Summer or All-Season Tires – Which is the Better Fit for Vancouver’s Summer?

Summer or All-Season Tires – Which is the Better Fit for Vancouver’s Summer?

In our temperamental Vancouver weather, you want good tires for the rain. Ensuring a good tread is important for everyone’s safety on the road. The last thing you want is to be hydroplaning down the highway and lose control. The question is whether you should choose all-season or summer tires this summer season.

Tread Wear
All-season tires have a deeper tread depth compared to summer tires. Generally, they are of a harder compound, giving them a longer tread life. The shallower tread depth that summer tires offer allows for more rubber to make contact with the road (which has advantages), but causes the tires to wear out quicker. So, if you want long tire life, then all-seasons take the nod.

Performance and Handling
The advantage of summer tires over all-seasons are in the performance. The shallow tread depth and softer compound on summer tires gives superior handling and braking than all-seasons. A set of good all-season tire still handle well and are generally sufficient for most vehicles and drivers, but if you really have the need for performance (and your car has the ability to make use of the superior tire), then summer tires could be right for you.
Both summer and all-season tires will be suitable for hot and dry conditions, as well as summer rains. If the tires are going on a high-performance sports vehicle, summer tires are a better choice to compliment the need for superior handling and performance. For most other vehicles, all season are probably a suitable choice.

The choice is up to you. If it’s about the need for speed and performance, then go with summer treads. If you are happy with a good set of all-seasons and can sacrifice a bit of handling, then maybe that’s your answer.

If you need a new set of rubber on your wheels and are still unsure, or still are wearing out those winter tires, then head down to Gary’s Automotive. The experts at Gary’s are ready to give you advice and to support you with all your tire repair and installation needs.

Getting Your Car Ready for a Summer of Fun

Getting Your Car Ready for a Summer of Fun

Nothing is better than taking your car out for a spin during the warm summer months. After months of winter driving conditions, you need to make sure you get your car back into shape to handle the summer roads. Here are some essential car maintenance tips you should ensure you do to get your car ready for the summer fun and avoid any costly auto repair bills when on those long road trips.

Switch Your Tires
If you had winter tires on your car, now is the time to switch to all-season or summer tires. The softer rubber that winter tires are made of is not ideal for hot summer asphalt, meaning they wear very quickly. Summer tires are better suited to last and perform in the heat.

Check Your Brakes
When your tires are being switched over is the perfect time to also have your brakes checked. Nothing is more important than making sure you have properly functioning brakes, and the winter with its stop and go traffic, ice, and salt conditions can take its toll on them.

Check your Fluids
Before hitting the road for a lengthy road trip, make sure your fluids are all topped up. Check that your coolant level is correct and working effectively. A professional can test the integrity of the liquid for you. Also, make sure you put in a summer formula for your windshield wiper fluid which is better suited for dust and insects. This is also the perfect time to replace worn-out or cracked windshield wiper blades.

Get a Full Summer Tune-up
Finally, have a qualified mechanic check out your vehicle to make sure everything else is clean, functioning and ready to go. Many of the previously mentioned items can be included as part of a total vehicle tune-up. Other items such as engine inspections, exhaust systems, and sensors can also be looked at and tested to make sure your vehicle gets you where you want to go this summer, without being stranded. Make an appointment at Gary’s Automotive today and be ready for summer fun!

Get the Most Life Out of Your Tires

Get the Most Life Out of Your Tires

Extend The Life of Your Tires

If your vehicle is a critical part of what you do during your day, then your vehicle’s tires may be more important than you think. Often overlooked, they are a vital component in getting you where you need to be. Taking good care of them will ensure that you get the most mileage out of them. Listed below are some of the easiest and simplest ways to prolong your tire life.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Tires are designed to operate optimally at a specific pressure. If the air pressure inside is too low, you can put excess pressure on the side wall of the tire. If the pressure is too high, you can cause the tire to not sit flat on the road. Either way your tires will wear prematurely and you will have to replace them more often. Tires that are overinflated also run a higher risk of having a blowout.

Rotate Regularly

The weight of your vehicle is not evenly distributed between all four wheels. The engine and the transmission carry most of the extra weight, and so your front onrd (on a front engine model) are prone to wearing down faster. Rotating them is critical for extending the life of your rubber because you are able to spread out the wear more evenly. The alternative is that you tend to wear down two of them faster than the others and end up replacing those tires more often.

Keep Wheels Aligned

Your wheels become unaligned simply by driving them. Speed bumps, hard stops, bumping a curb, and a large number of other situations can throw off one or more wheels. It is the alignment of the wheels that determines how the tire will sit on the surface of the road. A misalignment can cause several types of premature wear, and only a proper alignment can guarantee the tire is going to contact the road as it is designed to.

Protect the Rubber

Rubber that makes up tires will eventually get sunburned, dry out, and start to crack. You can prevent this by applying specialized  conditioner to the side walls of the tires. Protecting them is even more important if your vehicle is going to be stored for a period of time. Car covers, wheel covers, and other methods of keeping the moisture and sun off of your tires while stored are also appropriate options for prolonging tire life.

Make It A Habit

Get into a routine and stick with it. The easiest and most important step in maintaining your tires is keeping them properly inflated. Check your tire pressure monthly at the least. Rotate your tires based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended schedule, which can be found in your owner’s manual among other places. Have vehicle’s wheel alignment checked after the tire rotation. If you want to go as far as to protect the rubber itself, you will want to apply a tire coating and protectant every time you wash the vehicle.

The vehicle service experts at Gary’s Automotive are here to help you with everything from the tires up. Gary’s Automotive carries top tire brands such as Bridgestone, Firestone, General, Pirelli, and Continental. Contact your local technicians today to schedule an appointment or learn more about services or customizations that are on your mind.

Questions about tires? Contact us anytime.

White rock auto repairs, tires, RV Gary’s Automotive
19082 32 Ave, Surrey, BC V3Z 1A7
For more information go to www.garysautomotive.ca or Great Tire Updates

 

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