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Your Questions Answered: Tires And Tire Care!


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Author: Justin Pritchard -

For a long list of reasons, your tires are pretty much the most important part of your car or truck. That's why knowing how to properly care for them, as well as how to identify potential tire-related problems, is an important part of owning a vehicle. 

A regular tire-care regimen that includes pressure checks, inspections, and rotations can help improve the efficiency and performance of your vehicle, extend the life of your tires, and ultimately save you money. 

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According to 2021 information from the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), an alarming number of Canadians are making some pretty serious mistakes when it comes to checking and adjusting tire pressures. You can read more about that here.

When it comes to understanding how to keep your tires healthy and fit, there are no stupid questions. 

Below, I asked some experts to chime in and help me answer 12 of the internet's most common web searches about tires and tire care.

Is it bad for your tires to park on a curb?
"If you have to park on the curb, make sure the entire tire is on the curb," says Russell Shepherd, Technical Communications Director at Michelin.

"If it's only partially on the curb, it may cause localized flat spotting. Your tires are the only point of contact that your vehicle has with the road so it's important to establish good driving habits and to make sure your tires are always in good working condition to help keep you safe."

Why are some tires noisier than others?
"Tire noise is an aspect of design that tire engineers are always trying to mitigate," says Steve Bourssa, Nokian Tyres Director of Products and Pricing.  

"Typically, the more aggressive a tire design, the noisier it will be. Tires designed for improved wet and snow grip will be noisier than summer-only tires. Moreover, tires designed for off-road use will be noisier than wet/snow tires, including tires designed for use in mud which are often the loudest tires on the market.  

These special application mud tires have large tread blocks that produce a distinctive noise every time a particular tread block lands on the asphalt.

These are the most difficult to noises to mitigate without taking away the traction capabilities the tire was intended for."

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