Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for many reasons other than reducing the potential of a flat tire or a blowout. In order to achieve optimum handling from your vehicle, from everyday driving to making emergency maneuvers, tire pressure needs to be at the proper inflation level. Even a tire that doesn’t appear to be low on air can result in reduced vehicle handling and excessive tread wear. Tires that are not at the correct air pressure will also increase the rolling resistance (the friction that occurs when an object rolls) of the vehicle. Under-inflated tires, for example, result in increased rolling resistance and therefore require more energy (or fuel) to move the vehicle, which negatively impacts fuel economy.
Proper alignment is an important part of tire maintenance. Poor alignment will cause your tires to wear unevenly and you may experience handling problems, such as "pulling" or vibration   Poor alignment will also increase your fuel consumption. With our current Canadian economy and a increasingly outrageous gas prices, everyone is looking to better their gas mileage to save money. By having your vehicle aligned properly, it decreases any resistance while rolling which increases your gas mileage. Common practice is to have your alignment checked annually, or every 25,000 km.
Tires are designed to grip the road, allowing your vehicle to start, stop and go around corners safely in any weather. The treads that accomplishes this wear out over time, but drivers can take precautionary steps to prolong the life of their tires.

Properly maintaining your tires will increase their life.

"Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART"

We are a national public education campaign designed to encourage Canadian motorists to adopt good tire maintenance practices.

Check out our New Tire Education Videos! Complete with Spandex and Funk Music

Encourage fuel efficiency, protect the environment, and improve road safety in your region by organizing a tire inspection clinic. Download brochures, promotional posters, as well as a leadership kit.

Properly inflated tires increase safety and reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions - emissions that pollute the environment, affect human health and contribute to global climate change.

Proper tire care is simple and easy. Measure tire pressure monthly, including the spare, with a good-quality pressure gauge. You can't tell if your tires are properly inflated just by inspecting them visually.


How often do YOU check tire pressure?

Leadership Kit

Download the Be Tire Smart Leadership Kit.  This kit contains a Tire Clinic Planning Template, an Inflation Survey, Quiz, Materials and more.