As temperatures cool across the nation, we at Active Green + Ross Tire Centres want to remind drivers that it’s time to start thinking about winter driving conditions and how to protect themselves and their passengers on the road.
While it’s important to adjust driving habits to weather conditions, according to Marc Brazeau, President, Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, the most imperative thing Canadians can do to protect themselves and their loved ones is transition to winter tires.
“The idea that all-season tires are as effective as winter tires is a dangerous misconception,” said Brazeau. “The design and durability of winter tires improves performance and enhances safety in a variety of road conditions. They’re the one and only choice for winter driving.” Continue reading Are Your Tires Ready For Winter Weather?→
Traditional automotive maintenance recommendations suggest changing all four tires at once when they reach the end of their useful life. And that makes perfect sense when tires have been rotated carefully and have worn evenly throughout their lifespan.
But sometimes, a driver may only be able to change two: maybe because poor alignment or improper inflation has caused two tires to wear dramatically differently from the other two, or because an unrepairable flat in one tire requires replacing a pair to keep the vehicle stable. And when that happens, where do you install the better pair? Do new tires go in the front or rear? Continue reading Replacing Two New Tires: Do they Go in Front or Back?→
Did you know? Maintaining your vehicle’s tires is not only crucial to ensuring safety on the road, but it is also an essential step to getting better fuel economy, and can even benefit the environment! Unfortunately, only 31 per cent of Canadian drivers measure their tire pressures monthly. Continue reading Do Your “PART” for Tire Safety→
After the one of the worst winters in decades, roads are showing the results. Now that springtime is upon us, motorists are finding a plethora of potholes on the roadways. Cold temperatures, snow, and rainfall in many parts of the country have created the perfect storm for the motorists’ dreaded “perils of potholes period,” cautions the Car Care Council of Canada.
According to EZStreetAsphalt.ca, tens of thousands of tonnes of patching materials and many millions of dollars in labour are used each year to fix the potholes — only to have the same potholes open up the following winter. Overall, spring potholes cost the country millions of dollars during a two- or three-month period with the cost of pavement integrity issues caused by the thaw ranging well into the future. So far in Toronto this year, the city has already repaired more than 85,000 potholes. And the annual budget to repair potholes in Montreal averages about 2.5 million dollars. Continue reading Are You Prepared for the Perils of Pothole Season?→
Safety-Kleen, a leading provider of environmental services to commercial, industrial, and automotive customers, recently awarded a certificate of achievement to Active Green + Ross tire retail shops for avoiding 1,701 Metric Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2e). Active Green + Ross made this reduction through Safety-Kleen’s closed-loop recycling program for used oil from January 1 through December 31, 2013. Based on the EPA.gov Clean Energy calculator (CO2e)*, this is equivalent to any one of the following:
• 320,693 therms of natural gas • 722,168 litres of gasoline • Carbon sequestered by 44,096 trees grown for 10 years in an urban environment • 69,480 propane cylinders used for home barbeques • 3,960 barrels of oil • Emissions avoided by recycling 595 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill. Continue reading Certificate of Achievement Awarded to Active Green + Ross→
When it comes to stopping our cars, the first thing most people think of are brakes, but that’s only partly correct: Brakes stop wheels. TIRES stop the car. Tires, shmires, right?
Think again: Under ordinary driving, the average commuter stops 40,000 times a year, and our tires serve us so well under the best circumstances we don’t give them much thought. But throw in some icy or snowy winter weather, or a few spring or fall rainstorms, and suddenly, we’re asking our tires to perform adequately under the worst circumstances. And when they’re worn, these conditions subtract even more from their performance potential. Continue reading Michelin Introduces A New Type Of Tires For Better Stopping — No Matter What!→