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Premium Tires For Safety – Michelin Premier LTX

Taking Michelin Premier LTX Tires For a Spin

Not sure about you but as I’ve gotten bit older my choices of how to spend money have changed and I’ve opt for a “safer” lifestyle all around (I’m so grown up). When I was in university I remember having a terrible car accident and totaling my car and it was likely preventable should I have replaced my tires regularly with something with a descent tread. However at the time I seem to have had more pressing needs, like dining out, or drinking wine. Now that I’ve now tested a variety of tires, though, and know how differently they perform, I wouldn’t play so recklessly with car safety. I’d be forced by my adult-like sense to completely skip the dinners out, stay home and eat some ichiban, and invest the money in tires.

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Recently Michelin offered us a chance to try some tires, and we decided to give the Premier LTX a spin (pun intended) on the Honda Odyssey that my friend drives.  These tires are Michelin’s crossover/SUV touring all-season tires that are great for Vancouver as they’ve got super wet grip when new and when worn. They’re known for their all-season traction on wintry roads, even in light snow, making them ideal as long as the car doesn’t need to take the Coquihalla or travel the backroads.

We chose Kal Tire to install the tires, as there’s many around, they’ve got a great track record, and their rates are good. Their service was excellent and when the tires had to be torqued, as they do after you drive on them for a bit, we were able to do it in Abbotsford on the way out of town instead of back at the original location; super convenient. The tires hugged the road and we all felt a lot safer driving the vehicle; you don’t have to know the technology to understand and feel the safety good tires make.

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Premier LTX tires use extreme silica and sunflower oil enhanced tread compound to increase traction in wet and cold temperatures. The mould the compound into a light-truck-size-tuned symmetric tread design featuring a continuous center rib flanked by notched intermediate ribs and linked shoulder blocks to combine straight-line tracking with responsive dry-road handling. Michelin adds Expanding Rain Grooves around the tire’s circumference and Emerging Grooves across its shoulders, so as the tire wears, the Expanding Rain Grooves widen while Emerging Grooves open up, providing more traction in wet and wintry conditions.

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While all-season tires are meant to keep you safe in occasional, transitional weather conditions, you need winter tires to safely ride through our Canadian winters. Winter tires feature unique tread compounds, like the flex-ice compound in Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires, which allow them to remain more flexible in colder temperatures, providing better traction than all-season tires. All-season tires are less flexible and less effective when the temperature drops consistently below freezing, and especially when precipitation is added to the mix

*Sponsored by Michelin.

Driving Tips With Carl Nadeau – Michelin

The courseSince I do a ton of road trips in the summer, I jumped at the opportunity to hang out with professional race car driver, Carl Nadeau to pick up some driving tips for summer conditions. This event involved testing out a variety of different tires on dry road conditions and then wet ones (they flooded the parking lot to simulate) on a course out at the PNE. This wasn’t the course for anyone who likes to take it easy as Nadeau kept pushing me to speed up, slam the brakes, take the corner faster; I was sure I would crash, but didn’t.

The most important take away from the event was that if you are trying to use winter tires in the summer, just don’t. I tested out winter tires vs all seasons on the same vehicle and the performance was vastly different. Winter tires don’t allow the car to stop anywhere near where all seasons are when you slam on the brakes and they slip all over the road when cornering. The other difference was less drastic, but indeed noticeable. We put the Michelin Premier A/S tires against the most highly rated of the competition and I did notice a difference in performance as I stopped sooner and slid less. I did this twice just to be sure I wasn’t being unduly influenced as the event was indeed sponsored by the tire company. MICHELIN® Premier™ A/S tire promises shorter stopping on wet roads, hydroplaning resistance and increased grip, and I certainly felt safer in these.

Here’s some tips for driving as well. I learned a lot about keeping two hands on the wheel.Michelin Premier AS Tire

Check Your Tires: After all, tires are the only part of your car that touches the road.

  • Check your tires for wear – Using the “Penny Test’’, put the edge of the coin into the tread with the Queen going in head first. If the top of the Queen’s head is covered by tread, that’s good. If the top of her head is entirely visible, it’s time to replace the tire.
  • Check the air pressure – Tires have been known to lose up to 1 psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure every month. Use a proper pressure gauge to check pressure when tires are cold (before driving or three hours after driving). Make sure your tires are inflated to the psi on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your car. DO NOT compare to the psi on your tire’s sidewall.
  • Don’t mix tires – If you’re replacing only two new tires instead of four, be sure they are the same size and type as the current ones. Always install the new tires on the rear axle of your vehicle, which will reduce the risk of fishtailing and loss of stability in wet conditions.

Wet Driving: Wet road conditions present dangers like less grip and longer stopping distance.

  • Slow down. Slowing down dramatically decreases the risk of accidents in rainy conditions.
  • Always drive with two hands on the steering wheel.
  • Slow down before turning and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn.
  • While turning, don’t make sudden steering wheel movements.
  • Only brake in a straight line before the turn and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn.
  • Increase your following distance from other cars to allow for more stopping range.
  • If hydroplaning, do not accelerate or brake suddenly. Keep your foot lightly on the gas and steer the car forward until your tires regain traction.

For more tips on safe driving, visit http://www.michelin.ca/tires-101/driving-and-safety-tips/driving-tips.page

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