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Winter Tire Safety Tips & Maintenance in New Westminster, BC


Winter Tire Safety Tips & Maintenance in New Westminster, BC

At Westminster Toyota, we believe in supporting drivers all over New Westminster, British Columbia, and the surrounding areas with information and services to keep them safe as they venture through the upcoming winter months. As you might already know, winter driving can be a daunting time for many, but with a vehicle equipped with the right tires and up-to-date maintenance, you will have nothing to worry about as you drive through winter.


Benefits of Winter Tires

Every province recommends using winter tires for our roughest season, but they're mandatory in British Columbia from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30 in order to keep drivers on the safe side. Tires marked with a pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake meet specific snow traction and performance requirements and are designed for use in severe snow conditions. Winter tires can benefit you and your vehicle greatly, as they enhance grip and stability when braving snow, slush, and ice, all while reducing braking distance on snowy, wet, or ice-covered roads. Furthermore, winter tires are designed with a more aggressive tread than all-season tires and a softer rubber compound designed to maintain composure in extreme winter weather.


Winter Safety Tips


1. Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly

It's a good idea to always check your tires before heading out on long drives, and having a tire inflator in the vehicle is an easy way to ensure your tires stay inflated.


2. Prepare For Roadside Emergencies

You should keep a spare tire or a tire patch kit for emergencies, as you will never know when an object might puncture your tire.


3. Preventive Maintenance

To avoid mishaps on the road during winter, you will want to check your tires' overall condition. Some of the things to check include, age of the tire, visible damage from cracking, tread depth, and tire pressure.


4. Choosing The Right Tire For Winter Months

When looking for a suitable set of tires for driving through winter, you will want to choose a set with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake. Those tires meet the requirements needed for snow traction and are engineered to work in severe snow conditions.


Your Trusted Toyota Service Centre For Winter Preparation

If you are not sure when to replace your all-season tires with your winter tires, reach out to us, and our experts will help you find the best time to prevent premature wear and tear on your tires. Our Service Centre can evaluate your vehicle's overall maintenance, and we can check your tires' condition. If your winters are blad, we can swap new tires onto your wheels to get you back on the road promptly, and we have many other services to get your vehicle ready for winter driving.


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