The Importance of Good Tires: Car Insurance in Calgary

Bow Valley Insurance’s promise is to find the lowest rate for your car insurance. Our brokers are specialists who will ensure your policy protects the investment you’ve made in your personal or commercial vehicles.

Riding on Air: How Tires Are Made to Support Your Vehicle

Good tires are imperative to the overall optimal operation of your vehicle.

Tires are manufactured according to standards set by the Rubber Association of Canada. Tire assembly machines ensure all components of your tires are securely positioned.

Components of a tire:

  • The Bead — Loops of high-strength steel covered with rubber keep your tires securely fastened, or seated, to the rims.
  • Tire Body — Tire strength is described by “pile” numbers. Piles are rubberized to keep them securely bonded to all other tire components enabling the tire to hold highly pressurized air. Most tire bodies have two layers and are typically made of polyester cords running perpendicular to the tread.
  • Cap Piles — Extra layers of polyester that hold all tire components in place, cap piles are commonly used in tires rated for higher speed.
  • Side Walls — Sidewalls provide lateral stability, protect the tire body, and help prevent highly pressurized air from escaping.
  • Tread — At the initial point of the manufacturing process, tread is simply smooth rubber extruded by machine, and then cut to precise lengths. Made from a variety of different types of natural and synthetic material, extruded rubber does not have the necessary patterns to provide good traction.
  • Steel Belts — Steel-belted radials have an inner core of steel to reinforces the tread and provide traction. Steel belts also provide puncture resistance and keep your tires flat on the road.

Car Insurance in Calgary: Why Winter Tires?

CAA Magazine says that generally all-season tires don not provide adequate safety. Winter tires are far superior in inclement weather.

Transport Canada advises all motorists to drive safely during the winter months and offers the following tips for safe winter driving:

  • Install Winter Tires on All Four Wheels — Winter tires have deeper tread, allowing you to maintain better control of your vehicle in icy conditions.
  • Don’t Mix Tire Types or Sizes — Consistent tire size and type provides better control of your vehicle.
  • Check Tire Pressure Regularly — Remember that as the temperature drops, tire pressure decreases. Be sure to check your tire pressure at least once per month when your tires are cold, preferably after the vehicle has been out all night.
  • Replace Worn-Out Tires Immediately — Worn-out tires provide poor traction and should not be used on snow-covered roads or during severe weather.

Got Old Tires? Rubber Is Recyclable!

Do your part to protect the environment. Rubber is a finite resource. Recycle your tires through Alberta’s Tire Recycling Program.

Bow Valley Insurance: Commercial, Group and Personal Car Insurance

Bow Valley Insurance brokers are always striving to help you save money, as well as constantly looking for ways to help you and your business and family stay safe. Good tires are important, but for completely unavoidable incidences, we recommend keeping a safety kit inside your vehicle at all times

Find out ways to save gas while driving, and how to recognize potentially dangerous drivers in our blog, which has several other handy tips for all insurance owners.

For more than 35 years Bow Valley has provided the best commercial, group, and personal auto insurance at excellent rates. Request an insurance quote today and receive a free rate comparison to see how much you can save.