what you're getting when buying passenger tires.

Let's take the size 225/45R17 for example:

225 –This number equals the width of the tire across the tread in millimeters
45 –This part of the second number tells you about the aspect ratio of the sidewall compared to the width.
R –Radial construction
17–This is the diameter of the rim in inches

4. Remember that winter tires are for more than just snow

Winter tires provide the best traction for a wide range of winter conditions, not just snow. Today's winter tires offer state-of-the-art designs and compounds. Winter tread compounds are highly siped (small slits that expel water and provide extra traction) and are made of microfilment compounds that stay pliable in cold weather.

5. Purchase passenger tires from tire experts

While you can purchase passenger tires practically everywhere these days, from discount stores to listings online, something as essential to your driving safety as reliable passenger tires should only be purchased from tire experts, such as your local Kal Tire.

Kal Tire is a wholly-owned Canadian company that has grown to become Canada's largest independent dealer of passenger tires. Kal Tire sells and services Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, Yokohama, Kumho, Nokian, Falken, Nitto and Multi-Mile passenger tires. These manufacturers/suppliers enable the company to inventory a wide range of passenger tires to fit even the most exotic sizes.

In addition to finding the widest variety of passenger tires to choose from, buying from tire specialists will also provide you with knowledgeable help, sound advice, and value added benefits. For example, Kal Tire provides a Customer Care Policy for personal use vehicles, which features free installation, free tire rotation, free flat repair, road hazard coverage and tread life guarantee on passenger tires.

Visit http://find.kaltire.com/ to learn more about buying passenger tires in Canada from Kal Tire.

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