FINDLAY, Ohio--()--Transport Canada reports that most Canadians will drive to get where they need to go on the more than 900,000 kilometers of road that runs throughout Canada. With the holidays fast approaching, Cooper Tire recommends drivers get a head start on holiday travel before hitting the road by using the changing seasons as a reminder to engage in routine tire maintenance.
“Tires are the only part of the vehicle connecting drivers and families to the road during holiday road trips”
"Tires are the only part of the vehicle connecting drivers and families to the road during holiday road trips," said Johnny Unser, Technical Consultant for Cooper Tire. "It is important to think ahead and be prepared before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins.”
Ongoing maintenance becomes even more critical as the Canada Safety Council reports that nearly a quarter of vehicles on the road have at least one under-inflated tire.
Cooper Tire advises drivers to conduct the following do-it-yourself maintenance checks before family road trips this holiday season:
Examine tread: A tire’s tread should be checked for overall tread depth and uneven wear, as it is a vital part of handling, cornering, accelerating and braking.
- Transport Canada recommends drivers check their tread using a tread depth gauge. Insert the tip of the depth gauge into the tread lines and read the measurement. If the tread depth is less than four millimetres at any location on the tread, drivers should replace the tires. As a tire wears, snow traction is reduced. Tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicators or that have reached four millimetres at any location on the tread, have reduced traction and should not be used on snow-covered roads or in severe snow conditions. More tread is better in winter and wet conditions.
- While examining the tread, also look for signs of uneven wear or damage such as cuts, cracks, splits, punctures and bulges. These conditions shorten the life of tires and, if not corrected, further tire damage, tire failure or air loss may occur.
Test air pressure: Tire pressure plays a critical role in the overall performance of tires, as the Canada Safety Council reports that under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure.
- Tires lose pressure when the air temperature gets colder (about 7 kPa or 1 psi for every 5ºC drop in temperature), so it is vital that drivers check the air pressure regularly as winter weather approaches.
- Drivers should follow the guidelines found in the vehicle owner’s manual or tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge to determine the correct air pressure for their vehicle's tires. A common myth is that the tire pressure listed on the sidewall is the optimal pressure, while in reality it is the maximum pressure.
- Air pressure should be checked when the tires are cool, meaning they are not hot from driving even two kilometres.
- Should any of these checks reveal the need for required maintenance – or when in doubt about the condition of their tires – drivers should take vehicles to a tire dealer for a professional inspection.
For more information on proper tire maintenance, visit www.coopertire.ca.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies, located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.