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Road Safety Considerations
Blowouts may be what people most associate with getting a flat tire—a tire suddenly bursts with a bang and loses all air pressure. You might expect that blowouts are caused by too much internal pressure, but they usually result from exactly the opposite: inadequate tire inflation. When a tire is underinflated, the tire will flex beyond its intended limits. As a result, the rubber heats up, softening the bonds with the fabric and steel of the tire, and ultimately bursting.
Overloading your vehicle, or having a sudden impact, large cut or slow leak can trigger a blowout. Advances in auto tire technology have made blown tires less common, but it's important to know how to react in the seconds after your tire blows so you can maintain control of your vehicle and steer to a safe roadside location. Some driver's instincts to brake and steer to the side of the road as quickly as possible may in fact make it more difficult to maintain control of the vehicle.
Whether you are driving a sports car, SUV or light truck, the steps for handling a vehicle with a blowout are the same. If you experience a blowout:
- Maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel.
- Keep your vehicle's momentum by momentarily accelerating or keeping your foot on the accelerator.
- Your vehicle will likely pull to one side due to the blown tire. Offset this by gently countersteering to keep your vehicle in the lane.
- Once you have stable control of your vehicle, ease your foot off the accelerator, gradually slow down and pull your vehicle over to a safe location at the side of the road.
What is hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning occurs when one or more of your vehicle's tires lose contact with the road and ride on a layer of water. What's happening is that water is building up under your tires faster than the tires can channel the water away. Hydroplaning can happen during heavy rainstorms or from an accumulation of water on the roadway.
When your car hydroplanes, your vehicle lacks the traction needed for proper control. When hydroplaning in puddles, your steering wheel may jerk and pull towards the puddle. On wet roads, you may notice hydroplaning from a lack of steering stability or "road feel".
Why does hydroplaning happen?
The speed at which a tire will hydroplanes depends on a variety of factors:
- water depth
- tire width
- tread depth
- tread design
- tread compounds
- vehicle speed
- vehicle weight
How to avoid hydroplaning
The one variable you can immediately control when driving in wet conditions is vehicle speed. When driving on wet roads, drive smoothly with steady steering, braking and acceleration. When hydroplaning you lose your ability to "feel the road", so remain conscious of your car's handling and adjust your speed to the road conditions. All vehicles—cars, trucks and SUVs—are more likely to hydroplane at higher speeds.
If you begin to hydroplane:
- Ease your foot off the accelerator.
- Allow your vehicle to slow until you feel the road again.
- Avoid braking—but if you must, brake gently; pump lightly if your car does not have anti-lock brakes.
The role your tires play
Two elements of your tire affect its resistance to hydroplaning under different conditions:
- Tread design can reduce hydroplaning at high speeds and in deep water.
- Tread compound can reduce hydroplaning at lower speeds and in shallow water.
Tires designed to resist hydroplaning often use directional tread designs (also called unidirectional tread tires). These tires feature a V-shaped groove design that channels water away to the sides of the tires. These tread designs can be especially helpful for lower profile tires. If you are using Plus Two, Plus Three or Plus Four sizing on your vehicle, it's worth considering the improvement directional tread tires can make to handling on wet roads.
Tramlining occurs when your vehicle tends to follow existing ruts or grooves in the road. The name refers to the lack of steering needed in a tram or trolley that follows a path set out by tracks.
You may be most familiar with the feeling of extreme tramlining when driving in deep snow where another vehicle has already passed through. You've probably also felt changes in steering resistance when changing lanes—this too is tramlining.
What can increase the tendency to tramline?
- Increased road contact from Plus Sizing or tire wear.
- Using higher tire pressures than recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
- Extreme positive or negative camber settings. The effects of this may be especially pronounced when only one wheel engages a rut or groove.
- Increased toe-out settings, set by some drivers to encourage vehicles to turn into corners better.
- Suspension elements including bushings, ball joints and shock absorber mounts. You may not notice the effect these make as your vehicle ages as the changes are so gradual. But as your suspension's wear increases, so does the road's effect on your steering.
You may even notice a more pronounced tendency to tramline after you change back to all season tires from winter tires, since all season tires will have increased contact with the road. Any increase your tire's grip on the road will increase its tendency to tramline because the road's imperfections are transmitted more effectively to your vehicle's suspension.
To effectively handle your car when tramlining, maintain a balanced, stable grip on your steering. Most drivers find keeping their hands at "9 and 3 o'clock" provides the optimal position for controlling the wheel with precise, stable steering.
Tires On Demand
In addition to our assortment of regularly-stocked tires, we carry brand name tires by Michelin, Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal and Dunlop. Whether you drive a car, light truck or SUV in city, highway or off-road conditions, we can get the tire you need without delay. Start by browsing through our vast selection on our website.
Once you find the tires you want, simply call or visit your nearest Canadian Tire Auto Service Centre. Our Service Associates will pla
You'll have peace of mind, knowing your tires are covered by our coast-to-coast Customer Care Program. For even greater comfort, ask about our Protection Plan PLUS.
Price Match Guarantee
The Canadian Tire Price Match Guarantee:
If you can find the exact same tire at a lower price at another retailer, Canadian Tire will match that price and give you an additional 10% in Canadian Tire 'Money'™.
Tire Registration & Recall
Register your tires, and stay safe
When you buy new tires, you'll receive an invoice, warranty brochure and tire registration forms. Be sure to take the time to register your tires—it only takes a few moments.
Tire registration makes it possible for the manufacturer to contact you directly in the event of a safety-related recall. Tire recalls are becoming less and less likely thanks to constantly evolving tire engineering and manufacturing methods. But it's comforting to know that you can be contacted should any issue arise.
TIP: When you buy your tires, be sure to retain the original receipt and any warranty documents you receive. These will be required if a warranty claim needs to be made.
Tire Warranty & Protection Plan Plus
Canadian Tire Warranty Information
Canadian Tire offers a limited warranty on all the passenger and light truck tires we sell. This warranty covers Road Hazard Damage and Manufacturing Defects for the life of your tire's original useable tread or five years from the date of purchase, whichever comes first.
Key Warranty Definitions:
- Road Hazard Damage - Caused by debris or hazards on the road and includes cuts or punctures, run flats or impact brake.
- Manufacturing Defects - Includes workmanship or material defects that originate during the tire manufacturing process. Manufacturing defects are covered for all passenger or light truck tires purchased and installed or purchased over-the-counter at Canadian Tire.
Usable Tread and Pro-Rated Price Delimitations
- Usable tread - The original tread worn down to the level of the tread wear indicators, which is 2/32" of tread remaining.
- Pro-Rated Price - If your tire is not eligible for repair or replacement under warranty, you may be eligible for replacement at a Pro-Rated Price where you only pay for the amount of the tread used above the 2/32" tread wear indicators. For example:
- If a new tire has a tread depth of 11/32", the usable tread is 9/32" (11/32" less 2/32").
- If the tread depth at the time the tire is presented for adjustment under warranty is 8/32" the usable tread remaining is 6/32" (8/32" less 2/32").
- One third of the tread depth has been used, so the replacement cost will be 33% of the current regular everyday price.
Protection Plan PLUS
Protect yourself from unexpected problems and the costs of tire replacement by purchasing Protection Plan PLUS for tires. If one of your tires is damaged due to accidental road hazard or manufacturing defect and cannot be repaired, Canadian Tire will replace it at no charge.
We've got you covered from coast to coast!
Once you purchase Protection Plan PLUS for tires, you'll have peace of mind knowing that everything will be taken care of by your Canadian Tire service team whenever you need it. Speak with a Sales Associate to learn more about Protection Plan PLUS when buying your new tires.
About Mileage Rating
Mileage Rating can be a helpful guide when making a tire choice but this is not related to Protection Plan and Protection Plan Plus. The mileage rating identifies what you can expect from tires when you maintain them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, including:
- Inflation pressures have been maintained
- Rotations have been performed as scheduled
Please note that Canadian Tire's warranty is based on actual tire wear and date of tire purchase—not Mileage Rating.
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