3 Reasons Why Tire Alignment & Rotation Are Important

3 Reasons Why Tire Alignment and Rotation Are Important

Does your car vibrate when you drive it? Can’t remember the last time you had a mechanic look at your tires? While vehicle tune-ups are important, don’t neglect the health of your tires! Otherwise, you risk needing a set of four new tires , which can be quite expensive.

Here are 3 reasons why tire alignment and rotation are important:

1. Smooth Ride

Rear-wheel-drive cars are more likely to experience more tread wear compared to front-wheel-drive cars. Front-wheel-drive cars are the opposite. By rotating your tires, you can maintain an even amount of tread wear. Even tread on each tire ensures a smooth and comfortable ride.

2. Safety First

Misalignment or an imbalance with your tires can cause all sorts of risks. Misaligned tires are more likely to cause steering wheel vibration. With properly aligned wheels, there’s less concern of unsafe driving.

Tire alignment also helps to ensure even wear on all of your tires.

3. Longer Lifespan

Not only does rotating and aligning your tires prolong their life, it also protects your car’s suspension. Uneven or imbalanced tires lead to vibration. This can cause unnecessary wear on your suspension.

Are you asking yourself “How do I tell if I need wheel alignment?” There are telltale signs that your tires need to be aligned, including:

  • Squealing or noises from the tires
  • Car pulling to the left or right
  • Uneven tire wear

Other questions, such as “What should my tire pressure be?” are best left to the experts.

If you need tire repair in Calgary, look no further than Tire Pirates. We offer a variety of services, including tire repair, wheel alignments, and tire sales.

Contact us at (403) 279-5559 to keep you and your car safely on the road.

Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires: Which Is Better?

With the cooler fall months quickly approaching, which can bring sleet, snow, ice, and slushy driving conditions, two questions we are asked frequently are “ When should I buy new winter tires ?” and “What is the difference between all season tires?”

Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

All season tires are misnamed and designed to only provide decent transaction and control for part of the year in the warmer spring and summer months. This means they do not have the added traction required for Calgary winter road conditions. However, they will work in light snow and muddy conditions, but not in colder temperatures and slushy, heavy snow, or icy conditions.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are made exclusively for wintertime driving conditions. The rubber used to make winter tires are designed to remain flexible and provide superior traction and grip even in severe driving conditions. With all season tires, the rubber on the traction can freeze and get hard, so you have less traction and control.

Winter tires are better for the colder fall and winter months and should be used in any location where temperatures get below 7 Celsius, while all season tires are better for spring and summertime driving.

Now is a great time to start shopping for and to buy a set of winter tires. For assistance in selecting winter tires for your vehicle, or to check out our latest tires deals, please feel free to stop by Tire Pirates or call us at (403) 907-0394 or (403) 907-0431 today!